Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Statistically speaking, you wouldn’t be alone if your answer was ‘no’. With our lives getting busier and expectations from work and home increasing, it’s no surprise that most people just don’t give themselves enough time to be romantic as often as they’d like.
The good news is that we have the Internet to balance this all out! Creative list builders have constructed resources full of instant ideas to help us out in a bind and we thought we’d distill down some of the best ideas for you to leverage this Valentine’s Day.
To get you started we pulled 7 of our favorite excerpts from 1001WaysToBeRomantic.com
- Don’t just walk into the house tonight the way you always do. Pause on the porch; ring the doorbell; and greet her (or him) with one red rose and a bottle of champagne.
- Want to jazz up the presentation of a special meal? Buy a little hunk of dry ice from a local ice house. Put it in a bowl of water and place it on your serving tray. You’ll create wondrous, billowing white clouds!
- Ask your partners best friend or his/her mother for help. Ask them to go shopping with you (secretly!). Tell them you want to spend one afternoon shopping for a year’s worth of gifts for your partner. Establish a budget, let them think about it for a week, then go shopping together.
- The surprise get-away weekend is a romantic classic. Find a quaint bed and breakfast or picturesque inn. Pack bags for both of you, and whisk your partner away upon his or her arrival home from work!
- What if you have a house full of kids? Try the “Distraction Diversion”: Rent several of your kids’ favorite movies; buy a big bag of popcorn and a bunch of juice boxes. The kids sit hypnotically in front of the TV while the two of you escape upstairs for some “quality time” together.
- For the gentlemen out there, gallantry never really goes out of style. So every once in a while kiss her hand with a flourish. Note: The proper way to kiss a woman’s hand is to lower your lips to her hand. You don’t raise her hand to your lips.
- Unplug the TV. Put a note on the screen saying, “Turn me on instead.”