A Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner for Your Sweetheart
We all know February 14 is Valentine’s Day and across the country we are all celebrating this day by showing our loved ones how much we care about them. Instead of going out and searching for that “perfect” gift which usually ends up as flowers, candy or jewelry, why not make a perfect, romantic dinner instead?
Making a home-cooked romantic meal will mean more to your sweetheart because it shows how much thought and hard work you put into this. You can even put more effort into this special night by decorating your table with Valentine’s Day themed decorations. You want this night to be the best it can be for not only your valentine but for yourself as well. I have come up with great tips to get you started, decorating ideas and most importantly some Valentine’s Day recipes and cocktails for you to serve.
For starters you need to be prepared for everything before your valentine gets there. This means you need to look and dress for the part. This can mean casual or formal. This is up to you and the mood you want to set. If you decide to have a candle lit dinner, you are going to want to be dressed up. If it is a more laid back, comfy type of dinner, then be causal. But the dinner I am writing about is more of a formal approach. This is the night you want to show you valentine how much they mean to you and how special they are to you.
It is important for you and your valentine to know that timing means everything this night. Meaning, you need to come up with a plan as to how and when you are going to prepare for this special night without your valentine knowing what you are up too. If you live with this person, make them go out for a while, that way you can get dressed up and start cooking before they know what you are up to. The whole point of this is to surprise them.
As far as themes and decorations go, a must have is candles, and lots of them. Find white, red and pink candles and place them around the house and on the dinner table. Make sure once dinner is served that you dim the main lights in your dinning room to get the romantic feel.
You should have a centerpiece in the middle of your table; flowers are always the best option. You should go out and find some really pretty red roses and place some in a vase as the centerpiece and also pick some of the petals off and place them on the table as well. If your valentine gives you flowers, make sure to remove yours and replace them with the new ones in the center.
And for the fun part, here are some fabulous and fancy recipes for the perfect Valentine's Day dinner. These are promised to make any Valentine smile and fall in love with you all over again.
For starters, I would choose a salad that is unique for this dinner. You don’t want to serve just a regular dinner salad, that’s boring. You should spruce it up for a change. A great salad to make is the Winter Greens Salad.
As for a main course, since it is for a special occasion I would suggest going all out and making a fabulous seafood dish. Two great dishes that I have found are, Crab Stuffed Fillet Mignon with Whiskey-Peppercorn Sauce or for a delicious pasta dish, try the Shrimp In Champagne Sauce With Pasta recipe. If you or your sweetie does not care for seafood then make an exceptional chicken or beef dish.
Dessert is just as important as your main course and presentation is much more important. You want your dessert to look as fabulous as it is going to taste. A creative and unique dessert I have found is the Shortcake Biscuits with Berries and it is pretty simple to make as well.
Serving up fancy and tasty cocktails are always a fun part of a romantic dinner as well. Serving wine is always a safe option. Just remember to pair your wine selection with what your main course will be. If you want to go all out and create a fun cocktail, I have a couple recommendations for you. Try making:
** First Kiss **
1 1/2 oz. Malibu Rum
1 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Half and Half
1/4 oz. Grenadine
Mix and shake all ingredients in the glass and stain into a cocktail glass.
** The Italian Style Romantic Cocktail **
1 C. chilled Italian sparkling white wine also called, Prosecco
2 Tbs. chilled vodka
1/3 C. frozen lemon sorbet
1/4 tsp, chopped fresh mint leaves
Pour the Prosecco and vodka into 2 Champagne flutes. Spoon a scoop of sorbet into each flute. Sprinkle with mint and serve.
** Love Bite **
1 shot vodka
Splash of peach schnapps
Equal parts cranberry and grapefruit juice.
Lime for garnish
Mix together all ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish top of glass with a lime wedge.
I hope that I have helped you when it comes to hosting a romantic dinner for your valentine. Enjoy and have a great night.