I hold no personal grudge against Valentine’s Day. I just don’t see what the whole shabang is about. It doesn’t exist in Brazil at all, so until last week I actually thought it was a day for everyone you loved, not just your significant other! Silly me.
So what is it that gets me about Valentine’s day?
Probably the overpriced flowers, overbooked restaurants, forced chocolates and gifts, too-cheesy cards, forced romanticism, you name it. For me, all the gestures people associate with Valentine’s day are something that should happen organically in a relationship. I’ll appreciate it a lot more if you surprise me on a random day rather than showing up on my door with too-expensive red flowers. I’m all about the spontaneity of romance, which, for me, Valentine’s day lacks. It just seems so forced.
What are you guys going to do? If you are a celebrator, I have some options that’ll not only be more fun than your run-of-the-mill cupid day, but also won’t break your bank.
Make your own treats! These chocolate delights are sure to win over your sweetheart – and they’re so simple to make. You definitely cannot go wrong with these. I made them for Christmas and they were gone in a matter of minutes. Much better than store-bought chocolate for sure.
Cook together - or better yet, take a cooking lesson! Allows for way more bonding than having a waiter bring out your plate. Matt and I took a cooking class together recently and it was so much fun! This Friday we shall be making homemade burgers!
Build a fort! This I am definitely doing. Building a fort never gets old. Drape whatever you got – shawls, blankets, anything goes – and be sure to add fairy lights. It’s all about the mood lighting in these grown-up havens! Bonus cookie points if you watch a movie (as long as it’s not Valentine’s Day. That movie doesn’t count).
Bacon Roses. Instead of showing up with the cliche bouquet or red roses, why not try a bouquet of bacon instead? You can make it yourself, and it gives that little something-something of creativity.
Funny cards! I know some people are very into card giving. I’m not that particularly fussed, but I do enjoy a funny one here & there. So if you’re going to do it, might as well give the gift of giggles as well. How great is the one below?
So how are Matt and I spending this Friday’s cupid day? Burger-making and fort building, nothing too different from how we spend our “normal” weekends really. The only difference? This Friday has a special name. I have banned him from getting me any presents, and luckily he shares my views. Phew!
Are you a V-Day hater or lover?