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Whether you’re on a budget or simply prefer to stay at home, cooking a meal for your Valentine is a lovely way to show your appreciation for them. If you spend a little time crafting some fancy décor and accessories, you can make your own dining room feel like an extra-special restaurant. Plus, the handmade element provides an adorable personal touch that your loved one is sure to cherish.
You can’t turn up to a Valentine’s Day date without a card! And you can forget the cheesy store-bought ones – with a personalised handmade option, you can show how much you care in your own way. This beautiful design by Ann-marie Vaux is available for you to download here. Once you’ve printed it, you can add as many extra embellishments as you like. Our advice? Don’t hold back on the glitter!
To set apart your dinner date from any other weeknight meal, you’ll need some accessories that shout Valentines. These heart-themed mats are so pretty, and you can always use them after Valentine's Day, too, to decorate your table for tea parties, birthdays and other special occasions!
If you really want to replicate the ambience of a restaurant, why not create a menu for your special guest? If you’ve got an indulgent three-course meal planned, practise your brush lettering with a calligraphy pen like our Tonic Studios Nuvo Signature Calligraphy Pen, then start writing out each line onto high-quality card. You could even come up with some romantic puns to name each course!
An obvious way to add atmosphere to your dinner table is with the flickering glow of a candle. You can take this to the next level by crafting a personalised tea light holder for your Valentine that they can take home at the end of the date. Use colours you know they’ll love and you’ll be on to a winner. Why not go a step further and make your own candles, too?
Flowers are definitely a cliché around Valentine’s day, but we have to admit that they make a great centrepiece. And what other flower would you expect to see than roses? Opting for crepe paper buds means that they will never wilt, so you and your loved one can enjoy their beauty for as long as you wish. This guide from Lia Griffith is great for beginners who are just starting out in the world of paper flowers.