Valentine’s Day is Saturday, and if you haven’t already made plans, why not consider having a romantic night at home on your own patio? You don’t have to stay cooped up inside to have a nice evening with your significant other, even if the snow starts falling. Here are some ideas to set the mood for spending your Valentine’s Day on your own front porch.
Send an Invite
There’s nothing sweeter than getting a cute hand-written note stashed away in your purse, in your car, or even somewhere more exciting like this mirror message from PinkPistachio.com. Leave your Valentine a surprise personal invite and they’re sure to RSVP.
Dress for the Occasion
Wear nice, yet warm clothing in lots of layers, but make sure your date feels like you dressed up especially for them. Keep extra gloves and scarves on hand, just in case. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather so you can make sure your patio date won’t get rained out.
Keep it Simple
Don’t try to go overboard with decorations. This should be a low-key, romantic affair, so a simple candle centerpiece with some flowers would work well. While roses are very romantic flower – and certainly a good pick for Valentine’s Day- consider choosing orchids in pink, red, or fuchsia, which can be just as romantic.
What’s more romantic than lighting a fire in your outdoor fire pit? Share your favorite loveseat, outdoor day bed, or double chaise lounge, a warm blanket, bring a laptop and catch a movie, or simply snuggle up and chat near the fire. Remember, this is all about spending time with your favorite person in an unexpected place, so make it special.
Heat Things Up
First, chill some wine or champagne—which shouldn’t be too difficult to keep chilled in February, no matter your location—and keep it close by for a toast. Then break out a couple of warm dishes such as pasta, soup, or perhaps even a spicy dish like Pad Thai. Finish off the night with easy-to-share desserts such as chocolate covered strawberries or fondue. You can find lots of delicious, easy recipe ideas for romantic foods on Pinterest.
Now It’s Your Turn
We want to hear from you. Would you ever consider spending Valentine’s Day on your patio with your loved one? Tell us in the comments below.