February is the month of love, but why limit your romantic gestures to just one day? Here are 12 ideas for showing your love all year long!
1. Cook a Romantic Meal
It’s a classic for a reason! Coming home to a delicious meal and romantic ambiance is always a wonderful surprise. Candlelight, champagne, maybe some chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert? You can set up this amorous meal in your dining room, or create a romantic picnic on your balcony overlooking Bal Harbor Bay. (Don’t forget to wash the dishes at the end of the night!)
2. Let Roses Lead the Way
Use a trail of roses to lead from the front door to a loving surprise. Perhaps lead them to rose- and candle-filled bedroom for romance? For something more whimsical, have your bedroom set up as a movie theater, complete with popcorn and candy!
3. Create a Dreamy Bubble Bath
A hot bubble bath is relaxing and romantic. Surprise your sweetheart by using a yummy-smelling bath bomb or bubble bath, fill the bathroom with candles and roses, and play a sweet song – if your married, use your wedding song for a sentimental touch!
4. Breakfast In Bed
Our spacious kitchens help make cooking feel more fun and less like a chore! Whip up some heart-shaped pancakes (check out this post featuring 9 yummy heart-shaped treats!), chocolate strawberry crepes, or bananas foster French toast.
5. Watch the Sunset
Set up a cozy spot on your balcony to watch the sunset over Bal Harbour Bay. You can lie on cushioned lounge chairs, or get more creative and set up a spot to snuggle made of blankets and pillows. Add a little extra romance with chocolate fondue or s’mores – use a portable fondue kit or candles to roast marshmallows. Enjoy a fun night, long after the sun has set!
6. Go Shopping
We know, this doesn’t seem romantic. However, if you truly listen to your significant other during a trip to the mall, he or she may mention something special they’ve had their eye on for a while. Go back later, alone, and pick it up to surprise them with!
7. Take a Romantic Boat Ride
One of the best perks of living bayfront at Bella Sol is the chance for impromptu boat rides! Whether you just enjoy a day on the water, or boat to a waterfront restaurant. Check out our post on the best places to boat to from Apollo Beach – St. Pete, Tampa, and more are just a short trip away!
8. Leave a Love Note (Somewhere Unexpected)
Try writing a note on your bathroom mirror with dry erase marker (it will erase easily), or leave a post-it note stuck to the fridge! Want something a little lengthier? Write a heartfelt letter to your loved one and leave it somewhere unexpected for them to find, like in their make-up drawer. If they’re going on a trip, tuck it somewhere into their suitcase! Having trouble think of the words to say? Try a quote from their favorite author or lyrics from a special song.
9. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Surprise your sweetie with a walk down memory lane: make a photo album of a favorite trip, your journey through the years, or another significant moment in your lives. Even if you aren’ t the scrapbooking type, online photo printers like Shutterfly offer services that make it a snap!
10. Do All the Chores
This may not be the most exciting activity on the list, but it will definitely be one your spouse appreciates! Do the laundry, wash the dishes, take out the trash – all while your sweetheart relaxes (perhaps by Bella Sol’s community pool).
10. Be Punny
Sometimes the most romantic gestures are the silliest. Whether your love is sweet, you’re nuts for each other, or they light up your life, a little favor and a corny sentiment can be so memorable! Search online for “romantic puns” and see how goofy you can get.
11. Make a List
No, not a grocery list! Think more romantically. List all of the reasons you love your sweetie, all the reasons you are thankful for them, or all the best adventures you’ve had together. Challenge yourself to be specific and detailed. Your honey will appreciate it, and can keep it to read in the future.
12. Take a Trip
Even though living at Bella Sol can feel like living at a resort, sometimes you still need a getaway! Lucky for you, Bella Sol is located in west-central Florida, close to the bustling hubs of Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota, and Orlando. For something serene, try a nearby river or nature park. Of course, the Tampa International Airport is only 30 minutes away, so you can truly go anywhere!