Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day at Home
Skip the long waits for tables, the overpriced bottles of wine, and traipsing through the snow in your hottest dress. It’s way more fun to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with your significant other or a group of your best friends. Pull it off with these ideas for Valentine’s Day.
Update Your Seasonal Décor
When you host Valentine’s Day at your home, you get to choose the décor. Forget those cheesy decorations you see all over town and get busy with some DIY décor that will make a big impact.
Make a super-cute garland by cutting out six circles from red construction paper. Then, cut out six smaller circles from white paper. Next, using stencils, write one letter on each white circle to spell out the words “Be Mine” or a personalized message. Glue the white circles on top of the red ones and then glue each onto a long piece of ribbon. Ta-da! Next, cut hearts in varying sizes from red, pink, and white construction paper. Hang these on pretty pieces of ribbon from the ceiling over the table or bar area.
Spending Valentine’s Day at home gives you the opportunity to create your own décor.
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Craft Your Own Bar
Speaking of a bar, your Valentine’s Day party isn’t complete without some cocktails. Set up a bar cart (or use the countertop or a spare end table) and stock it with all your favorite drinks, spirits, and mixers. You can create fun cocktails to test out on one another or try this easy fun Valentine’s Day cocktail.
1 ounce raspberry vodka
1 ounce triple sec
3 ounces cranberry juice
1. Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice for approximately 30 seconds.
2. Pour cocktail into a martini glass.
Cook an Easy Four-Course Meal
Look up the recipe for an intricate meal online and make it side-by-side with your significant other or best friends. Or just use these ideas for a super-impressive four-course meal that’s actually easy to make.
You can serve stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer and then follow with a salad composed of baby greens, slices of pear, grapes, candied walnuts, and a honey vinaigrette. After your fresh salad, serve some zingy citrus chicken with hearty potatoes and, finally, some chocolatey fruit pies to top off this special meal!
Super-Simple Stuffed Mushrooms Appetizer
1-2 slices of bacon, chopped
1/2 cup cream cheese
16 mushrooms, stems removed
1. Preheat the broiler on low.
2. In a small bowl, fold the bacon pieces into the cream cheese, then stuff the mushrooms with the cream cheese mixture.
3. Place the stuffed mushrooms on an ungreased baking sheet, and broil for six to seven minutes.
4. Munch and chat while you cook the rest of your four-course meal.
Baked Citrus Chicken with Rosemary Potatoes
Juice of 2 tangerines
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 1/2 grapefruit
6 ounces white wine
Rosemary, to taste
5 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
4 potatoes, cut in quarters and parboiled
1. Combine the juice of the tangerines, orange, lemons, and grapefruit with the white wine, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Marinate the chicken in the citrus mixture for 30 minutes or overnight.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Place the chicken in a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with the potatoes.
4. Bake marinated chicken and potatoes for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees on a food thermometer, where meat is no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove potatoes once they’re golden brown.
5. Serve warm under your festive decorations!
Mini Chocolate Fruit Pies
1 5.1-ounce package chocolate or vanilla instant pudding mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1.9-ounce package Phyllo Tart Shells
1 pound strawberries, blueberries, of other fruit of your choice, chopped
1. In a large bowl, mix instant pudding mix with milk for one minute and then let sit for about five minutes.
2. Fill each tart shell to the top with pudding, then sprinkle each tart with the chopped fruit.
3. Sit back and take in the praise for your thoughtful meal!
Candles instantly create a romantic atmosphere.
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Set the Ambiance
Light a fire in the fireplace (or try using candles) and dim the lights. Pick your favorite kind of romantic music—whatever makes you think of love and romance. Set up cozy places to lounge around your home, like blankets and pillows in front of the fireplace or TV.
Valentine’s Day at home can be much more intimate and special than a night out at a pricey restaurant. Bring the romance home with these ideas for Valentine’s Day.
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