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    Your best Valentine's gift (on a budget)

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    A Valentine's Day Made Personal

    After 30 years of marriage it becomes extremely difficult to not make Valentine's Day routine. In 2011 I decided to focus on "making it personal".
    I took the day off (I left the house early as if going to work, but instead I went to the gym until my wife left for work.) I decided to turn our formal dining room into a romantic resturant. I went out and purchased flowers, long stemmed roses, rose petals and table settings (including tablecloth) to give it a Valentine's day theme. I also purchased a window curtain sheer to make it a little private. I also hid a wireless speaker in the room to play soft jazz.
    For dinner I purchased and grilled filet's, roated potato's and lobster tails. I also prepared shrimp cocktails for appetizers and chocolate covered strawberries for desert. My daughter (26 yrs.) and son (24) functioned as the servers. To keep my wife out of the kitchen and private dining area when she arrived at home I laid a trail of rose petals from the back door to the bathroom where there was a bath with rose petals and candles waiting (also with jazz playing).
    Almost everything was purchased that day from Wal-Mart; the plates, the napkins, the tablecloth, the glasses for the shrimp cocktail, the the tumblers for the melted butter, the candles and candle holders. I did however, also purchase a gift.
    This evening was meant to show my wife how much I love and appreciate her, and not because it was just Valentine's Day again.
    Although at times during the preparation it seemed a little stressful, everything costs me just under $100, and it was probably the most rewarding thing I have ever done for Valentines day in 30 years. The problem I have now is how to beat it.
    I also think that I have set my daughters standards higher for a husband.

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