Preparing for the Holiday of Love
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it is time to start preparing. If you've got someone special in your life, now is the time to make plans to spend the day with them. This is the one day a year where love, gushing over your significant other, and spending time with those you love is encouraged. There is no gesture too small or too extravagant. Here are some date ideas which are sure to be a hit no matter who you are and what your interests are.

Looking for Affordable Date Ideas?
You don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy the holiday. During this holiday, your loved ones
just want your time. They want to feel appreciated. Sure, a gift is nice but it's not everything.
Instead, plan a nice date. You don't have to spend an arm and a leg to make date night special for Valentine's Day.

Spend Time at Home
If you're looking for a romantic evening with your partner, spend time alone together. Think of this
as a time where you can truly get to know each other with no distractions. There are so many
different and affordable things you can do to make the day special.

Cooking Dinner Together
Most dates start out with food and if you're on a budget, consider making dinner at home. There
are thousands of delicious recipes that can be found online. This is a way to be intimate. Both of
you can work together to find and create the perfect recipe. There are a few recipes that are super romantic for the day:
 Create homemade fondue
 Chocolate covered strawberries
 Pasta and wine
To set the mood, consider having an indoor picnic. You can dim the lights, set out candles, and get cozy.

Put a Popular Spin on a Classic Board Game
Board games are great date night ideas for couples and individuals. Since the holiday makes things a little bit more special, you can take your board games to the next level by putting a romantic spin on them. Take an old Jenga game and write truth or dare commands on it. This allows you and your partner to open up with one another. Play Scrabble but instead of any word, choose words that relate to your relationship. The possibilities are endless. There are also plenty of other board games that are designed to add some spice to your relationship.

Create a Spa Date at Home
Spa dates are nice for the holiday but not everyone can afford them. That's why creating your own isn't a bad idea. You and your loved one can head to the store and pick out bath bombs, candles, lotion, and other things that will help you feel pampered. Take turns giving each other a deep-tissue massage.


Including Kids in Your Valentine's Plans
Children love this holiday as much as adults do. If you have kids in your family then you can
include them in your plans. There are several easy ways to do this and it helps to show them that
love and kindness are important especially around this time of year.

Make Crafts Together
One popular choice is to make crafts together. There are plenty of options for crafts related to this
holiday. As a family you can make:
 Homemade Valentine's for loved ones
 String garland with hearts
 Pictures and frames to go along with it
You can then give these gifts to loved ones to show appreciation.

Keep Things Simple With Dinner and a Movie
You don't have to do anything super spectacular, simply spend time together as a family. You can't go wrong grabbing dinner and seeing a movie together. To keep with the theme of the day, choose a family-friendly movie with a happy ending. For dinner, end with dessert. Your family can try different Valentine's-themed desserts like cake with strawberry frosting or ice cream with colorful sprinkles. Doing small things like that makes the day seem special. 


Making the Day Extra Special
For this holiday, it's okay to splurge. Save money so that when the day comes, you and your
partner can splurge. Opt to do an extravagant date that you never would have done otherwise.
This helps to keep things fresh and exciting in your relationship. Decide on a budget for gifts and
date night. Treat yourself to something you'd never do otherwise.

Choosing a Fancy Restaurant
Is there a fancy restaurant that you two have been dying to try but it's been out of your budget?
Now is the time to book that reservation. Many restaurants offer special meals and menus for the
day. Find a babysitter, plan in advance, and take the time to enjoy each other's company. This is a day where love and intimacy is encouraged. Most restaurants will have mood lighting and soft
music playing to help you feel close.

Spend the Night in a Hotel
If you want to get away from your daily routine, opt to rent a hotel for the night. You can decorate
the room ahead of time with flower pedals and soft lighting. Many hotels offer room service in
which you can order a nice bottle of wine or champagne. Choose a hotel that has amenities that
interest you such as:
 Walking distance to great restaurants
 A swimming pool or hot tub
 Added perks like a mini bar and room service

Conclusion: Only You Can Decide
Only you can decide what type of evening you'd like. Valentine's Day means different things to
different people. Some want to spend the day with the ones they love like their whole family. They
want to show them how much they care. Others want to take a more intimate route and just spend time with their significant other. No matter what you choose, this is a time to show just how much your loved ones mean to you. It's a time to unwind, relax, and spread love. You don't have to have a lot of money to make the holiday a memorable one. Just budget money accordingly, plan ahead, and know that love is the real reason for the day.