With valentines day nearly upon us for our annual celebration of love and romance, there's no doubt a fair few couples out there who have yet to commit to how they intend to celebrate the big day. Sure, it can be tempting to just head out to a local bistro for dinner or grab a couple of tickets to the theatre, but with a little imagination it's easy to make this year's valentines day one to both remember and inspire a relationship throughout the forthcoming year.
An Evening Of Aphrodisiac Delight
This is a great one for couples planning to stay at home and would like to dine well before snuggling up. Check out a collection of highly aphrodisiacal foods - think lobster, asparagus, honey, chocolates and champagne - and savor these under soft candlelight with some sexy tunes in the background. It's just like going out for dinner, but you can set the house rules...
Take a Tour Down Memory Lane
Arrange to meet where you went on your first date together, and relive the experience. You will be amazed how much you will both remember when noticing changes that may have happened since, and with a little planning ahead it's great to reserve the same seats in a restaurant (if you explain why, the service team will usually go out of their way to ensure you have an amazing night too!).
Relax and Pamper
Go on - treat yourselves to a day at the local classy spa and treatments center, because we all know that looking and feeling great is a powerful force behind attraction. Most spas will offer special packages specifically for valentines day, so make sure to plan and book in advance to avoid disappointment. After a days pampering, feeling like a million bucks when heading out or relaxing at home in the evening is bound to ensure an awesome night ahead.
Catch The Sunrise
With valentines day falling on a Friday this year there's no better time than to pull an all-nighter and catch the sun coming up in the morning without fretting about needing to get to work or school. Theres always somewhere nearby that provides a special view (shorelines and hilltops are obvious classics), but for the lazy lovers just throwing open the curtains early is a beautiful and decadent way to fall back into each others arms.
Put It In Writing
In this world of email, text and multimedia, the good old love letter has become lost a little to history in recent years. The beauty of this idea is that it can be shared with your partner so you exchange letters or poems at the same time, or snuck up upon them by slipping one into their briefcase or handbag for them to find when they get to work. Love letters and poems last for eternity, and are a magical way of expressing love in a deeply personal and creative format.
This is best for those who live in rural areas or can at least gain easy access to regions where light pollution from streetlights and buildings is at a minimum. Hardy couples who enjoy the great outdoors could easily mix this with a romantic nights camping, but don't let all the practicalities distract from the point of holding hands and looking up into the night time heavens. Plus - be sure to make a wish or two!
Give & Take
Hey - relationships are all based upon compromise, so why not split the day 50/50 and spend one half each doing exactly what the other party loves most. Perhaps this could be the guy being dragged around the mall in the morning, with knowledge that come the afternoon he will be in the ball park cheering on his team. Be creative, and remember that there's nothing more endearing than a little patience and self sacrifice!
Record The Day In Full
Thanks to smart phones there's no reason why whatever activities are decided upon the make valentines day special this year, be sure to take plenty of photos and movies of each other (and don't neglect asking passing strangers to take photos of you both as a couple!). There's no need to plaster these all over Facebook or Twitter as you go, it can be much more romantic in fact just to save these for yourselves.
Devote The Day To Passion And Lust
Yup, you heard it right - make valentines day a real date to look forward to by abstaining from sex or even kissing for a week before. Then in the morning go your ways and buy anything and everything sexy you can find, from body chocolate to lingerie and champagne. When you get home and start unpacking, let the festivities commence...
Be Eighteen Again
One more for the older reader perhaps, but rather than take the annual troop down to a fancy bistro put on a pair of sneakers and jeans and head out on a classic teenage date. Bowling, movies, fast food, you know the score - and this is a great idea if you often share valentines evenings with other couples too. An evening goofing around is bound to get the laughter rolling, and we all know there's nothing sexier than that.