You can still win this Valentine’s Day and give your partner a night they won’t forget. And the added bonus? It’s easy on the pocket.

First things first: The menu

If you have time, cook your partner’s favourite meal and pair it with a nice bottle of wine or Champagne. If you don’t have time to cook from scratch, hit your local supermarket on your way home and pick up a roasted chicken and a side or two, or maybe a pre-made lasagna that you can just pop into the oven. Don’t forget to get some snack options and dessert like chocolate mousse or cake. For your snack options, think picnic food, like mini pita breads and dips, crackers, cheese and grapes for a mini-cheese board and some fruit – choose sexy options that you can feed your partner like chocolate-covered strawberries and you can put some strawberries in your Champagne for a fun twist.

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Next: Set the scene

This is the most important step as, here, you can shine. Lay down a blanket, a cosy, furry option is great if you’re in rainy Joburg or, for warmer locations, a picnic blanket will also work. You can pack your dinner into a picnic basket or set the food out on plates, starting with the finger foods. Presentation is key, so add some decorative elements like berries (raspberries, blueberries etc.) or flower petals (hint: raid your garden if your budget doesn’t stretch to a bunch of flowers). Lay down some pillows to ensure you’re comfortable and dim the lights. Then light some candles, the more the merrier. You want to create a romantic ambience. Get some mood music going – whatever works for you. However, you can’t go wrong with some Marvin Gaye and Sexual Healing

Lastly: Dress up

Just because you’re staying in doesn’t mean you don’t need to look your best. Be sure to put on some lipstick and do your hair.  There are different ways to dress up: You can go the classic little black dress route or maybe just opt for some sexy lingerie instead – if you’re feeling self-conscious, put on a coat, preferably one with a zip. But, most importantly, make sure you feel good and relaxed.

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And finally, when you hear your man drive up, be sure to be posing seductively…