We can thank the Dowager’s generation for modern-day Valentine’s Day traditions such as the Valentine’s Day card. While the first valentines were homemade, commercially produced cards in Britain in the 1830s in Britain and the 1840s in the United States.
Valentine’s cards were given to a sweetheart and sometimes given anonymous, like when Mrs. Patmore sent Daisy a card to lift her spirits. They could cost as much as $25 and quite elaborate by the end of the 19th century. When we first meet the Crawleys in 1912, the trend to simpler cards had begun.
The tradition of giving flowers, chocolates and other gifts came later in the century. While a card and chocolates are great, sharing a meal together can be a special experience. Restaurants are crowded on Valentine’s Day so even the simplest meal at home under candlelight can really spark the romance.
Here are some great ideas for a romantic meal on Valentine’s Day or any date night. You can find a full list here.