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February 14th, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  An we don’t want any of our Southern Oaks ID-100227684Apartment residents to be unprepared to celebrate this day of love.  Here are some ideas to get you started weather you are celebrating with your significant other, your kids, your friends or just you!

If you’re with your significant other

1. Have dinner and a movie in. For some flair, toss conversation hearts in a bowl of popcorn, says Sara Perry, author of Valentine Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family.
2. Go low-key. Drop in at the pub that has amazing burgers, or the bowling alley. You’ll have the place to yourselves — inherently romantic!
3. Serve the bubbly on a customized “tray.” Make a collage of photos to put inside a large picture frame. It can ferry your cocktails now and be hung on the wall later, Perry says.
4. Pick a menu you’ve never made and cook it together. Hey, it’s no coincidence so many films feature steamy kitchen scenes (Big Night, Chocolat, No Reservations).

If you’ll be with the kids

5. Give a kid you love a “bouquet” of lollipops tied with a big red bow.
6. Make a sweet morning menu. Serve cranberry “champagne” (juice and fizzy seltzer) and heart-shaped pancakes. (A cookie cutter will do the trick!)
7. Have a scavenger hunt. Hide chocolates and give your kiddos a list of “clues” to where they might be found.
8. Fancy-up family dinner. Dress as if you were dining at the best joint in town. The kids will get a kick out of seeing you in suit-and-sequins attire.

If you’ll be with friends

9. Start an annual brunch tradition. What’s not to love about Bloodies and eggs Benedict with your best friends?
10. Throw a fondue party. Cheese for dinner and chocolate for dessert. Dunk brownies, apricots, marshmallows and graham crackers.
11. Invite singles for whine and cheese. As in: Good wine, yummy appetizers and major laughs over past loves.

If you’ll be with just your lovely self!

12. Bake chocolate chip cookies, package them with red ribbons, and give them to people you appreciate — neighbors, your barista, the lady at the dry cleaners. “You’ll be amazed at how touched people are by this small gesture. That has a way of making you feel incredible,” Perry says.
13. Help your heart. Take a fitness class — then enjoy a heart-healthy meal, such as seared salmon with a glass of red wine.
14. Indulge in non-romance. Take in an action flick. Make your ultimate comfort food — say, mac-and-cheese. Bypass the lingerie drawer and pull on your favorite flannel jammies and spend the evening in bed with a book and glass of wine. Heaven.
15. Sign up for a class: Cooking, pottery, skiing! Good experiences are among the best gifts you can give yourself.

How do you plan to spend Valentine’s Day this year?