Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and what better time to show your significant other how much they mean to you. If the day has crept up on you and you’re not sure what to do, then why not swap a noisy evening out for the perfect Valentine’s night in.
You’ll be in good company with over a third of British men and a quarter of British Women planning a romantic night in. Creating a romantic evening at home doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful, a few simple things can help you enjoy a lovely night with your other half. I have listed a few ideas and tips on creating the perfect Valentine’s night in below.
Food and drink
If you’re planning a candlelit dinner for two but you’re not sure what to cook then you might find this research from the world’s leading meal kit company HelloFresh useful.
According to HelloFresh’s recent poll of 1,500 UK adults, an incredible two-thirds of British women think the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but only a third of men believe they can cook their way into the bedroom.
Contrary to popular belief, us Brits more commonly opt for a juicy steak, roast dinner or spicy curry rather than foods more commonly associated with Valentine’s Day such as strawberries and oysters. The most popular choice among those surveyed was steak with 35% of respondents opting for this dish.
Now you know the facts why not create a good old British classic in the kitchen to wow your other half, or you could opt for a HelloFresh kit delivered to your door to take the hassle out of cooking. Either way, good food, good wine and good company is sure to be a winning combination.
Double check you have everything you need to create your chosen meal before the big day. Write a list so you don’t forget anything then check things off as you go and make sure you have enough food and drink to enjoy throughout the evening.
Set the mood
If you want to create a relaxing and romantic atmosphere then there are a few fail-safe ways you can create the perfect ambience for a night of romance.
When it comes to lighting, creating a dark room with soft lighting is the way to go. Turn off the main light, light a few candles and hang a few fairy lights around the room, this will create a lovely soft light which will set the mood perfectly for a romantic evening in.
When it comes to decor you can create a warm and cosy atmosphere easily. If you’re planning on watching a movie then a few extra cushions and a blanket on the sofa for comfort is a must, you can add a touch of elegance by scattering a few rose petals and adding some flowers around the room.
While your eating, why not play some of your favourite romantic songs, you can create a playlist for the evening and have it play both of your favourite songs. Don’t forget any significant songs such as the first song you danced to at your wedding, this is sure to create a lovely atmosphere and mood.
Don’t forget to turn your mobile phones off and put them out of reach. Nothing will spoil the ambience of your romantic evening more than a PPI call during your delicious dinner or movie.
If you’re planning to enjoy a romantic movie after your meal then why not consider one of the following, Titanic, The Notebook, P.S I Love You, Me Before You or Love Actually.
There are hundreds of movies to choose from whether you’re looking for a comedy, romance, thriller or even a horror film, just make sure it’s something you will both enjoy watching.
Why not buy a few tasty treats to enjoy during the movie, chocolate, sweets and popcorn never go wrong.
Are you opting for a romantic evening in this Valentine’s Day?