Josh and I are not super into Valentine’s Day. We’re quite good and letting the other know how we feel about them, so the day is kind of pointless. Not to say we don’t celebrate it, but we don’t feel the need to go overboard.
I view Valentine’s Day as a day to let the people I love know how much I love them. I grab cards for my friends and family, get my sisters and colleagues little presents and just generally spread the love.
This year it’ll be mine and Josh’s second Valentine’s Day together. Last year he cooked a three course meal on the day for me, and this year I think we’ll be doing something similar. Staying at home for Valentine’s Day can be just as fun as going out for a slap up meal, and it’s a whole lot cheaper.
How to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home
Steamer Trading sent us a whole bunch of goodies so we could create the perfect Valentine’s Day evening at home. We decided to do this last weekend as both of us are busy at work during the week leading up to the 14th, and I’m in Manchester the weekend before.
Whilst Josh was at work I started getting the evening prepared. I devised a Spanish Tapas menu for dinner, got the candles out and put the film we were watching (P.S I love you) in the DVD player.
We still had some spiced rum leftover from Christmas so we knocked up some Dark & Stormy cocktails using some heart shaped ice cubes cause we’re soo romantic. I did have a fair few of these whilst cooking before Josh even got home, I’ve been hooked on them ever since Josh’s mum made them for us last year.
For starters I went for something easy, some fresh crusty bread with extra virgin olive oil – classic Spanish style! Laid out on a slate (some people gon’ hate) with a cute little heart shaped bowl for the olive oil.
I made a whole range of tapas, pictured above are the lemon and chilli prawns & garlic mushrooms. I also did some albondigas, ham and cheese croquettes and chorizo bites.
You’d have thought that after growing up in Spain we would have tapas all the time. But this is actually the first time we’ve ever done it. We had such a lovely evening picking at all the little dishes.
For dessert, we cracked out the chocolate fountain! We had grapes and heart shaped marshmallows to dip in and had so much fun messing around with it.
We had such a lovely pre-Valentines Day, and it was so easy and romantic. You don’t have to go overboard like I did, you could just as easily order a takeaway!
What are your Valentines Day plans? Let us know!