5 Important Tips For A Great Valentine’s Day Date – Free Downloadable Checklist

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Ultimate Valentine's Day Checklist

Valentine’s Day is coming up!  We’ve gathered 5 most important tips you need to have the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Date.  In order to save you time, we’ve scoured the internet to put everything you’ll need to create the perfect date for you and your honey in one place, and we created a free downloadable Valentine’s Day Checklist for you.  All you need to do is read below and follow the checklist.

valentineDownload our free Valentine’s Day Checklist here: Click Here to get your checklist.

Here’s our guide to get it all done with ease:

  1.  Find Childcare

Kids are great, but when they’re around romance tends to go out the door.  So, first order of business is to find childcare.

If you don’t have childcare already zipped up, you can go to care.com or UrbanSitter.com to find local sitters that have been vetted by other parents.

2.    Make a Plan: Dinner

The next step is to make your V-Day plans.  Most people choose a romantic dinner out on the town.  If you’re looking for some inspiration or ideas check out Open Table’s Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants for 2015 to see if there’s a local romantic restaurant nearby for you and your sweetheart.

Lemon Ricotta Strawberry Pie with Poppy Seed Shortbread Crust from closetcooking.com

Lemon Ricotta Strawberry Pie with Poppy Seed Shortbread Crust from closetcooking.com

If you’re looking to stay home and cook a romantic meal, you can check out some recipes from closetcooking.com.  This blog gathered 50 incredibly yummy looking Valentine’s Day recipes.  Check out the link.  You’re bound to find something perfect amongst the group.

Dating Divas     Schedule Another Fun Activity:

If you’d like to do something more unconventional you should check out the Dating Diva’s Top 76 Valentine’s Date Ideas – some are outings and some are for home.

Though we are always happy to have a romantic dinner out, my husband and I like to be a bit more unconventional for Valentine’s Day.  It makes V-Day less pressured and more fun.  This year my hubby and I are doing #31 from the Dating Divas suggestions.  We’re having a yoga date.  The yoga studio where I teach at is having a partner yoga/acro yoga class.  For me that’s fun and bonding.  I can’t wait.

Last year we did something very unconventional too.  We did a wedding proposal flash mob for Valentine’s Day.  If you want to know what that is, you can check out this video below.  Ours was to this same Bruno Mars song, but was in a night club in Hollywood.  We went and had a lovely sushi dinner nearby and then went over to to the club to dance and surprise a very happy young woman.  It was awesome!

3.   Get Spruced Up

I’m not one of those moms that never leaves the house without makeup and her hair done.  I’m whatever is opposite of that.  So, I appreciate (as does my husband) when I get a little dolled up.  Because this is not necessarily my thing, I went surfing on Pinterest to see what I could find.

    Style Hair

I went on Pinterest and searched for “easy romantic hairstyle”  I only searched for EASY.  If you’re like me, that’s all you’ve got time for.  Actually, for the most part these looks were too complicated for me. My go-to upscale style is generally “well brushed.”  However, I found this 2 minute bun that looks doable to me.  I’m going to try it.  Check it out too.

    Find Perfect Outfit:

Red & White Combo from "5 Valentine's Day Outfits You Already Own" on babble.com

Red & White Combo from “5 Valentine’s Day Outfits You Already Own” on babble.com

For the Valentine’s Day outfit, you don’t need to go shopping.  Check out this babble.com article on finding 5 great Valentine’s Day outfits in your closet: 5 Pretty Valentine’s Day Outfits You Already Own. 

    Get New Scent:

There’s definitely something to be said for wearing one of your favorite perfumes for your special date.  If you want to do something extra-special you can get or make a new scent.  If you’re into something natural here’s a great quick and easy recipe for making your own “romantic evening” perfume using natural oils.

4.    Set the Mood

If your date will be at home, you want to set the right romantic mood.

Flowers

Simple but Elegant Romantic Floral Centerpiece by familyholiday.net

Simple but Elegant Romantic Floral Centerpiece by familyholiday.net

Get fresh flowers and make a lovely table centerpiece.  This FamilyHoliday.net site has 27 romantic centerpieces you can make.  They are all elegant, and some of them are particularly simple,.  I love this one pictured here which is just the rose (minus stem)  in simple clear glasses (I think we own these exact glasses – so that’s already a score) with little votives scattered around.

Music

The last step in setting the mood is to get the music.  You can set up a playlist filled with some of your favorite romantic songs.  There are great playlists already on Spotify (you can just do a search for Valentine’s and your favorite genre and I bet you’ll find something).  If you want to make your own, you can check out Billboard’s Top 50 Romantic Songs of All Time.

5. Gifts

If you’re into DIY, you can check out this great post from DIY Joy on DIY Gifts for Men.  Buzzfeed has “23 Insanely Romantic Ways to Say I Love You” with food and/or booze.  The Buzzfeed article gave me some great insights into the working of the male mind.  🙂

If you’re not into DIY and don’t want to stress with shopping, Real Simple has curated 37 Valentine’s Day Gifts for your husband or boyfriend.

That should cover you for the gifts and then you need to get or make the card.  In my house sometimes (ok… pretty much always) the card is my husband’s “present.”  And we think that’s totally ok.  Valentine’s Day is more about the experience of being together and expressing our love for one another in non-material ways.  Though this year, I’m going to try one of those Buzzfeed “love through food” gifts.

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Download our free Valentine’s Day Checklist here: Click here to get your checklist!

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Ok, that’s everything you need to have a great Valentine’s Day date.  The only thing missing is the right attitude.  Don’t take it too seriously and just have fun!  It doesn’t have to be “perfect” to be a perfect date.  Let me know how it goes and/or if I missed anything!

 

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