For the casual couple –
- Many pizza places will do a heart-shaped pizza (Papa John’s has done them in years past). Order a heart-shaped pizza.
- Fire up the Netflix or video games and enjoy.
For the romantic couple with a big bathtub (and kids) –
After the kids go to sleep ...
- Get a few candles and put them in your bathroom (you can grab them on the cheap at the corner dollar store).
- Add some bubble bath (or shampoo, in a pinch) to your bath, or break out that bath bomb you’ve been saving for a special occasion.
- Go to Spotify and pick out a romantic playlist (put “romance” into the Spotify search, and find playlists like “90’s Babymakers” or “Acoustic Love”).
- Turn off the lights. This is both romantic and necessary for most of us if you have children because we don’t look like we did at 19. Candlelight is kind. Both of you get in the tub at the same time. Stay in for at least three songs. You probably will get sleepy. But it will be a more romantic sleepy than the usual Wednesday night.
For the couple for whom even lighting candles and getting in the tub is too much –
- Make a dinner reservation for next Saturday night (or the next time you can get a babysitter).
- Tell each other you love each other.
- Hold hands as you go to sleep.
Valentine’s Day is a “Hallmark holiday,” but it is always a good excuse to stop for a minute and fall in love again. You don’t have to shell out thousands of dollars, or plan too much, or even bring home flowers and chocolates. Just spending a little extra time together can make the occasion extra special.