We show you how to have a romantic date night at home
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Valentine's Day is fast approaching, a time to show your significant half just how much you love them with a grand romantic gesture. For some, this may mean booking a luxury spa weekend away or gifting designer jewellery, but what about those who are doing the big day on a budget, or simply want to avoid the crowded restaurants? We recommend spending some quality time together in the house you made home.
Before you think about booking a night's stay at a five star hotel, make sure you read on and take in these romantic Valentine's Day ideas for a cosy night in.
Make a statement wall that will surprise your loved one
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Hold off with the giant Valentine's Day card this year, and sprawl your sweet nothings across the wall instead. Use your eye for design to tell your significant other just how much you care by decorating a plain wall with framed prints that contain love messages. Surround framed prints with neatly arranged stick-on love hearts and red flowers for a creative touch.
Plan a Valentine's Day treasure hunt
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If you're looking for a unique way to celebrate the big day, why not surprise your other-half with a romantic indoor treasure hunt? Create intrigue and mystery by dropping cryptic clues in handwritten messages that lead your partner on a trail around your home to find meaningful gifts.
Give your bedroom a Valentine's makeover
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You don't have to splash the cash on a lavish hotel room to set the mood, create a soft, romantic style vibe in your own bedroom with a dusky pink and blue palette. There are a few rules to this winning colour-duo - any tone or shade works. Offset delicately hued walls with a decadent velvet headboard and layer the look with linens, blankets and plump cushions.
Go backyard camping
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Turn your garden into a cosy campsite for two with plenty of wooly blankets, comfy pillows and candles so you can snuggle up together beneath the stars. Don't forget to bring a prosecco picinic and make a toast to the biggest date night of the year and, of course, your love for each other - a fab idea for outdoorsy couples.
Rustle up a romantic meal
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Before rushing out to make a restaurant reservation, check out these heavenly meal ideas that will inspire you to recreate a romantic Valentine's Day menu at home. We've put together a three-course menu that's filled with delicious fail-safe recipes that anyone can cook - they're also gauranteed to impress your loved one.
Bring the bar to your own home
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Who needs swanky bars when you can make cocktails from the comfort of your own home - and pour your own measurements. Save your pennies and learn how to make a tiple or two together by following this best-ever French Vanilla Martini recipe or this beautifully fragrant floral infused vodka cocktail.
Light a fireplace
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Transform your living room into a haven of comfort and romance with fluffy throws, soft pillows and mood lighting. Dimmed lights, coupled with the sweet amora of candles and a roaring fireplace will create cosy setting that's perfect for huddling up together on the sofa and watching a classic rom-com. If you received a beautiful bouquet of flowers or roses, don't forget to make them the centrepiece of your coffee table or mantlepiece.