Breakfast in bed
Sometimes, nothing feels better than waking up to the smells of your favorite foods and a warm drink. This one is guaranteed to win you some bonus points and cheer up even the grumpiest morning person.
The day before, head out to the grocery store and buy some fresh fruits and whatever else you will need to make a nice breakfast in bed. Be sure to silently wake up a good half-hour to 45 minutes before she does so that you have time to cook and prepare the food. You will want to cook the slower items first and the faster items near the end so that they are still warm when you bring breakfast over to your beloved one.
Presentation is important, too, so if you have something to place the food on then all the better, and don’t forget a warm tea or coffee, depending on her preferences!
Here’s one idea:
- Pancake with maple syrup.
- Fresh berries (can be strawberries, blackberries, etc…) with some yogurt.
- Omelette or scrambled eggs with mushrooms, green peppers, and ham (perhaps known as Canadian bacon to my American friends).
- A strip or two of bacon.
- A couple of potatoes cut into wedges and pan-fried with your favorite seasonings. A bit of pre-boiling is optional if you’d like to make them softer.
- Use butter to grease the pan, everything tastes better with it.
Don’t forget to freshen yourself up before bringing the meal over.
A warm bubble bath with rose petals
In the evening, lay out a trail of rose petals leading to the bathroom and warm up a nice bath full of bubbles, epsom salts, or whatever you prefer. Place a small candle at each corner of the bathtub, and optionally get floating candles that can float on top of the water (warning: be careful if you do this!). Add the rose petals so that they float on top of the water, but before there are a lot of suds if you are making a bubble bath.
There’s no need to pay a fortune for these rose petals; you can go to a supermarket and buy some discounted roses from there. The outside petals are usually shriveled a bit but the inside ones should still be fine.
If you have a cold house, be sure to warm up the bathroom air so that it is nice and comfortable, but not so hot that you start to sweat.
Cook a nice dinner with candles and watch a movie, topped with a massage
The day before, go out and buy some of her favorite food, as fresh as you can find it. Get busy for the time she gets hungry, and start cooking. Presentation is important so get some nice candles, dim the lights, pour a bit of wine or a small Henkell, and put on a nice movie and sit next to her side by side.
When I used to live at my first apartment, I had a big table in the kitchen but the kitchen wasn’t my favourite place to be; it was the living room that I preferred. I had my PC hooked up to the TV so I could stream movies and shows directly there, so while I was cooking in the other room she could watch that. Then once everything was ready I could bring it over, lay it on the coffee table, and then we could sit cross-legged on the floor and eat side by side.
Sometimes simplicity is better: I once made a “halibut surprise”, but it didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. My real hit was boiled lobster with garlic-butter sauce: Delicious and easy to prepare, but perhaps a little unsettling. If you go this route, head-first into boiling water is the more humane way.
Don’t forget to bring out an appetizer, as the smells of the kitchen will be torture if you don’t! A baguette with spiced olive oil can be delicious.
Rose petals leading to the bedroom and then petals over the bed in the shape of a heart can be used to great effect for after the movie. Get some massage oil beforehand, heat up your hands by placing them in warm-hot water for a couple of minutes and then rub them together with the oil, and ensure the bedroom is warm and comfortable.
Suggestion from BeatingTheIndex: If you have kids, dump them at grandma’s for the day!
If you want to be really cheap and save money, you can always just pick some flowers out of a traffic median (though this will only work if you live somewhere warm enough for there to be flowers in the middle of February, and if you do this, your Valentine’s will probably be a failure!)
These are all ideas that I’ve done in the past. You probably can’t go wrong with chocolate, jewellry, or flowers, either, which are things I’ve done in the past, too, but it’s good to mix it up a bit! Seeing as how she reads this blog… I wonder what she will be expecting for this weekend! :O Remember, there’s no need to spend a fortune on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes, a bit of cheap fun is all you need. So, what are your ideas for Valentine’s Day this year?