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"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything." - Katharine Hepburn

Next week is Valentine’s Day! Do you have a plan for that day? It is getting late, so if you haven’t started – start NOW!

There are so many things you could do. TV and movies often depict a perfect Valentine’s being a dress-up dinner at a fancy restaurant with a proposal. For some couples, that will happen. Others make plans with spouses, significant others, or friends to go out to eat, go to a movie, go bowling, or join in many other activities.

Some people are planners and want to have a well-planned, romantic event. If you are one of those people, you are behind the gun – NO PRESSURE!

When I was married, my husband was not “romantic,” but he did want to show his love for me. Often, he would bring me flowers and say, “I guess this is what I am supposed to give you today.” At first, I was irritated by the thoughtless gesture. However, over the years, I learned that gesture was challenging for him. It was not that he didn’t love me; it was because showing emotion was difficult for him, and the act of flower-giving was a well-thought-out gesture for him.

For me, Valentine’s Day was often anxiety-producing. I wanted to enjoy the person I was with and did not want to sit in a crowded restaurant. I enjoy movies, but trying to pick the perfect movie we could both enjoy or picking a movie I would endure because I cared about the person was an endeavor fraught with angst!

The list goes on. I will not address everything you can do on Valentine’s Day. Instead, today I am exploring at-home Valentine’s Day plan ideas.

10 romantic ideas for Valentine's Day at home

· Cook a romantic dinner – recreate a favorite meal.

· Create a Spa experience at home – Light some aromatherapy candles, give each other a back massage, etc.

· Turn your living room into a ballroom – move aside your living room furniture, cue up music, and DANCE!

· Cuddle up and watch a movie – no better excuse to cuddle.

· Surprise your partner with a backyard picnic.

· Channel your inner pastry chef – nothing is sweeter than preparing a fancy dessert with your partner.

· Play games – not just for children!

· Take a trip around the world — without leaving home – Incorporate things from other parts of the world. Enjoy wine from Italy, an English Teatime, or a favorite item worldwide.

· Create a scavenger hunt around the house.

· Create art together – make a collage or write a poem. No matter what you create, display it as a reminder of your love for one another.

Today, start planning for the big day. Maybe you plan to have no plan, and that is OKAY! Find a way to enjoy both the planning and the execution of the plan.

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