I love Valentine’s Day – whether you think it’s all commercialised or not, it’s a good excuse to spoil the people you love. Normally, it’s also an excuse for dinner and drinks out - but Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, and let’s face it, who wants to go out on a Tuesday night in February? It’s cold. It’s probably going to rain. The sofa is calling. But you still want the night to be special, so here are my tips…
1. Switch off social media
This one is SO IMPORTANT. Looking at everybody’s photographs of the flowers their partner bought them can wait. Give your scrolling finger a break, put your phone in the other room, and actually focus on spending time with your significant other without the constant distraction of your five never-ending Whatsapp conversations.
2. Lay the table
Or at least, make an effort not to just slump in front of the TV! A few years ago I properly laid our table, which to be honest, we hardly ever sit at, and it makes such a difference – you do find yourself talking more. If you don’t fancy anything this formal, you could get out your fluffiest throw and prettiest cushions and have a picnic on the floor, or even go all out and make a cosy den. But either way – use your posh champagne glasses, get the best plates out and switch up your usual scenario so the focus is on the two of you, not the television!
3. Make an effort with the food
I’m planning to make all my husband’s favourite foods, all together, even though they don’t go together – steak, macaroni cheese, Eton Mess…okay not all on the same plate, don’t worry! You could also make a picnic or cook your partner’s favourite meal from their childhood. Alternatively, a lot of shops are doing really great deals on dinners – for example, Waitrose are doing an insane deal where you get a bottle of fizz and three courses for £20!
Alternatively, you could just do a little nod to Valentine’s with a box of chocolates or some romantic biscuits – spend a little bit extra and you still get that luxury feel, but without the cost. I recommend Crabtree & Evelyn biscuits – they taste amazing, come in gorgeous tins and are just a step up from buying a packet of cookies in your local supermarket!
4. Get cosy
Dim the lights, light all your candles (yep, even the Diptyque one that you keep for special occasions) and turn on some fairy lights, and your home will look and feel like the most romantic little haven in the world. After dinner I recommend curling up in a throw and watching a film with a glass of wine – heaven. I’m not one for romantic chic flicks so we’ll probably be watching something a bit atypical – after seeing Trainspotting T2 in the cinema last weekend, I quite fancy watching the original again! How romantic…
Pink fizz always looks romantic - this is my favourite from Waitrose.
5. Little extras
Obviously, you’re going to buy a card, but a little present never goes amiss. Personally, I don’t think you need to get a lot for Valentine’s Day, but something with a little romance is always lovely. These blushers from Too Faced are stunning – I love how they come in little heart shaped containers, they remind me of Polly Pocket compacts and they’re the perfect size for your handbag! Alternatively, these hand creams from Crabtree & Evelyn are so pretty and pink and leave your hands soft and smelling of roses. Note, men – you don’t have to go crazy, but a little gift – even if it’s just a big bunch of flowers and some salted caramel chocolates, or a beautiful notebook with a little note on the first page – can mean the world.
6. Have fun
Get out an old board game and race each other to the finish. Go on a cold walk and run back to your warm house. Once, Ian and I saw a stunning fireworks display just outside our flat on Valentine’s Day and it was far more romantic than any restaurant could be!