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Valentine's Day fun on a budget

Updated on February 2, 2016
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Holiday celebrations come in all forms - some original and others "borrowed" from pagan religions of the past

Naughty Scrabble

I'm pretty sure that the name is self explanatory. Make your own "guidelines" on just how naughty you'll allow your words to be. My guess is that it will put you in the mood for something...what that something is, well that's up to you.

Winner takes

Massage Night

I'm not talking about a little back rub, but a full blown body massage. Get some good quality oil (available almost anywhere) - I'd recommend grape seed, or jojoba oil myself. Remember that the oil might be in sensitive places, so read the ingredients and get pure oil. Any flat space that you can walk around works. Candlelight and quiet or light music in the background. Lay several towels down to absorb any excess oil. Spread oil everywhere across your partners body, with your hands, or maybe your feet, or other body parts. Be gentle at first and move slowly and deliberately as this is a long drawn out affair with the giver basically loving and worshiping each and every part of their partner. Take care to take time with the hands and feet as they are often forgotten and get quite sore. Let their responses be your guide as to how much pressure to apply and take as much time as you like - trade off after a while if you are comfortable with it,

Scavenger Hunt

If you have some time to prepare, this can be a lasting event and the results are out of this world. It's time to use your imagination to create a fun trip through the house, the yard, or "other" places. Start with a simple note introducing your partner to the events of the evening. I did this once for my wife when I was out of town and the event lasted for several days as I had clues come in the mail or by e-mail. Make the first clue simple such as "go to the place where your belly gets satisfaction - hopefully its the refrigerator." Tape the next clue to a cold beverage of your choice and let the games begin. Having your partner search your underwear drawer or lingerie to find a clue only heightens the mood. Feel free to add adult toys, novelties, handcuffs, and other items that are significant to the both of you. I ended up with the last clue leading to a picnic basket hidden away in the basement with two glasses and a nice old bottle of wine inside it, plus a poem professing once again my undying love. I timed it pretty well as I arrive home shortly after and the smile I was greeted with is still part of my long-term memory.

The Love Walk

If your partner has to work on Valentine's Day, this one is perfect. Buy some flowers, roses are nice, but anything will work. You can even use the silk rose petals found in many stores. Take the flowers and break them up into petals or blooms. Make sure you have enough to sprinkle a long pathway throughout the house ending up "hopefully" in the master suite, where you will be waiting as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so to speak. I leave little gifts along the way to slow down the "explorer" like a cold brew or glass of wine, a love note, a book of sexy vouchers promising intimate moments at a future date. Be as creative as you can.

Candlelight Night

If you can gather a lot of candles, its great to use them all over the house instead of electric lighting. I suggest closing all of your curtains, pulling down the shades, and muting any bright light sources before lighting your candles. This will allow you to get the optimal amount in each room that you'll be using. The ethereal glow of nothing but candles drips with romance and will certainly put someone in the mood. If you can manage it, light the bath tub area up and take a couples bubble bath together. Even a small tub can be made into paradise with the right mood lighting...and perhaps champagne...and then.......

Blind Man's or Woman's Bluff

Ingredients are a blindfold and willing participants...sounds simple, but the loss of one of the human senses has a dramatic change on the body. Blindfold the "victim of love" early in the evening and "take care" of them. Prepare some unique snacks to feed them while they are "disabled" and use your touch, your voice, and any other object you want to stimulate their remaining senses. Being touched by a person with no sight will certainly give you chills since the touches will be more exploratory and distinct. It will give you both a shiver to remember and certainly be one of those things you'll repeat another night with the role switched of course.

Romance is more than just dinner and a movie. It's about awakening every nerve and fiber of your very being, leaving you delightfully satisfied and at peace. I'm sure there are other ideas out there....share them!


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  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Valentine's Day means romance - here are some fun ideas if you are on a budget

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Times a wasting - hope you have a fun night

  • Virginia Allain profile image

    Virginia Allain 

    5 years ago from Central Florida

    How fun. I do need some last-minute valentine ideas, so I appreciate this.

  • Linda Robinson60 profile image

    Linda Robinson 

    5 years ago from Cicero, New York

    Good morning Ralph and thanks again. And especially when you have actually used them. Great to know. Take care and enjoy your weekend. :)

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks - I'm always happy to share my own romantic ideas (these are all personally tried with excellent results)

  • Linda Robinson60 profile image

    Linda Robinson 

    5 years ago from Cicero, New York

    Hello Ralph wow many new fantastic ideas for some perfect Valentine Day activities and not breaking the bank, I really had fun reading your hub. Look forward to more. Linda


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