News/9 Feb 2021

how to impress your valentine date from home

Ready, Set… Cook!

Although dining at a fancy restaurant isn’t an option this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t create a romantic dinner date for your Valentine. There are few better ways to show someone you care than with a delicious home-cooked meal, which is why this Valentine’s Day it’s time to get to work in the kitchen. Whether opting for your partner’s favourite dish or trying something completely new, cooking is a comfortable and fun experience in Duet’s fully-fitted kitchens. Make sure to set the table with style too – purchase some fancy napkins or a new table cloth for a premium dining experience. If you aren’t able to spend Valentine’s Day with your date, then why not arrange a virtual cook-a-long so that you can still enjoy each other’s company whilst preparing and eating a delicious meal. Rather than sending a shopping list for the virtual dinner to your date, arrange for the ingredients to be delivered to their address and really impress them.

Make Your Gift Meaningful!

Whether it’s a traditional bouquet of flowers or quirky piece of pottery, make sure the gift you choose for your significant other is a meaningful one this year. Giving gifts on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for those you are romantically interested in either - sending a thoughtful present to a loved one who you haven’t been able to see this year is a simple yet surprising gesture sure to put a smile on their faces. If you are looking for some inspiration for where you can find unique gifts sure to delight, our last blog offered a roundup of Duet’s favourite local businesses that are certainly worth checking out and supporting. Another fantastic local business that is a great pick for Valentine’s Day is Salut Wines – this independent wine shop are now selling customised wine cases which are a great gift for any wine-lovers in your life!

Dress Your Apartment to the Nines!

We’ve all heard of dressing to impress, but 2021 is the year to invest in your interior style whilst we stay at home. If you live or have bubbled up with your date and are able to spend Valentine’s Day with them in person, then make sure to prep your apartment for the evening. Remove any remnants of the home office and freshen your apartment up with some flowers and calming candles. For those who have a virtual date planned on Sunday, it’s just as important that your apartment is looking its best, especially if you’re trying to make a good first impression. Pick a spot in your apartment with good lighting – which is fortunately very easy with Duet’s large windows and natural lighting. Add personality and brightness to your background with some fun cushions and accessories, as well as your favourite personal photos or pieces of art.

Do Something Different!

After months of our favourite entertainment and leisure spots being shut, and as tempting as another Netflix marathon might be, this Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to add some fun back into your day and try something new. From ordering in an at-home clay making kit to booking a space on a virtual couple’s dance class, from cocktail-making to finger painting, there are plenty of fun activities you can get up to at home to do with your loved one either in person or via Zoom. Surprising your date with a fun and unexpected activity is a sure way to impress and, what’s more, means you can have some lovely quality time together away from the distractions of screens or work.

To find out more about life at Duet and our bespoke apartments, contact our lettings team on 0161 241 3823 or email to arrange your new year viewing.