With work, children and every other day-to-day responsibility, romance in a couple's life often ends up neglected. Grand plans of romantic cruises to the Caribbean or weekend getaways in the mountains sometimes just are not a possibility, and couples must rely on the simple gestures to express their love for each other. Many romantic ideas take very little time or money and only require a little bit of initiative and forethought.
Couples can enjoy a picnic together at the park, or even in their own backyard. Pack a blanket, some simple finger foods, such as sandwiches or crackers and cheese, sparkling apple cider and a box of chocolates to indulge in. The purpose is to spend an hour or two away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the day and enjoy each other's company. Couples can commit to talking about nothing but each other and the relationship throughout the picnic. Turn the simple trip into a regular occasion every week or every month for an opportunity to reconnect and focus on the positive aspects of the relationship.
Reminiscent Movie Night
Couples can cuddle up on a blanket or on the carpet in front of the television to watch the first movie they ever saw together. Create a romantic atmosphere with dimmed lights and candles. Prepare a tray of your favorite treats and bring a bottle of wine and glasses.
Enjoy a relaxing and romantic spa night with a bubble bath for two or a soak in the hot tub, followed by massages with massage oils. Enhance the evening with a soothing atmosphere by adorning the home with aromatherapy candles and playing soft classical music. Prepare an evening of healthy snacks to munch on ahead of time. Snack ideas can include fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat muffins and fruit-filled yogurt or smoothies. Alternatively, for the chocolate-loving couple, prepare a tray full of gourmet chocolates, brownies and double chocolate chip cookies.
Passing Love Notes
Couples that spend a lot of time at work can exchange short love notes through email or cell phones throughout the day. Thoughts of what to write next and the anticipation of receiving the next note will keep each partner's mind on the other person until they can finally meet up at the end of the day. If partners do not have access to computers or cell phones at work, couples can pack a love note in their partner's lunch bag or briefcase and each partner can look forward to reading the note at break time.
Dinner and Dessert
Prepare a romantic dinner for two together and enjoy the meal with candlelight and a bottle of champagne. After dinner, melt some chocolate in a double boiler and pour it into a bowl. Bring the bowl and a tray of strawberries into the living room and cuddle up on the couch and enjoy feeding each other chocolate dipped strawberries.
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