How to plan an unforgettable Valentine’s Day (without leaving home)
Organizing Valentine’s Day at home allows you to space out more on the program, customizing it according to your common needs and passions.
Not just dinner, not just red dishes or aphrodisiac recipes (but those too, why not). The secret to organizing a Valentine’s Day at home that sticks in your memory is to take care of the details and customize it to your loved one and your couple.
How to organize an unforgettable Valentine’s Day at home
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Set a schedule
Before you even think about the dinner menu, think about the schedule for the entire evening-and create it based on your shared passions.
Do you love to travel together? Show up with a map of a country you dream of visiting, a guidebook and pen and paper to study an itinerary together.
Do you share a passion for movies? Organize a home screening by setting up dinner, drinks or after-dinner drinks in front of the TV, amid pillows and blankets (and sweets to munch on and glasses to toast).
Are you a foodie? Get all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable dinner and then get together at the stove. In that case, don’t forget to set up an appetizer corner to have an aperitif in the meantime.
What makes the difference is everything around the essentials, and even more than the gift you may (or may not) have decided to buy is the thought you put into planning quality time together.
Take care of the details
Once you set a schedule, you need to flesh it out with details.
Set up a high-romance set (and with a touch of eroticism) for the evening you have defined. And then devote yourself to the table.
How to set the table
Flowers, candles, scents and good background music should not be missing. From the tablecloth to the napkins, via serving dishes and trays, play with colors, abound with red and give free rein to romance, which at least today is never excessive.
Among our favorite goodies is Le Creuset’s Amour Collection (pictured above is a sample): a collection that includes limited-edition products with a delicate decoration of hand-drawn hearts and a wide range of heart-shaped references made of cast iron and vitrified stoneware, but also baking and cooking accessories.
To scent the room, there are EQUAZIONE Botanical Essence candles. Perfect for the occasion is the one with Cestrum, known to most as night jasmine, an intense fragrance that has – since ancient times – boasted aphrodisiac properties. Its scent is so intense and addictive that it makes for a pleasant, groggy sensation that lingers until the early hours of the morning.
Do you share a concern for environmental protection? Extinction is an innovative sustainability and land preservation project that takes the form of an exclusive room fragrance that recreates the fragrances of the endangered flowers and plants of Mount Baldo. The purchase of each bottle contributes to a donation that Italmark will make to the Monte Baldo Botanical Garden, the organization that works to protect the flowers and plants of Mt.
For everything else at Flying Tiger there is a large section dedicated to the holiday of lovers: among balloons, chocolates, glowing garlands, lollipops and stickers-all strictly scarlet or heart-shaped, there is really something to indulge in.
Study the menu
A Valentine’s Day at home can be the perfect opportunity to try your hand at preparing a surprising candlelight dinner. Between the pleasure of good food and the accompaniment of an excellent glass of wine, igniting the flame of passion by starting with ingredients is possible. Especially if you choose so-called aphrodisiac foods.
Here, too, nothing should be left to chance. Our crush? The Pasta Hearts or the pasta in the shape of Love lettering from BluRhapsody (pictured above). They can be found on the website or if you are in Milan also on Cosaporto.
But let’s get to the menu, here are three ideas straight from Cortilia.
1. The spice of Eros
Who knew that behind an innocuous saffron risotto lie aphrodisiac properties? Able to stimulate the production of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, allies of libido, saffron is the secret spice for igniting passion.
2. Power to almonds
Among the foods that are good for love, there is no shortage of almonds. Their nutritional power helps combat stress and exhaustion by giving an immediate energizing effect-just what you need to keep the evening going. The perfect pairing? With carrots for an appetizing and healthy dessert.
3. Cocoa wonder
Able to strike straight to the heart, cocoa is the only food in nature that contains anandamide, the bliss molecule responsible for pleasure and satisfaction. Make way for chocolates, fondues and chocolate tables-no rules, as long as there is no shortage of dessert.
Prolong the pleasure a little longer
If you live together, or if you ended Valentine’s Day evening by sleeping under the same roof, don’t miss the chance to start the next day in the sweetest way possible. And we’re not talking (just) about cuddling, but about food.
Set your alarm ten minutes earlier than usual (or than when you know your other half usually opens his or her eyes) and show up under the covers armed with a tray and breakfast.
Depending on the time you have available and your skills at the stove, you can decide whether to prepare it all yourself (here for example we explain how to bake heart-shaped chocolate cookies) or to order it (FYI Deliveroo does delivery service for breakfast as well) – ranging between sweet and savory according to your habits and preferences, but remembering again not to leave the presentation to chance.
Not everyone has the innate ability to know how to flirt. In fact, for some people making it clear that they have an interest in someone else is very difficult.
If you are among them, you should definitely try the triangle method.
This is a trend raging on TikTok, a body language technique that will help you flirt, coming to your rescue in the most awkward moments of first dates.
In other words, the triangle method helps you send the message that you like someone without having to utter a word.
On TikTok, videos with the hashtag #trianglemethod have over 25 million views, and are going viral.
So let’s find out how this method works, but more importantly how much and on what occasions it is most effective.
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How to flirt with the triangle method
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How it’s done
To try the triangle method, all you have to do is trace the shape of an inverted triangle with your gaze on the face of the person in front of you.
How? During a conversation in the middle of your date focus your gaze on your crush’s right eye, then lower your gaze to her mouth and finally to her left eye (this process can also be done starting with the left eye and ending on the right eye).
This movement will cause your eyes to form a kind of inverted triangle. And that is then where this method gets its name from.
But does it really work?
So many TikTok users swear that this method has brought much success to their love life. But how does it really work?
The triangle method is nothing more than a type of body language, a nonverbal signal that can send a subtle message of interest and connection to the person in front of you.
In fact, this method shows the other person that you are enjoying the moment together and that you are probably interested in a kiss.
And although a kiss may be there even without using the method, this signal definitely speeds up the process.
The Golden Triangle
The mouth and eyes are part of what nonverbal language experts call the golden triangle of people’s faces.
This is precisely made up of the eyes and mouth and is the area you look at most during interactions with anyone.
Pay attention to it: if you are on a date but there is no chemistry between you and the other person, then you probably won’t focus as much on each other’s faces. Instead, you will probably look away as a sign of disinterest or have closed body language.
If, on the other hand, you are both interested, then you are likely to occur quite a lot of eye contact. After all, prolonged eye contact is perceived as super exciting, another reason why TikTok users say the triangle method really works.