Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite days of the year. Not just because I’m a Valentine baby (I’m turning 40 this weekend!), but because it’s an entire day devoted to LOVE! What could be better than that?
There is so much pressure to make Valentine’s Day crazy romantic, or to find the perfect gift. I completely understand that, especially if you’re newly dating. It’s that one day a year when being vulnerable is expected, so the fear of being rejected is lessened and we’re more comfortable going out on a limb.
However, I suggest that we take the pressure off of ourselves to make it “a night she’ll never forget” (unless you’re proposing). And, it doesn’t have to be expensive. What really matters is making sure that those special people in your life know that you love them. And it doesn’t have to be limited to romantic love, your kids, family and friends also love to hear how much you care about them.
If you’re stuck on coming up with some fresh ideas for what to do this Valentine’s Day, here are a few budget friendly ones you might like to try:
- Every year I make a list of “reasons I love you” for both my husband and my daughter. Sometimes it’s 50 reasons, sometimes I’ll do 100. Once you get started, the ideas start rolling. I print off the list on colored paper and cut each “reason” into it’s own strip of paper that I fold up and put in a Valentine themed jar (a pretty glass one, something I pick up at a discount store for a few dollars). I love to see them each light up as they read through their “reasons I love you” jar.
- Make dinner at home. I’m a bit of a homebody anyway, so I love quiet evenings “in”. The restaurants have fabulous menu’s for Valentine’s Day, but sometimes they do a “fixed price” that costs more than their normal prices. They’re typically very romantic, but if you don’t have the extra money to spend, a homemade meal you took the time to make yourself is always appreciated. One year my husband made me Cajun food (I’m from the north and had never really had much of it until my early thirties) and it was such a nice treat to try something new. Also, the fact that he made dinner, which truthfully, he doesn’t care to do, made me feel special.
- Have friends and family over for a Valentine’s Day themed cocktail or dinner party. Make all red food and drinks. Try heart shaped cookies or cupcakes with pink and red frosting. Make martini’s with grenadine or cranberry juice. Decorate your house with Valentine’s Day decor, and put on some Barry White or Marvin Gaye!
- Create your own handmade Valentine’s. Break out the construction paper and glue, the way you did back in grade school, and cut out some hearts. Write a sweet, heartfelt message inside. Your kids (especially if they’re still little) will love that you took the time to personalize something for them, and you’ll probably have more fun that you think.
- Write a love letter or poem and read it to your sweetie. So I’ve never actually tried this one myself, I’m pretty horrible at poetry. But I’ve seen other people try this and it almost never fails. Who doesn’t love having something written especially for them?
On a budget or not, I hope that whatever you do, you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day, and that you’re lucky enough to spend it with those you love.
I would love to hear your stories of some of the sweetest or most romantic Valentine’s Day memories you have. And, if you have more budget friendly ideas, let me know! Please share in the comments on my blog, or on Facebook or Twitter.
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