• Three Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! You might be the person who plans weeks in advance to ensure every holiday is special. Maybe you completely forgot and are now scrambling to find a place with an available reservation. My guess is if you’re reading this you probably fall into the latter category and that’s okay! We’ve all been there and to be honest, Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that sneaks up on you. Well Authentic Connections Counseling in Castle Rock, CO is here to make your life a little easier by providing some suggestions to help create a romantic and special day for you both!

    To start off, we’ll tackle a more traditional option- a night out. For my couples who do not need to worry about a babysitter or maybe have one already lined up this could be the perfect choice. With no distractions, no cooking or clean up, and uninterrupted time, how better to celebrate your love? If you agree, head over to Perry’s Steakhouse located in Park Meadows. Perry’s Steakhouse is hosting a “Valentine’s Weekend Candlelight Dinner for Two” and “Valentine’s Day 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu”. After snagging a reservation, pick three things you admire and respect about each other and share them over your delicious meal . If you’re struggling to get to that number maybe it’s time for a relationship “tune up” or “check in”. 

    Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays for a night out. So, if you can’t find a romantic reservation there is always the gorgeous outdoors of Colorado! Plan a sunrise or sunset hike and talk about all the things you love about your relationship- how you connect, communicate, resolve conflict, or work so well together as parents. Share your hopes, dreams, desires and needs. Make this hike an intentional time to connect or reconnect. If you’re noticing there are some areas that could be even better or maybe a struggle that isn’t getting easier, give us a call! Our couples therapists are here to help.

    Last, but definitely not least, make-it-your-own-kind-of-special night is an intimate way to spend your evening. The Board Local located in Castle Rock, CO is a highly raved about and elevated charcuterie meal ready made for you. If you’re looking for decadence and elegance without having to go out and no clean up then this is the choice for you! Put the kids to bed, pop open your favorite wine and enjoy the perfect savory or sweet charcuterie board. Put out some candles, dim the lights, and play that romantic playlist to set the mood, or create a cozy picnic with a soft blanket on the floor and cushiony pillows set up in front of the fireplace. Make a deck of cards with questions ranging from “easy and light hearted” to “deep and vulnerable”. Choose vulnerability, transparency and honesty as you take turns answering these questions. You might feel closer or identify some issues. No matter what insight you gain there is always an option to improve where you are! 

    Sometimes Valentine’s Day stirs up sadness, anger, or disappointment instead of butterflies, warmth and gratitude. Regardless of where your relationship is right now there is always room for growth, improvement and rekindling the flame. Whatever you choose to do for Valentine’s Day, make it special, romantic and exactly what you need to enjoy your special kind-of love!

    Written by Authentic Connections Counseling Couples Therapist, Rachel Bourgoin, MFTC