1/26/2015

11 Creative Surprises to Gift on Valentine’s Day

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11 creative surprises to gift on valentine's day

1. A bouquet of mini liquor bottles

Women love receiving bouquets of flowers. Men, less so. While either sex can appreciate the aesthetic beauty of a gorgeous floral display, males are less enthusiastic about receiving them as gifts. You can still present him with a beautiful bouquet that’s sure to make him beam – a lovely bouquet of liquor. Simply get a dozen mini bottles of alcohol, some wooden sticks, filler, and a vase. Hot glue or tape the bottles onto the sticks and artfully arrange them in a vase or pot filled with Styrofoam or some other type of filler. Rather than pairing lilies with freesia or honeysuckle, use your flower arranging skills to delicately create a display of Fireball, Jack Daniel’s, and Maker’s Mark. Just as you drink in the scent of roses, so too will he drink in this pleasing bouquet.

2. A cute jar full of date ideas

There are endless uses for Mason jars – they are so practical, so cute, and so versatile. Decorate a jar to your liking. Perhaps you’d like to cover it in red velvet, haul out the Modge Podge and cover it in light pink glitter, or design a romantic label to place under a ribbon bow. Write down date ideas that you’d like to try on pink and red popsicle sticks. Now, whenever date night rolls around, simply reach into the jar to pick out an exciting and romantic activity!
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1/21/2015

10 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Season Fun

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10 Ways to Make Valentine's Day Season Fun

Chances are, by the time you finished unwrapping your Christmas presents, the retail world around you quickly swept aside all things reindeer for the next big holiday. When you made a quick run to the grocery store for some more eggnog still wearing your holiday flannel, you walked into an in-your-face display of pink and red hearts. There’s still several weeks left until the frilly hearts and Cupid’s arrows make way for marshmallow bunnies and colorful eggs. Until then, here’s how to make the Valentine’s Day season fun.

1. Explore the cheesiness

Your local greeting card stores are bursting with more cheese than the cheese counter at Whole Foods. Everywhere inside these establishments, there are displays heralding the advancement of the big day with possibly creepy baby Cupids and big, bright, bold, curly font. Valentine’s Day is approaching! Hurry and get your fuzzy purple heart pillow, your singing red teddy bear that squawks “I love you,” your mediocre boxed chocolates, and a prewritten card that you didn’t have to put much thought into. Go with your sweetie and laugh at the absurd commercialization of romance and love. Make it a hunt to find the Cupid with the eeriest set of eyes, the cheesiest Valentine card message, and the most annoying dancing teddy bear.

2. Try to write a story with Sweethearts

Ah, Sweethearts – the classic Valentine’s Day candy. The tiny, chalky hearts stamped with trite messages like “Be Mine” and “Kiss Me” remind us all of elementary school Valentine’s Day crafts. Modern Sweethearts reflect this new age of love with phrases like “Text Me,” “Tweet Me,” and “#LOVE.” Try to write a story for your sweetie or together using Sweethearts. If you’ve still got leftover Halloween candy, break those out, too! It can be a creative work of holiday candy literature: “I love you because you make me feel like 100 Grand. Your Ghirardelli 72% dark chocolate eyes make me want to hold hands. Marry me and I’ll feel like Orbiting around the Milky Way. Kiss me, you Big Hunk.”
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1/15/2015

10 Thoughtful Bouquets Using the Language of Flowers

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10 Thoughtful Bouquets Using the Language of Flowers

Have you sent flowers to your best friend lately? Have you sent a lovely bouquet to your leading lady recently? Everybody loves receiving flowers, but it feels just as good to give them. Imagine their face filling with delighted surprise when a lovely bouquet is delivered to their office desk, or when you come home and whisk out flowers from behind your back. Upgrade your floral gift from the classic but conventional choice of red roses to a bouquet with truly personal meaning. Learn the language of flowers to create a personalized bouquet with special meanings for your sweetie, best friends, and family.

1. “You are my dear, precious wife.”

