I have a Valentine he is called The Atlas and I think he is a great, big, wonderful, catch-of-the-century, kind of guy.
Sometimes in our kiwi culture it can seem like the thing to do is ‘dis’ your partner and tell the world how they let you down. But I don’t because The Atlas rocks – always – even when he eats too much garlic bread.
Happy Valentines day my best friend.
Love you more than a block of Green and Blacks organic fair trade chocolate.
But have not love I am nothing’. 1 Corinthians 13
Tonight (actually last night but I ran out of time to post!) we’re having our first couples dinner of the year and we’re going with a Valentines theme. Have to say I’ve always thought Valentines Day was a bit cheesy but then I read Julia Child’s book and I thought what a lovely chance to celebrate love – which is all too easy to be crowded out when you have small children and busy lives.
As the hosts I have free reign to decorate – which makes me happy!
I love the sense of occasion that can be brought to a simple gathering with a very little bit of thought.
There are going to be 8 of us tonight and I have had everyone send me secretly 3 things they love about their partner. Which they will find at their place setting. The Atlas wrote on mine – Gifted, Exuberant Love and Incredible. (Go me!)
There are chocolate heart-shaped biscuits dipped in chocolate.
I have made some chocolate hearts.
The wreath for the front door is made.
Hearts have been starched to the hall wall.
Candles will be lit and compliments exchanged on arrival.
Everyone will take an envelope when they arrive and at some point in the evening they have to open the envelope and answer the question inside it and toast their partner. (Thanks to the loved up N & A who helped with the ideas!) The questions are written on playing cards from the hearts.
Tiny hearts with love snippets are going on the table.
We are going French and having savoury and sweet fondue.
Love is not a cheesy thing to be cynical about. Love is very cool and totally life changing.
P.S – We had a fantastic night. The toasts were great and very enlightening and there was a lot of laughter as well.