Why don't those two words rhyme? I feel that they should. Valenteen Quarantine or Valentine Quarantiine. Either way you say it, Valentine's Day is different this year. You may be wishing for romantic getaways, dinner without the kids, and a night on the town, but that may not be in the Valentine cards. However the current dilemma is playing out in your area, you can enjoy your night and each other.
"Well, that’s what it means. It means that you have me, that I’m yours. It means come live your life with me. The only thing I ask is that you outlive me so I never live another day without you."-Beth Dutton
Start Planning Now
I am a planner, by trade and virtue. I live by my lists and feel great pleasure crossing things off those lists. As I write this, we have 4 weeks until Valentine's Day, so start to plan it now. Do you need the kids to have a night with Grandma and Grandpa? Will you need to plan everything for late night so you can put them to bed? Will you need to celebrate on the 13th since it is a Saturday and you have the next day off work? Think about those little details first so you can put your creativity into the night itself.
Tip #1-Set the Mood
Create a playlist of all of your favorite slow and romantic songs. Try to get at least 2 hours of music prepared for dinner and a few slow dances in the kitchen before dessert. Here are a few of my favorites:
*All of Me-John Legend
*Wild Horses-(I prefer The Sunday's version, but that's just me)
*Wild Horses-Bishop Briggs
*Say You Won't Let Go-James Arthur
*Someone You Loved-Lewis Capaldi
*Iris-Goo Goo Dolls
*Shallow-Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
*Meant to Be-Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
*Perfect-Ed Sheran (This is actually my ringtone whenever my husband calls me, *sigh*)
*Bless the Broken Road-Rascal Flatts
*Senorita-Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello (tell me this song doesn't make you want to dance real close and sexy?)
This is just a start. Spotify, Amazon, and Pandora all have playlists to help you in this endeavor.
"Music is the Shorthand of Emotion"-Leo Tolstoy
Tip #2-Get Cozy
Are you staring at the same 4 walls that you have been staring at since the Stay at Home orders first went out and you just cannot get inspiration for a romantic evening? Change things up with a cozy love nook. Find a nice corner of your home and create a boho picnic nesting spot. Throw down some blankets and pillows around a coffee table set with candles and lanterns. Hang up some of the Christmas lights that you painstakingly just put back in the basement, for a little more light and ambience. It is amazing how quickly you can change up the mood just by moving items from the bed to the floor.
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”― Edith Sitwell