The Christmas decorations have only just been packed away and now Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Before you make a conscious decision to forget all about the 14th February, rather decide to celebrate the day of love and make the day an extra special one. We are all well aware that the day is meant for star-crossed new lovers (who admire each other from a distance) but there is no reason why parents are barred from sharing the love and handing over mushy cards which profess their undying love!
If you have just welcomed a new baby to your home, the last thing on your mind is Valentine’s Day (especially when you look at your bank statement), so here are a few fun (and affordable) ideas on how to spoil your deserving partner this Valentine’s Day, and reignite the passion in your relationship:
- Plan a picnic. Forget about a park, use your lounge floor. Send your love an email a few days before Valentine’s Day and invite him (or her) over for a picnic with a difference. Pack a picnic basket which is brimming with tons of decadent treats, such as rich chocolate mousse, strawberries, quartered sandwiches and a bottle of bubbly (if you are breastfeeding, use sparkling grape or apple juice). Use a brightly colored tablecloth as a picnic blanket and sprinkle rose petals sparingly on the floor and remember to use tons of candles to set the mood. The advantage of a planned -lounge’ picnic is that parents will not need to find a babysitter and all the romance can be scheduled for after baby’s bath and feeding time. Remember to look for appropriate background music – something that is extra slow and romantic will do.
- If you are somehow unable to envision the love of your life picnicking on the lounge floor, how about a romantic dinner at home? Again the romance can get underway once the baby has been snugly tucked into bed. Find a quick and easy (but tasty) recipe and pay extra care and attention to the table decorations. Use candles, floating petals, red and white serviettes and of course what would a romantic dinner be without a glass of wine (or grape juice)? Try to find meals that can be prepared beforehand and warmed up when needed (such as lasagna) and surprise your partner with your incredible gourmet cooking skills! Take out that little black number in your cupboard and while enjoying the ambience of a romantic dinner at home, use the time to focus on each other and try to leave out baby talk! Celebrate your love and let your hair down.
- Another fun idea for the special day of love is to pack your man (or woman) an extra special work lunch. Select the best freshest exotic fruits such as strawberries, melons and kiwis for a delicious fruit salad. Why not tape a love poem or a sexy thought onto the box?
- Spoil your love with breakfast in bed and don’t forget to decorate the breakfast tray with rose petals, or a vase of fresh flowers.
- Send a romantic SMS or email. Or write an old-fashioned love letter.
- Organize a tasteful (but cheeky) photo shoot with the love of your life. Not only will it be a completely different and fun experience, but you and your partner will have a lovely portfolio of professional photographs.
- Surprise your partner at work with a picnic lunch! If your partner has a PA why not chat to her beforehand and try and get an hour scheduled in on the day. Whisk your partner off for a romantic lunch or arrange a secret meeting place!
- If you have a little extra cash this Valentine’s Day why not use it to spoil your Valentine and instead of giving an impersonal gift, try to find the perfect gift which will give your partner pleasure. Spa treatments (for men and women) are by far the most favored of personal gift choices and those who want to go all out can book a couple’s massage therapy. Visit the www.healthspas.co.za to find out how to book a therapy and what special spa packages a number of the top South African spas are offering especially for the 14th February.
Men can also find ways to show their partner how much they care by and they can do this by:
- Taking the day off work, or perhaps the afternoon. If your partner has recently given birth, why not surprise her with bunch of flowers, or offer to look after baby while she indulges in a long, well deserved bubble bath. Offer to take care of dinner. Spend the day together, enjoying each other’s company.
- If you can’t be with your love on the day, make use the services of an online florist to send a surprise bunch of flowers or an indulgent -pamper hamper’! Visit Netflorist online at www.netflorist.co.za to see their Valentine’s Day specials.
- Treat her to her favorite perfume, or spoil her with vouchers from her favorite store. Now that baby has arrived, she has probably has had little time to spoil herself, so show her how much you care and how much you truly appreciate her by spoiling her!
Valentine’s Day is one day of the year that is dedicated entirely to lovers (young and old)! If you are first time parents, of if you have been married for twenty years, share the day with your partner and show them how special they are and how much your appreciate who they are. These tips for romance are not only limited to the day of love but if you opt to invest time and effort in your relationship you will continue to reap the benefits.
Finally if you think you don’t have what it takes to pen a meaningful love letter, or have the right words to send in a romantic text message to your true love, here are a few ideas;
Inspirational words of love â€¦
As we grow older together, As we continue to change with age, There is one thing that will never change. . . I will always keep falling in love with you. – Karen Clodfelder
I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you – Roy Croft
A heart that loves is always young – Greek Proverb
Happy Valentine’s Day!