I’ve got a secret to share. Are you ready? We romance writers like romance.
Are you shocked? Probably not, but this time of year we are joined by the masses as Valentine’s Day nears.
However, for some of you, the very idea of forced romantic creativity is terrifying. You don’t want to disappoint your spouse or your family, but how do you say “I love you” in some special way?
I’m here to help. Below you will find 25 Ways to Say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day to your spouse and your family. Please, feel free to add your own ideas in the comments. The more things to love, the better!
- Order food from a take-out restaurant or get a heart-shaped pizza and share it with all of your Valentines on the living room floor with an indoor picnic.
- Show up at your spouses office and take him out to lunch. Wear something “special” under you clothes and hint that he can see it when he gets home, and you’ll be waiting. I’m sure he won’t be late today!
- Put heart candies everywhere for your spouse and children to find–their pockets, their lunches, their shoes, etc. It will be fun for them to keep discovering your love all day.
- Take your honey on a scavenger hunt with the last clue leading to your final Valentine’s Day activities.
- Remember where you had your first date? Recreate the it. Go to the same restaurant or watch the same movie.
- Put fun notes around the house for your hubby like “Hey, handsome” on a mirror or “You drive me crazy” on his car’s steering wheel.
- Start our the day with an “Why I love you” note. Give him more throughout the day. Deliver each with a kiss.
- Dip your own chocolate covered strawberries and enjoy them with sparkling grape juice in goblets. Don’t forget the candle light.
- Get foil wrapped hearts in enough colors for each of your children to have their own color. Leave a trail of the foil wrapped hearts to a special Valentine’s Day present like a stuffed animal or game.
- Buy Mylar balloons at the dollar store and put one in each person’s room during the night. The first thing they’ll see in the morning is that you love them.
- Text your spouse sweet messages throughout the day. You can text sweet messages to your children, too.
- Each of you take a $10 bill and go to Wal-mart, Target, or a dollar store. Divide up at the door, and after 30 minutes, see what fun, creative Valentine’s gifts for the other.
- Surprise your kids by picking them up after school and taking them out for an ice cream treat.
- Gather up a lot of blankets and build a family fort. Use flashlights, not candles, to create some ambiance and gigle while your picnic inside, read books, or eat popcorn No kids? No problem. All men love forts.
- Have a game night with your spouse, but adjust the rules a little. For example, Trivial Pursuit takes on a whole new meaning when you have to remove something every time your spouse gets an answer right.
- Fill your spouses car (or your teenager’s car) with red and pink balloons.
- Put a collection of red items in your family member’s lunches. Red jello, strawberry applesauce, pasta in red sauce, and fresh tomatoes will do the trick. Don’t forget a yummy red dessert like red velvet cookie.
- Fill a jar with nuts and give it to your Valentine with a note that says, “I’m just nuts about you.”
- Make him a bouquet of bacon roses. You can find out how on the internet. It’s pretty simple and they are very cute.
- Buy matching aprons and cook dinner together.
- Get out the homemade ice cream maker and celebrate with the family. Provide Valentine’s Day themed toppings like strawberries, heart sprinkles, etc. Don’t forget a can of whipped cream.
- Snow on the ground where you live? Fill a spray bottle with water and tint it red with food coloring. Spray the words “I love you” in the snow. Too much work? Just make a big heart.
- Get active. Go for a walk, holding hands. Build a snowman. Bike ride. Hike to a special spot.
- Check out your city’s guide for special events and attend one with your spouse and/or family. For example, our local garden has a Lego display going on.
- Bake a cake, cookies, or cupcakes that fit the day’s theme and deliver them to him at work. Don’t have time to bake? How about bringing him a heart-shaped doughnut? You can make a special delivery to your children’s school or their teacher’s, too.
Okay, that ought to get your creative juices flowing. Are there any of these you’d like to try? Do you have any ideas to share? We’d LOVE to hear them.
Lorna Seilstad brings history back to life using a generous dash of humor. She is the author of the Lake Manawa Summers Series and the Gregory Sisters Series. She and her husband have three children and call Iowa home. Find out more at www.lornaseilstad.com or connect with her on Facebook and on Twitter.View all Lorna Seilstad posts.