If you’ve got a busy schedule, and don’t want to deal with crowded restaurants or the expense, why not plan a relaxing evening in for Valentine's Day. Whether it’s just you and your sweetheart, or the whole family, follow these tips and enjoy!
- Feel like cooking something quick? Search the web for 30-minute meal recipes. You’ll find delicious pasta recipes, kabobs, soups, risotto, etc. You can also try your hand at a heart shaped pizzas. Or, you may want to try a slow cooker recipe so you can pick up the ingredients the day before and prepare it in the morning.
- Feel like cooking something impressive but easy? Plan to impress with these 10 recipes from Martha Stewart.
- Don’t feel like cooking? Pick up dinner from a restaurant or specialty store on the way home from work. Or have a meal delivered. Many areas have restaurant meal delivery services. Or try a service that offers a “kit” with all the ingredients and instructions. Can’t get easier than that!
Use special glasses. Drop some fresh raspberries in a flute of sparkling water or champagne, to cast a subtle pink hue. Check out some fun mocktails for Valentine’s day.
To set a simple table, use a white table cloth and scatter some heart shaped candies or wrapped chocolates. Add a small flower arrangement and a few tea light candles. For a personal touch, set a Valentine’s card at everyone’s place setting. If you want some elaborate and super creative ideas, go to Pinterest and search Valentine Tablescapes.
- If you don’t have time to cook, pick up your favorite decadent dessert at a local specialty grocery store or bakery.
- If you do have time to cook, try mini raspberry cheesecakes or black forest cupcakes. Individual desserts are easy to serve, store, and look special. A fun dessert for kids is to make is marshmallow treats. They can be cut into heart shapes (with a greased cookie cutter), decorated with chocolate frosting and pink heart sprinkles.