If you want to have an incredibly romantic evening at home, then you need to create a romantic atmosphere. This can be easier, and cheaper, than you think.
First of all, pay attention to the things that are free. Make sure that the house is clean and tidy, make a romantic playlist to play in the background, and light your candles for some mood lighting.
For the next step to create a romantic atmosphere, you will need some roses. You’re going to tear these up, so look for the cheapest ones you can find that have a nice colour to the petals-droopy, reduced price roses are fine. You can normally find a small bunch of roses for £4 or less at places like the Co OpandAsda. If you can pick your own for free, even better. You don’t need long stems for these, so cut from your own rosebush will work just as well.
Separate the rose petals and scatter them around the house, making a trail to where you want the focus to be (for example, if you’ve cooked a special dinner, make a trail of rose petals from the front door to the table, and have them scattered on the table). You can pull out the best looking rose from the bouquet, and put it in a single vase (if you don’t have one that will work, you can buy the Snärtig Vase at Ikeafor £0.38). Take the last few rose petals, and crystallise them (for instructions, look at the frosted rose petal section here). These rose petals are edible (just make sure you haven’t added any flower food to them) and can be used to garnish food, decorate with, or to feed to each other as a romantic nibble.
Use some of your budget for food and drink. It doesn’t need to be a full meal or expensive to create a romantic atmosphere. If you’re good at cooking and/or baking, then homemade things are always appreciated. If you’re not, don’t despair. You can sometimes buy drinks like Amé on offer for £1, but if it’s not an offer, consider buying a store brand alternative. The label on the bottle may not look as nice, but they often taste just as good. Check places like the 99P Shop for chocolate-they often have name brand chocolates like Lindt, or imported selection boxes. Tesco does a selection box of chocolates in their value range. Fresh fruit, such as strawberries, is also good, or you can buy premade canapés for only a few pounds at places like Iceland.
Cards are small in size, but they can be huge in sentimental value. Consider spending a pound or two on a card, and writing in it. Leave it waiting for them on their dinner plate with their name on it, taped to the front door for them to open as they first get home, or somewhere else that seems appropriate. Take a few minutes to write them a little love letter in the card. To keep the card in budget, consider going to a value stationer’s (many offer cards for 50 pence or less), or buying a pack of blank cards with nice pictures on the front (you can buy multipacks with floral pictures at The Works for £2). Even buying the same card at Wal-Mart rather than Hallmarks can save you a couple of bucks.
A romantic moment can be instantly ruined by an ill-timed phone call from a telemarketer. If you can, leave the phone of the hook or put the ringer on silent and let the answering machine get it. Consider making a “do not disturb” sign to put on your front door. Treat your evening in like a real date-only even better because it’s so private.
Try to incorporate a surprise into your evening. This should be a good surprise for your partner, it could be some new lingerie (you can buy it on a budget at stores like Matalan, but even Ann Summers occasionally does major sales), cooking their favourite dinner, a steamy bath with bubbles (and possibly strewn with rose petals) waiting for them when they get home (you can buy bath roses at more expensive shops, but places like Tesco sometimes have them for far less), or have a date activity set up and waiting (a new dvd ready to play, their favourite board game set up and ready to play, etc.). It doesn’t have to be a big surprise, just something unexpected that they will like.
Walk around your home and think of how to change the atmosphere to communicate romance. Try to appeal to every sense: touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Then have a great time on your date at home!