Special Valentine's Day Ideas

Warm up the cold month of February with Valentine's Day ideas your sweetheart won't ever forget. He'll expect chocolates; she'll be looking for flowers. That doesn't mean you can't try new ideas for added sizzle. Draw a red heart on the calendar and make plans to celebrate your love in exciting ways. Implement one idea, or aim Cupid's bow a little high and try them all.

Lovers' Games

No good Valentine's Day would be complete without some playfulness. Surprise a spouse or lover with a provocative dice or card game. Buy a romantic board game that encourages kissing and maybe even some private time together. Fill a heart-covered hatbox with romantic trinkets like mini massage oils, floating candles and a feather for tickling. Purchase a set of body paints, and place them in a red velvet box for a sexy presentation.

Pack a Picnic

Celebrate Valentine's Day with an indoor picnic before the fire. ProFlowers has everything lovers need in their Wine Country Picnic basket. Each basket contains a bottle of red wine, almonds, spreadable cheese and crackers. Or, create your own basket using her favorite wine, monogrammed wine glasses and a CD of her favorite tunes. If the weather allows, take your picnic outdoors and pack olives, artisan bread and a decadent cheese for snacking. Pack the camera to capture all the Valentine's Day memories.

Chocolate Creations

No Valentine's Day is complete without some candy. Skip the heart-shaped box this year, and host a chocolate fondue night for friends or a sweetheart. Or, order a personalized chocolate bar that spells his name. You could also use chocolate pieces to spell his name atop a special cake for a delicious surprise.

Play Matchmaker

Buy and wear matching sweaters, pajamas or bathrobes to celebrate this day of love. Go for gaudy by wearing sweaters or sweatshirts that have a photo of the two of you together on the front. Red silk pajamas with embroidered initials on the pocket are comfortable and feel nice against the skin. Stay warm with fluffy, white bathrobes that match. For her, choose a short version; for him, go long. Purchase pairs of monogrammed slippers, then take a picture of your slippered feet side by side.

Dessert by Candlelight

You can't have Valentine's Day without some candlelight. No matter where you go for dinner, make it a point to stay in for dessert. Before you leave, set up a table in an elegant corner of the dining room or bedroom. Set out your best china, tapered candles and a covered dessert. When you return, light the candles, and reveal the special treat hidden under the cake cover. Dessert by candlelight is the perfect idea for a couple that wants more opportunities for romance.

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