How to make Valentine’s Day extra special
Let’s face it, Valentine’s day is a lovely opportunity to treat your other half to feeling a little bit romantically spoilt for the day. In our fast paced and busy schedules, it’s sometimes easy to forget to treat our loved ones so now is the time to spoil your partner and make for a truly simple, fun and romantic Valentine’s Day.
We suggest simply sprucing up every day gestures with a few thoughtful extras that will delight them. Plus, we also have some great ideas for you to make some thoughtful Valentine’s day gifts too. Let’s get started.
Rather than going to the cinema, why not choose a good film or series at home and prepare some fresh hot chocolate, some popcorn and a soft blanket and snuggle in for the night with a loved one, your friend or why not enjoy the night in to yourself?
Make a romantic dinner.
Dim the lights at home, set the table with tall candles and complete your romantic table setting with rose petals. Now, what to have for dinner?
Perhaps serve up a delicious sizzling steak with creamy mashed potatoes and asparagus or why not try a delicious chicken breast, topped with pesto and goats cheese combined with crispy potato wedges, and a fresh side salad. Compliment your meal with some relaxing music playing softly in the background and your romantic meal is complete. Plus, you’re in the comfort of your own home, which is great because it means that no one has to drive, so you can both enjoy a bottle of something lovely.
Fondue fun at home.
A memorable idea for afters is to make your own chocolate fondue evening at home for a fun and indulgent way to spend Valentine’s day. Melt some chocolate and collect some fruit like strawberries, bananas, pineapple or grapes. Perhaps you could also choose your favourite sweets to dip in to the rich, melted chocolate. Try the classic chocolate fondue accompaniment, like marshmallows OR for a really fun idea, try something that you wouldn’t think to dip in chocolate and see how it tastes. We’d love to know what savoury snacks such as salty pretzels dipped in the chocolate tastes like…
Create a spa experience at home.
Lay out the dressing gown next to some soft, fluffy towels and slippers and prepare some iced water or aromatic herbal tea to begin the perfect pampering valentine’s spa experience at home. Fill the bath with bath salts and surround the room with candles or incense, which will fill the room with a sense of calm ambience and relaxation. If you don’t already have a bath shelf, purchase one and surprise your partner by filling it with a selection of spa treats that they can apply whilst in the bath. We’re thinking a beautifying body scrub, a face mask, a hair mask and essential oils. If you want to really impress them, place a glass of their favourite tipple on the shelf amongst all the goodies and for an extra romantic touch, place a red rose gently on the edge of the shelf. Again, this is something that you can completely indulge in by yourself to provide yourself with a little self-care.
Make a photo album/scrap book.
Take some time to organise a photo album or a scrap book. It makes for such a therapeutic activity, plus it is a wonderful idea for a gift, to do as a couple or on your own for Valentine’s day.
We have already talked about what huge fans of recorded documents we are and this also includes printed photos. Include post cards, old cinema/concert tickets, holidays you’ve taken, sunsets you’ve shared. Perhaps you even have the currency leftover from the places you both went to? In which case, you can stick around the edges of the pages for a little nostalgic texture.
And there you have it! Of course, if you want to go all out and you’ve got the whole day available, you could spend an entire Valentine’s day together and complete all of these things we’ve suggested. Perhaps you’ve got favourite traditions for Valentine’s day that you love to do? Tell us in the comments below as we’d love to hear about them!
Lastly and most importantly, don’t forget to show your home some love this Valentine’s day too. Read our latest blog “6 ways to show your home some love” for inspiration on how to fix your home up this Valentine’s day.