Pieces of My Heart, Valentine Date Idea

Pieces of my heart

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Budget blues this Valentine’s Day? Don’t let the dollar amount in your bank account bring you down this Valentine’s. Adam and I are tight on money this year, and so it’s time to bring a date idea out of the BHE archive and revamp it.

The Invite: 

Make a heart-shaped puzzle letter for your husband. Draw a heart on a piece of paper to include inside your Valentine card, or write it on a colorful piece of paper and put the card in its own envelope. Write the invitation. This is what I’m writing on mine:

Special Invitation for the Love of my Life

What: Pieces of my Heart themed date night

When: Sunday, February 14th @5 P.M.

Where: In our love nest

Remember: Dress to impress.

Sign it “your lover,” or another endearing name you use. Once you’ve finished, cut the note up into pieces (the number depends on how complicated you want to be). Stick it in the envelope and give it to your husband the day before (or you can put it someplace he’ll see it like his desk or tape it to the steering wheel). You may want to leave tape or glue nearby.

Set the Scene: 

To set the romantic scene, pick out “pieces” of things that remind you about your relationship (i.e. photos of you together over the years, love letters, movie or event ticket stubs if you’ve saved them, etc). Or write your favorite memories on notecards to scatter across the table. Get creative. Use traditional romantic decorations from whatever you have lying around the house – cut paper hearts from red and pink paper, light candles, and pull out your best dishes from storage. If you want to spend a few bucks, give yourself a under $5 budget and go scout out items at your local dollar store for Valentine’s plateware, decorations, etc.

Serve the Meal: 

Serve up “pieces” of pizza. Papa Murphy’s has their popular HeartBaker pizza, a seasonal favorite, for under $10. This is a seasonal must-buy for Adam and I. #Loveat425

You can also make your own pizza (using a package of premade dough mix or Pillsbury (or equivalent off brand) canned premade dough, your favorite pizza or pasta sauce, a package of shredded Italian blend cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings like pepperoni, ham, crushed pineapple, sliced peppers, etc.) Cut the pizza into a heart shape or used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make mini pizzas. Remember the idea is avoid breaking the bank. If you have items at home already, use them.

If pieces of pizza isn’t your thing or you want sides, try your favorite finger foods for dinner. Suggestions: cheese cubes/sticks, thinly sliced and rolled lunch meats, crackers, baby carrots, bell pepper strips, celery sticks, berries, shrimp, crustless heart-shaped PB&J sandwiches, cherry tomatoes, apple, banana, or pear slices, sliced hardboiled eggs, grapes, olives, pretzel sticks, low sodium or unsalted chips, etc.

For dessert, serve a piece of  his favorite pie or cake, or try this delicious Reeses Pieces cupcakes idea. Still too expensive? Buy a snack sized box or bag of his favorite candy.

Playing Pieces: 

Pick out a puzzle to complete based on your joint interests (i.e. in the past, Adam and I’ve completed Star Wars puzzles together). If you have the time or money, pick up an inexpensive puzzle mat or use a large poster board to transfer the puzzle easily.

Pull out Popsicle sticks and create a date night in a jar. This lovely idea is inspired by and created by Jennifer from Life in the Green House. [Right now, this is a great idea for all those leftover Ball jars from my Christmas gifts.] Come up with a handful of date night ideas together and write each idea on a individual stick using a fine-tipped felt pen.  Jennifer recommends color-coding each stick: light pink (inexpensive), dark pink (at-home dates), and red (expensive or require planning). If you don’t want to dye each stick color, you can simply use a colored felt pen and draw a dot or a star on either up side of the stick (the end that will be sticking out of the jar). I’m planning on writing down each “date” idea from my blog (you can find them all here) and asking Adam to pick which ones he likes best. (Yes, shocker! I haven’t actually completed all the date ideas from my own blog).

Pick a board game with lots of pieces to play. I’d recommend Battleship, Monopoly, Risk, Srabble, UpWords, Boggle, Jenga, chess, checkers, or an old-school one like Cashflow. You can pick games up at your local thrift store or a yard sale inexpensively (just make sure you aren’t missing any critical pieces before purchase).

Pièce de Résistance

You, of course. Give him a “piece of the action” and take him to the bedroom for some fun. Invite him into the bedroom, give him a ‘piece of the action,’ and an opportunity to enjoy his favorite “pieces” of you!

To spice things up a bit, bring notecards with questions about your partner and your relationship (i.e. What’s my favorite restaurant? Where did we have our first kiss? What’s my favorite color? What’s my biggest pet peeve? If I could visit any country in the world, where would I go?) Take turns asking each other questions. If you get it right, he takes a piece of clothing off. If you get it wrong, you take a piece of clothing off. This works best when you’ve got multiple layers and include the added rule of no touching. You can spice it up a bit by upping the stakes on certain harder questions (i.e. in addition to taking off a clothing item, makeout for 30 seconds or run hands over the body part of your partner’s choosing).

Laugh. Love. Live. Enjoy! 

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How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? What are your favorite inexpensive date ideas? 

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