The most undeniably romantic holiday is right around the corner… so let’s shift our thoughts from last week’s big game and focus on the perfect Valentine’s Day for couples, singles, parents, children, and even those who just met! FIRST, some fun facts about the pink and red filled day…
Women on average will spend: $85.76
Men on average will spend: $168.74 (that’s about double- way to go guys!)
Consumers plan to spend:
$25.25 on children, parents, or other family members
$6.92 on friends
$4.52 on pets
Top Valentine’s Day gifts include:
– Flowers– who would have guessed?! Valentine’s Day is the biggest holiday for fresh flower sales, accounting for 40% of holiday dollar volume
– Candy– more than 38 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold
– Special evenings out– On Valentine’s Day, couples spend the second most amount of money on romantic dinners
– Greeting cards– The Greeting Card Association expects that nearly 150 million greeting cards will be purchased this year in the US
With those statistics in mind… let’s throw out some ideas of what to do on this anticipated evening…
1. Go away on a trip (unexpected getaways are SO romantic)
2. Enjoy a couple’s massage
3. Reenact your first date
4. For the shy guy: make your girl a mixtape (old school, simple, thoughtful- does the trick!)
5. For any girl: the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so whip up a tasty meal. A suggestion that will NOT disappoint below:
Filet Mignon with Caraway-Cilantro Compound Butter
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temp
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 6-ounce filet mignon, tied (about 1 1/2 in thick)
What to do:
Stir together butter, cilantro, caraway, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place compound butter in a piece of wax paper and roll into a cylinder, then refrigerate until ready to use.
Sprinkle steaks with remaining 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil in medium heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers. Sear beef, turning occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes total for medium rare. Transfer beef to a cutting board and let stand 10 minutes. Remove strings and serve topped with compound butter.
Serve with sauteed vegetables and some mashed potatoes!
6. Spend the evening at home together- a romantic movie maybe?
Guy-approved chick flicks: In Her Shoes, When Harry Met Sally, Love Actually, Jerry Maguire
Guy movies she might like: High Fidelity, Bill Durham, Swingers, Top Gun, Alien
7. Do something adventurous- go ice-skating or skinny dipping!
For the new couple (only a couple dates behind the belt):
Don’t fret about a big, lavish celebration. Suggest something more low-key but still romantic- maybe dinner and a movie. If your partner seems uneasy about this, stay away from the 14th of February- after all, it’s just a date on the calendar. Plan something for a different night and take it slow. If those plans do work out, however, there’s that awkward feeling of “Do I bring a gift?” It is okay to bring something small- maybe a book or a bottle of wine. But remember, you may not get one in return, so don’t get too worked up over the little details. Just enjoy your night.
For the singles:
Throw a party! There’s no need to feel sorry for yourself, down a bottle of wine, and cry to a romantic movie on this holiday. Invite your single friends over and have some fun! Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts for creating the perfect atmosphere at a Singles Valentine’s Day Party:
DO make the drinks a bit sexy
DO serve a signature cocktail
DO keep the lighting low and flattering
DO create a self-serve bar
DO have drink charms
DO keep the music upbeat and danceable
DO encourage introductions
DO serve delicious food- need ideas?