Fact: staying in is just as romantic as going out, if not more so. Who wants to go out for V-Day anyway? Packed restaurants, fixed menus (at elevated prices), cheesy decorations… There are so many better ways to do it, none of which involve leaving the comfort of your own home. So dress up, put on a romantic playlist and pop the champagne: love is in the air and this Valentine’s Day at home is set to be the best yet.
Romantic Night In: How to Have the Best Valentine’s Day at Home
Try Afternoon Tea At Home
There’s nothing more indulgent than a really well-considered, flawlessly executed afternoon tea, and Cutter & Squidge is up there with the best of them. For Valentine’s Day 2023, their much-loved Valentine’s special is back, delivering its tempting, 100 percent vegetarian afternoon tea straight to your door, including tea, red velvet loaves, brownies and scones with clotted cream and jam. Add a bottle of prosecco for that extra pizazz. £32.99, cutterandsquidge.com
Let The Restaurant Come To You
Takeaway fans, don’t settle for your standard local pizza takeout on Valentine’s Day. Post lockdown, countless restaurants have pivotted to also offering their culinary creations to takeaway, so you can experience first-class cooking at home. Clever app Supper London has the cream of London restaurants on its books, including Zuma, Nobu, 45 Jermyn Street and Hide, plus many more. And no dodgy delivery drivers, spilt soup or cold pasta: Supper sends its precious packages out on high-tech Japanese scooters, equipped to keep food at its optimum temperature. supperlondon.com
Or Cook Up A Romantic Feast
If you’d like to do the cooking yourself (but you’re in need of a helping hand), meal kit specialists Dishpatch have curated a roster of tempting romantic menus in collaboration with top chefs like Michel Roux Jr and José Pizarro. Available for delivery on the 10, 14 and 17 February – and with wines available alongside from St. JOHN – Valentine’s Day at home has never been so delicious. dishpatch.co.uk
Just Add Flowers
Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite so classically as flowers. Whether your partner prefers roses, daisies or lilies, there’s bound to be a bouquet that will fill them with joy. The options today are endless, meaning you can grab your flowers at a lovely florist, or ditch the hassle and have them delivered straight to your door.
Treat Your Valentine To A Hamper of Goodies
If your love language is gift-giving, then going down the decadent route could be a winner for your V-Day celebrations. Get ahead by purchasing Harvey Nichol’s ‘Love You’ Hat Box, which includes Rosé Champagne and Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles, Strawberry Hearts, Caramelised Cinnamon Almonds and Quite a Mouthful Biscuits. Or we’re sure their annual Valentine’s hamper is just on the horizon for the ultimate sweet treat to share with your loved one. £60, harveynichols.com
Get Cooking With The Kids
Thanks to Cook School’s clever boxes of fresh ingredients put together with children in mind, your mini-mes can cook up a storm on V-Day. Each box contains all the ingredients you need to create a delicious meal or treat for four people, and a simple, step-by-step recipe card for children to follow with their parents. These easy-to-follow instructions are written by award-winning children’s cookbook author and co-founder of Cook School, Amanda Grant, and have been thoroughly tested by children. For a Valentine’s special, try the tasty chocolate kisses. £15, cookschool.club