How To Be A Romantic Like Cupid Himself
Everyone knows Valentine’s is coming, so where’s the surprise? Wrong! Surprises are easy!
- Hide a note or a present
- Change plans halfway through the day
- Plan for a taxi to arrive unexpectedly, ready to whisk you away.
Even the smallest thing can add a huge amount of excitement. The key to surprise is smoke and mirrors. Say you’re having a quiet night in just the two of you, or you’re ‘just giving cards’ this year. Say anything, provided it’s dull and unimaginative so the surprise is all the more special.
- Make Something
Instructables or Pinterest is a wealth of creative ideas. All you have to do is follow the instructions, you can claim to be a creative genius, and your love will have something to treasure ( a jelly heart may be too much though).
- Get active
Become a tourist! When was the last time you went up Big Ben, or visited Madame Tussauds? A picture of you and wax Obama = priceless! Even with no budget, simply planning a day full of activities will go down a storm.
- Increase the present list
Ok so we’re not saying break the bank on expensive things, but after one present is given, the assumption will be that that’s the end of it, so any additional presents will be a total surprise, and on Valentine's Day, surprises are good. It’s a quantity vs. quality thing. Do you save the best present till last? Well that’s up to you.
The Great British Bake Off informed us all about the amazing qualities of a well formed Victoria Sponge, especially if it’s heart shaped. Any form of culinary creation is generally a winner, but the best thing about a cake is that you can decorate it, so regardless of how bad it is, you can cover it in hearts and little messages of love.
- Get away
If you’ve got the time, money and freedom, stretch your Valentine’s Day into a Valentine’s weekend away at a romantic resort far away or bed-and-breakfast nearby. Adopt suggestion number 1 to make it special. Is there anything better than a surprise holiday to the beach?
- Do something different
Sometimes it’s easy to do the same things over and over. Why not push the boat out? Go to a gig, grab some comedy tickets, or dress up as Chewbacca and head off to the local Star Wars convention. Ok that last one’s fairly extreme, but we’ve always wanted to know what happens at those things.
- Take a course
Learn something new. If there is anything more invigorating than getting stuck into a sushi and cocktail evening, we’d like to know about it. Then again, it was a cocktail evening. But anyway, there is a lot to be said for knowing your Claret from your Beaujolais, or understanding the finer points of how to whittle a spoon. The more there is to talk about at work on Monday, the better.
- Leave love notes
You can leave secret notes around the house. This is a good idea. Or take it further. Engage your comic skills and use objects around the house to create love ‘pun’ notes (‘I sink I love you’). Better still, a treasure hunt. You don’t need to be 10 to enjoy one of those, especially if there are treats or presents at the end of each clue.
- A candle-lit dinner for two - adventure style!