It's the day of lovers -- a time to reconnect and celebrate your relationship with a significant other. Perhaps you've done the flowers and chocolate and now it's time to shake things up a bit. With a little creativity and planning, you can make Valentine's special and memorable.
One way to make Valentine's special is to create a theme to your outing or gift. Themes are a great way to provide inspiration and direction when doing something out of the box. For instance, Italian food often comes to people's minds when planning a meal for Valentine's Day. If you're preparing a meal at home, go all out with a checkered table cloth, candle in a wine bottle and romantic music. Whip up your favorite Italian dessert and watch an Italian-inspired movie such as "Under the Tuscan Sun."
Or go tropical with the evening and invite your significant other to join you on an evening in the Caribbean. If you've visited an island together before, bring out the pictures and decorate with them to provide the ambiance. Pop in an island music CD. An Asian theme is also a fun way to go. Send your date an invitation to an Asian-inspired dinner tucked inside a small, colorful fortune cookie box. Order in Chinese food and eat it from a coffee table decorated with Asian-inspired material.
Many couples this year will be looking for ways to make Valentine's special without breaking the bank. Homemade gifts remain one of the most meaningful ways to express your love. In fact, Valentine's Day was celebrated in the 18th century with elaborately decorated homemade cards. Another approach is to design gift certificates from a home computer offering to do the dishes, give a foot massage, or another task that is especially meaningful to the receiver. The real value in these gifts is the thought and act of love behind it, not the monetary value.
Another approach to making Valentine's special is to burn a CD with music for your loved one. Nothing sets the mood quite like music. If your goal is romance, there is an endless selection of legal music to download. A few suggestions include Marvin Gaye, John Legend, Chris Isaak, Chris Botti, Beyonce, and Kanye West, to name a few. Design a CD cover for your gift, include a personal note or two about the music selections. Then let the music weave its magic.
Dinner at her favorite restaurant is another sure-fire way to creating an unforgettable February 14. Or maybe take your date to a new restaurant the two of you have wanted to try. Dinner and dancing is another very romantic choice. Some places operate as a restaurant in one area and a dance club in a separate part of the building, creating a convenient way to enjoy both. Also, check into hotels that may offer discounted dinner and overnight packages.
February 14 is a sentimental occasion for many couples. And nothing makes Valentine's special quite like jewelry. The holiday is the choice of many young men who use the romantic day to pop the big question with a beautiful diamond ring. However, you don't need an engagement to "wow" her with jewelry. For couples who may have spent many a happy February 14 together, make this a banner year with something that takes her breath away and is truly sentimental with the choice of jewelry.
For instance, you could surprise her with a beautiful European-designed charm bracelet, which commemorates the special moments and occasions of your life together. The beauty of these interchangeable bracelets is that additional beads and charms can be added in future years.
Fashioned from 14K gold, sterling silver and Murano glass, these beautiful beads and charms are attached on threaded sections which allow them to swivel and move with the wearer. When a woman wants to change the look of her charm bracelet, the beads and charms can be easily re-arranged by untwisting them and starting over. Imagine her delight every time she glances at the colorful beads and charms which signify her best moments in life. She'll never forget the thoughtfulness you invested in making Valentine's special.
Lewis Jewelers is proud to carry the full line of Pandora Jewelry. Pandora charms, Pandora bracelets and Pandora beads are only a part of the collection. For more information, Lewis Jewelers, 2000 West Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103, 877-88-LEWIS or visit the website.