I received a copy of the February 2011 Chatelaine magazine today and really loved one feature where they asked readers to share their most romantic memories. What really stood out to me was that most of these memories were not expensive dates or fancy gifts – in fact, most were homemade and basically free ideas that anyone could do. It was the thought behind the gesture that made the moment so special – not the money. So if you’re on a budget this Valentine’s day and looking for an affordable way to romance your partner, here are a few ideas you’ll love!
First – my favorites inspired by Chatelaine’s readers:
Create a bouquet of origami flowers/roses. This is an affordable way to give flowers if you can’t afford the expense of real roses at Valentine’s day and the amount of work that goes into making them definitely says “I LOVE YOU”. Plus – she can keep them forever!
Cut out 100 red hearts from construction paper and write a something romantic on each one – something you love about them, something you enjoy doing with them, something you are looking forward to in the future, etc. Surprise your loved one by hanging them from the ceiling to create a room full of romance.
Some other ideas we love:
Your own private restaurant – you see it in the movies all the time. The guy brings the girl out to a romantic setting on a roof top somewhere and they are served a romantic dinner for two. Recreate this by cooking up a romantic candle light dinner at home, set out the best dinnerware, and maybe even enlist a friend to act as your waiter/waitress for the evening.
Write a love letter – extra brownie points if you mail it on time for it to show up in the mail just before Valentine’s day.
Create a scrapbook – it doesn’t have to be fancy. Just a cute notebook from the local dollar store will do – fill it with your favorite pictures of the two of you and write the story that goes with each picture. You might also include pictures that remind you of special memories. Need ideas? How about a photo of the place you went for your first date along with a note about how you felt that day, what you remember, etc. Or what about the day you meet? Your first kiss? etc. Your partner will love remembering these moments and hearing about them from your perspective as well!