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Most people I know either fall into two camps: the pro-Valentine’s Day camp or the against-Valentine’s Day camp.
Me? I’m very much with the pros.
Love me a bit of romance. Yes, I do. And thankfully so does Mr SY.
We may have an aversion to the set menus at restaurants and balloon and stuffed toy arrangements that are usually associated with this day.
But that doesn’t stop us from marking the day on the calendar and making plans to celebrate in our own way.
Over the years the way we celebrate has varied on account of small children, times when V-Day fell mid-week and when romance got interrupted by a commute and/or a tight budget.
Here are 6 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day:
1. Share the love
It’s all too easy to dismiss Valentine’s Day for being too commercial. What about sharing the love with those around you? Doesn’t have to be just a thing for couples. Take your bestie out to lunch. Pop a heart-shaped chocolate into your kids’ lunch box. Send a beautiful card to a friend you’ve not seen in ages. Mr SY’s parents sent their kids anonymous cards each year. The kids knew they were from their parents but still got a kick out of it.
2. Stay in
If you have small children then often it’s more stressful to get organised to go out, which kind of defeats the purpose of what should be a relaxing evening out. When the kids were little we’d plan out a special meal for the night (food we wouldn’t normally cook but love eating), splash out on some champagne (so much easier these days on account of special offers everywhere – don’t think I’ve paid more than about $60 for French varieties for a long time – mostly around the $45 mark) and get the kids off to bed as early as possible. Simply set a beautiful table, light candles and enjoy each other’s company. If you’re single, why not invite others around for dinner? Have everyone bring plate to share and something to drink.
3. Go out on another night
We love to eat out but find that on Valentine’s Day most restaurants create set menus. This might work perfectly for you but I know when we go to a restaurant we like to order our fave items from the menu. This year we’re going out on the 13th instead – works better for our babysitting arrangements and means we can eat whatever we choose.
4. Dress to impress
Whether you’re staying in or heading out, taking some time to think about what you’re wearing will not only give you a little lift, it shows a little self love too. In a couple? Keep it on the stylish side of sexy. Single? Dress in something that makes YOU feel fabulous.
5. Get your glow on
This is something that goes hand-in-hand with getting dressed to impress. Add an illuminator across the top of your cheek bones and by all means create a feature red lip but why not add a pop of sparkle to it with a lip gloss as well?
1. NARS The Multiple illuminator in Copacobana $58 @ Mecca Cosmetica | 2. Napoleon Perdis Limited Edition Love Birds lip and nail collection in Dove $49 | 3. Illamasqua lipstick in Maneater $25
6. Get clever with gifts
Mr SY gets it easy when it comes to finding gifts for me on Valentine’s Day. I love anything with a heart on it. Any time of year. I have a few guidelines when it comes to the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts of roses, chocolates and lingerie. Think quality and class guys. It will win us over every time. When it comes to flowers, think outside the square and find a florist who can create something with flare. Fine chocolate gets my vote every time. A small box of those shows more care than a quick pick up at the corner store on the way home. And lingerie? It’s a little bit of a minefield but if you go into a specialist retailer with specifics on size (don’t just hold your hands up cupped to indicate the size of your partners’ girls to the sales assistant!) then it could be a winner for both of you.
1. Elle Macpherson Intimates chemise $109.95 | 2. Pillow Poet pillow case $49 @ Down That Little Lane | 3. Max Brenner The Love Story Praline Box $21 | 4. Claire Aristides Fine Jewels rose gold heart bracelet $175 | 5. Jam Jars flower arrangement $135 at Divine Flowers (Brisbane delivery)
So tell me, do you do Valentine’s?