Going out on Valentine’s Day can be complicated, expensive, and crowded, so why not stay in and create a romantic evening at home?
And don’t think this is the easy way out. It will take a lot of effort to get things ready, but it will all be worth it.
Today, you will learn how to host a romantic evening at home. But not only will these tips heat things up romantically, but they’ll also provide cheap heating for your home as well.
Cook a Hot Meal
Appetizers are essential, but you can’t neglect the main course. Just make sure you have plenty of drinks and appetizers in case something goes wrong in the kitchen.
For the hot, romantic meal, cook what you are good at to be safe. You can experiment with the sides, but if you’re known for your steak, cook a nice steak. Get a high-quality version of whatever you cook.
Here are some romantic dinner ideas:
- Pork Chops
Don’t forget about dessert. These Valentine’s Day desserts will melt your heart.
Baby, Will You Light My Fire?
To crank up the heat, we recommend grabbing your most comfortable blankets, hot cocoa, candles, and lighting the fireplace if you have one. Make sure the fireplace has a screen to keep embers and sparks inside the fireplace. Allow ashes to cool down before transferring them to a metal container. Wait until the morning to remove the ashes.
If you don’t have a fireplace, you can turn on an HD video of crackling logs and raise the thermostat. Or, set the mood by dimming the lights with candles and string lights.
Build a Blanket and Pillow Fort (for Adults)
Use chairs to support blankets and sheets, and your imagination!
Instead of using candles, which can pose a fire hazard, try string lights. Use your imagination to decorate the inside. Learn more tips for building the perfect blanket fort on WikiHow.
Pay Special Attention to the Bathroom
Here are some tips for creating the perfect, romantic tub and bathroom this Valentine’s Day:
- Clean the bathroom from top to bottom. Put all the miscellaneous bathroom items — razors, loofahs, bottles, toys, etc. — in a drawer or basket, somewhere out of sight. Make sure the garbage is empty. Loop the shower curtain over the rod and make room for all of your romantic touches. Even if you do nothing else, a clean bathroom always sparks joy.
- Start setting the mood. This part is all about personal preferences, but here are some ideas to get you started:
- Candles (the fancier, the better)
- Music (start making a bathroom/bedroom playlist)
- Flowers (roses are the classic option)
- Food (cheese, fruit, chocolate, etc.)
- Drink (champagne is normally the best choice)
- Make the bath. Choose natural products to add to the bath, such as Epsom salt, essential oils, and castile soap. The steaming hot bath will introduce some needed moisture into the air.
Remember to keep anything that is plugged into a socket far away from the tub, such as charging phones, hairdryers, heater, or radios. Plus, you’ll already have enough stuff around to keep you busy.
Heating the Bedroom
Whether it’s a heat blanket, hot water bottle, or microwaveable heat pack, you can warm up the sheets before you call it a night. And by warming up your bed several degrees, you can turn back the thermostat a couple of degrees to save money and energy.
Before you plug in the heat blanket, however, make sure you follow these safety tips:
- Do not use if you notice any damage, such as exposed wires, burn marks, and cracked plugs.
- Do not fold or cover the heating pad or electric blanket while it is in use.
- Always follow manufacturer instructions
While all of these things will help heat up your home, there is no substitute for a properly working home heating system.
Make sure you schedule a professional heating tune-up every fall and air conditioning tune-up every spring. Contact the NATE-certified experts at Complete Comfort — central Indiana’s premier home service provider — for all your heating and cooling needs. We can also assess your indoor air quality and recommend ways to improve it.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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