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Five simple ways to make your Valentine’s Day romantic, elegant and cheap

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Have you made plans for you and your special someone? Is money getting in the way of the romantic and elegant evening? Valentine's Day gifts are not hard to plan; and there is always a cheap way to pull off Valentine’s Day gifts and evening with class and decorum.

Let’s look at traditional Valentine’s Day traditions:

  1. Flowers. Roses are very cliche and they are not usually the favorite flower of your special someone. Look at what flowers and their colors mean and try to find one that matches her (or his) personality. There is no rule that says you have to buy a dozen stems; therefore it is absolutely acceptable to present your special someone with one single stem.
  2. Sentimental present. Build from the flower theme. Find a gorgeous picture of the flower and do a little print shop magic to it. Such as: Add your names, what the color and flower symbolize or perhaps a love sonnet. Then just print it out and pop it in a nice picture frame.
  3. Set a beautiful place setting (even if you are only making mac and cheese… which most men actually prefer over fancy food). Fold your cloth napkins for a pretty presentation; such as : heart shaped napkins or rose shaped napkins. An easy and unique dinner idea: Chicken stuffed shells
  4. Keep the kids busy! Set up shop in their bedrooms with Valentine’s Day trivia questions , Valentine’s Day coloring pages and making their own Valentine’s Day cards
  5. Make the gifts more meaningful with less money. Before Valentine’s Day, talk to your significant other and tell them you don’t want a present this year that costs over $20. Make him or her homemade chocolate covered strawberries or a scrumptious baked cheesecake.

It really doesn't take much to make your Valentine smile. You know that person pretty well and what makes them happy. Why go out and wait in line at a busy restaurant? Stay in and make a fun easy dinner together like spaghetti.

Valentine’s Day does not have to be expensive and over the top to be successful. The whole point of Valentine’s Day (besides a brilliant marketing ploy years ago to make money on flowers, candy and cards) is to enjoy each other’s company. When you boil it all down, Valentine’s Day is simply about being with the one you love.

Have a safe and happy Valentine’s Day!

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