Valentine’s Day the day where lovers embrace and express their unconditional love for one another. A day where everyone wears red and pink (the colour of romance) and it’s also the day where florists, chocolate, and card companies make a lot of money.  Since many restaurants and theaters are overcrowded and overpriced because of celebrating couples, why not avoid them by celebrating at home?  Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank. It can be simple and romantic.

Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day at home where your sweetheart will feel truly special.

Create a meal that will impress:

 Alfredo Gnocchi

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 Sweet Soy Salmon and Asparagus with Basmati Rice
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Featured Drink:

Chocolate Martini
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Create a mini spa:

When your sweetie gets home, draw a hot bath filled with rose petals. Since roses are so expensive around Valentines Day, you can ask your florist for a package of plain rose petals, short-stemmed roses, or for “seconds” (ones that are slightly bruised since you won’t be giving them in a traditional way.)  You can also add some Epsom salt to help soothe and relax. And to mimic the atmosphere and tranquility of a spa, light some candles, turn down the lights and play some relaxation music or your favourite love songs. Don’t forget a glass of wine or chocolate martini!

Afterwards, you can bring out the body moisturizer and give a neck and back massage. You might also want to throw in a foot rub for extra brownie points. (Many people have creams and exfoliating rubs at home already; you don’t have to spend extra money on this step.)  Afterwards the two of you can snuggle and watch a romantic movie together.

Valentine’s Day should be simple, honest and unassuming.  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to show your love that you are mad about them.  After all, everyday should be Valentine’s Day!