If you hear "romantic birthday ideas" and automatically think of diamonds, roses, and candlelit dinners at five-star restaurants, then think again.
When it comes to romantic ideas, one of the most precious gifts you can give to a loved one is time. This year, when planning a romantic birthday celebration for that special someone in your life, concentrate on spending time rather than money with these romantic birthday ideas:
Pack a picnic basket full of your sweetie's favorite treats and head to a scenic overlook or park.
Pamper that special someone by transforming your home into a spa. Use tranquil music to create a spa-like ambiance, and cast a romantic glow with floating candles. Purchase lotions, gels, or pedicure products and enjoy treating him or her to an at-home spa experience.
Make sure your special someone will remember this day forever by bonding through creativity. Sign up for a pottery, jewelry making, or stained glass class, or gather the supplies you'll need to tackle a special project for your home.
You don't have to be a gourmet chef to make a romantic dinner that will reach the heart far before the stomach. Create a sampler platter of your partner's favorite foods, or make a heart-shaped pizza topped with all of their favorites. Don't want to slave over a hot stove? Enjoy a cozy fondue dinner instead.
Regardless of the romantic idea you choose, keep in mind that the purpose of the celebration is to make your loved one feel special. No matter how much you spend, as long as you give of yourself, your gift of love and romance is sure to be appreciated.