Valentine’s Day, everyone’s favourite day (cough) is fast approaching and love is in the air. So how will you be surprising your significant other this year? Dinner for two at the latest top restaurant? A surprise weekend away at a romantic destination? Or, for guys, the timeless (and clichéd!) dozen red roses?
Cheesy though they may be, these are still good ways of letting your significant other know you care. But why not get more creative this year and save some precious money in the process?
Here are some low-budget and inventive ways to use the heart of the home – the kitchen – to really spice things up this Valentine’s Day.
- Sneak out to a home-wares store and grab some heart-shaped poached egg moulds.
Now you can surprise your better half with a romantic version of the humble eggs on toast for breakfast in bed. For added dash, serve on a heart-shaped tray with a pretty posy of garden flowers. For even more kudos, tuck a romantic little handwritten note among the blooms.
- Search gift stores and the internet for personalised mugs and tea towels.
These can be supplemented either with a ready-made message or, even better, one of your own creation. Leave them in full view in the kitchen for your other half to find first thing in the morning when they venture in to put the kettle on. Go for mushy messages or something cheesy and amusing that will make him or her smile.
- Buy a packet of red, heart-shaped fridge magnets.
Get up early before your partner, and cover the fridge in little love notes. Once again, you can make these romantic or amusing but do use your imagination and make them personal. Lacking in imagination? Not to worry. A simple ‘I love you’ repeated a dozen times invariably gets the message across.
- Rally the kids together for some family baking.
They’ll love helping you make heart-shaped cupcakes or a decadent heart-shaped chocolate mousse cake for afternoon tea. Provide coloured icing for them to decorate cakes or toothpicks, coloured paper and a glue stick for them to make heart-shaped ‘flags’ to put on top.
- Prepare a deceptively simple dinner for two.
Set the dining table with style (don’t forget the candles, a decent wine and appropriate background music) and sneak a peek at sites like Taste that offer a selection of easy to prepare and delicious recipes for two curated especially for Valentine’s Day. Start with a sparkling Champagne cocktail, choose a light and delicious entrée, main and dessert from Taste’s extensive recipe suggestions and finish with coffee and a box of heart-shaped chocolates. You’ll definitely win his or her heart all over again.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day it truly is the thought that counts. Small, personal gestures such as these ideas show you care as much as any splashy gift. And who knows? Maybe next year that romantic getaway might just be possible.
Got any more Valentine’s Day budget kitchen based suggestions to share? Let us know in the comments!
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