Valentine’s Day can be the perfect opportunity to show your significant other just how much you care. But sometimes, you just want to do something that’s slightly out of the box. This year, why not make your night more memorable by creating an elegant evening at home for you and your fellow coupled-up friends? Here, some date night ideas we love...
The most important part of the night – other than the actual food, of course – is the presentation. Skip the kitschy heart balloons and teddy bears. Instead, set a simple, elegant mood with votive candles, gleaming white plates and classic wine glasses. Raise the bar with a fancy decanter for the ultimate finishing touch.
For a double date, just build on the traditional date night formula, but add more drink options like cocktails to start (having a good bar set is essential for this occasion) and make things slightly less formal by leaving out the candles. Lay out some cheese & crackers on a refined cutting board to kick things off and take advantage of the group aspect by making a bigger dessert than you would have for just the two of you.
Having an all-out V-day dinner party? This is the time to put your speakers to work and break out the swanky linens. Just like the double date, start with cocktails and appetizers, and then move on to larger shared dishes for your main course. At times like this, high-quality servewear makes a difference so guests can help themselves to dishes without feeling like they’re at a BBQ buffet. And, as always make sure to have ample champagne flutes on hand for a toast at the beginning (and middle, and end) of your meal! "To love, cheers!"