January 31, 2011

DIY | Top Tips for the Ultimate Valentine's Celebration

Travel is a Girl's Best Friend

The results are in. If you're a married man planning to buy your wife a special gift for Valentine's Day, jewelry is number two. Many women say travel is number one on their wishlist. 67% say they would be willing to pay for it themselves! A trip to a resort spa, a cruise, and even a pre-packaged tour are the most-favored travel options.

According to the stats, most women define fun as freedom from household responsibilities and lots of socializing. It’s not surprising then, that a vacation away from home would head their wish list.

Let's Celebrate! Top 5 Tips To Honor Him

V. Valentine’s Breakfast
Make up a batch of
heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast or brunch. Serve with real maple syrup, pink whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Garnish with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and fresh mint. (Don't forget to tie on your new red apron! )

A. All Handmade
Knit him a scarf, hat, or sweater, or stitch him up a new pair of pants. Use your own creative talents—whatever they are—and be sure to sign your handmade gift with a flourish.

L. Laughing
Have a friendly food fight with chocolate pudding (it’s OK). Then clean up the mess by kissing each other’s flavored skin.

E. Electronics
Download a collection of your favorite songs as a couple. Wrap up a new set of headphones for him with a big red bow.

N. Notes
Tease him by sending tastefully suggestive messages to his private e-mail address. Or post funny sticky notes on his rear view mirror.

Let's Celebrate! Top 5 Tips To Romance Her

T. Time
Give her the most precious gift of all—your time. Make reservations at a fine restaurant; the kind with white linen tablecloths, real china, and good crystal. Be prepared to spend some major bling. Then let her talk the night away.

I. Italian Romance
You do the cooking! Pick an easy pasta dish prepared with tomato marinara or
imported pesto sauce, toss a green salad, and serve with her favorite red Italian vino. Consider purchasing two slices of tiramisu from your local bakery for dessert. Create a romantic mood by lighting candles and turning on some soft music.

N. Nesting
Fill her bathtub with fresh rose petals or scented bubbles, and let her enjoy a soapy and sensuous soak. And then ___________? (You can fill in the blank.)

E. Entertainment
Purchase two tickets to a dance performance, a musical, or a great comedy act. Get dressed up, wash and vacuum your car, and escort her to the theatre as if she were royalty.

S. Scavenger Hunt
Write little notes about how you feel about your sweetie, and hide them around the house with
chocolate truffles. Include a riddle about where to look for the next one. With the last note, have something special waiting. Consider airplane tickets, a pair of diamond stud earrings, or a framed photo of the two of you.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth. For your love is more delightful than wine. (Song of Solomon 1:2)

Via Heather Diodati.

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What special plans are you making for Valentine's Day?

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