Claire Justine

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Staying In Or Going Out On Valentine's Day?


Love is in the air so that must mean one thing; Valentine's Day is just around the corner. πŸ’‘πŸŽ•

Are you a fan of Valentine's day? 

Do you like to go out somewhere special on Valentine's day? Or do you prefer to stay indoors to cook a nice romantic meal in the comfort of your own home? Or maybe you just treat it like any other day? 


Festive Lights have recently ran a survey of 500 adults in the UK and asked them "Would you rather stay in or go out this Valentine's Day?"

The results have revealed that 63% of people surveyed would prefer to stay in. You can read all about it here: 63 % Of People Prefer To Stay In And Cook On Valentine's Day.


If I had taken part in the survey I would have said: home sweet home for us too! πŸ’—


10 tips on a romantic and cosy Valentines day meal at home:
  1. Write down your meal ideas in advance, so you can draft your menu. Have at least 2 ideas for each course planned.(Just in case you cannot source all the items.) 
  2. Shop for your ingredients a couple or so days before, finalising your menu plans.
  3. Try and make some of your menu up the day before, storing in larder or fridge. Especially if you know time may be limited on the day. (Dogs, Kids, Wine distractions etc!) How sweet is this Valentines Day Cake?
  4. Keep your tableware colours nice and plain. It will soon brighten up with all your food, drinks and accessories. Less is more as they say. I love these Whit plates from Ikea.
  5. Make sure to leave plenty of room for all your food. Less is more goes out the window where food is concerned!! 
  6. Add a nice big bunch of flowers to the middle of your table. Red or pink. A dozen roses would look perfect. (If your reading Hubby ;-)
  7. Bright main lights off (once all the cooking is done) add a selection of candles or tea lights.
  8. Make your room look nice and cosy. Bringing that romantic restaurant to your home. Nice soft lighting. A Love sign maybe?  Or something different like these adorable rose fairy lights     (pictured below.)
  9. Have some romantic music playing in the background. (Musical tastes may vary!!)
  10. Most of all have fun and enjoy!!!

Candles and fairy lights are a great addition. How sweet are these light up roses?


Or say it with words with these awesome LOVE lights.


Festive Lights have some beautiful lights for all occasions. They have a beautiful selection of not only indoor lights but outside lighting too. Perfect for any event. 



They are also proud to host one of the largest selections of cinematic light boxes on the web, with both mains and battery powered options available. I adore these light boxes. I keep seeing them on my Instagram feed and keep wanting to treat myself. 


We always like to make Valentine's day special for us. With four children and a dog, we always stay at home. Our typical Valentine's night would be: making tea for the kids extra early then send them off to bed. Then I like to do all the cooking as I pick the menu and want it cooking right!! No food poisoning (that's a story for another day!! Eh Hubby!!!)

Just the 2 of us. Perfect. Although we usually get a visit from the kids or dog, seeing what we are eating. Looking for leftovers.

This is a commissioned post but as always, all thoughts are my own.

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49 comments

  1. There is something great about not going out and having a lovely night at home!

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    1. Thanks Tamar, we love to stay in and spend time together :)

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  2. I love to stay in and Cook a wonderful diner! Have some wine, all relaxed!

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  3. I normally love going out but this snowy weather is making me want to stay in and just be warm and cosey!

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    1. Thanks lovely, I like to be nice and warm :)

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  4. Oooh, I love this!!! Looks so romantic! I definitely prefer staying in!!

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  5. We never really bother with Valentine's Day. Generally speaking, the older I get the more I enjoy evenings at home #MarvMondays

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  6. We are so bad at making a huge effort with special days. Great ideas. Maybe I will surprise him this year.
    #MarvMondays

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  7. For me it has to be going out! Otherwise the night can become much like every other night at home where the TV ends up going on lol

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  8. We have tango lessons booked for Tuesday night which is exciting but other than that its candles and wine at home lol

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    1. Whoo that sounds great. I would love to learn to dance with my husband :)

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  9. Stay home definitely here. I love those light boxes too, I should treat myself. #MMBC

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  10. I am loving those light up lilies and roses! #MMBC

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  11. We are going out on Thursday night instead with friends.

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  12. I'm a big sucker for romance and I love Valentine's Day. We're doing both this year, putting dinner in the slow cooker, going out for cocktails and then back home to eat our food!

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    1. That sounds great Emma. I love Valentine's day. I wasn't very happy when I found out my husband had to work :(

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  13. We usually stay in but this year we might be kid-less so who knows??!!

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    1. Hope your having a great night Heather :)

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  14. We don't celebrate it at all. I don't know if that makes us cold hearted lol!! I think I've bought my husband one Valentines card during our whole relationship, and I'm pretty sure it was a rude joke one. I love those little battery powered tea lights, and I am DESPERATE for a light box! Must persuade someone to buy me one! Ha! #mmbc

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    1. Thanks Becki, I like it more as we get older and spend more time together, now the kids are getting older :)

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  15. My fella and I are going for a sneaky meal during the day while the kids are at school. hehehe

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    1. That sounds great Kim, mine are off school this week. We had an all you can eat breakfast all together yesterday which was lovely :)

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  16. Love the styling, it looks so lovely. As it's day before my birthday we'll be going out for double celebration! :)

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    1. Aww lovely, Happy Birthday for tomorrow Alina :)

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  17. Love the table setting, and rose is perfect wine choice for Vday! I like enjoying a great bottle of wine and food at home.
    Have a great week!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  18. How lovely! We never go out on Valentines, with four children it's not really an option but also everywhere is so busy! We will stay in instead!

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    1. Aww, I know how this feels :) 2 of my 4 have left home now so it is much easier nowadays :)

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  19. Lovely valentines decorations. We much prefer to stay in on Valentines Day, we get a nice meal and watch a good movie. Going out can be difficult and so busy on Valentines day.

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  20. Love your decorations! So festive! I perfer to stay in, but my husband likes to go out. It is also his birthday, so I guess he wins!

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  21. I think staying in is nice and romantic , especially as you can personalize the night just for the two of you!

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  22. Fab post. We will be staying in tonight as well.

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  23. We never really do anything for valentines, we get each other cards but that is about it xx

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  24. Love all these lights! So cosy and romantic. Love the tip to pick two ideas for each course.

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  25. Staying in suits us. I had to giggle when you said the dog and the kids will want in, this is exactly what happens at ours too :) x

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  26. This year I meet up with a friend for a lunch date and now Im home with my daughter our feet up and watching Trolls x

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  27. Hi ClaireJustine, I love your photos, very Valentinesque. Valentines day is pretty much like every other day in this house, although we did enjoy the chocolate ice cream heart I made over the weekend.

    Thank you for linking up with #MMBC.

    xx

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  28. Lovely tips and lights. Looks very cosy.

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  29. I would have said stay in too - not just for the convenience with 3 kids, but because its more cosy and personal. It feels weird being out surrounded by couples all doing the same thing. We love to eat some food and watch a cheesy film! Love your table decor - I may do more next year haha xx #marvmondays

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  30. What a great post!

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    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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