As much as I love freshly cut flowers, it was a nice change to have a potted plant as it's something that should last longer than a week. It's also something that can come to the new house with us
For the main course we wanted a French bistro style meal to go with the French film we were watching. We decided on long tender stem broccoli (who knew that broccoli could be so pretty?!), duck and roasted sweet potato for lovely, bright, contrasting colours. A tried and tested trio that we've tried before, and will repeat time and time again, because of the winning combination of saltiness from the duck, the crunch of the broccoli and the lovely charring of the sweet potato (it always tastes better this way!)
My gifts to M. meant that dessert was already in the bag! We snacked on strawberries and chocolate and salted caramel macarons, feeling very French indeed, whilst watching our French film (with English subtitles on for M.!)
One of my best discoveries last week was a candle holder that I found in Sainsburys when I picked up the chocolate and strawberries for M. At just 80p this was an absolute steal and I've been using it non stop since the weekend. I love anything to do with forests / the woods so the fact that this looked like a hollowed out tree stump meant this really caught my eye.
For those of you who want one for yourself (particularly for an amazing 80p!!), I'm really sorry, but I can't link to this online as it doesn't look like Sainsburys have this on their site... Perhaps it was a Valentine's specific in-store only affair? Feel free to check your local Sainsburys though to see if they still have!
So in summary the point of this post being.... although it's nice to treat yourself on Valentine's Day, and so easy to spend ALL THE MONEY, you really don't need to. Because if you're with the right person, it doesn't matter what you get up to, or how much you've spent. My orchid was over £30 cheaper than most of the bouquets we saw (ah, gotta love those specially inflated Valentine's Day prices...) but will last so much longer than freshly cut flowers. And just 80p for a candle holder? Now we're talking business.