18/07/2013 18:49 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Live-In Love: A Co-Habitor's Guide To Valentine's

MyDaily Deputy Editor Katie Jones, 26, has just moved in with her boyfriend and is seriously excited about Valentine's Day. Mostly because when it comes to the romantic stuff, she's got all bases covered

I've got a confession to make: I like Valentine's Day. Yes it's over-hyped and stupidly cheesy, but after spending most of my teenage years dreading the arrival of February 14, I've had a change of heart. It's probably down to the fact that I'm no longer bitter about being single on a day made for couples, as well as my cringe-worthy obsession with anything heart-shaped.

This year, I'm even more excited about today. I recently moved in with my boyfriend and it's our first Valentine's Day spent living together.


In my head, this means it will be all the more romantic and - hurrah! - there's no need to organise when and where we're going to see each other, or worry about intruding on housemates. In fact, I've done all the organising for us – we're off to the Love Nest Valentine's Ball at the Old Vic Tunnels this weekend. It's the closest thing to a festival in February and there'll be tandem bike rides, kiss-o-grams and music from the Mystery Jets. So, just enough romance, mixed with fancy dress and beer. Perfect.

I'm secretly hoping it might make my boyfriend a Valentine's Day convert too. I don't think he would have remembered it was happening, if it wasn't for my not-so-subtle reminders all week (which, unfortunately for him, can happen a lot more often now that we share a flat).

I had already bought a card (the bit I most care about), put champagne in the fridge and hidden a heart-shaped (there goes that obsession) chocolate box somewhere in the wardrobe by Monday. In a nutshell, I've been thinking of what I'd like done for me and organising it myself. Clever? Or just way too controlling. I can't decide.

At least we'll be skipping any over-priced restaurant set menus to drink wine and eat delicious food, all in the comfort of our new home. He might not be buying me roses, but my boyfriend has mentioned he will be in charge of dinner tonight. I've got the slushy stuff covered and he's promised steak and chips. Guess it's not looking so one-sided after all.

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