How to Set an Intimate and Romantic At-Home Valentine’s Day Dinner

Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year. Some may have trouble going out for dinner because it’s a busy mid-week, but this is no reason for the day of romance to be put on hold. You can have a romantic dinner at home and surprise your Valentine. Here are some tips on how you can fill the air with romance!

Set the Lighting
Candlelight speaks highly of romance! Set the table with a cluster of pillar candles in different sizes as the centerpiece. The glow from your candles will set a romantic mood. You can also choose to have the candles scattered across the table and your windowsills.

Decorate the Table
Create a romantic setting right on your table by mixing and matching shades of red and pink. Simple place settings and decorations can make your table very romantic. You can have a bouquet of red roses or carnations as a centerpiece. You can also place a red table runner to make your dinner look more elegant. For a more romantic evening, light up the fireplace!

Playlist of Romantic Songs
Romantic songs serenading you and your Valentine as you have dinner makes the evening even more romantic. Have a playlist of romantic songs on repeat for that extra romance in the air. Here are some songs that you may want to play on your Valentine’s Day at-home dinner date. Of course you can play you and your Valentine’s favorite love songs.

  • “L-O-V-E” — by Nat King Cole
  • “The Nearness of You” — by Norah Jones
  • “You Belong to Me” — by Dean Martin
  • “When I Fall in Love” — by Nat King Cole
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” — by Tony Bennett
  • “It Had to Be You” — Billie Holiday
  • “Blue Moon” – Billie Holiday

If you don’t have the time to cook dinner, you can just order in or run by your favorite restaurant for a take-out meal for two. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of champagne on your way home. Keep the bottle chilled in the fridge once you get home and also have two champagne glasses chilled too. Of course don’t serve your dinner on take-out containers. Be creative in plating!

Strawberries and Chocolates
To sweeten your Valentine’s Day dinner date, have some strawberries dipped in melted chocolate for desserts!

The Bubbly
Take the bubbly out of the fridge a few minutes before dinner starts. Fill an ice bucket with crushed ice and put in the bubbly to keep it chilled. Take out your already chilled champagne glasses and put them on the table.

Don’t forget to press Play for those romantic songs to serenade you and your Valentine during dinner.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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