Although a bit of a cliché, celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic meal still makes a perfect way to show how much you care. A celebratory meal on Valentine’s Day can be a great way for couples to spend time together and rather than just picking the first restaurant that isn’t fully booked, individuals should create a memorable dining experience by carefully planning the day.
With focus being on romance, those organising a special meal need to pay careful attention to all aspects of planning, from location to cuisine, in order to show partners how loved they are. Take inspiration from these great Valentine’s Day ideas that are bound to impress loved ones.
Home Cooked Meal
One for culinary experts and those who are more than willing to show off their kitchen skills, creating a home cooked meal for a loved one is a great way to win their heart and show how much you really care. With so many options available, consider creating a meal that includes favourite foods and tastes, and even consider replicating the menu of favourite restaurants or eating experiences. If you’ve never cooked a particular dish before, make sure you that practice in advance to avoid any over or undercooking.
Those who aren’t inspired by the thought of slaving over the stove, yet still want to create a personal dining experience, may want to consider the next idea as the setting will remain personal and food will most definitely be tasty.
The creation of a romantic Italian picnic is a wonderful way to show love on Valentine’s Day and by choosing to make a picnic that includes traditional Italian food you can not only woo your partner, but also guarantee that the food will be delicious.
With Italian food going hand in hand with romance, those wanting to create a thoughtful meal for a loved one should fill a picnic basket with delicious Italian bites. Select foods such as caprese salad, focaccia, fresh rocket salad, olives and make sure that you include some lovely Italian wine like a sparkling Prosecco to complete it.
Creating an Italian picnic doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to find the perfect outdoor spot to enjoy it, but can instead choose to dine on it wherever you want. Decorate your home with an Italian romantic theme, or even settle down on the sofa whilst watching a romantic movie to eat your picnic feast if the weather’s bad.
Go Back in Time
When wanting to impress, there is often no better way to do so than showing that you remember those precious moments of the past. Those that have had first dates in restaurants, or celebrated special occasions whilst dining may want to ‘go back in time’ and recreate, or at least pay homage, to these romantic times.
Even if the first date location was somewhere a bit cheesy, or didn’t really constitute as a real date, paying a visit to restaurants and cafes frequented in the past will show your loved one exactly how much you cherish the time spent with them.
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Beth Stubbings thinks that although it’s been done by many before, a romantic meal is still a great way to celebrate with your valentine. For those that are inspired by the Italian picnic idea, she would recommend Giuseppe’s Place for their luncheonette menu that has some great dishes that can be used to create a lovely picnic feast.