Wine and CheeseWhile dinner is cooking, serve up a great wine and cheese pairing to kick off the evening. Knowing how to masterfully balance out these flavors can set the tone for the evening to come. Utilize your wine caddy and tray to wow your date with these classic pairings.
Port & Blue Cheese - Balance out sweet and bitter with a Port and blue cheese pairing.
Prosecco & Parmesan - Enjoy Italian flavors with this bubbly and salty combo.
Cabernet & Gouda - This full bodied wine complements the nuttiness of the cheese.
Riesling & Ricotta - Balance a sweet ricotta with this classic German wine.
Pinot Noir & Brie - Bring a subtle wine to the table with this stronger cheese selection.
The DinnerDinner is the main attraction of a stay at home Valentine’s Day. If you’re not a culinary master, eating in can be intimidating. But there’s no need to worry! There are a few simple tips that can turn a simple night at home into a romantic evening.
Dress CodeDress up! Ladies, put on that dress that’s lived in the back of your closet since you bought it. Gentlemen, bust out that tie your date won’t allow you to wear to anything but a formal wedding. Yes, you might just be using your stilettos to kick the kids’ toys out of the way, but dressing up will give the entire evening a different feel.
Mood LightingDim the lights and scatter some candles around the room to set a dreamy ambiance. Keep a few other lights on and don’t go overboard with candle placement. Remember, you don’t want a fire hazard on your hands!
DinnerDinner can be as simple or complex as your skills will allow. If your cooking expertise is limited, try to keep it simple. Avoid ordering takeout as it can diminish the intimate, personal touch of a homemade dinner. However, if eating out is a rarity in your relationship, order from a favorite restaurant and serve it up on that fine china that rarely sees the light of day.
EntertainmentLooking for a fun way to get to know your date? Here are some unique ideas on how to spend some fun, quality time together this Valentine’s Day.
MovieFind a new release or reconnect over a movie with sentimental value. Rewatch the film from your first date or the first time you held hands. There are plenty of top romantic movies to choose from as well.
CharadesNo talking! Get to know each other through acting out animals, movies, and people. Make this game of charades personal by reenacting out past dates, pretending to be mutual friends, or acting out inside jokes.
Taste TestGo blindfolded and raid the fridge for a taste testing date. If you plan ahead, you can even go shopping to make a theme for this game, such as ‘name that ice cream topping.’
The ClassicsFeel like a kid again when you play cards, Twister, Jenga, or any number of childhood favorites.
Cuddle KitPull together a cuddle kit to spend some personal time with each other this Valentine’s. Change into pajamas, pull out the wine and chocolate, and curl up on a cuddle couch for some quality time together.
This guideline will put you on the right track for a romantic day, but remember to make it special and unique to your relationship. If you like cliché celebrations with chocolates, flowers, poems, and giant teddy bears, don’t be afraid to go all out and make your date blush with your over-the-top gestures. Or, maybe you tend to be a bit more subtle and would prefer to plan a classy, quiet night at home. No matter your style, have fun and spoil your special someone this Valentine’s Day!