Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Three Valentines Day Options for a great Valentines Day

Valentines Day is just around the corner . . .

And as usual, life has crept in and you have no plan . . . yet.

This is where I can help.  Below are 3 ideas you can borrow to make this Valentines Day incredible.  Skip the traditional chocolates.  This year you are going to win an award for how you made it so special . . .

Option #1:  Fun.  This option is a stripped-down, "lets skip the big fancy dinner and have fun tonight!"  Start with picking up dinner at your favorite Chinese Food place (or Chipotle or what have you).  Have a picnic on the floor with candles and cheap food.  Bring out the board games (Yahtzee, Checkers, Old School Chutes and Ladders).  Give a simple gift (Silver Locket or nice Cologne from Kohls - 30% off coupons rule).  Open up the Sparkling Grape Juice and proclaim your love by crafting a love song at  (this website allows you to build your song on the spot - lotsa fun)!  Pop in a Redbox movie and its a night!  Total cost:  $45.

Option #2:  Romance.  This option is a little more on the romantic side with a splash of fun.  Start out with a quick trip to a small cafe near you for a simple dinner.  Like Bohemians, you will munch on a sandwich or a salad and get ready for the rest of the night.  Now travel outside town a bit to a hill and look for the constellation Cassiopeia  - you can find it with the help of this website:   Cassiopeia is in the shape of a crown.  You can say, "For Valentines Day I bought you a very large crown."  The perfect gift - guy or girl.  Then give a real gift (something simple like a necklace or perfume/cologne).  Spend some time walking and enjoying the beautiful view.  Chances are it will be cold so get inside somewhere with some hot chocolate (with marshmallows).  Say, "let's recite some poetry" and go to  for some fun with Madlibs.  Finish off with heart-shaped cookies and maybe a Redbox Romantic Comedy.  Total Cost:  $55

Option #3:  Fun and Romance.  This option is definitely for the marrieds.  Grab some dinner at the place of your choosing.  Stop by a cafe on the way back for some hot chocolate and fun conversation.  Then head back home where you have spent time earlier in the day preparing a good old-fashioned fort.  I got this idea from our Young Married ministry at church.  Basically make a tent out of blankets and cushions.  You can even set up a legit tent.  Either way - make it awesome.  Candles, food - whatever just make it warm and cozy.  Go to this website to grab a series of questions and play "20 Questions." The key here is to have fun opening up and talking.  Total Cost: $50

Go for the Gold and quote this from Song of Solomon 4:9-11:

You have captured my heart,

    my treasure, my bride.
You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes,
    with a single jewel of your necklace.

10 Your love delights me,
    my treasure, my bride.
Your love is better than wine,
    your perfume more fragrant than spices.
11 Your lips are as sweet as nectar, my bride.
    Honey and milk are under your tongue.
Your clothes are scented
    like the cedars of Lebanon.

This plan will make you both happy campers!  (wink)

Well there you have it!  Make memories this Valentines Day!  Enjoy!

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