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With the Christmas holiday just behind us, it's time to turn our attention to the special day of love that's swiftly approaching. Nothing quite says "I care" like a meticulously planned romantic dinner for your significant other. We made a timeline and recipe guide to help you stay organized, stress-free, and reduce food waste. Hopefully, this will serve as a helpful reference as you map out your meal plan.
One Week Before the Valentine‘s Day: Create Your Menu and Shopping List
Now's the time to scour the internet for meal recipes and finalize your holiday meal plan. You'll likely need beverages, a main course, dessert, and possibly some items for table setting, flowers, attire, and music. Choose dishes that resonate with both your and your partner's palate, perhaps something special or out of the ordinary. Once you've nailed down your menu, draft your shopping list.
Key Preparations for a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner:
- Menu Determination:
- Appetizer: Shrimp Cocktail
- Main Course: Seared Steak
- Side Dish: Garlic Roasted Potatoes
- Dessert: Chocolate Raspberry Mousse
- Beverages: Wine or Champagne, Juice
- Table Setting:
- Lay out elegant napkins and fine dinnerware, arrange candles and candlesticks, and add flowers to enhance the romantic vibe.
- Music Selection:
- Pick some soft tunes, be it songs you both cherish, or genres like light music or jazz.
- Attire Choice:
- Dress appropriately for the dinner's ambiance, selecting attire that you love and that fits the evening's mood.
Three Days Before: Go Shopping
It's shopping spree time! Don't forget your holiday list to ensure you grab everything on it. Depending on your list, you might need to hit multiple stores, so plan accordingly. Shop smart, buy only what you need, and try to reduce waste when shopping for ingredients and props.
The Day Before: Food Preparations
The special day is almost here! That means it's time to peel potatoes, garlic, and start prepping for the holiday dishes and sides.
Melt chocolate and cream. Mix with whipped cream, sugar, and raspberries. Put in containers and chill to make a delicious dessert.
Lastly, don't forget to check your to-do list outside the kitchen. Need to set the table? Do a major cleaning? Some of these tasks must happen tomorrow, but perhaps some can be crossed off in advance.
The Day Of: Start Cooking
Refer to your holiday meal plan as it can guide you through an orderly cooking process. The menu is simple.The menu is simple. You can start with an appetizer. Then, for the main course, you can have seared steak, garlic roasted potatoes, and chocolate raspberry mousse cake.
On Valentine's Day, the last moments are dedicated to finishing touches and preparing the table. It is a time to enjoy the romantic atmosphere with candles and music.
P.S.: If there are leftovers, there are countless ways to enjoy them with the help of our reusable Durbl bags and containers.