Monday, February 11, 2013

Finding the Right Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine Gift Ideas

Valentine Gift Ideas

Valentine Gift Ideas

Finding the right Valentine Day gift can be a tricky task. If not done properly, you could end up in the doghouse. This infograhic gives you some good ideas to help you through the holiday this year.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Valentines On A Budget

Valentines On A Budget

Romantic Dinner

Sometimes a person can be low on money when a special day comes around.  Valentine’s Day is a day that is for two people who are in love and the tradition is that gifts be exchanged.  However, what is one to do when the bank account is low and Valentine’s Day is only a few days away?    Believe it or not, two people can have a wonderful day even if they do not have a lot of money to spend on one another.  Here is more information on how to do Valentine’s Day on a budget.



Cheap Flowers

There is no day better for overindulgence then Valentine’s Day, and people really tend to blow big bucks on a lot of gifts. However, the idea is quality over quantity when you do not have a lot of money to spend.  Roses are a wonderful and beautiful gift, but some florists sell a dozen of them for at least one hundred dollars.   A great place for a low cost bouquet of flowers is a grocery store.  Many famous grocery chains have an on-site flower shop, and you can get a nice bundle of flowers for less than twenty dollars, and these flowers are just as beautiful as ones from a florist.



Romantic Dinner at Home

Another popular way to have a great Valentine’s Day is to go out for that special dinner.  However, that can turn into a big bill that can run as high as one hundred dollars.  A man or woman can take half of that, which is fifty dollars, and go to the grocery store to get that exact same meal.  With the money saved in preparing that delicious dinner at home, you can even get a nice bottle of wine and include a wonderful dessert!  Light a few candles, put on some soft music, and enjoy a meal at home with the one you love that cost a lot less, but will mean so much more.



Romantic FlowersLove

Making love is the way most couples end their special romantic day.  However, this is a great way to make it even more beautiful and special.  With the use of candles, massage oil, and a romantic fire, a couple can have a wonderful night that no one can put a price tag on.


Valentine’s Day can be expensive, but this does not have to be the case if you and your spouse are low on money.   Anyone can figure out how to do Valentine’s Day on a budget if they sit down and plan things out very carefully.  Love has no price tag, and anything done on this day can be priceless if someone puts their heart and soul into it.



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John is an experienced florist who has been designing and delivering flowers for for 22 years in Thailand.


Friday, February 03, 2012

Romantic Valentine’s Food Ideas

Romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day rolls around once again. If the notion of sitting in a crowded restaurant isn’t quite your idea of romance, self-catering motivated by the love in your heart is the perfect way to say ‘I love you.’ Here are five Valentine’s Day ideas that will make your homemade dinner for two special.


Forget the calories, enjoy yourself and don’t forget dessert this Valentine’s Day.


Valentine's Fondue

Valentine's Fondue


Feeding the object of your desire can be sensual, presenting fondue as a fun and appealing experience. A fondue of cheeses accompanied by crudités and chunks of crusty bread from the bakery is a savoury option. Fondue comprised of bite-sized pieces of beef or seafood dipped into a melting pot of indulgent sauce is also scrumptious.


Sweet fondues consist of smooth melted chocolate, cream and perhaps with a hint of liqueur to add another flavour dimension. Include strawberries, bananas, kiwis, pound cake and shortbread cookies for dipping. Pop open a bottle of champagne to accompany and you will have a romantic dining experience ahead.


Another hand feeding menu can be composed of platters bearing elegant nibbles. Oysters Rockefeller could grace one serving plate.

A cheese board with a compliment of cheeses becomes another appetizing palette.


Include three cheeses of differing styles: a hard cheese, such as aged Gouda or Comte, a soft cheese such as Delice de Bourgogne, and a blue cheese such as Gorgonzola, Stilton or Roquefort.


Add an array of colourful and exotic fruits such as grapes, figs, Bosc pears and apricots.


Complete the arrangement with selections of crackers or crisp breads.


Chocolate truffles are the perfect ending to this tantalizing tidbit buffet.



If you envision a more traditional repast, pasta dressed decadent Alfredo sauce and studded with tender morsels of lobster brings the romance of Italy to your table. Lobster is made affordable when only purchasing for two. Because it is dispersed throughout this heavy entrée you can get away with simply purchasing a pair of lobster tails.


Shrimp scampi with its dripping garlicky butter nectar served atop a bed of bow tie pasta is an elegant alternative.


All you will need to accompany either of these rich entrées is a salad, some fresh Italian bread, the champagne libation and, of course, dessert.



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Filet mignon is another affordable luxury when serving only two. Expensive luxury foods will make the love of your life feel pampered as you lavish their palates with such epicurean delicacies.


Filet mignon can be made extra special when topped with a sautéed medley of wild mushrooms in a cognac pan sauce, or when crowned with a creamy and delectable blue cheese sauce.


Serve this steak with homemade French fries and you have a classic French bistro meal.


All you need to add to the menu is a crisp salad, the sparkling champagne and a sinfully rich and decadent dessert.


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