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5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day Poolside

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Most people think swimming pools are only ideal for exercise, cooling off, tanning or frolicking away sunny days, but they can also be the perfect place to spend a special evening. So skip the overcrowded restaurants this Valentine's Day. Instead, climate and weather permitting, plan an unforgettably romantic evening right in your own backyard and let your poolscape become your very own romantic getaway.

Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day poolside with your sweetheart:

1. Admire the Galaxy

The moon and the stars can make us feel more alive and remind us that we're part of a vast, mysterious, beautiful universe. If you don’t have a telescope to take in the sparkling nighttime sky with your valentine, you can look upward with a pair of binoculars. And to make the most of your stargazing, try using a planisphere so you'll know where to find the best views.

2. Dine Alfresco

How does a casual dinner on the grill for two sound? Whether it’s steaks or lobster tail—or both—there are plenty of recipes to get you started. Then, all that’s left to do is light some candles on your patio table, open up a nice bottle of wine and get ready to soak in the evening.

3. Toast Each Other

A Valentine’s Day by the pool calls for a special cocktail, maybe even a signature drink just for you and your significant other. Pick one that has some meaning—maybe the martini you shared on your first date or the mai tai you discovered on your last vacation. Or, you might even be a little adventurous and find a new cocktail to try.

4. Get to Know Each Other All Over Again

Imagine you and your valentine getting lost in conversation, your feet submerged in soothing water. If you find some creative conversation starters ahead of time, you could even discover a few surprising things about each other. Whether you’re recalling a fun memory from your relationship or sharing something new about a time before you met, it’s a great way to bond and start a new tradition.

5. Sweeten the Deal

It’s really not Valentine’s Day without chocolate. Relive your childhood and make some new memories with poolside s’mores. You might already have a fire pit as part of your poolscape, but if not, you can try using an unscented, multiwick candle to toast those marshmallows. You can even put your own twist on this classic dessert or try making a more grown-up version.