The most romantic day of the year is fast approaching and it’s time to think about how we’re going to spend it with the one we love. At this point I feel I need to add a little disclaimer. My husband and I are not really fans of Valentine’s day and to be honest we never ever celebrate but this year I’m opening an exception and planning a little celebration on Valentine’s day. He has no idea of course. Let’s hope he enjoys it!
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a stressful or a grand affair. In fact, if finding that perfect posh restaurant sounds daunting to you, you can simply stay at home. Celebrating Valentine’s Day at home can be just as romantic and special, and with these helpful preparation tips you can recreate the atmosphere of any 5 star restaurant within your own home.
Clean the house
One of the reasons we love going out to eat is so we can leave the clutter and mess of our own homes behind and go somewhere where everything is just right. The number one tip for preparing for a Valentine’s Day meal at home is to clean, clean, clean. Get your house, and more specifically wherever you are eating, into tip top shape by putting away the clutter, dusting, and wiping down all surfaces. You don’t want the mess of your dining room to take away from the beautiful meal you’re about to make.
Being prepared in advance will help the day to go smoothly and lessen your chances of being stressed. Make a meal plan of what you want to cook and buy the ingredients at least one day in advance. Cooking something that’s easy to prepare, and that you’ve cooked before, will help you not to stress on the day. Choose something simple, but that you know your partner loves, like home-made grilled chicken burgers or garlic butter salmon. If you’re thinking of a side dishes, think simplicity and go for a pre-done option like the McCain Gastro Chips. These triple cooked chips are thick and fluffy and cook within 30 minutes, an easy addition to any meal.
Set the mood
Valentine’s Day is all about romance, so make sure you set the mood before your partner gets home. Light some candles, turn down the lighting and open a bottle of champagne or wine. Simple steps like adding linen to your dining room table or putting some flowers in a vase will speak volumes. Here are a few more mood setting ideas to give you some inspiration.
Decorations are not just for Christmas and Halloween any more, you can also decorate your house to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love. Valentine’s decorations are a great way to get the kids involved and can be a fun craft project on a rainy afternoon. For your romantic Valentine’s Day meal decorate with a table centre piece, either with low lighting candles shaped into a heart, or fun holiday sweets like love hearts and pink and white jelly beans. After all, you’re never to old for a little something sweet after dinner.
Prepare your meal
Start your meal preparations early, and try to get all your veggies chopped and ingredients washed before you actually start the cooking process. You don’t want to be rushed while cooking, so try to minimise kitchen time by using your slow cooker and buying pre-done items when applicable. If you and your parter both enjoy cooking, than share the load and do the bulk of the work together while you chat about your day.
Are you planning a Valentine’s Day meal at home? Let me know what your tips are in the comments below.
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