To me Valentine's Day is all about a beautiful bunch of flowers, a romantic dinner and some time relaxing together.
My ideal dinner is at home - I know, it's the most exciting way to celebrate as there are so many fabulous restaurants to go to, but there is something cosy about staying at home on Valentine's.
Bruce and I have always has a delicious dinner at home, usually outside as it tend to be still hot in February. One thing we never skimp on is delicious champagne, and we'll cook a nice luxurious dinner - something that we have very infrequently, which makes it more special. For us it's lobster.
This is our tradition that we've maintained for 25 years and I love it. If you are inclined to spend a quiet night home with your loved one this Valentine's Day, may I suggest some tips...
Splurge on that bottle of Champagne
No matter your budget, you will be able to find a beautiful bottle of Champagne. Don't be afraid to ask the shopkeepers for assistance, or even tell them what meal you are eating - they'll be able to find you the right bottle within your budget to compliment your meal. Don't forget the strawberries too!
Cook with with your partner
And cooking a meal that you would have very infrequently, if it all. For us it's lobster, for you it might be salmon, steak or chicken cacciatore. Whatever meal it is, I think it is important that it be something you rarely it - it's makes the meal more luxurious and special.
Have a tech-free night
No phones, no internet. I'm sure your emails and text messages can wait till the following morning?
Candlelight at the table
To heighten the romance of the occasion.
Trying to figure what it's all about.