Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Ideas

Valentine's Day Ideas
Valentine's Day Ideas

1. Handmade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Nothing is quite as sweet as receiving a handmade gift. Valentine's Day in particular tends to be oversaturated with cheesy, cliched gifts, which is why a heartfelt, handmade present is extra special. Going the extra mile to craft or find the perfect handmade Valentine's Day gift idea doesn't have to be hard, however. With our four easy ideas, the ideal gifts for your loved ones is just a quick read away.

2. Top 5 Valentine's Gifts for Him

Do you have trouble finding the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your guy? Relax, we've got your covered. Read our Top 5 Unique Valentine's Day Gift List for Guys and find your man something he would have picked for himself.

3. Top 5 Valentine's Gifts for Her

What do women want? For Valentine's Day, what she wants depends largely on what type of a person she is. Although go-to gifts like roses, chocolates and jewelry are always welcome, they're not the most creative or personalized options. This year, give her something different that she'll love--just follow our guide below.

4. A Valentine Scavenger Hunt

Use these creative clues surrounding all things Valentine for a classic Valentine Scavenger Hunt that the kids will love.Lisa Kothari is the founder and president of Peppers and Pollywogs, a kids' party planning company that provides parents with ideas,entertainers, and interesting web-based tools (customized rhymes andcards for your invitations!) to make kids' party planning easy.

5. Homemade Valentine's Day Card Ideas

Homemade Valentine's Day cards are as heartwarming as they are unique. Store bought cards, though full of poetic waxing on the meaning of love and romance, can be impersonal and trite. A homemade card, on the other hand, speaks volumes about the care and effort that went into making it without the long-winded, cliche words about love.

6. Setting the Mood on Valentine's Day: Food, Flowers and Candles

Because Valentine's Day is all about love and expressing your feelings I prefer to keep the event itself low key and comfortable. At the same time the mood should be sensual, encouraging contact and communication. There are a few key elements that definitely help you to create this vibe: flowers, candles, and food that can be eaten (and fed to each other) with your fingers!

7. Valentine's Day Quotes and Sentiments

Flowers have a magical way of saying what words sometimes cannot. At the same time the words that accompany the flowers can have a power all their own. Those words can be heart wrenching or funny, a simple "I love you".

8. Homemade Valentine's Day Candy

What could be sweeter than to make your loved one homemade candy on Valentine's Day? Don't be intimidated if you've never made candy before. Some of these recipes are very easy and only require microwave cooking, or rather melting, while others employ traditional candy-making methods. The best part is that they are in holiday colors such as Pink Pecan Fudge, Red Velvet Rocky Road, or Scarlet Toffee perfect for Valentine's Day!

9. Five Fun Valentine's Day Cupcake Ideas

Show your love for your valentine by treating them to a delicious batch of cupcakes. We recommend using a recipe for red velvet since the color is perfect for Valentine's Day.

10. Aphrodisiac Valentine's Day Menu

Aphrodisiac menus are hot this time of year. So why not create a party for couples based on this theme? For a budget-friendly Valentine's Day party, host a potluck and ask guests to bring an aphrodisiac dish and explain the history behind it.

11. Valentine's Day Cookies

Give something sweet to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day. Make a batch of Linzer cookies that feature a cute little cut out heart or bake up "Secret Message" heart-shaped sandwich cookies where you can slip a little note inside to your Valentine.

12. Valentine's Day Italian Dinner for Two

Instead of joining the amorous masses at a restaurant this Valentine's Day, whip up a romantic Italian dinner for two at home. For an appetizer, serve artichoke bottoms topped with a puffed Gruyere cheese, followed by decadent Lobster Ravioli in a Brandy Cream Sauce, and end with Individual Ice Cream Cassata Hearts for dessert.

13. Cheap and Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas

You don't need to spend a lot to show someone how much you love them on Valentine's Day. Why spend money at a fancy restaurant when you could be even more romantic at home? Personalize an evening at home this Valentine's Day.

14. Sweet and Sexy Valentine's Day Ideas

Stumped about how to show your love to that special someone this Valentine's Day?Whether you're demure or daring and looking for steals or splurges, we've got you covered.Read on for unexpected yet simple ideas that will make your sweetie swoon.

15. Candy Hearts Crafts for Valentine's Day

You know Valentine's Day is near when you see the bags of conversation hearts lining the candy aisle, and you want to dig through them to find the sweetest - or silliest - phrases. These ubiquitous holiday candies do more than satisfy a sweet tooth. They also make great Valentine's Day crafts that adults and kids can enjoy. Make them to decorate your home or office, and don't forget to sneak a few while you work.

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