- Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Surprise your fiancé with something different this Valentine’s Day!

If this was Family Feud, I’m sure we’d all have no trouble answering the question “Name a popular Valentine’s Day gift”. SURVEY SAYS - dinner and a movie, flowers and chocolates, and cute stuffed animals.

These are lovely gifts, but I have always preferred “experience gifts” that create memories over the more traditional material items. Here are just a few ideas of fun, memorable ways to spend Valentine’s Day weekend with the person you love.

Attend Valentine’s Day Wine school on Saturday, Feb 12th from 4pm to 6pm at Vero NYC. Reservations are required for this special celebration of romantic and sensual wines paired with sweet and savory bites.

Take a Photography Class together – learn how to take better pictures of your kids, your friends, your hobbies, etc. Professional photographer Carmen Rubio will be leading a 4 hour hands on class on February 13th at her studio in Long Island City. Contact her for information on class fees and reservations.

Schedule a private dance lesson for you and your husband - One of my brides shared that on romantic evenings while she was engaged, she and her husband would play their first dance song and slow dance in the living room. It allowed them to grow closer together and to learn more about each other. I’ve studied dance in lots of places, but I’ve never learned more – and had more fun – than when taking lessons with Alfredo Melendez. Whether the two of you want to learn your first dance, salsa, swing, or tango, I promise Alfredo will have you dancing with confidence in no time.

For the traditionalists, take your guy or girl to go see one of the best John Hughes movies ever on the big screen. For V Day weekend only, Sixteen Candles will be shown at more than 150 theaters across the country. Check AMC to see if this classic teenage romance flick will be playing at a theater near you.

Enjoy a romantic dinner prepared by a private chef - The year’s most romantic day calls for an intimate dinner cooked and served in the privacy of your home. I recommend the absolutely rich and delicious culinary creations of Louis Bavaro. An extremely sought after private chef, he completed his studies at The French Culinary Institute and La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana in Parma, Italy. Che buono!

Relax and Unwind together – schedule a side by side couples massage at The Blue Sapphire Spa. Nestled in the quaint harbor side village of Port Jefferson, this upscale spa will offer you an elegant refuge from the hustle and bustle of the world outside.

Watch one of the greatest romantic movies of all time – “The best love is the kind that weakens the soul, that makes us reach for more, that plants fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that's what you've given me. That's what I hope to give to you forever.“ If this quote from the movie doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, I guarantee The Notebook will. So pop it in your DVD player, and cuddle up on the couch with the love of your life (and a tissue box!)

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