Having a romantic night in can be challenging, especially if you have children. If you want to experience some romance, you don’t necessarily have to splash out on an expensive meal or scour the earth for a babysitter on one of the most popular nights of the year. With a bit of thought and planning, you can have a romantic night in that is just as good as any meal in a restaurant or night in an exclusive hotel. Here are some pointers to help create a romantic Valentines night in:
Have a Romance Plan
It pays to plan ahead. How do you want the evening to go? Perhaps you want to plan a whole day around Valentine’s and not just the night. If you have children, consider taking the day off and indulge your romantic sides while they’re at school, snatch some precious “together time” over a light lunch. Maybe you’d like the traditional evening meal accompanied by some romantic music. Or you may simply want to close the curtains and cuddle up on the sofa together and watch a film. Whatever you decide the event will go much more smoothly if you plan it out.
Theme Your Valentine’s Day
More and more couples are looking to create a theme for their Valentine’s night in. That could include trying something like a fireside picnic, choose a selection of treats and simply relax in front of the fire and enjoy each other’s company. Or how about a spa night, run a warm relaxing bath and sprinkle rose petals, add some candle light, some serene music and enjoy! Theme nights can be created around shared hobbies or interests or even favourite TV shows.
You may not want to be slaving over a hot stove all night to create the perfect romantic meal, so your choice of food is going to be important. Simple meals like a heart shaped pizza can look great and are quick and easy to make. Food has always gone hand in hand with romance and choosing the right dishes can make a big difference. Sites like BBC Food have some great, simple recipes including those all important sweets to finish off with. Alternatively choose a selection of dishes from your favourite takeaway and have it delivered to your door.
Romantic tip: You might like to try cocktails in the living room before you head into the dining room.
Get Dressed Up for the Occasion
It can be tempting to slouch around when you get home and jump into those old track suit bottoms and t-shirt. On this occasion make an effort to get dressed up. A favourite or even a new outfit can add a little more spice and will show your partner how much effort you have put into the evening. Who doesn’t love it when our partner makes an effort for us?
Don’t Forget the Romantic Extras
Let’s face it, in most couple’s every day lives, romance is not top of the list. Make sure you have all the incidentals you will need to create just the right ambience. Candles, a bottle of wine (or tipple of choice), fresh strawberries, chocolates or other treats, and if you are feeling extravagant fresh rose petals and please, please, don’t forget the heart felt card!
We hope these tips help to create the perfect romantic night in. However you are spending Valentine’s we hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable evening!