February is the month of love and this year Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday. Poetry, roses, and dinner dates are all a big part of this day of love. You could do the traditional “going out to dinner” and fighting the crowds or you could stay home and add some of these elements into your romantic outdoor dinner for two.
1. Consider having dinner in your garden. If your flowers are not blooming, consider adding vases with roses, lavender or pansies to set the stage. Romantic flowers add to the ambiance and are associated with love.
2. Sometimes dinner isn’t an option. When your kids are young, it can be hard to find a babysitter on Valentine’s Day. Think about changing things up and having a romantic lunch instead. Put the kids down for a nap and spend some time outdoors enjoying a picnic together.
3. Cook your meal together. Plan the menu together and then take it outside to cook together. There is something about spending time with someone you love and making a meal together to share. Find a meal that will be memorable and enjoyable for both of you.
4. Add candlelight to the table. Place a few candles on a small cozy table where you both can sit close and have a long conversation while you enjoy your meal or dessert. Take the time to talk and enjoy each other’s company. Slow down the schedule and just re-connect by candlelight.
5. Share gifts with each other. A gift doesn’t have to be extravagant or flashy. It can be something as simple as a letter letting your loved one know how much they mean to you. Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to tell those we love how much they mean to us, this is your chance to let them know.
6. Turn on the fire. There is nothing quite like sitting in front of a warm fire with someone you love. The flicker and dancing of the flame is comforting and a great place to just sit and enjoy a glass of wine together. Or open a bottle of champagne to celebrate the day of love and make a toast to the one you love. The warmth of the fire and the coolness of the champagne are sure to light a spark in your relationship.
7. Go for a walk. There is something about a walk during the moonlight that adds to the romance. And sometimes we need to stop and just smell the roses. A squeeze of a hand, a hug or soft touch can help lower blood pressure and increase immune function. Touching makes you healthier, happier and less anxious. It also floods us with oxytocin and feel-good endorphins. Go ahead hold hands – it is good for you!
The most important thing to remember on this Valentine’s Day is to spend time with those you love. Enjoy the day right in your outdoor living space creating wonderful memories together. Visit our Pinterest board for more "Romantic Dinner for Two" ideas.