If you didn’t know, I absolutely love Valentine’s Day. It is my favorite holiday. I love decorating for it, celebrating it, and basking in it. While we don’t spend much money or go all out, there are some people that do like to do that. This is why I brought Carrie Ferrel on to share with us ways to go big for Valentine’s Day.
Here’s what she has to say-
Go Away Together
One of the best gifts you can give anyone is the chance to spend some time together and if you go on a short trip together, you’ll have the best and most romantic time of your life. If you’re not sure where to go, thankfully there are plenty of options.
If you really want to push the boat out, then naturally Paris as the city of love is the obvious top choice if you want a weekend of culture, romance and art, but you really don’t have to go that far from home to have an incredible time. Just pick the nearest town to you that you’ve never been to before, and book a room at the nicest hotel there along with reserving a table at a restaurant.
Make sure that you walk around and explore together – experiencing something new together will bring you even closer.
Experience Something Together
In fact, experiencing something new together doesn’t just have to be about going away together! If it’s much easier to get a babysitter for a couple of hours or you’d rather not leave your family for a whole weekend then you could consider starting something new with your partner like a class or a new hobby.
Talk to him and see what he’d like to do – if he has any dreams or passions that he never quite pursued. As parents it’s easy to put your own inner life on hold once you have kids – and admittedly part of parenting is managing to be unselfish and to put your kids’ wants above your own at all times.
You don’t want to feel unfulfilled – happy parents make for happy kids, after all! So make sure you talk to your partner, and if there’s something that one of you has always wanted to do and has never got the chance to, then now is the time that you should go for it. Maybe you love art but you’ve never had the courage to pursue it – in that case, why not sign up for an art class together?
A lot of couples also really enjoy going to dance classes together. Whether you want to learn to do the graceful waltz or the considerably more sexy Argentine tango, one thing is for certain – the closeness of the dancing will bring you even closer together, and what’s more, learning and talking about something together will make sure that your relationship succeeds even though you might spend a lot of time focusing on your kids instead of each other.
Choose Thoughtful Gifts
An error that a lot of people make on Valentine’s Day is the gifts. If you aren’t the sort of couple who does gifts, that’s fine! But if your husband is the kind of guy who keeps buying you lingerie in the wrong size or perfume that you don’t particularly like, it’s time to stand up and admit that you’d rather have something different.
Send him links to gift ideas that you actually want beforehand, or suggest that you forego the gifts and spend the money on a really great date night instead. If you’re trying to think of something to buy your partner then make sure you think about him and his interests rather than pressuring yourself to get something sappy and romantic just because it’s Valentine’s Day.
Spend The Night In Together
If you’d love a weekend away together but babysitting is a big issue then it would be a great idea to simply spend the night in together. A date at home can be even more enjoyable and intimate than a date out on Valentine’s Day.
Where’s the fun in trying to cram yourselves into a restaurant that’s overcrowded and charging extra just because of what day it is, when you can spend some quality time together in your home? A lot of the time as busy parents, you don’t get the time to talk to each other properly, so give yourself the time and space to do so.
If you want a special night in that you’ll remember forever, then why not go for a picnic on your living room floor? Lay out a blanket once your kids are asleep and treat yourselves to your favorite foods before having a look through your wedding album and reminiscing about an incredible day. And the best thing about an indoor picnic? How easily it can be transformed into movie night in a blanket fort!