When you look up Valentine’s Day gift ideas, you’ll get bombarded with listicles offering a myriad of suggestions. From two-gifts-in-one chocolate flower bouquets to star maps of a day special to both of you, the recommendations are endless.
But most of these articles and suggestions share a common vein: thoughtful, personalised gifts are the best kind. And what can be more personal than celebrating Valentine’s Day together at home? This way, you don’t have to battle it out with other couples in restaurants and other romantic spots in the city and you’ll be able to prepare a personalized, bespoke evening full of romance for you and your partner.
Wondering how you can successfully turn your place into a setting brimming with romance, elegance and intimacy? We suggest stimulating the five senses. Here’s how:
Stimulate the sense of sight by putting up visually pleasing romantic decor. Lighting is the most important element when setting the mood of the room you’re using. Instead of your regular overhead lights, try spreading votive, tealight, pillar and taper candles across the room. These will provide muted, romantic lighting while also serving as pretty accents. If not candles, fairy lights in warm yellow or strings of bulb lights also provide romantic lighting effects.
You may also want to scatter red accents across the room, like your table napkins, the plates you’ll be using for dinner and the throw pillow on the couch.
Next, catch your partner’s attention with enticing scents. Those candles you plan to scatter around the room. Try finding scented ones. Just make sure you choose the same scents or ones that complement each other. For something fresher and more organic, you can simply fill the room with fragrant bouquets of flowers. Like candles, these will serve two purposes decor and perfume!
Another way to entice the sense of smell is with the food you’ll be preparing. A sumptuous meal you can smell from the moment you walk into a room will sure increase your partner’s anticipation for the romantic dinner ahead.
The highlight of the night, dinner is what you should prepare for the most. Cooking dinner shows your effort and dedication to giving them a romantic Valentine’s Day date. That is why you have to think your menu through.
Prepare dishes they love and desserts they adore. While you're busy cooking, you can browse online delivery services for the perfect champagne or wine to go with the feast you’re preparing. All these elements, combined, make for a decadent dinner your partner will not be able to get enough of and one they won’t soon forget.
What’s more romantic than sharing a delightful dinner by candlelight with the person you love? Doing exactly that with great music in the background, of course. Make your Valentine’s date at home even more personalised with a specially curated playlist filled with soft, tinkling music and sweet songs, especially ones that are meaningful for both of you.
So, you’ve set the scene, prepared a feast and your iPod is ready to play romantic background music. Now it’s time to enjoy each other’s company. Savour the good food, good champagne and good music. Make the special person in your life feel your love by simply enjoying each other’s company on this special night.
Bottled & Boxed is happy to be a part of your romantic Valentine’s evening. We have a wonderful array of Valentine’s day-perfect drinks and spirits, as well as other Heart’s Day must-haves like flowers and chocolates. Visit Bottled & Boxed today and start browsing.