Wednesday, 4 February 2015

How to Plan a Romantic Night In

Picture yourself: Relaxing on your couch with a glass of wine in hand and your favourite movie playing. Your Valentine might be giving you a foot massage, or you might simply be soaking your feet in a warm footbath, lightly fragranced with some lavender oil. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? 

Now consider which you would prefer: The above scenario; or a meal out in a noisy, crowded restaurant (probably after struggling to find a car park)? 

Don’t get me wrong - I love a bit of fine dining, but traditionally Valentine’s Day evening is one of the busiest nights of the year for most restaurants. Why fight the crowds when you can go out any other night of the year and have a more peaceful experience? So what’s the alternative? A romantic night in! 



Wine and candles - a great start to a romantic night in
Image from www.theusualbliss.com


Five reasons why a romantic night in is fun:

1. It’s peaceful 
Save the fine-dining experience for another night and turn your lounge room into a romantic sanctuary. 

2. It’s family friendly 
Forget trying to book a babysitter and put the kids to bed early for some ‘Mummy and Daddy time’. Plus you can go to bed whenever you’re ready (cause you know the kids will be up as soon as the sun is!).  

3. A home cooked meal is optional
If you fancy the idea of cooking a nice meal, check out our previous post, How to Plan a Romantic Dinner. If you find cooking stressful, keep it simple with some yummy canap├ęs, or fancy cheese with crackers – minimal preparation required!

4. It’s cheap 
The money you save on a fancy meal out can be put towards a nice bottle of champagne and some good quality Belgium chocolates. 

5. It’s personal 
You pick the movie, the drinks, and the pampering. 

Five ways to plan your romantic night in:



1. Pick your movie 
Select a movie that you've both wanted to see or a classic that you enjoy watching together. Test the DVD or computer file to ensure it plays through your DVD player or computer. There’s nothing worse than snuggling up ready to watch something, only to find that technology lets you down – it’s a guaranteed passion-killer!

2. Pick your music 
You might prefer to listen to music throughout the evening so you can spend some time together and talk. Or simply use music to set the mood before or after the movie you’re planning on watching. Either way, make a playlist and check that it plays smoothly beforehand. 

3. Select your food 
Plan your meal or prepare a nibbles plate. You could go savoury, sweet, or a combo of both. These beautiful Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are a refreshing option and work well with champagne. Present them on a beautiful plate like these Rosanna Porcelain Trays.



These Rosanna porcelain trays are a magic way of presenting food




I challenge anyone to resist these Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!

  
4. Select your drinks 
If you’re going for alcoholic drinks, champagne is a great way to start the evening. A nice bottle of red will probably go down well later in the evening when you snuggle up to watch your movie. 

Non-alcoholic drinks could include sparking apple or grape juice served in champagne glasses. Or you could serve virgin cocktails in beautiful cocktail glasses. Try to pick special drinks you don’t have every day, and think of unique ways to present your drinks to make the experience memorable. 

This gorgeous Heart Hottie would be lovely to snuggle up with if Valentine's Day evening is a bit cold! 


5. Pick your relaxation activity 
I know what you’re thinking - keep it clean please! Think foot/head/back massage, or a foot soak with essential oils like peppermint or lavender. You don’t need a fancy foot spa – a bucket or a large bowl with some warm water might not look as pretty, but has the same effect. 

Light some scented candles or burn some essential oils to add a beautiful aroma to your environment. 

Think of other little props that will enhance your environment:

  • A beautiful bunch of flowers that add colour (and perfume) to the room
  • Scented candles
  • A soft blanket to sit on or cuddle under
  • Cushions if you’re picnicking on the floor. 


Anything that excites your senses by engaging your sight, smell, touch, taste or hearing will add to the relaxing mood you create for your loved one. 


 
Flowers (especially fragrant roses) add colour and perfume to the room
Image from www.cashelhouse.ie


Check out our other posts in this series:
How to Plan a Romantic Picnic
How to Plan a Romantic Dinner
How to Create a Romantic Treat for your Valentine
How to Plan a Romantic Weekend Away

What’s your idea of a romantic night in?

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