Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you’ve probably begun to wonder how you’ll celebrate the special person in your life. Especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restricting some of our activity options. No need to stress. You can still have an unforgettable and romantic experience this Valentine’s Day by being thoughtful, sweet and caring. We’ve summed up a couple of romantic foodie ways to say “I love you” to your sweet thing in the comfort of your home this year. Food is always the way to a man’s heart, hence a perfect idea to express your love whilst adhering to social distancing rules. With food, you’re guaranteed to tickle your partner’s taste buds, bring a smile on their face and a sense of appreciation they’ll treasure.
So take your pick and remember to have fun. Sometimes it’s the simple things that count – like food!
Spend the day cuddled up on the couch with your partner watching a romantic movie you both love. As an alternative, you can have a rom-com movie marathon. It’s another simple yet cute way of spending time together. Make this experience more exciting by ordering food you think the other would love most accompanied with a bottle of wine and rate the winner. And for that extra special feel, decorate your space with candles from Inspired Candles ZW, Kuku Krafts wall flowers and or a love banner or balloons from The Party Shack. Remember to put away your phone just for this one night, and devote your attention to spending quality bonding time with your partner.
A classic way to enjoy Valentine’s day is enjoying breakfast in bed with your partner and it never gets old. This time around you can do it differently, by preparing an array of your loved one’s favourite breakfast foods that are heart-shaped or decorated with a heart(s). Serve the meal on a tray with a glass of their favourite breakfast beverage. Your special someone will be in for a surprise and will appreciate the thoughtfulness. While you’re at it, don’t forget to make a tray for yourself. Just before snuggling back in bed with your loved one to enjoy the meal together, take a quick shower and dress up in your finest sleep wear. It will make the occasion feel extra special.
Baking or cooking together is a fun way to spend more time with your partner. Instead of ordering out or cooking alone, try a “bake-off” or “cook-off”. You can pick a dish to make, then complete a score card to determine who’s a better cook. To make it more exciting, and level the playing field, give each other a mystery ingredient, and see what you can create. Enjoy the tasty reward together.
Spending Valentine alone? This is a great opportunity to show yourself some self-love. Pamper yourself with your favourite sweets or snacks, enjoyed over a great read or movie. For extra indulgence, light up some candles around the tub, run some hot water, add some sweet smelling essential oil or bath bomb from Bare, and set a tray of truffles and a bottle of champagne within arm’s reach. Soak yourself in and shamelessly enjoy the moment. Trust, you can still have the best Valentine’s Day ever when you are single!
YouTube is a great source for tutorials, especially those that need a practical demonstration. Learn something new together by trying out a cocktail tutorial. Treat each other with the final drink. You can even go the extra mile by making a snack board in advance to impress your significant other with. Be sure to pick your partner’s favourite snacks, and you just might become their favourite bartender.
Sure you can’t go to your favourite picnic spot, but you can bring the romantic picnic home. Spread your picnic blanket, unpack your picnic basket and enjoy the blue skies. If it’s raining, picnic inside and get the mood set with your fur rug and romantic playlist. Check out Mad Bites for their gourmet picnic baskets and Dough By Zo for their impressive picnic boxes.
By: Tapiwa Mhlanga