Valentineís Day is all about romance and expressing your love to those you cherish most. By putting forth a little effort and some planning, youíll not only create a very special day, but youíll create a day that will be memorable. To get you started, the experts at 1stinFlowers.com have compiled their list of the ten most important tips for planning that perfect day.
10. Plan a Special Outing or Create a Romantic Setting at Home
Dress up and go out on the town for dinner and dancing, but be certain to make dinner reservations well in advance. Pick some place new you BOTH have wanted to try! Make it an adventure! Contact your florist or the restaurant hostess and have a bouquet of flowers waiting at your table. Flowers can be delivered in advance of your reservation so they will be awaiting your arrival, but donít wait until the last minute to order them.
If you plan an intimate evening at home, clean up the clutter and decorate! Candles, rose petals and romantic music. Create a romantic playlist in advance. Cater dinner or cook it together and dress up for dinner! Pick out a favorite wine or champagne. Try serving dessert first! Watch a romantic movie or dance in the living room, bedroom or kitchen!
9. Build It Up! Anticipation is the purest form of pleasure!
Let that special someone know you have big plans, but keep them in suspense! Drop innuendos! Call them at work a few times during the day! Leave ďsweet nothingĒ Post It notes around the house and in the car; or any other place you can think of. IM or email them; or better yet, both! Leave them a voice mail. LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE ON YOUR MIND!
8. Surprise them! Everyone loves surprises on special occasions!
Surprise them with a gift selected especially for them! Pick the gift out yourself. Donít have someone do it for you. Maybe itís their favorite perfume or cologne or bottle of wine. Maybe itís jewelry or a trip to the spa. Or maybe you offer to do chores for the week; perhaps a chore they cannot stand to do.
7. Do An Activity You Both Love!
Valentineís Day is Friday this year! Take the day off and spend it together! Make it a 3 day weekend! Plan a trip for the weekend! Go out of town or maybe you book a room or suite at a local hotel or bed and breakfast! If you stay at home, do some activities TOGETHER! Find something cultural thatís going on around you and go for it!
6. Write a Love Letter or a Poem or even a Song!
Act like itís your last days on earth. Tell that special someone what they really mean to you. Put it in your own handwriting rather than typing it out. Put some real thought into it. Men and women both want to be told how special they really are. Something written down can be cherished for many years to come. Consider thisÖmaybe it really is the last time you get to write, so make it count!
5. Plan, Plan, Plan! Put Some Effort into It!
Donít wait until the last minute to make those dinner reservations and then have to settle for the 2nd choice. Donít wait to buy your flowers or gifts on the big day to find out his/her special flower or cologne/perfume is sold out. If you want flowers delivered timely to the work place, restaurant or home, place your order in advance. If you have a great idea, act on itÖdonít sit on it! If you wait and canít pull it off then all it is, is an ideaÖand itís no longer even a great ideaÖbecause you didnít allow enough time to pull it off.
4. Itís the Small Gestures That Count!
They donít go unnoticed! Offer to help out with the chores; open doors; listen intently when spoken to; pay compliments; take care of a pressing matter that has needed some attention; fix or replace something broken; serve breakfast in bed; take the dog to the groomer; give a massage; draw a bath; have their vehicle serviced.
3. Shower them with flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, chocolates or candies
How important is it to send flowers? Donít discount the Power of Flowers, numerous scientific studies have documented the positive emotional effect of flowers! Send flowers to the workplace as you want the recipient to enjoy them all day & you want coworkers to be green with envy. Place your order in advance so your florist has sufficient time to accommodate your request for an early delivery.
2. Start the Day Special and End the Day Special!
Make this Valentineís Day one youíll both cherish and remember from the start of the day until your head hits the pillow that night. Youíre both worth it!
1. Quality Time Together
QUALITY TIME TOGETHER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT GIFT YOU CAN GIVE ONE ANOTHER ON THIS VERY SPECIAL DAY, OR ANY OTHER DAY FOR THAT MATTER! Need we say more?!