Whatever you’re up to this Saturday, have a good one. You might be with your other half, your best pals, or your family, but do all things with love today and really appreciated what you have. We’re having a low-key time and really don’t do much to ‘celebrate’ this holiday, but this year is one I certainly do appreciate, with being on the verge of entering marriage. Be happy.
Go for this if you’re the old romantic type, who believes in true love, being swept off your feet and growing old together. It is an absolute classic and you can’t help but be swept along in the lifelong love of Allie and Noah, who you just know are destined to be together right from the beginning. With some of the most romantic, heartfelt moments of recent movie history, you should definitely give this one a go if you want something truly inspiring.
Beauty & the Beast (1991)
This one is for the big kid in all of us. My favourite Disney movie by far, full of awe-inspiring music and just a wonderful love story in the middle of a lesson about loving someone for what’s inside, this is full of pure Disney magic. If you really want something heartwarming (and pretty light), this one if for you, and extra points if you sing along to all the catchy tunes.
Valentine’s Day (2010)
This one requires very little in terms of following along plot lines or anything more than just a few intertwined stories of a bunch of super famous actors and actresses, but it’ll get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day like nothing else and is an enjoyable ride. Some stories sad, some funny, some just plain old romantic, there’s something to suit all tastes, and you’ll identify with at least one character on the way, so it’s also fun to watch with friends.
Friends with Benefits (2011)
This would be my choice for romantic comedy on Valentine’s Day, because it’s a fun premise, Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake are great and it seems like a pretty realistic representation of what might happen if you did the friends with benefits thing. This one is lighter than my other choices and would be the perfect choice for someone who’s not necessarily into celebrating the day or just wants to have a bit of fun.
This one is for the golden oldie film buff, who’s looking to go classic with their choice of movie on Valentine’s night. From over 70 years ago, this has remained one of the most popular romantic films ever made and will be on many people’s lists of ones to watch when you’re feeling in a loving mood. If you’re looking for old school romance, this is the one to go for, especially to give yourself a break from some of the less than stellar offerings from the past few years. This is how to do it right.
If you know anything at all about me, you’ll know I’m not about big gestures. I won’t necessarily be impressed with expensive presents, if something smaller and more modest has had more thought put into it. I’m about the simple pleasures in life and spending the every day with those that mean the most to me, not picking out one day in the year when you’re meant to somehow ‘prove’ how much you love someone. My favourite gifts are the little ones, a gesture of someone doing something kind for you, or a novelty gift that a special someone knows you’ll just love. This Valentine’s Day will be spent casually in our house, a very lazy day I expect, with little fanfare. One of my favourite ways to spend a weekend is enjoying a long morning of lounging in bed, watching movies and eating breakfast whenever we want to. If someone was hoping to impress me, then a simple breakfast in bed like this one would do just the trick. If your other half is not into all that is Valentine’s Day, then try something like this, and you’re sure to keep them happy well into Valentine’s afternoon.
A tray, or any flat service really
Favourite breakfast items – for me this is freshly warmed croissants with jam
A hot drink – my choice would be tea, but coffee would be many people’s favourite
A treat – you can’t go wrong with some luxurious, tasty chocolates
Carefully fill your tray with all the breakfast items your beloved enjoys. This could be toast, pastries, or anything else really. Go for something that’s a little less healthy – it’s a weekend, after all, and is about spoiling that person. Forget about the diet until Monday.
Their favourite hot beverage, no matter what effort is involved. If they love a specific coffee drink, make it for them – this makes it even more special and really shows the thought you’ve put in.
Some juice, just to start their day off with a little fresh and tasty fruit. Starting the day with an orange juice, pastries and a cup of tea or coffee reminds me of staying at hotels away from home, which makes the whole thing more out of the ordinary.
And if you can’t start the day off with chocolate on Valentine’s Day, then when can you? Just a little treat to show them that you care.
Bring the tray of goodies to them just as they’re waking up, starting the day off in the best possible way. Take your time and enjoy the laziness of breakfast in bed, Valentine’s Day doesn’t often happen on Saturday, so make the most of it.
There’s plenty of compilations out there on the market that are geared towards this time of year. They’re packed with lovey-dovey songs from years gone by that everyone knows every lyric to. That’s why if me and my significant other choose to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day evening in, I would much rather put my own playlist together to accompany a nice meal. It means you can put plenty of your favourite love songs together, some of which may even have a special meaning for you as a couple, mixing the slow, soppy offerings with more upbeat songs to stop the occasion getting too sober.
Whatever you’re doing on this Friday, 14th February, enjoy it! I hope your day is filled with loved ones, laughter and lots of hugs, telling those around you how much you care for and cherish them. Me and my boy will be having a quiet evening in, probably catching up on good TV and eating some tasty grub, enjoying our 6th Valentine’s Day together.