It’s Valentine’s Day! I know, I know, it’s a “fake holiday” trumped up by greeting card companies and you shouldn’t feel forced to show someone affection just so some corporation can make money on manufactured crap, we should all show our loved ones that we care EVERY day, not just Valentine’s Day, blah blah blah.
Get over it. I mean it. Some or all of that sentiment might be true, but taking one day or evening out of 365 to tell your partner, family and/or dearest friends that you love them is nice, and you can do it with or without corporate tie-ins. In fact, I’ve got the perfect hook-up for all of our readers that might have been protesting the holiday, but were really slackers who forgot to make any reservations or plans for their Valentine this evening:
Dinner and a movie.
It’s a classic for a reason, and you can do the whole thing right at home. First, the dinner. If you’re a real hopeless case in the kitchen, then go for take-out or delivery, and just focus on setting a nice table–candles & flowers work just as well on coffee tables as they do in a dining room. If you can at least boil water, then you can make spaghetti. It’s cheap, easy, fast, and you & your partner can do that cute kissing thing from Lady & the Tramp with the noodles. Just go easy on the garlic and the portions–nothing’s less romantic than heartburn and breath that could slay a vampire.
Dessert is also key, and unless either you or your partner is allergic then you gotta go with chocolate. (If you are allergic: salted caramels. YUM.) If you don’t have time to make anything, I recommend a small box of high-quality, rich chocolate truffles (Trader Joe’s makes great ones). If you’re on a budget, forget the cheapo drugstore chocolates in the heart-shaped box and buy a box of brownie mix instead. They’re so easy to make, so yummy and gooey, and baking seriously impresses everyone.
As for picking a movie, well, it depends on your date. Here are my recommendations for a fun and romantic evening with your Valentine tonight.
Romantic Comedies That Aren’t Ridiculously Formulaic And Also Actually Funny: Raising Arizona, High Fidelity, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Definitely, Maybe, Going the Distance
"Marvin Gaye is responsible for our entire relationship." "Is that so? I'd like a word with him then."
Romances With Lots Of Guns: Bonnie & Clyde, True Lies, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, A Life Less Ordinary, Natural Born Killers, True Romance, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
"That's the way romance is... Usually, that's the way it goes, but every once in awhile, it goes the other way too."
Co-dependent, Unhealthy, Enabling Romances: Sid & Nancy, Leaving Las Vegas, Trainspotting, The People vs. Larry Flynt
"If I asked you to kill me, would you?" "I don't know. How would I do it? I couldn't live without ya."
Movies That Aren’t Technically Romances, But Feature Great Couples: The Mask of Zorro, Lord of the Rings, Rocky, Pirates of the Caribbean, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Matrix, WALL-E, Fargo, The Empire Strikes Back
"I love you." "I know."
Classic Romances For Every Generation: Roman Holiday, The Philadelphia Story, Casablanca, Lover Come Back, Annie Hall, Some Kind of Wonderful, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride, Singles
"I've never been alone with a man before, even with my dress on. With my dress off, it's MOST unusual."
Any movies you think are missing? Tell me all about it! Oh, and before I forget:
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!