How to Create a Romantic Stay-at-Home Spa

This year, avoid restaurant reservations and over-the-top gifts. Instead, opt for a relaxing Valentine's Day spent at home by surprising your sweetheart with a sexy, stay-at-home spa date.

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Setting the Mood

Create a clean, serene space by placing aromatherapy candles of various heights around the bathtub, and placing fresh, out-of-the-dryer warm towels off to the side. Incorporate organic tones and natural elements for an authentic spa atmosphere.

Roses Aren't Always Red

This romantic holiday wouldn’t be the same without cupid’s favorite flower. Stop by your local flower market, and pick up a bundle of white roses. Pick out a few stems to place in a white or clear vessel for a clean decorative touch. With the remaining stems, gently pull the petals from their buds and set aside in a bowl by the tub.

Rose Water

To give your spa date a soothing vibe, draw a warm bath — studies show that 105 de-grees is the optimal temperature for most people. Once the tub is filled, add a touch of romance, and perfume the air by scattering a handful of rose petals on the surface.

Stay-Home Essentials

Add infused salts and essential oils to the running water to create a therapeutic bath for you and your Valentine’s date. Once dissolved, they’ll ease tension, relax muscles and melt away stress. Not only will you create a spa-like experience — you’ll also be left feeling supple and replenished fresh out of the tub.

Tension Tamer

Spend some quality time with your special someone by offering up relaxing spa treatments. Use essential oils or your favorite body lotion to treat your honey to a neck, back or foot massage. Simply place a dime size amount in the palm of your hand and, using kneading motions, move in the direction of the heart to stimulate blood flow. Who knows, they might just return the favor!

Happy and Hydrated

There’s no better way to celebrate than with a delicious libation. A refreshing cucumber cooler will help authenticate your at-home spa date with its hydrating qualities. Plus, it could not be easier to make! Combine ginger vodka, lemon juice, a touch of agave syrup and cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the cucumbers slightly to release their maximum flavor, and then shake, shake, shake! Pour the cocktail into low glasses, top off with sparkling water, and enjoy!

Fresh and Clean

For a light, palate-cleansing snack that’s super healthy and easy to prepare, serve up a plate of radish and lemon aioli tea sandwiches. Just cut the crusts off of thin, white bread, spread a light layer of lemon aioli on the slice, then place thinly sliced radishes on top. Garnish with cilantro, then cut the slice on the diagonal to create perfect triangular tea sandwiches.

Veggie Rejuvenation

To really round out the full spa experience, indulge in this guilt-free twist on a main course. This satisfying roasted veggie, bean, and herb salad can’t be beat. Not only does the salad fit the good-for-you bill, it’s also colorful, pretty and delicious!

Nature's Antioxidant

No Valentine’s Day is complete without a dessert, and these decadent cake balls are the perfect combination: chocolate on chocolate. These sexy snacks are full of antioxidants — experts say that a little bit of chocolate each day actually has health benefits!

Sit Back & Relax

The candles have been lit, the food’s been prepped, the cucumber cooler has been poured, and the roses are perfectly placed. Now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy this stress-free spa date with the one you love.

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