If you have a swimming pool, a hot tub or even a back yard you have the major ingredients for a romantic Valentine’s Day for you and your loved one. If you have children, they can certainly get in on the day of romance with the family! If the swimming pool is open, invest in some floating candles and toss some of your favorite flowers on the water, turn on the LED pool lights and set a romantic mood.

Here are some of our best romantic Valentine’s Day ideas to spend in your outdoor living space. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area of the country where the swimming pool is still open, don’t forget the bathing suits. This holds true if you live in the frozen tundra, but have a hot tub — get it cleaned and ready for the big event — Valentine’s Day!

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Remember to adjust the ideas for adults or adults and children!

  1. Host a spa night at the spa! If you have a hot tub, set up some red and white candles and throw some rosebuds around the water and the area surrounding the hot tub. Turn the lights down low and put on your favorite music. Chill the champagne and take a relaxing soak with the one you love!
  2. If the children are there, you can give them some sparking cider and let them join you for a relaxing soak. Once you’re done in the hot tub, wrap up in heated towels and enjoy some finger foods, chocolate and other treats in the outdoor living area. If there is a chill in the air, light a fire in the fire pit or turn on some outdoor electric or gas heaters to warm the place up.
  3. Plan a romantic dinner. Cook up your favorite dinner for two or for the entire family. Make certain you have a dinner that you don’t normally have. That is the fun of Valentine’s Day — to indulge. If you love shrimp and lobster, but rarely indulge, make Valentine’s Day the night to do just that. If you rarely indulge in take out foods and this is your opportunity to do that, let everyone choose his or her favorite and eat your take out on the fine china and use cloth napkins and decorate the table with hearts, flowers and candles.
  4. Plan a scavenger hunt. Let each clue lead to another and another until there is a gift at the final clue. Do this for whomever is joining you in your backyard romantic evening. It will be fun for everyone!
  5. Recreate your first date. Remember back to when you fell in love? Bring back that feeling by reliving it this Valentine’s Day.
  6. Let your children choose the theme for the evening and help them plan it. Making their own memories with you will be a night they will long cherish and just might become a family tradition.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory? Don’t forget to take photos and even video of the pre-planning, the decorating and then during the Valentine’s Day event itself. You can even plan another day to do some family scrapbooking of the occasion.