Yes, Valentine’s Day can feel like a hokey overly-commercialized holiday only meant to sell greeting cards, flowers and candy. But you still love it – admit it.
This year, go beyond the card and flowers and plan a date night out with your sweetheart. Here are six tips to help make it a fun and affordable evening.
Secure a sitter early
Valentine’s date night is one of the most popular date nights in the country, which means it’s also one of the most popular days for families to hire a babysitter. If your regular sitter has date night plans of their own, make sure you know that early. Nothing kills the romance like scrambling to find last-minute child care.
Instead of begging your parents to watch the kids (again), hire a sitter early. That will leave you time to focus on the more important parts of your V-Day celebration.
Show your little ones some love
Yes, you’re going out at night, but Valentine’s Day lasts all day. Plan a special family breakfast or spend some extra time with the kids during the day. Then, when you head out the door, leave them with a fun new movie to watch or game to play with – and don’t forget the chocolate kiss!
Start with a surprise
Most romantic plans happen in the evening, after the day’s stresses have passed. Instead of waiting all day to turn on the romance , plan a little surprise for your love first thing in the morning. Plant a little gift in your partner’s sock drawer or tape a cute picture of you both on the bathroom mirror. The sweet gesture will start the day on the right foot.
Don’t just phone it in – get yourself in the mood for your big night out. Ask the sitter to come an hour or two early so you could spend time getting ready without your kids hanging from you. Take a real bubble bath, get a manicure and treat yourself to a new outfit or rent a designer one.
Plan something fun
A dinner and movie is always enjoyable, but try to think of something special for this special night.
For example, you could recreate your first date. Whether it was drinks at your local bar or a crazy rock and roll concert, reliving that first encounter will bring back the sparks. If you’ve since relocated from your original stomping grounds, try making up a new Valentine’s Day tradition that you’ll both enjoy.
Celebrate Valentine’s date night the day after
You and your valentine probably don’t want to be surrounded by other noisy couples on your evening of romance. Unfortunately, finding a private table at a decent restaurant will be like finding a needle in a haystack. Consider postponing your celebrations to the next night. You’ll get two days of romance and get to enjoy some privacy at the venue of your choice.
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