I’m not really one for Valentine’s Day, not just because of the commercial aspects of it (why must you only tell your true love how you feel one day of the year?) but also because of its timing.  I expect Wayne to spoil me a bit over Christmas and then a month later with my birthday in January, just 4 weeks later… but asking him to spoil me yet again in February almost seems like a bit too cheeky (even for me).

However, that doesn’t mean we haven’t been serving up some romantic goodness over on AO at Home.*
*And for those of you who think that AO at Home is about appliances (a mistake I heard recently), honestly, you couldn’t be more wrong ;) I promise I wouldn’t have taken a job where I had to wax lyrical about fridge freezers.
First up, I wrote a post called Create a Romantic Room – Without the Clichés! Oh yes, you don’t need Barry White music – in fact, I give my own recommendations on some great music to get you in the mood – and you don’t need big plastic hearts filled with cheap chocolate.   We’re talking soft lighting, great textiles, roaring fires.  Oooh la la.
Next up, Carole created a really cute DIY Valentine’s Card that pops up when you open it!  If you are crafty and/or have forgotten completely to buy your sweetheart a card, then this one can be whipped up in mere minutes!!
Carole also shared her top picks for romantic getaways.  So if you are lucky enough to be whisked away, here are some great ideas of romantic destinations…
If you are staying in (and with the weather, who can blame you?) and you are thoroughly fed up with all the V-day hype and want to treat yourself to a gorgeous dinner for one, Elly has whipped up a stunning Sicilian Style Swordfish with Sweet & Sour Kale and Pinenuts.  Don’t fret, however, if you want to make it for two – it’s really simple to multiply – or hell, if you are going to multiply it, get all your friends round and make a proper night of it – now that’s a Valentine’s Day I can get into.
And finally, if you are looking for a gorgeous dessert after that beautiful Swordfish recipe, then take a look at this beautiful Red Velvet cake that Carole has created.  It’s made with beetroot to give it it’s rich red colour rather than artificial colouring and wait til you see how she created the heart – it’s genius!
So, despite not really going on about Valentine’s Day here on Swoon Worthy, we’ve all been busy bees over on AO at Home so why not hop on over?
What are you up to for Valentine’s Day this year?

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Image Credits:  1 & 3 / all others AO at Home

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