Is Valentine’s Day a cheesy hallmark holiday? Maybe. Perhaps. Debatable.
Should that stop you from celebrating? Absolutely not. Embrace the cheese and go for it, my friend.
I believe there is a way to celebrate the holiday in a fun and chic, if you will, style. What started off as a date-night-in-because-we’re-parents-now-also-covid turned into my new favorite way to have an in-home date night. The best part? It’s totally customizable. Single friends, you don’t have to be in a romantic relationship! Grab your roomie or your sibling and
force them to spend time with you invite them to spend the evening with you.
Essentially, you’re creating a cozy picnic inside. All you need is a food/drink menu, a pile of blankets and throw pillows, some misc decor to spice it up, and a movie rolling. Yes, it really is that simple. Here are some planning pointers:
Last year, our menu consisted of warmed bread with olive oil dip as our appetizer, spaghetti and a glass of merlot for our main course, and this homemade chocolate mousse as our dessert. I was aiming for a romantic meal – Maybe I owe it to Lady And The Tramp, but I always think of spaghetti as a romantic dinner – so I created a menu of foods that I felt carried the romantic ambience.
Tips: Arrange each course on a cutting board or tray and style like a charcuterie board for extra aesthetics.
This space can encourage cuddles or be comfy for a group of friends. I layered some blankets and pillows on our living room floor along with just about every pillow we owned. If you have a projector and want to get fancy, you can even take this to your backyard. Then you can add stargazing to your night!
Tips: Don’t neglect the small touches! Dim the lights, add candles, spray a room freshener or plug in a diffuser. The little things go a long way!
This one is pretty common sense, but it’s cool because you can tailor your movie selection to your company and the vibes of the evening. Chris and I skipped the romcoms (I usually force him into those at Christmas) and watched X-Men. The world is your oyster here – Don’t think you have to stick to something romantic!
Y’all, it’s so easy, but it’s so fun. I can’t even claim this as an original idea because you’re just having dinner and watching a movie, just on the floor with decorations. It’s amazing how having to quarantine (and being on a budget) will really make you work your creative muscles. This takes just a couple of days to plan and a few hours to throw it all together, and that’s counting cook time! I’m telling you, don’t sleep on this.
I’d love to see what you come up with! Take a snapshot of your creation for the ‘Gram and tag me so I can applaud you. Happy celebrating!