That day is just around the corner and no doubt you’ve got an opinion on it. It feels like one of those holidays that have very few options, whether A. You’re a single pringle and hands down not interested, B. You’re a super romantic at heart and go all out or C. You’re in love but couldn’t really care any less either way.
I have to say, I fall into the latter category. Graham and I are coming up to five years together but it’s not just that that means the day has lost it’s appeal – we’ve never used it as a day to ‘celebrate’ our love. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to do something though – it’s not totally lost it’s spark! I know a lot of people say that they don’t need one day of the year to show their love to one another, (or the whole of facebook in some cases) and I agree but, like the whole new year new me thing, I don’t see a problem with using it as a little reminder. It’s easy to fall into a routine when you’re with someone, but every now and then it’s nice to do something a little more special and I’ll be doing just that come the 14th.
We go out to eat regularly, and when home we try to eat dinner on our dining table as often as possible – though I’m embarrassed to admit that often it’s spent at our desks and mealtime just becomes another event where we’re staring at a screen. The one day I make sure we switch off is our Sunday roast – but even then we are often distracted by the cat or a phone notification. The conversation is finished once we have cleared our plates; then followed by a rush to take them away and get mealtime over with so we can relish the rest of our evening before the dreaded Monday morning rolls around. This Valentines falls on a Sunday so I’m planning on making dinnertime a little more special. When we’re out at restaurants, we spend a lot more time chatting afterwards and enjoying each others company – why is it when we’re at home we don’t do the same? Too many jobs on our mental to do list and an eagerness to do other things that are within reach – unlike taking ourselves to a restaurant and being removed from the busy-ness that is ‘home’.
I plan on decorating the table to suit – not the ‘conventional’ decorations though (like those tiny sequin hearts that get absolutely everywhere, pink doilies that are way too frilly and a Cupid flying above our heads). I think pink is a bit much, and we’re not huge fans of the whole red/white/pink theme so we’ll stick with our neutral grey placemats. A vase of flowers will adorn the table and we’ll feel fancy with napkins and wine. I’ll cook us our usual roast, but I think I’ll turn it into a three course meal so it feels more special than usual. I’m not sure what I’ll do for starters, but for pudding I’ll melt some chocolate and we’ll use the fondue set (from Next) that I received for Christmas. I’m not sure there’s anything better than marshmallows and fruit dipped in chocolate anyway!
Being a creative type, I always design my own cards and Valentines isn’t an exception. This year I’ve created some typography that you can download too. I’ve created a card thats A5 size and folds down to A6 – perfect as a little message to your loved one that you can print out at home. It’s available in two non-traditional valentine colourways of coral orange and turquoise. I’ve printed it onto card and I’ll leave it in an envelope tied with ribbon and allow myself this one time of the year to get a bit romantic and gushy. Or, give yourself a pep talk and print it out for yourself – ‘cos we all need reminding every once in a while. Here’s the link to download the 'You are fantastic’ printables. I’d love to know if you use them!