Have you heard about the £61,000 Valentine’s dinner?

Monday, February 10, 2014

If this is a little outside your budget and you'd rather save your money than spend it on extravagant (and let's face it, often overpriced) Valentine treats, here are some romantic ideas for those on a tighter budget…

Valentines DayBut first, back to that £61,000 dinner, because you're probably as intrigued as we were! Cooked by Michelin-starred chef Adam Simmonds, it's a decadent, aphrodisiacal eight-course experience featuring oysters with Almus White caviar (a symbol of fertility), a risotto with gold leaf, truffle salad and Wagyu beef.

The menu is, of course, paired with some of the finest wines in the world - including a £17,000 bottle of 1990 vintage La Romanee-Conti wine, and comes to your own home, along with petals, doves, candles, harpist and poet. Oh, and service.


Back in the real world

This, of course, is out of the question for most of us. Surely the whole point of Valentine's Day is showing your loved one how much you care about them - and what better way to demonstrate that than to invest some time in creating something specifically for them?

There are plenty of options when it comes to creating a present, depending on your interests and talents. Here are some of our favourite ideas to inspire you.

Play to your strengths

  • Got a literary vent? Print/write out your favourite romantic poem and frame it, or create a handpicked selection of poetry in an album or book. Perhaps you could even compose your own poem…
  • Cooking always goes down well, and if it's not usually your thing, it could make an even bigger impression (providing you follow a simple recipe)! Touches such as candles, incense and choosing a nice rosé (preferably sparkling!) will make a real impact.
  • If art's more your thing, how about framing a painting or drawing of something that means a lot to your loved one, designing a screen-printed t-shirt or creating a personalised cartoon?
  • Those with an eye for photography could give a framed print of the two of you together, or a beautiful photograph of somewhere or something meaningful to you.
  • Do you love music? The 'our songs' playlist is a cliché for a reason, so don't rule it out. If you are particularly musical, you could try composing your own song.
  • If you're not creative but you are tactile, you can't go far wrong with a massage - it's always appreciated! Add soothing music, nice oil and candles to make it a real treat.
  • If you really don't feel capable of any of the above, then how about a card with a heartfelt list of all the qualities (and foibles) that you love most about your significant other?

Of course, there's always the £61,000 dinner. But you'll have to be quick: the deal, created in collaboration with GreatBritishChefs.com, expires tomorrow (11th February)

Other ideas we like:

Good Housekeeping has some financially savvy ideas for Valentine's Day, too. Take a look at them here

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