So, since I wanted it to be intimate and something very "alone" I knew February had to be an at-home date. I figured they would already make separate plans for Valentine's and this would just be a bonus date. I didn't want to do any kind of activity, I wanted the focus to be on them. So, I thought they needed something that would be relaxing, easy, and stress free. The first thing that came to mind was a Spa Night!
Here's what was included in the February envelope:
- Date Card
- A package of tea light candles in a relaxing scent
- "Spa-like" music on a CD
- 2 individual packages of facial scrub (I chose Apricot and Pink Grapefruit)
- 2 individual packages of facial masks (I chose Chocolate & Strawberry and maybe Mint & Lemon? I don't remember!)
- One bottle of Lavender & Chamomile Body Wash/Foaming Bath Oil (You could choose any relaxing scent in any kind of bubble bath)
- One bottle of Neutrogena body oil (or any other body oil)
Here is the date card that was included in the envelope:
On the card, I suggest that they start the evening by lighting the candles, playing the music and filling the tub. I know Larry probably won't be too into the scrub and mask, but I intended for this to be somewhat of a do-it-yourself spa night. I pictured Kim doing a mini facial on Larry with the scrub and mask and vice versa. After a warm bubble bath, they could use the oil to do massages like you would get at the spa.
This date cost around $15-$20. It was one of the more expensive dates for sure, but I figured Valentine's month was a good one to splurge on. I already had the Zen Meditation music CD that, to be honest, wasn't played very often in my CD player. Everything else I purchased at Wal-Mart. The Freeman packets of scrub & masks were about a dollar a piece. They had all different types and fragrances. You could instead replace them with travel or full-size products if you were willing to spend a little more money. The oil and bubble bath can also be purchased at different places, in smaller sizes or better quality. However, I was pulling this date together the week of their honeymoon, so was running short on time and cash. :o)
This date could be cheaper by suggesting they use what they have or by buying travel-size containers and including something you already have on-hand. You can easily make this more lavish and pricey in a lot of ways! You can make it an individual date basket by including a bottle of wine or champagne and glasses; robes and slippers (maybe even personalized); add body scrub, foot scrub, body paint, lotion, a book or video on massage techniques, etc; possibly include a gift card to a local spa. I'm sure there are many more things you can add to make this night even more extravagant and special. But remember, I'm offering you ideas for CHEAP dates!
I tried to make this romantic, special, and something they felt was indulgent. Being Kim's sister, I didn't want to get too sensual with this...I'm sure they can do that on their own! But I hope they enjoy this night and it brings them back to the lovey-dovey feelings from when they first met. This is date 8 of 13! March is right around the corner, so stay tuned!