Instead of trying to beat the crowds on Feb. 14, why not celebrate Valentine’s Day at home this year?
With a few quick decorating changes, you can turn your home into a den of romance.
A candlelit dinner in front of a fireplace is a classic scene at this time of year. Bring a dining table or folding model into the living room, and pull out a red tablecloth and your prettiest tableware. Add a champagne bucket with some chilled bubbly. Or, clear the living room and throw out a blanket for an impromptu picnic by the fire.
Pick up prepared meals and a decadent dessert, and you’ll give the impression that you’ve been planning for weeks.
Take it to the kitchen
Take your valentine out to dinner, but have a surprise waiting at home: a dessert of chocolate fondue.
Dunk marshmallows, fresh strawberries, apple slices and cubes of pound cake into the silky liquid by candlelight.
Of course, you could make a whole meal of fondue instead. Use traditional foods such as tenderloin steak, cubed French bread or blanched vegetables, followed by a chocolate dessert.
Romance the bedroom
An in-home couple’s massage can be just the right indulgence for relaxation. If you have the space, set up your bedroom or bathroom with candles, and put on some soft music. A massage next to the fireplace would also be a great idea. Pay and tip the therapists in advance, so they can tiptoe out after your massages.
Have a meal and some champagne ready before the massage and maybe a pair of thick monogrammed robes. You can sip and dine before or after the massage.
Give the bedroom extra sparkle. Start with the lighting. Add candle sconces on either side of the bed to cast a warm glow. Red satin sheets (Overstock.com) would make a strong statement, for about $35. If red is too much, try chocolate-colored sheets instead. Leave a faux-fur throw at the foot of the bed for extra luxury.
Instead of sprinkling rose petals on the bed, opt for a single rose atop a heartfelt note or card. Display a photo of the two of you beside a glowing votive candle.
Adding a scent to the sheets can be a fun finishing touch. That’s fun as in Tyler Candle’s Glamour Wash laundry fragrance, in High Maintenance, Diva or Kathina (Amazon.com).