Couple relaxing on a sofa

How to celebrate Valentine's Day without leaving the house

Trying to avoid expensive restaurant menus and hiked-up babysitter fees this Valentine's Day? Lidl asked Mumsnetters to share their tips for a romantic night at home

1. Go with whatever floats your boat

1. Go with whatever floats your boat

“Ideally, my husband would put the toddler to bed while I enjoy a candlelit bath with a glass of champagne. I'd then like a pie for dinner!”

2. Keep it cosy

2. Keep it cosy

“We got together just before Valentine's Day so it's a bit like an anniversary for us. We'll have a nice meal with minimal cooking – maybe scallops followed by a luxury pie and veg, then some wine and a dessert.”

3. Cancel the cooking

3. Cancel the cooking

“My husband is a chef so him getting the night off would be fab. I'd manage to avoid being on shift as well. I'd like a compliant, quick-to-bed son and food that requires no cooking. We'd go for charcuterie, cheeses, breads, panettone and chutneys. To drink, there'd be decent craft beer, cider and coffee with chocolate and stroopwaffles to finish. End with a boxset to watch. Bliss!”

4. Make it a family affair

 4. Make it a family affair

“The whole family like to celebrate the day at home. In the past, we’ve had a special breakfast of heart-shaped pancakes and scrambled eggs washed down with fancy coffee, even if it's a weekday.”

“We like to write little love notes and put them in each other’s lunch boxes, and then we leave work early to cook a fancy meal for whole family. The children also get little Valentine's soft toys and chocolates each year.”

5. Indulge your food fantasies

5. Indulge your food fantasies

“My husband will cook my favourite meal – crispy duck with spring onion and cucumber, plus plum sauce and pancakes, and we'll drink my favourite drink. We'll finish off with a delicious dessert of white chocolate and strawberry cheesecake with ice cream.”

6. Turn up the heat

6.  Turn up the heat

“I'd like to spend it sitting in front of the wood burner (we don't have a wood burner) with candles on the mantelpiece, eating a delicious home-cooked meal. All served with a nice glass of wine. Maybe a surprise present of a book I wanted and a CD for him that he really likes. Then a lie in the next day! (About as likely as waking up to find we now have a wood burner).”

7. Create your own set menu

7.  Create your own set menu

“I want a nice red wine for my husband, luxury hot choc with marshmallows for me (pregnant!), an easy stick-in-the-oven meal and a film while snuggled on the sofa, with phones off.”

8. Let everyone celebrate - at their own pace

8. Let everyone celebrate - at their own pace

“I'll give my husband a card in the morning, which will make him blush. He’ll then give me a card, flowers and chocolates in the evening, which he will have purchased on his lunch break.”

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