No Reservations Needed

For about 7 years now, my husband and I have discovered that Valentine’s Day is so much better spent at home than out on the town. We can skip the pre-fixe menus, the packed restaurants, and the usual structure of a typical Valentines’ Day dinner date.

colorsJulie and I have collaborated on some of our favorite event designs and some simple tips to show your Valentine a special evening without any reservations.

DrapesUsing a color scheme of shades of pink, red, and pale blue, we will show you how to set a beautiful and romantic table for two. Flowers are always super expensive during this holiday, so we either suggest using inexpensive floral such as baby’s breath, or simply grab your favorite flowers and using only the heads to arrange on a cake platter.

babysbreathFor décor, we suggest taking your regular table and sprucing it up a bit. Add some chiffon or buy a mosquito net and hang above. Light sheer fabrics or extra wide ribbons help make the table feel extra special. And of course,  lots of candles…..

For dinner, don’t be a slave to the stove unless you really love cooking. There is no shame in buying some wonderful food or grabbing your favorite take-out; just dinnerremember to plate on a beautiful platter to show the effort in the evening. Even desserts don’t have to be chore. Choose something simple like macaroons,  cupcakes or chocolate covered strawberries.

And then its cocktail time!! The chic cookiesand easy solution is simply a beautiful glass of rosé champagne.  For a little extra effort, here is a fun drink we call “Love Potion No. 9.”

To assemble this lovely drink…

  1. Muddle about 4-5 strawberries in a rocks glass.
  2. Fill with 2 parts vodka, one part Sake and then add half part of Orgeat (an almond syrup). Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 9.11.35 AM
  3. Fill with crushed ice, shake it up and garnish with a strawberry heart.

Super yummy and very inventive!

No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day be sure to spend it with the one you love and celebrate it as a day for the two of you to spend some time together!

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