Whether you’re going all out for Valentine’s Day or trying to create the perfect date on a budget, you’ll need to do some preparations before February 14th. No matter what you do, try not to leave your planning for the last minute. In order to get you thinking about how to plan your ideal Valentine’s Day date, here are some tips.
Send flowers early
By sending your flowers early in the day, you set the tone for the rest of the day’s romantic plans. Planning ahead and setting up your Valentine’s Day flower delivery early helps to show that you are truly looking forward to celebrating the day with your significant other. Don’t forget to include a note so your partner will know you’re thinking of them.
Dress to impress
Even if you’re spending the night at home, it doesn’t hurt to put a little more effort into your appearance. Dress up for the occasion. The extra effort helps to show your date that you care and want to impress them.
Plan a delicious meal
If you’re able to go out to dinner at a restaurant, be sure to make a reservation. Choose one of your shared favourite restaurants or a new restaurant you’ve been wanting to check out. Or you can simply choose a place based on how romantic it is.
Alternatively, you can plan a delicious meal at home. As we’ve been spending a lot of time at home during the last year with the pandemic, you’ll need to get creative with how to spice up another dinner at home.
You could order in from your favourite restaurant. Or you could choose a new recipe that you both have been dying to try. Do your grocery shopping ahead of time, so you can dive right into the cooking preparations after work.
Find the perfect wine pairing
If you go to a restaurant, there will likely be a sommelier who can help find the perfect wine to match your food order. When it comes to choosing a wine for home, you’ll need to consider the meal you’re preparing. You should choose a wine that has a similar intensity to the meal you’re enjoying it with.
If you’re struggling to find the perfect wine, you can use a virtual wine assistant app to get recommendations for food and wine pairings. If you’re going to drink a second bottle of wine (no judgment) you may want to get a bottle that pairs nicely with chocolate.
Select a romantic playlist
There are plenty of premade playlists out there to set the tone for a romantic night of wining and dining. While you’re cooking, you can play a playlist that helps make cooking fun—perhaps there will be a little bit of dancing in the kitchen. You can also create a personalized playlist that brings up memories the two of you share. Put some thought into the music, as it creates the soundtrack for your ideal Valentine’s Day evening.
Go for an after dinner walk
After a delicious meal, it can be tempting to sink into the couch and lie around for the rest of the evening. However, try to avoid that temptation too early. Instead, go for a walk around the neighborhood or local park. Obviously, this is dependent on any pandemic curfews in place. This will help you gain some energy for the rest of your evening.
Watch a movie you both enjoy
We’ve all been there when you can’t decide what to watch, so you spend your precious time together scrolling the titles on Netflix. This Valentine’s Day, prepare what you’re going to watch ahead of time. Choose a movie or show that you’re both interested in watching. Save the one-sided TV shows for a non-Valentine’s Day watch.
A little bit of planning can go a long way when it comes to creating a special Valentine’s Day for you and your loved one. Try to put in the work early, so the day goes smoothly on February 14th.
This is a guest post. Alycia Coloma is a mother to four beautiful girls and loves to craft DIY projects in her spare time. She enjoys finding new ways to work with tight budgets and spreading her knowledge to parents everywhere. Alycia is a staunch advocate of continuing education and believes that an insatiable hunger for knowledge is the key to better finances, a warm family, and a fulfilling life as a whole. She’s also a kitchen connoisseur on the side, and has been known to whip up some mean empanadas.