How to woo your valentine

Published: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 10:42 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 10:42 a.m.

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, UF students are looking for ideas to show that special someone they care.

"It has always been hard for me to figure out what to do for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day," said Ashliegh Ervin, a UF student.

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate and express your love for someone special in your life.

Even with college students being on a low budget, they still want to find that perfect gift, Ervin said.

"It's not just about the gift though, it's all about your love for the person," Ervin said.

Lorena Crowley, a UF student, said, "Valentine's Day is a day where you make a point to make the person you care about feel special."

Roses seem to be the most popular item around Valentine's Day.

Ervin said, "The day I got roses delivered to me at work is my favorite Valentine's memory."

However, you don't have to only resort to roses for Valentine's Day, because there are many different ways you can show that special someone you care.

Crowley said, "I think it means more if you make the gift with your own hands."

"One year my boyfriend made me a full course dinner. I thought all that hard work was the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me."

However, if your loved one is not talented in the kitchen, going out to eat is a great alternative.

Reservations for dinner should be made well in advance because most will be booked closer to the holiday.

Most restaurants around Gainesville accept walk-ins only on Valentine's Day, so it is important to arrive early. However, places such as Steak and Ale accept reservations.

"We are an upperclass restaurant and the mood is just right for couples on Valentine's Day," said Aaron Burton, a Steak and Ale server.

Harry's Seafood Bar and Grill has a beautiful view with window looking out at downtown with a great atmosphere," said Chris Rothwell, a bartender.

"We are extremely busy on Valentine's Day with all two tops full," Rothwell said.

Rob Cason, Gainesville Ale House's key employee, said, "We don't take reservations, however, we run a special with two entrees, champagne and flowers."

Here are some romantic tips to win over that special someone on Valentine's Day:

  • Write "I love you" with glow-in-the-dark paint on their wall.

  • Put rose petals on the floor leading to the bed and roses on the bed.

  • Put Hershey kisses on the ground leading to their bed with a note on the bed saying, "I kiss the ground you walk on."

  • Replace the paper in Hershey kisses with reasons why you love them.

  • Make a CD with love songs on it.

  • Put candles around the bedroom.

  • Put cute sayings in balloons and have them pop them open and read them.

  • Bake them brownies or cookies in the shape of a heart with icing messages on them.

  • Post flyers around campus by their classes telling them how much you love them.

  • Make chocolate covered strawberries.

  • Watch the sunset together.

  • Decorate a plain picture frame with candy hearts, rose petals or magazine cut outs.

  • Write messages with sidewalk chalk so they can read it on their way to class.

  • Buy massage oils so you can give them a sensual massage.

    With these romantic Valentine's Day ideas, hopefully you will be able to show your valentine how much you care.

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