The month of love is nearly upon us. I know some delight, others shudder, roll their eyes, hide, sell kidneys, but hopefully, most of you eagerly anticipate the thoughts of Valentine’s Day. Regardless where you fall, it’s going to come…
I find it a fascinating holiday. I’m not sure if I love or loathe it. The girlie part of me loves the notions of cards, chocolates, flowers, dinners, gifts, spending time with my special someone but the realistic side of me remembers I am married to James and I suffer from Disney Syndrome. Bless his little cotton socks, my James is wonderful… loves me completely [ I’m a lucky girl I know ], but [traditional] romance [sadly] is not his forte ! And Valentine’s day is not a holiday he [naturally] remembers… despite the diary I bought him, Google Calendar Reminder, Post it on his locker and list of ‘romantic ideas’ I send him…
Because [ as a Wedding Planner ] romance is a large part of what I do, I do enjoy coming up with romantic ideas… even if I rarely get to experience them [ sob, sob ] so I thought I would share them with you all in the hope that they might inspire you… [ I’m FAR too harsh on James as you’ll see… he is romantic [in his own way] .]
The Romantic Break Away
When I was starting this post I asked a couple of friends, on Facebook, if they had a limitless budget how would they like to spend/ mark Valentine’s Day… interestingly they all chose a trip or break away ! With their limitless budgets, their fantasies included Australia and Bali but I have an equally as amazing Romantic Breakaway to suggest…
At the Galgorm Resort & Spa
Located in the beautiful County Antrim countryside the Galgrom Resort* is fabulous! And very romantic! Enjoy romantic walks within the 163 acres of beautiful estate, which is surrounded by Galgorm Forest and the River Maine, complete with a riverside love swing chair!
James and I stayed here in August 2015 and it was amazing! You can actually check out our Vlogs from the trip here and even see us sitting by the river in the love swing! The Galgorm Resort is stunning, our personal favourites include the amazing Gin Bar and the Spa [ which since our visit has become a spa village ] which I can only imagine is even better than we experienced!
Check out their exciting offers for Valentine’s Day below…
|Love Luxe Package||Because You Love Me Package||Deluxe Duo Spa Day:|
Prices from £225 per person sharing
Valid 11th – 14th February 2017, subject to availability
From £135 per person sharing
Valid 11th – 14th February 2017, subject to availability
|For those couples wishing to steal away for a day together, Galgorm Resort & Spa has created the Deluxe Duo Spa Day, perfect to relax and spend time with your loved one.
£220 per couple
£300 per couple – with a 4-course meal and a glass of wine or cocktail
Available midweek Mon – Thurs during February 2017, subject to availability
The Romantic Meal
Eating out on Valentine’s Day can be a pretty horrendous experience. For some reason Restaurants seem to cram as many tables as possible, stack their menu with as many smelly, bloating and rich foods as they can find and decorate with cheap ass flowers or ‘horror of all horrors’ with balloons! THAT is why I am not suggesting you book a table at a restaurant… personally, I think it is possibly the lamest, most unromantic thing you can do on Valentine’s night [ and surprisingly something my unromantic husband has never tried… perhaps he’s not as bad as I think ?! ]
That you plan and serve in a special setting.
Personally, I love the fireside picnic – perfect for the day or evening, is a great setting for a romantic meal. Decorate with a roaring fire, scented candles, a lush rug, throw or duvet and loads of cushions. Set the ambience some romantic music [ Spotify has great romantic playlists ] and scatter a few rose petals for good measure.
Choose foods that are light and easy to eat and feed each other. Don’t choose anything that is smelly [ like garlic or onions ], or anything that will cause bloating or gas. Keep the menu simple and choose courses that you can prepare well in advance and just serve or things that are quick and easy to put together. Try to include your significant other’s favourite foods as well.
The Romantic Gift
Romance means a great deal of many different things to a great many people. And when it comes to gifts, sometimes too much emphasis can be placed on the size and cost. For me a romantic gift comes from the heart… it takes the giftee into account and shows how special and how much the gifter knows them. The most romantic gifts my husband ever gave me include a bottle of the perfume I wore on our first date, a teacup candle and a kitten.
When you think romantic gift ideas for valentine’s day ‘go tos’ include roses, chocolates and jewellery… while they are all lovely… are they truly romantic for your intended?
Many moons ago, I had a lovely boyfriend compose and play a piece of music for me… I was utterly blown away at the gesture. It was something so very special and unique. Now you might not be a musician but I am sure you have some special talent that could be put to good use. Perhaps you have magic hands and giving them a coupon book of massages and a luxurious bottle of massage oil, could be the gift that you both enjoy 😉 😉
The practically perfect gift idea
We’re not all romantics. Flowers and big gestures make some people uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care. Perhaps you’re one of those people that something a little more practical is perfect for you or your special someone to receive. If that is the case, think about something that would really make a difference in their lives. What would make them smile every day or every time they used it ?
Years ago I worked in the city. James and I had only started dating a short while. Because of the work I did, and hours I kept I had to drive in and out of the city. Parking was a nightmare and a massive cost. One day James asked me to meet him at a strange address close to my office. When I turned up he was standing in a car parking space. He’d rented it for me so that I’d always have somewhere to park and that he would know I would be safe getting in and out of car… I still smile every time I think about that car space and I haven’t worked in the city for well over a decade!
The Big Romantic Gesture
Last year James really surprised me. Valentine’s Day, like it often does, crept up on us super quick. I think it was 2 weeks before and I realised we’d not decided or organised anything. The Disney romantic side of me says ‘ well its the man’s job – the romance side of things – but the feminist side of me says… eh no… doesn’t he deserve some romance too ? and it’s for this long winded reason I never assume that James will or should have something sorted or organised. So I said to him, what would you like to do for Valentine’s Day…
aka doing something they love by you hate …
‘Oh I have that all organised’, he said.
‘You do?’, I think in surprise…
‘Yes, we’re going to the Ballet.’
You could have knocked me over with a feather ! I LOVE the ballet… but sadly my husband doesn’t share my love for the arts. I had not mentioned the ballet to him in years… like donkey’s years…. but somehow, tucked away in his mind, he’d remembered it, booked tickets and was going to take me. I’m welling up just thinking about it now… it was such a wonderful night AND he said he would take me anytime I wanted to go because he saw how happy it made me… now if that isn’t a [little] bit romantic I don’t know what is !
So, what does your significant other love to do, or would love to do that would really make them think… WOW… they listen, they know me, WOW – they are prepared to do this, for me, with me… – once you got it – DO THAT !
If you’ve read all this and still haven’t a monkey’s notion what to get… chocolates are always good ! [ Unless they’re like my weird friend Laura and a recovering choco-holic who doesn’t eat chocolate… who even ?! ]
#feature – today’s post features The Galgorm Resort – they kindly sent me details of their Valentine’s Day Offers to see if I would like to share them with you all.