The month of February is filled with hues of pink and red, heart shaped everything, and a constant eye roll from those in the single’s camp. Everyone else who is in a relationship or married, is now frantically searching for gift ideas and dinner reservations. And then there’s us. We’ve never given Valentine’s Day much thought, but each year I do feel a bit of pressure to give in and join the crazy. Maybe I should buy Cilliers pyjamas with hearts on, a life size teddy bear, and go for dinner somewhere so fancy that you can’t ask for tomatoes sauce. Uhm … No, thanks.

Instead of going all out, Cilliers and I have always opted for a low key Valentine’s Day. I am quite lucky, because Cilliers buys me flowers almost every week, so come Wednesday the 14th there will already be roses in the house. But we still want to do something special, so here is a list of ideas for an at-home celebration of love.

  1. Cook dinner together. And if you’re feeling frisky, wear only an apron.
  2. Drink some bubbles, because champagne is always a good idea.
  3. Watch your favourite movie. In our case that’ll be Harry Potter, even though it doesn’t really set the mood.
  4. Buy any of Woolworths’ edible Valentine’s gifts, because someone finally saw the light and everything is dachshund inspired. (I hope Cilliers gets the hint …)
  5. Do all of the above.

For dinner we will most likely make one of our favourite meals: beef bourguignon. It takes a bit more planning and prepping than your average mid-week meal. But we love to make this together while listening to our favourite music and drinking a glass of wine.  Here is the recipe we use from Food Network.

Baking something special for the occasion is another fun and sweet (see what I did there?) thing to do. I am not big on the baking thing, but here are my only two ideas apart from buying easy-mix cupcakes and hoping for the best.

Heart Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

Chocolate Dipped Wafer Cookie

If magic and wizards are not your thing, then might I suggest watching something a bit more “appropriate”. Here is my top ten romantic comedy picks:

  1. Sleepless In Seattle
  2. No Reservations
  3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  4. Pretty Woman
  5. Nottting Hill
  6. You’ve Got Mail
  7. The Proposal
  8. Love Happens
  9. How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days
  10. Mamma Mia!

It’s not really important if and how you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Maybe it is just a really good reminder to spread some love and kindess; something we ought to do every day. May this coming Wednesday, and all the other days to come, be filled with love and happiness.