Would you rather have an intimate meal at home with your favourite person, rather than go out to dinner on Valentines Day? If so, here are some suggestions to create a loving mood.
A Valentine’s date should stimulate all the senses, including smell. Parks Candles have a wonderful luxury range of scented candles just perfect for Valentine’s and any other time you are feeling romantic. Choose sensual fragrances, such as this Dark Rose candle which I was gifted by Parks, from their Platinum range and set the tone for a romantic time together.
In a box as beautiful as the lidded candle itself, both with a signature Parks metallic nameplate, it would make a lovely gift for a special occasion. The scent when you lift the lid is delicious – very seductive and heady, brimming with a enticing, musky true-to-life rose scent but with a note of gentle sweetness, too, reminiscent of Turkish Delight.
Dim the lights and create a relaxed ambience with tealights, candles and string lights. If you have an open fire, light it and put a gorgeous sheepskin rug on the floor where you can cuddle and share a glass of wine after dinner.
Think carefully about the playlist you want to listen to during your romantic time. Pick songs that mean something to you, perhaps reminding you of when you first met, your first date etc. But don’t let it become the focus of the night, which should be about each other.
Dinner for two
Staying in on Valentine’s Day requires a delicious meal. You want to make it a bit more special than usual, so prepare a starter, main course and dessert. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the best cook in the world as there are some great restaurant-worthy meal options you can buy in and only need to heat through – but don’t get lost in the company and forget to turn the oven off! A dessert to share is a nice way to finish off the meal and make sure you choose a good wine to accompany your food.
Style the Table
Putting a little thought into the dining table decor shows you care. Red is the colour of love so make that your theme, or if you want it to be more subtle, pink works just as well. You don’t have to spend a lot, you can pick up cute tissue hearts, table confetti, balloons, red roses and tableware from the bargain high street stores and supermarkets. Lay out a nice tablecloth and don’t forget the napkins and wine glasses.
Other romantic things you can do
Buy each other a little surprise gift
Cook a meal together
Watch a movie
Pack the kids off for a sleepover
Skip dessert and… well, you know the rest 😉
And if you’re not with anyone right now, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of self-love! Why not treat yourself to a pamper night or order your favourite takeaway? Get your PJs on and watch a film with a giant bowl of snacks.