M.T. Ellis is a freelance writer living in Brisbane who enjoys getting out and about with her husband and their dogs. She has just published her debut novel, Azrael, and is currently writing her second book. www.mtellis.com.au
Published February 4th 2014
The Ever-Elusive Perfect Valentines Day
Still searching for the secret to a perfect Valentine's Day? Me too. Well actually, I find the perfect Valentine's Day consists of avoiding embarrassing romantic gestures and trying to get out of cooking dinner.
The cliché romantic dinner- you can search for restaurants at www.dimmi.com.au where you will find details of each restaurants cuisine, pictures, reviews, average meal prices and you can even book your table on the same website. If you sign up as a Dimmi's member you can earn reward points every time you book a table, earning you dollars to spend at your favourite restaurant.
You can order the even more cliché bouquet of flowers from www.interflora.com.au who deliver Australia-wide. For a non-cliché version, you could grow your own from seeds and present your valentine with a small pot of flowers with a red ribbon around it. Since it is unlikely that you'll have time to grow an actual flower between now and Valentines Day, you best get onto that Interflora thing I mentioned earlier.
Propose. Yep you heard correctly, get out there and declare your eternal love for that special someone and propose. Whether it's on a mountain overlooking your city, while snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef (providing they haven't started dredging yet), while bungee jumping on your New Zealand Holiday or on that clichéd romantic dinner you booked earlier; it'll be a magical Valentine's Day for all involved. But it's only your second date, you say? Oh, best wait a few weeks then.
www.redballoon.com.au have plenty of ideas for romantic dates including scenic flights aboard hot air balloons and helicopters or you can even be flown around in a Tiger Moth. To push your romantic luck further you could treat your date & yourself to a pamper package, including a facial and massage after the big flight.
For those on a budget you could try impressing your date with handmade cookies or a bunch of flowers you have picked (stolen) from the garden next-door. Even more impressive would be a handmade card with a poem inside declaring your undying love. Ok, I'd probably leave out the 'creepy love poem' part.
Or you can do what my husband does every year, and just brags to his mates about how his wife thinks Valentine's Day is overrated and that his embarrassing public displays of affection and corny gifts are unwelcome; all while his friends have to go out searching for the 'perfect romantic gift' for their partners. To be fair, hubby usually places the take-away order at dinnertime.