Budget friendly Valentines dates
Posted: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
Photo by Lora Denton Photography.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at email@example.com
Valentines Day has snuck up on me this year. Ive been so busy spring cleaning and blogging that I barely realized it was this week. So now Ive been thinking about how we can celebrate. Our original plan was to head to Disney World for their True Love celebration. Now were on a stricter budget though and well be making plans for a low-key night. The tough part is picking exactly how to celebrate. If youve been leaving it last minute like me, here are a few low-key ideas weve been thinking about.
Robert and I are truly big kids. While Im the Disney nut, Robert often spends his Saturday mornings watching Scooby Doo with Alice. Weve been thinking about turning back the hands of time and acting like big kids for the night. Well put on some of our favourite cartoons and enjoy some of the best comfort foods, like grilled cheese and tomato soup or pizza. We may even have our dessert before dinner (GASP).
Get in the Game
Robert and I always have fun when were playing a game together. Whether its Razzle on our iPhones, Call of Duty on the Xbox, or actual board games, we always end up having a good time. We always play video games, so Im thinking we might switch to board games for the night (giving me a better chance, might I add). With a nice dinner and dessert, its the perfect evening in.
As long as its not too cold, we could take a ride in Roberts car, park somewhere with a large open space, and look at the stars. I love the idea of bundling up and keeping each other warm anyway
Robert and I have only cooked together once or twice, but I find something incredibly romantic about cooking with the hubby. Maybe we could make it interesting this year and cook each other something. I could make his pizza and he could make me a gluten-free one. We could also cook one of our favourite meals together, like shepherds pie.
When Robert and I started dating, he invited me over to his place and placed a trail of rose petals around the house for me to follow. When I reached his room, he had lit vanilla candles and was playing music for us to dance to. It was incredibly romantic and would make for a nice flashback this Valentines day.
While these dates arent something Robert would enjoy, here are a few other ideas for you to consider.
At home spa date
Why pay for a spa day when you can make your own at home? Give each other massages, run a hot bath, and light some candles for a stress-free atmosphere.
It may be too cold for a picnic outside, but you can enjoy one indoors. Lay a blanket in the living room, light a fire (if you have one), and enjoy your favourite picnic foods and wine.
Whether its stopping at all the places that have meaning to your relationship, or discovering new spots, a day trip can be just what you need. Consider taking the car out for the afternoon and seeing where you end up.
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