Monday, January 18, 2010

Valentines day is fast approaching!

Every year this one makes me laugh!

Candle Lit Valentine's Day Dinner at White Castle!

If your light wallet is making you dread the price of a romantic Valentine's Day dinner, White Castle might be your shining beacon of hope this holiday.

Yes, we said White Castle. The national burger chain is offering tableside service, flowers and candle light at 14 locations on Feb. 14. It's so exclusive you even have to make a reservation to get in.

Apparently, this is a White Castle tradition that dates back to 1991, and cheap -- er, thoughtful -- dates have been taking advantage to indulge their inner Harold and Kumar ever since.

While we can think of a million ways that a romantic dinner at a place that serves "sliders" just seems wrong, we have to admit that White Castle's call to satisfy your "champagne tastes on a burger budget" is persuasive in this economy. "At White Castle, you can indulge your special someone's craving for a romantic dinner without breaking your budget," Vice President Jamie Richardson explains in a company press release. A Sack 3 Meal, which amounts to dinner for two with 10 sliders, two 21 oz. soft drinks and two regular French fries is just $11.99.

The White Castle special comes with a professional photographer snapping shots of you with your sweetie, so you can show the grand kids one day just how committed you are to satisfying that White Castle craving.

And I thought the candle lit dinner I shared at Big Boy a few years ago was the pitts!

How would you feel if your significant other took you for some sliders on VDay?

Cheap Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Purchase some clear red balloons. Before blowing them up, place either wrapped candies, small gifts, and/or love poems inside each one, and then give them to your loved one as a bouquet.

Create handmade coupons with gifts your partner can use anytime, such as a  massage or a night out on the town with friends.

Make a meal only out of heart-shaped items, foods that are red, or both. Try red velvet cake, valentini martini, fruit and cheese salad or a heart shaped angel food cake.

Make a mixed CD of all of your favorite songs, or create a compilation of love songs that remind you of your mate. Better yet, learn how to play one of these love songs on the guitar and serenade him or her on Valentine's Day.

Grab some construction paper and cut out as many hearts as you like. On each one, share a story about your relationship that shows how much you care. Once finished, take the hearts and string them individually from the ceiling so it looks like your home is raining love. (Corny but adorable!)

Buy a shadow box and fill it with a few cherished memories and pictures

Give your partner a year's worth of dates. Buy a box of kiddie Valentines and write down one different date idea for each week of the year. Then place them in a decorative box just like you did in school. Tell your sweetie he can pull out one early, and use that as a guide for your Valentine’s Day date.

Stop by your local dollar store or supermarket and make a gift basket. Include your sweeties favorite candy, maybe a mixed cd, a photo of the two of you, bubble baths, candles. Anything goes. Put it in a basket bag and or tie a decorated helium balloon around the handle and you are all set.

If you can't afford a gift certificate to the spa. Why not create a spa-at-home? Start with a luxurious foot massage, and then work up to a full body massage. When you're sweetie is completely relaxed and thinking life couldn't possibly be any better, slip into a scented bubble bath, with scented aromatherapy candles all around and sensually wash each other's bodies and hair, taking time to relax in the steamy water.

Date Ideas for the poor.

Select a dinner from a recipe you have never tried. (Or your sweeties favorite) Shop for the ingredients and prepare dinner together. To add ambiance, choose a type of cuisine and add decorations or dress to enhance the atmosphere.

Buy two cheap canvases and paint with toll paints or do finger painting and design a picture for one another. Choose something that describes yourself or something you appreciate about each other.

Create a trail of candy from your sweeties door step, to their car, and have balloons tied to their car door handle, and antennae. Also tie balloons up in random places that they'll see on their way to work. Or leave a candy/rose petal trail to the bedroom ;)

Enjoy a nice romantic comedy alone. Remember the strawberries and cream.

Decorate the bedroom! Some ideas include- Rose petals spread all around, real or fake. Rent a helium tank and fill the ceiling with red balloons, or just buy some balloons from your local dollar store and tie them to the bedposts, or anywhere. Buy a package of cheap tealight candles and have them lit all around when your sweetie comes home. Or invest in some nifty LED candles.
Have chocolates and cut up fresh fruit on the night stand to snack on. Have some nice soft music playing to add to the effect.

Some museums plan special exhibits geared toward the romance of Valentine's Day. Check your local museum to see if they have such a showing, or do some research yourself. Find out information on the paintings or exhibits in your area museum and create your own February 14th-themed tour.

Go to lunch instead of dinner. You can still go out for a lovely meal on Valentine's Day. Just make it earlier in the day. Even the best restaurants are less expensive when you go there for lunch rather than a full dinner.

If you want to avoid crowds and waiting time. Make it a point ahead of time to celebrate either the 13th or the 15th when restaurants will be less busy. Also by the 15th most stores usually have gifts on clearance so this helps tons!

Not so cheap but cute!: First plan a scavenger hunt. Write clues on note cards telling him/her where to go. Place the clues in the places around the community. Have a friend or relative give him/her the first clue. The final clue leads your date to a restaurant (be waiting at the table with flowers).

Or you can just be single like me and stay home an wallow in your own self pity:p

Valentines Day facts:

In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts.

Over 50 percent of all Valentine's Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday.

Teachers receive the most valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives and sweethearts.

The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.

One billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making it the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

Hallmark produced its first valentine in 1913.

Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.

A single perfect red rose framed with baby's breath is named by some florists as a "signature rose," and is the preferred choice for most for giving on Valentine's Day, anniversaries and birthdays.

The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The color red stands for strong romantic feelings making the red rose the flower of love.

About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.

Cupid, another symbol of Valentines Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards holding a bow and arrows because he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire feelings of love.

8 Million Americans Send Themselves Valentine's Gifts
(Now, all we need to know is how many women are getting engagement rings from their imaginary boyfriends.)

Only the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the U.K. celebrate Valentine's Day.

In (and out) of the bedroom:

According to the condom company Durex, condom sales are highest around Valentine's Day, which are 20 percent to 30 percent higher than usual.

More at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than in any other month.

Penicillin, a popular treatment for venereal diseases such as syphilis, was introduced to the world on February 14, 1929.

Gifts for VDay- America
Greeting Cards      64% 
Date Night            42%
Candy                   42%
Flowers                33%
Gift Cards             31%           
Plush                     22%
Other Gifts            17%
Perfume/Cologne   12%
Jewelry                  13%
Sources: Hallmark/Retail Industry Leaders Association

Don't want to send mixed signals with your bouquet? 
Make sure you check out the secret color code of roses:

True Love
I Love You
Job Well Done
I Care
Welcome Back
Remember Me
Please Believe Me
I Am Wothy Of You
Keep a Secret
Light Pink
Dark Pink
Peach -Pink
Lets Get Together
Red & White
Deep Burgundy
Red & Yellow Blend
Unconscious Beauty
Jovial and happy feelings

* Note: In some cultures white and yellow flowers are used for funerals and considered bad luck.

Happy Vday.
Or as my friend Erin calls it, VD Day haha.

1 comment:

  1. Sweethearts Send 'Tweet Me' Message to Valentines.

    Oh Gawd LoL