Many holidays are meant to be a celebration of family, but Valentine’s Day is a holiday for love. Of course that love could be family and friends, but it’s usually interpreted to mean a celebration of romantic love. It would be wonderful if we could go out and enjoy a restaurant dinner with our special someone every Valentine’s Day, but that is not always possible. This year, as in many years, Valentines is on a weekday, which makes it that much more difficult to get out for a nice romantic dinner.
However cooking for two can be a lot of fun if you put effort into meal planning and preparations. And it can be even more fun if you plan and prepare a meal together. Some great ideas for Valentine’s Day dishes are special meals like steak or seafood. Recipes like Seafood Paella or Grilled Flank Steak are great choices. Another possibility is to think of your sweetie’s favorite dinners. Maybe he loves meatloaf, which would make that a great choice. My husband likes steak and mashed potatoes, so that is what we are having this year! What’s most important is the thought and effort that you put forth.Â The important thing is to have something that seems special, not something that seems mass produced from a conveyor system.
Dessert is also very important for Valentine’s Day. You don’t want to pick something too heavy which will make you feel stuffed. Something like Raspberry Cheesecake Bars or Chocolate Mousse can be an excellent choice.Â But if you donâ€™t want to cook you can just pick something simple, like vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate sauce.Â It doesnâ€™t have to be a big production to be special.
It’s also important to set the mood for a romantic evening. Get out the special china, put a tablecloth on the table, and light some candles. Have a nice bottle of wine and romantic music playing. All these will make the night feel magical even if you are at your kitchen table.
One of the most important for a romantic evening is to send the children somewhere else! Best of all would be to have them visit her grandparents or a friend. But if that’s not possible a nice long Disney movie always worked for our children. Another good option is to send them to bed early and eat dinner late.Â So how about you, what are your Valentineâ€™s Day plans?