A bit over a year and a half ago my now husband proposed to me, by filling our house with balloons, writing our memories on paper and tying them to the string to guide me to the spot he would ask me to be his wife. It was the most perfect night and I often wondered how I could possibly ever top that romantic gesture. Now with Valentine's Day approaching I started plotting my surprise (it's not a competition, right?!) and wanted to do a ode to his proposal in my own way.
I should now warn you that I am terrible at keeping secrets and hiding surprises, evident in the fact that I had planned to give Anthony a bottle of his favourite Bourbon on the evening and gave it to him early in sheer excitement. I planned the evening to flow on from his arrival home on Friday night, I'd have our lounge filled with balloons, decorate our coffee table with desserts and have his favourite meal warming in the oven.
Getting the desserts was the easiest and tastiest part of the evening, JB from Pretty Special Cakes has been my go to dessert maker for the last few years. She has seen me through my engagement with beautiful hand piped cookies and my wedding where she crafted sea holly sugar flowers to match our bouquets. One of the many things I love about JB is her sheer creativeness when it comes to cakes and the most important fact that they taste unbelievably delicious. I've made cakes and had cakes before that have looked beautiful but when eaten don't live up to the hype, with JB its pieces of heaven from look to finish. To celebrate Valentine’s Day Pretty Special Cakes is making adorable cakes for 2 and love heart cookies to create your perfect dessert gift.
In between all this coordinating on the day, I had to fend off Anthony from arriving home early and sporadically throughout the day. All the while keeping up the ruse of nothing was going on and he was the one acting weird!
I then jetted off to fill my tiny Polo with balloons from the newly opened Bespoke Balloons Ballarat. It's times like these I wish I'd opted for a van (I often have those thoughts when I am in furniture stores). They helped me pile the cute red and pink balloons into my car and I drove off to finish decorating the house.
Now onto dinner, I would call myself an amateur foodie, I love cooking and usually have no issues turning the dials and yelling at Siri to set a timer. Anthony is a big lover of Nachos, a meal we rarely have as it's messy, calorie dense and requires stove top to oven cooking (I never said I wasn't lazy). It seemed easy enough to brown up the mince, sprinkle on a kilo of cheese and watch it get toasty in the oven. Instead I decided to curl my hair and apply makeup, during which I took the nachos from mouth-watering to smoking, and not in a good way. After I vowed to never open the oven again and seal over where it once was, I made a mad dash to finish setting up everything for Anthony’s arrival home.
Anthony was thankfully surprised and extremely happy that, despite no nachos, dessert was already served! We got a good laugh at how the day turned out and going for Thai food meant no washing up which is a win-win. Now time to plan our Valentine’s Day together, I'm thinking dinner out and more of JB's cookies and cake. Do you have any Valentine’s traditions or suggestions? I’d love to hear about it below xx