But it doesn't have to be like this. Why not stay at home and recreate a meal out or a night at a hotel? Lounge around in white fluffy bath robes, light some candles, wine and dine one another, and just be yourselves. Lots of the supermarkets have 2-for-1 inspired meal deals making it far better value for money than dining out. Also there are lots of lovely pieces of homeware out there that won't cost an arm and a leg and can be used time and time again for other special occasions. Consider it an investment. And it'll work out tons cheaper than that hotel, trust me.
Here are my Valentine's Day essentials for the perfect night in:
Yankee Candle // The White Company unisex bath robe // Hotel Chocolat sparkling pink rosé // framed print
Swoon sensual massage gift set // Glass bowls & oak board set // Goblets // Faux flowers in vase // heart jars
My ideal night in would include; dim lighting with candles everywhere possible, new / clean bedding, cooking our own three course meal just the two of us, a bottle of wine (in an ideal world, Malbec), nice lingerie, massages, sharing a bath together, bath robes, and afterwards lounge around watching movies in bed. With chocolate of course.
I'm really into interiors at the moment - particularly glassware it seems. The heart jars would be ideal for homemade desserts like cheesecake or an ice cream sundae with brownie pieces and lots of cream on top. Very Pinterest. The same goes with the glass bowls on that beautiful oak board. And I'm pretty sure those wine glasses aren't called goblets on the Next website... but they looked regal enough to be called goblets! And that bedding though. SWOON.
What have you got planned for Valentine's Day?
Want to read more? Feel free to have a nose through some of my other Valentine's Day posts....
- The funniest and most inappropriate Valentine's Day cards guaranteed to make you chuckle
- How you know if he's a keeper
- Alternative Valentine's Day gifts which AREN'T red roses
- Love in pictures