A Green Valentine’s Day at Home

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If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day at home this year, you’re in a good company. A survey by WorstPizza.com found that 63 percent of all couples plan to stay in for Valentine’s Day this year.

Celebrating at home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing romance. Just follow our tips for a healthy, green (and affordable!) day of love.

Set the mood. 

organic roses
Give organic flowers this Valentine’s Day. Photo By Eric M Martin/Courtesy Flickr. 

Use healthy, green products to set the mood or enliven your celebration. Soy candles light up your dining table and create romance in the bedroom, and organic flowers make a perfect table decoration. When it comes to gifts, exchange organic chocolatefair trade items or homemade gifts from recycled materials.

Say “I love you” with a home-cooked meal. 

couple cooking at home
Whip up dinner with your Valentine. Photo By Andrew Magill/Courtesy Flickr. 

Instead of spending money on an expensive dinner out, splurge on organic produce and locally sourced ingredients when you cook at home. Preparing a meal with your loved one will also bring you together in a way that sitting in restaurant won’t.

Whip up something sweet. 

heart-shaped scones
Make special, heart-shaped scones for your sweetie. Photo By Ken Hoyt.
 

Nothing says “I love you” like a little sugar! Decorate cookies or cupcakes, or follow our recipe for Heart-Shaped Cherry Chocolate Scones.

A jug of wine, a hunk of cheese…and thou. 

If neither you nor your loved one likes to cook, arrange an antipasto plate (or just a cheese and fruit tray) and enjoy it by the fire in your living room. Select fine organic cheeses and pair them with biodynamic or organic wines.

Watch a romantic movie. 

A night curled up on the couch might be just what you and your partner need. (My favorite romantic movie of all time is “An Affair to Remember,” but “The English Patient” would do, too.)

Exchange back rubs. 

Use organic massage oils for an extra spark.

Walk down Memory Lane. 

No matter how long you’ve been together, take a look back at old pictures of the two of you. Reminiscing about when you first met, your first date, first kiss and other important moments will remind you why you care.

How will you celebrate Valentines’ Day this year? Leave me a comment and share more ideas!