Valentine’s Day is a reminder to celebrate what’s precious to us: that person in our lives that makes every day worth living. While some people find this holiday corny or over-commercialized, it’s an opportunity to go with the flow and make it yours.
This year, plan a romantic celebration that stands out in your partner’s memories. Here are five ideas for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.
Gift Flowering Houseplant
Flowers are a traditional Valentine’s and anniversary gift. The problem with these stunning displays is that they never last. If your love isn’t fleeting, opt for a flowering house plant instead.
Some of the most lovely romantic houseplants include:
- peace lilies
- bird of paradise
- flowering maple
For non-flowering romantic plants, you can also get a string of hearts succulent or a hoya kerrii, the latter of which doesn’t often bloom like other hoyas but has stunning heart-shaped leaves.
Write a Year of Letters
Sometimes as a relationship goes on, the initial surge of love and romance fades. That doesn’t mean we feel any different than we did initially, just that the relationship now feels routine. Writing a year of letters is an incredible way to bring back that initial spark, especially on the hard days.
Take the time to write an assortment of letters that outline favorite memories, words of encouragement, and confessions of love. Seal them and put them in a nice wooden box with guidance on when to open them. Remember to include a letter for this Valentine’s Day to kick things off!
Assemble a Picnic Kit
What’s more romantic than a lovely picnic? Put together a picnic kit and head out to enjoy the day in a beautiful location. If you live in a place with temperate winter weather, the world is your oyster. Alternatively, if you live somewhere with cold winter weather, consider finding a nice trail, bringing some delicious outdoor-themed cocktails, and embracing the chill.
Get a portable picnic kit that you can refill again and again for more romantic adventures throughout the year.
Splurge on a Catered Dinner at Home
If heading out into the Valentine’s Day madness is unappealing or unrealistic, consider splurging on the same experience at home. Set up a romantic dining area and order takeaway from your favorite restaurant. Alternatively, pay a local culinary student or catering service to handle everything from food prep to clean up.
Depending on your area and the food you choose, this option is often more affordable than heading out for a date night on the town— and you don’t have to worry about driving.
Cover Everything in Fairy Lights
Finally, set the scene by putting lights up everywhere to make the evening feel more romantic. Fairy lights are the small, twinkling string lights that you see in every romantic Hollywood scene and create a magical, unforgettable atmosphere. This feature is especially nice if you’re spending the evening at home.
With these romantic ideas, you can create an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience that your partner will love— it may even inspire an annual tradition!