I have a weird relationship with Valentine’s Day. I actually LOVE Valentine’s Day, but I do not associate it with romance at all. Growing up, my mom always made Valentine’s Day special for us, with little gifts and chocolates. She made it meaningful and we always felt loved. I love hearts, I love pink, I love chocolate… there are so many things about Valentine’s Day that I love! I’m not, however, a big fan of the whole over-the-top date night part. I’d much rather someone plan a romantic date night for me because they wanted to, not because they felt it was expected of them, you know? Because of that, I’m a huge proponent of the Valentine’s Night In, instead of the big Date Night to do.
This year, I’m single, so even more reason to keep it low-key. Just because you’re spending the night in, doesn’t mean it has to be lame. Here are a few essentials I’m loving for the perfect Valentine’s Night In:
What I love about Edible Arrangements, is that they’re not just delicious, they’re decorative. You can skip the blooms and decorate instead with a yummy bouquet like the Valentine’s Day Gift Set, which has an assortment of grapes, strawberries, heart shaped pineapple, and chocolate covered strawberries (my fave!). My bouquet came with some fun V-Day balloons as well, and were hand delivered to my door! (These make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift idea!) I keep snatching at the chocolate covered strawberries and, not going to lie, I feel a little better about eating them since they ARE fruit and not JUST chocolate haha!
Maidenform Bra + Panty Set
Staying in = loungewear and I love the idea of wearing a pretty bra and panty set under your cozies. You just feel pretty when you’re in a cute set, you know? This luxe lace set from the Modern Beauty Collection by Maidenform is affordable and yet special and the soft lilac color makes me feel festive and in the Valentine’s Day spirit. I like that the lace bra is lightly lined and the fit is AWESOME… lays flat and creates a smooth line. The lace thong is so pretty and comfortable… and doesn’t ride up in a weird way like some do!
Chesapeake Bay Candle: Mind + Body- Love + Passion Candle
I am obsessed with candles. I typically opt for clean scents, but I’ve been venturing out of my comfort zone the last few months and experimenting with different scents. I love the citrus-fruity scent of this Grapefruit Mango scented Chesapeake Bay Candle… it’s fruity but the citrus keeps it from being TOO sweet. This hand poured candle is is designed and made in the US and is enriched with essential oils that deliver a clean burn. I love lighting candles in the evening for some ambiance… it’s cozy candles and twinkle lights for me!
The Traveler Beer Company
I’m usually more of a wine gal, but lately I’ve been interested in learning about cool craft beers. This American craft beer is the first American craft Shandy, which is pretty cool! It has notes of grapefruit and is brewed with real fruit ingredients. (Pairs well with the Chesapeake Bay Candle, right?!) The Traveler Beer company offers a variety of seasonal flavors and their new Blackberry Shandy sounds delicious too! There are recipes on their website for cocktails that use the shandy as a base, but it’s so yummy it doesn’t even need it! You can track down where to snag your own here.
Popcorn, Indiana: Kettlecorn
What’s a night in without yummy snacks? The Popcorn, Indiana Kettlecorn is the perfect mix of sweet and salty, and is gluten free, non-GMO, and has no high fructose corn syrup. So, you can totally binge on kettlecorn totally guilt-free. So delicious and I love that it’s all natural! Pour it out into a pretty bowl and enjoy!
Thanks so much for reading! I’d love to know– are you going out or staying in for Valentine’s Day? Head to the comments and let me know your plans!