NOTE: Larry James knows Cupid personally! (wink, wink) So. . . try some of these romantic ideas out on your sweetheart! (Photo taken in Florence, Italy – May 2010)
If you plan to buy a dozen roses, put one on her pillow, one on the dresser, one on the TV; scatter them throughout the house and leave a special love note with each one. Compose a list: “The Top 10 Reasons Why You’re the Greatest.” Write each reason on a separate, colorful piece of paper. Wrap them in a fancy gift box.
Leave a trail of rose petals from the front door to the bedroom and make a heart on the bed.
Cuddle with your sweetheart on the sofa and watch a movie together.
Guys, this one is for you. Give your sweetheart a “Love” coupon that says, “I’ll do all the household chores for the next week!” (I dare you to keep your word).
Put a blindfold on your lover and drive them to a place where you have a blanket, candles, strawberries, sparkling drinks, and a rose. Park the car and take off the blindfold while you read a poem you have written for them.
Leave “Post-It” notes with special messages hidden all over the house for your lover to find when they least expect it. Hide them in a pair of pants they have in the closet, inside every pair of shoes, under things, inside books they read, inside folded towels they will use, in the car, taped inside the fridge, on the telephone, in the sugar bowl, etc. It may take them days to find them all and they will love every one.
Unplug the TV set. Put a note on the screen saying, “Turn Me on Instead.”
Buy a lottery ticket. Give it to your partner with a little note attached: “I hit the jackpot when I married you!”
Choose a lake resort or favorite beach. Rent a rowboat. Pack a picnic basket. Bring your favorite music, find a secluded area and have some fun.
Men: Talk more. Women: Touch more.
Write a love letter out of candy bar titles. Get a piece of brightly colored poster board and a bunch of your favorite candy bars. Write your love letter on the board in a contrasting colored pen. Replace key words with candy bars taped onto the poster board.
Look straight into the eyes of your love and PAY ATTENTION to what they tell you! Tell your partner something about you that no one else knows. Take turns.
While your love takes a shower, write the words, “I love you,” or a sexy message in the condensation of the bathroom mirror.
Fake a power outage at home. (Loosen the fuses or throw the breaker switches.) With no TV to tempt you. . . with no computer to occupy you. . . with no furnace to heat you. . . you pretty much have no choice but to get out the candles, huddle around the fireplace and be romantic!
Buy some sidewalk chalk. Draw a large heart on the driveway with red chalk and write, “I love you” in the middle.
Surprise your sweetheart when they least expect it. Show up at work, school, on their lunch-break, etc., just to give them a rose, a kiss, a hug or a special card and tell them you love them.
Learn to say, “I love you,” in several other languages and surprise your sweetheart when he/she least expects it. Write a special love note and mail it to her at home. Seal it with a kiss.
Keep a ready supply of several different colored dry-erase markers in your bathroom. Leave love notes for your partner on the bathroom mirror, and afterward they wipe right off. It also may encourage a rather quiet and non-romantic man to leave some romantic notes of his own.
Plan ahead. Fill a blank book with letters, scribbles, a few photos, and even poems of your feelings for your partner.
When was the last time you shared a lazy morning breakfast with your partner? Substituting date morning for date night will make you see each other in, literally, a whole new light. Since you are both fresh – as opposed to end-of-the-day bushed – you’re sure to have more connected conversations.
Remember. . . A thoughtful act or kind word may pass in a moment, but the warmth and care behind it stays in the heart forever!
Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and a nondenominational minister. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.
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