Celebrate Valentine's Day with that one special person or invite family and friends for an easy 5-Course Dinner to let them know how precious they are to you.
Valentine's Day is a perfect opportunity for those of us who do not have romantic dinner plans to host a Memorable Meal. Let's invite others to join us at the table as we celebrate friendship and love! If you are busy on February 14, choose another day in February and plan to have some fun!
Watch this detailed video as I explain step-by-step how to do an extremely EASY Valentine's Day dinner!
I far prefer setting a pretty table than cooking, so you will see this played out as I share on Heartistry. My theory is that the more attractive the table is, the less fancy the food needs to be! (This works well since I am always looking for food prep shortcuts!)
Heartistry Tip: Always set the table first!
Once the table is set, even if people come early and the food is not ready, people will walk into a prepared place and will immediately know that they have been expected and will feel at home. If I am having a large group, I try and set the table the day before and then I am freed up on the day to prepare the food.
Start with a white tablecloth and then add some color. If you live in a country where you can purchase pretty napkins/serviettes, they immediately make a festive atmosphere. You can use doilies as placemats. I have also used tulle (the lacy fabric that ballet dancers wear) and then added tiny lights inside . You can add some flowers or even use shop bought cookies or candies as part of the decorations.
I think it is fun to choose food to fit in with a theme. I chose a red/heart theme for the dinner. Let your imagination get going and try something fun and creative!
Decorate the glass by dipping the rim in water or egg white and then in sugar (my mom used to give my sister and I this job to do when she was hosting guests). This will make the glass look festive. Cut a grapefruit (or other pink fruit) in half and decorate with a cherry or mint leaf for a simple, inexpensive and fresh starter.
Purchase pre-made tomato soup (remember we are going for red food) and then serve with a blob of sour cream that you shape into a heart with one downward move of your knife and a piece of toast cut in the shape of a heart. Quick and easy!
Purchase pre-washed salad and add some red berries, cranberries or beets cut in the shape of a heart. You can pre-cut some hearts out of bread using a cookie cutter and then toast then and add them to the side of the soup plate.
Keep it light as people have already eaten three courses, so serve a small piece of chicken and some roasted vegetables. You can even buy a rotisserie chicken and serve it with some rice or mashed potato and some frozen vegetables. Keep it simple.
The goal is to make the dessert as pretty as possible! Put a scoop of raspberry sorbet in a small glass (or clear disposable cup), add some berries and a little cookie (a heart shaped one if you can find them). Or buy a ready made dessert such as panacotta and serve with pretty cookies. Presentation makes all the difference!
When the meal is finished, serve coffee or tea and encourage people to eat your "table decorations", at least the edible ones!
It is wonderful to spend some time affirming the guests and letting them know how special they are to you. Check out the Affirmation Dinner blog for inspiration and instructions.
I encourage you to decide right now that you will do this! Invite that special person, family or friends to your Valentine's Dinner. Watch the video, make your shopping list and you are ready to go. On the day of your dinner, set a pretty table, keep the food simple and then have fun!
Take lots of photos and share them with us at Heartistry!!
Happy Valentine's Day!!
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