Read on for a fresh batch of V-Day inspiration from our favorite bloggers – this time with a focus on ideas that’ll work wherever you are and whatever your budget.
CELEBRATING WITH CHIPS & GUAC
L.A. Blogger Grasie Mercedes’ romance with her husband Damien began with a first date at a local taqueria. “Since that magical night, when we fell in love over chips and guac, Mexican restaurants have been our favorite date night spots.” This year, she’s recreated that margarita-loving atmosphere at home for a casual, colorful V-day date idea.
Grasie’s top V-day style rule:
“Dress nice but be comfy.”
“This cocktail dress has the perfect party vibe and with a fit and flare silhouette, it’s also comfortable enough to wear at home. I paired it with super-cute, perfect for Valentine’s Day heels, in red of course! Damien kept it classic with slim fit jeans, a crisp white dress shirt and baby blue blazer sans tie. Fun, festive and dressy without being stuffy. “
“Bring lots of color to your tabletop,” says Grasie. “When I think of a fiesta, I think about bright, pretty colors and lots of them. I found this runner online and picked up some bright flowers and succulents as accents. I used our white dinnerware to balance out the decor.”
For music lovers – and for guys that need to be dragged to the dance floor – Grasie recommends vinyl and a spin around the living room. “There’s nothing more romantic (& fun) than playing records at home and dancing around the house. Damien is a bit shy dancing in public, so this is the perfect way to get him to get down!”
ROMANTIC SCAVENGER HUNT
When Hello Fashion’s Christine Andrew and her husband Cody were dating, he impressed his lady love with an elaborate scavenger hunt involving her favorite places, songs and foods. “It is still one of my all-time favorite dates,” Christine recalls, plus, “You can adapt a treasure hunt for any wallet, whether you include budget-friendly ideas or go for the gold with extravagant ideas.”
Guys, take Cody’s advice: “Valentine’s Day might be one of the holidays with the most pressure for guys to get it right, but just remember to stick to the basics and you can’t lose. Don’t forget flowers. Whether you’ve been together for 10 years or 10 days, you can’t go wrong with flowers.”
“Make up clues to take him or her to meaningful places from your relationship,” Christine says. “Whether it’s where you first met or the spot of your first kiss, a walk down memory lane will be a definite hit.”
“Who doesn’t dream of a shopping spree? Have a gift card waiting at your SO’s favorite store and let them indulge a little. I love the eyelet detail at the hem of my dress. And I love this red fringe heel – it’s the perfect festive touch for Valentine’s Day,”