I like the idea of valentines day, although only when there are no cliches in sight! I have always hand-made valentines cards, and much prefer the idea of doing sweet things rather than investing in any shop bought tat. So, here are some nice things which I think are far better than anything you could buy...
Fabulous FREE Valentines cup holders from EatDrinkChic
Infact, EatDrinkChic has lots of brilliant FREE downloadable things for Valentines Day!
Valentines texts from Wendy Cope:
February’s cold & grey/ &, all in all, a bummer./ B my valentine 2today/ & turn it in2 summer.
I told u this last year/ I’ll tell u next year 2:?/My valentine, my dear,/ My heart belongs 2 u.
Known u a while. Is it 2 L8/ 2 tell u that I think you’re gr8??/ You’re sucha special friend of mine,/ I want 2 b yr valentine.
U r such a star. U shine./ I love 2 gaze at u./ If u will b my valentine,/ You’ll c me shining 2.
My heart and mind agree?/& this is what they say:/ U r the one 4 me/ 2day and every day.
(Waverly Place - Valentines in the east village, 1968. James Jowers)
Above all else, I think that a Valentines meal cooked with love and eaten by candle light in the comfort of your own home, is infinitely more romantic than joining the hoards of couples flocking to restaurants for an over priced meal and hurried service by a harassed waiter! These romance themed recipes by Sophie Dahl sound especially fabulous!