Make your Valentine’s Day meal stylish and contemporary with a few extra special tips.
Whether you’re cooking up a storm at home or ordering a slap up meal from your local takeaway, creating the perfect table and menu can help to make your Valentine’s Day meal extra special.
Classy not crass
What mood are you going for? Fun and flirty or elegant and classy? While traditionally Valentine’s Day might be all about pinks and reds – simple whites and lighter colours can be contemporary and stylish.
Mood lighting is key – candles are great for creating a romantic vibe.
Be careful not to use strongly scented candles on the table – they might interfere with your delicious cooking aromas.
Try fairy lights in jars – they are scent-free and stylish.
Don’t overdo it
A simple white plate with a knife, fork and spoon, and two glasses – one for wine and one for water – will do.
No need for different plates and glasses for different courses. It’s a fun, relaxed meal at home, not dinner with the Prime Minister!
Small surprises like a strawberries in Prosecco or home-baked cookies can make the difference between an ordinary evening and a special one.
Add an ambient playlist to the background to create the ultimate chilled environment.
Dark chocolate increases both serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, making us happy and lowering our stress levels.
Make sure you include chocolate additions to your menu.
Spice things up
Curry is a great option for a romantic meal – hot peppers increase your metabolism and stimulate endorphins, making you sweat, plumping your lips, and speeding up your heart rate!
Fancy a night without the washing up? More time with your partner, and less time in the kitchen is always a good thing. Use recyclable plates and cutlery for the ultimate, relaxing and eco-friendly evening.