Valentine’s Day ideas … for the romantically challenged

In love? Stuck for Valentine’s ideas on a budget?  Hill Street will save you.

Valentine’s Day has been celebrated since the end of the 5th century and is a day in the calendar which can be fun, romantic – or for those for whom romance doesn’t come naturally – panic inducing.  Let us come to the rescue with these easy and inexpensive suggestions which will let the one you love know how you feel about them.

Say it with flowers, chocolates and champagne

A beautiful bunch of flowers can never be wrong.  Your floral selection can express what you might be too tongue-tied to say. Red roses, of course, symbolise beauty, love and romance and are the classic Valentine’s Day choice.  Pink roses signify elegance, joy, and admiration.  Perhaps don’t choose yellow roses for Valentine’s Day, as they are a symbol of friendship.  Orange roses express passion and desire, while white represent purity, honour and innocence.

If you want to choose something other than the traditional rose, consider lilies, which signify beauty, purity and sweetness, sunflowers, which express cheer, sunshine and adoration, or carnations – red symbolise admiration, affection and love, pink signify gratitude and white symbolise luck and purity.

Of course, come and see our wonderful florists at Hill Street Home or order online here.

Take your flowers to the next level by adding a bottle of Tasmanian sparkling and some fabulous handmade chocolates  - have a look at our offering here.

Have breakfast in bed, or plan a picnic

If you’re an early riser, set your alarm a little earlier so you’re up before your partner, and make a romantic breakfast – think croissants, pancakes, berries, and a nice bottle of Tassie Sparkling. It’s a lovely way to start the day.

Otherwise, a picnic is a low-cost but romantic idea.  If the weather is good, head out with your delectables, which you have pre-purchased from Hill Street‘s deli of course (or perhaps order a platter), pick up a nice loaf of bread, a good Tasmanian wine and grab a blanket, and enjoy the great outdoors with your beloved.

Have a cocktail night for two

If you fancy yourself a bit of a mixologist, work your magic with this Valentine’s Day Love Potion or a Valentine’s Pomegranate Fizz.

Cook a dinner party for two

There’s nothing like a romantic night in, especially if the person who usually does the cooking, has the night off.  And it will be a whole lot less expensive than going out to a fancy restaurant. Send your other half off to do something they enjoy – a round of golf, a massage or a beauty treatment – and you can cook up a storm while they’re gone.  They’ll come home to candles lit, flowers on the table, wine chilling and romantic music – and a meal they didn’t have to cook!

Cook their favourite dish or turn to the classics. Freshly shucked Tasmanian Oysters done four ways, a classic prawn cocktail, or a personalised platter are all easy and delicious entrees.

For main course, a really good scotch fillet or rib eye might hit the spot. Otherwise maybe a chicken breast stuffed with ricotta and spinach, classic crayfish mornay, or a salmon fillet with citrus salsa are all easy but impressive. A vegetarian mushroom and spinach pasta or vegan sweet potato Thai green curry are also great choices for those with dietary preferences.

Dessert is where chocolate comes into its own as the ultimate romantic ingredient. Say “Be my Valentine” with individual chocolate molten lava cakes or these chocolate meringue tarts topped with cherries for the ultimate in decadent Valentine’s Day desserts.

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