Your wife is the most important person in your life and she deserves more than an easy bunch of red roses from Safeway. Take a few moments to think of what this woman means to you. Now, put in the effort to express all those ways she charms you with a special message just for her, using the language of flowers. Considering a bouquet with ivy (for fidelity), blue hyacinth (for constancy), myrtle (the classic symbol of marriage and love), veronica (for fidelity), peach flowers (to express that she is unparalleled in her charms and good qualities), justicia (because she is the perfect embodiment of female loveliness), stephanotis (to indicate your marital bliss), blue violets (for faithfulness), honeysuckle (to represent your ardent and generous affection), and ranunculus (to say that you are absolutely dazzled and stunned by her charisma). The next time you pick out a bouquet for her, take the time to include some of these meaningful flowers. She’ll love to hear you describe each floral meaning and be touched that you went the extra mile.

honeysuckle

Honeysuckle for your honey.

2. “Congratulations on the baby!”

The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion that fills the parents and loved ones alike with new hopes and happiness. Give the soon-to-be-exhausted parents something pretty and meaningful to look at as they dash around changing diapers, warming bottles, and bathing ten little fingers and ten tiny toes. Daisies, baby’s breath, white lilac represent innocence, so mix-and-match arrangements with touches of heather (for good luck), juniper berries (to give the baby protection), purple basil (for best wishes), white carnations (for endearment), primrose (to signify early youth), and lucern (for life).

Primrose to celebrate a new baby

Primrose to celebrate a new baby!


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1/11/2015

$500 Cash Giveaway for the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Date

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2015 giveawayTo celebrate our favorite holiday of the year, we’re giving away $500 Cash (via Paypal or Amazon, winner’s choice).  We suggest that you use the money for the ultimate romantic Valentine’s Day date night, but it’s your money so you get to deicide!  You can enter in the Rafflecopter below by following our various social media accounts and helping to spread the word about the giveaway.    We have some amazing new how-to video guides with great tips on how to make your sweetie’s day, so even if you don’t end up winning the cash, your relationship will win by keeping in touch with us!  We’ll announce the winner here on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015.  

And of course, it’s not too late to order a Datevitation love coupon book for Valentine’s Day.  A love coupon book is the most romantic gift you can give your lover this Valentine’s Day because it is the gift of spending time together.   You can use the code VDAY35 for 35% off your order (offer valid until February 14)! We also have great options for kids and parents.

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1/08/2015

10 Habits to Quit to Have a Happy Relationship

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10 habits to break for a happy relationship

1. Approaching discussions poorly

In the beginning of a relationship, you tend to tiptoe around discussing serious or negative things. You’re careful not to burst the happy bubble, broaching such subjects with great care. Later on, you’re more comfortable and less sensitive to how they might react. The temptation to be passive-aggressive can sneak up on you. Maybe you’re both about to leave in the morning and this is the day that they’re finally asking for that raise. Don’t try to get them to buck up by saying, “And don’t be spineless like you usually are. Remember when your buddy kept borrowing money but never paid it back, but you were too nervous about conflict to confront him? Grow a pair for once.” If she just came back from a discouraging visit to the fertility clinic, this isn’t the time to say, “Aw, honey, I’m sorry, but you should’ve started working out with me when I asked you to and your body would be better prepared.” Read your partner and read the situation. Strive for a balance of the best timing, delicacy, and honesty in discussing things with your partner.

2. Taking each other for granted

After a while, it’s easy to move each other further down your list of priorities. There was a time when you’d duck out of a business meeting to send an immediate reply to their text. Now, you postpone a romantic dinner out so you can work late. You lounge around in gym shorts and ratty T-shirts because they love you anyway. You accept favors from them without much of a thank you because, as partners, it’s expected that they help you out. Don’t fall into the trap of taking each other for granted. Say “thank you” with a big hug and kiss, wash your face and put on some makeup, make date nights a priority, and stop checking your email when you’re together. Always remember how lucky you are to have one another and express that appreciation.
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