Special occasions like Valentine’s Day call for meaningful moments shared with the people we love the most. Married people with kids, like my husband and I, usually take this opportunity to take a break from their usual routine, leave the kids with a trusted babysitter or relative, and spend some well-deserved quality time together. This need not entail spending thousands of pesos though. What is most important is the quality of time that we spend together with our dearest better halves.
Here are five suggested ways to celebrate the “Day of Hearts” with your spouse, without going over budget. All you need is some imagination, creativity and a bit of effort – mix in a whole bucket of love – and voila! You get a Valentine’s Day to remember, lots of perfect moments to treasure, and savings in the bank!
1. Gift your spouse with your creativity. Write a love letter. Or a poem. Or a song. It depends on how you want to express your devotion to your spouse. Don’t give up just because you consider yourself not to be artistically-inclined. There are lots of ways to show your spouse how creatively you love him or her. You could even make a special video dedicated to your honey, or a mix tape of his or her favorite songs. If you’re a good dancer, you could make up a special dance number that is for his or her eyes only. The more creative among you may want to consider making a photo collage or scrapbook of your favourite memories together as a couple. You could even come up with a blog dedicated to your love, complete with pictures of you two even before you got married. If you’re stuck for ideas that “fit” your talents, the Internet is a great place to find free stuff.
2. Plan a home-cooked meal, served up with a lot of romance. Valentine’s Day meals need not be at expensive high-end restaurants. You can make up your own Valentine meal at home with easy-to-cook recipes taken from the Internet or your own favorite cookbooks. If you’re not a good cook, order in (or take out) some good, affordable food and serve it in the most romantic way you can think of. Lay out one of your nice tablecloths, get some fresh flowers from the garden (if you don’t have a garden, ask your neighbour, friends or family members for some) and put them in a vase; light up some candles and set out your nicest plates and cutlery. If dining in is not so appealing to you and your spouse, you could opt to go on a picnic at a nearby park, or even just outside in your garden. For condo and apartment dwellers, try your neighbourhood clubhouse or park area. Leave the kids at home and have a romantic outdoor meal with the love of your life.
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