Where do you stand in the whole Valentine’s Day debate? Do you think it’s a complete waste of time, made up by retailers to simply con some extra cash out of you once a year? Or do you completely go to town, lavishing your partner with treats and personal gifts, all topped off with a romantic candlelit dinner for two?
For those of us who fall roughly halfway in the middle of those 2 extremes, the 14th February, coming so soon after Christmas and the New Year, can often be a time when our finances haven’t quite had the time to recover. So your Valentine’s Day budget, if you have one, may not extend as far as you thought!
Out of all the rooms in your home (and dare we even mention the bedroom?), it’s your kitchen that can play a pivotal role in making Valentine’s Day extra special. As the old saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but this can apply equally to women, – I mean, who doesn’t enjoy good food?! And that’s why the kitchen is so special when Valentine’s Day comes around.
But what can you do if your kitchen leaves you feeling far from frisky? We’ve come up with these 4 fantastic ideas to help rekindle that romance and leave the love of your life feeling absolutely enamoured.
Rich and red
The first and easiest thing to do is to set the right mood. Everything looks better by candlelight and your kitchen is no exception, so crack open a box of tealights and resist the temptation to switch on your main kitchen lighting. It will instantly change the look and feel of your kitchen.
If you’re lucky enough to have room for a dining table, why not treat yourself to a change of table cloth? Something rich and red will certainly produce the desired effect, and a few little touches such as your finest china or simply some matching napkins will help to add that feel of a special occasion.
A dozen red roses are a somewhat clicheed declaration of love for your other half, but when done creatively and dotted about your kitchen, it can be be very romantic indeed.
Create a centrepiece
If your other half has pulled out all the stops and is cooking you a slap up meal for Valentine’s Day, you want to get the setting just right. So why not create a romantic centrepiece for your table or kitchen worktop? We love some of these ideas from Pinterest, especially the Love Hearts!
To help set the tone, why not set your iPod up, or even dust off some of that old vinyl, for the perfect soundtrack to your evening.
You can go as cheesy as you like, with a bit of Barry White or perhaps even some Marvin Gaye, or, for that personal touch, why not create a playlist that means something to both of you? It could contain songs from your wedding day, that first time you met, or the year in which your kids were born.
Sweet treats for your sweetheart
There’s nothing more satisfying than some home-baked treats, and if your partner has a particularly sweet tooth, why not indulge them with a spot of Valentine’s Day baking?
Sprinkle a bit of flour across your kitchen work top and get cracking on some heart-shaped biscuits and cakes, that’ll keep you satisfied all week long!
We love these fab, romantic cookery ideas on Pinterest:
Failing all this, you can simply offer to do the dishes!
Have you got any grand plans for your kitchen this Valentine’s Day? Leave us a comment below.