Monday, January 26, 2015

Table For Two~At Home for Valentine's Day

Dine at Home Valentine's Dinner Decor
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I don't know about you, but going out for a Valentine's Day dinner is not something that we enjoy. Restaurants are crowded, the wait staff is overworked and the ambiance is not what I think of for a romantic dinner for two. To avoid all of that, we started having a dine-in for Valentine's Day years ago. This year will the the eleventh year that we've done Valentine's Day this way and I wouldn't want it any other way.

The first year that we celebrated Valentine's Day at home, it was a surprise for my husband. He thought I had made reservations at a little Italian place downtown, but instead I decided to treat him with a homemade Italian dinner. He loved it and our Table for Two Valentine's Dinner At Home was born.

Now, I don't need much of a reason to decorate and put out a pretty table setting and a stay at home Valentine's dinner is right up my alley. For the first several years, we dined in our formal dining room-not something we do very often. I had fun putting out decorations, lots of candles and pretty place settings. 

Over the last few years, I've switched things up a little. Instead of using the dining room, I set up a small card table in the sun room and make it a cozier setting. I try to use different accent colors to go with the dark red. Some years, I use only red and white, other times I add in some black, sometimes silver or gold. I've stayed away from using pink, not so much because I don't think my husband would like it, but because he's partially color blind and pink usually looks green to him. Who ever heard of a romantic green for Valentine's Day? Not me! So, I stick with red, white, sliver, gold and black combinations. 

Over the years, I've made various meals. Italian is my husband's favorite, so often that's what I'll make. He also loves various chicken dishes. One of his very favorites is Knob Hill Chicken from California Dreaming. While I don't know just what they use for their marinade, I know it's made with fruit juice. I created my own version of this dish and it's one he loves. If you'd like the recipe you can click for PRINTABLE RECIPE.

To give our night the feel of an evening out, we dress as if we were going to a nice restaurant and we enjoy a lovely candlelit dinner. I like to make dishes that I can make at least an hour ahead of dinner time and just keep heated. This gives me time to change, do my hair and make-up and get all the candles lit before he gets home. 

I think this is the perfect alternative to going out on Valentine's Day. We save the dinner out for the weekend after the 14th.  This was last year's decor. I'm still in the planning stage for this year. 

Dine at Home Valentine's Dinner Decor

Heart Bouquet
Dine at Home Valentine's Dinner Decor

Wine and candle with our favorite music playing-it's pretty perfect for us! 
Dine at Home Valentine's Dinner Decor

How do you celebrate a romantic Valentine's Day? 

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At January 26, 2015 at 5:55 PM , Anonymous Monica said...

Awe...that's really sweet. I love the red! We celebrate at home, too. The kids help pick out a menu and we use our special heart plates and bowls. It's something they look forward to each year.

At January 26, 2015 at 8:13 PM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

Thanks, Monica. I have fun with it each year. Yours sounds like a great family time! Thanks so much for stopping by.

At January 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM , Blogger Christy said...

Hi Beverly! My husband and I have also stopped the madness of trying to dine out on Valentine's Day. We have celebrated at home for the past five years. My table settings have never looked as beautiful as yours though. I will have to work on that this year. Thank you for the inspiration :)

At January 27, 2015 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

It's so much more relaxed and enjoyable, isn't it? Thank you so much! I hope you have a lovely dine in celebration!

At January 27, 2015 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

Beautiful and wonderfully romantic. Love that you guys dress up like you are going out, but choose to stay home and share a wonderful intimate dinner for two at home. We dine at home too, but with two teenage boys hanging around, our dinner is not exactly romantic :)

At January 27, 2015 at 8:24 PM , Anonymous Marie said...

What a lovely tradition. Incredible how you make the evening extra special by choosing a menu, dressing for the occasion, romantic location in you're home, and change the decor each year.

My husband and I don't usually go out on Valentines day either. In fact, we stay home for our anniversary as well. We dress up and choose a special meal for the two of us to enjoy. We stay in, play romantic music, enjoy some wine, good food, and have a romantic evening. Then we go out the following weekend and have fun with friends.

Can't wait to see what you come up with for this year!


At January 27, 2015 at 9:37 PM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

We have fun with it. Oh, I remember those days of having teens at home, too! Gloria was very thoughtful though!

At January 27, 2015 at 9:40 PM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

Hi Marie, thanks so much for stopping by with such a nice comment! Your plans sound lovely, too. I'm leaning towards using silver as the accent color this year, but it's still up in the air.

At January 28, 2015 at 1:08 AM , Blogger Dee M said...

I love your tablescape, Beverly -- something I've never really done. We stopped going out ages ago, and now we make it a festive family dinner. Maybe I'll make an extra effort to spruce the table up this year. :)

At January 28, 2015 at 6:32 AM , Blogger Alli Smith said...

We never go out on Valentine's Day. You are correct - too crowded. I always prepare an intimate dinner for 2. Last year was shrimp and grits - my husband's fave. Love your tablescape!

At January 28, 2015 at 6:32 AM , Blogger Alli Smith said...

We never go out on Valentine's Day. You are correct - too crowded. I always prepare an intimate dinner for 2. Last year was shrimp and grits - my husband's fave. Love your tablescape!

At January 28, 2015 at 9:25 AM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

Thank you, Dee. I have a good time each year putting it together. A festive family dinner sounds fun. Oh, you could do cute little place cards for every one. Your children could have fun making their own!

At January 28, 2015 at 9:27 AM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

That seems to be the consensus here! It's fun to make it a special dinner with not often used tableware, thank you. Shrimp and grits sounds great to me! Thanks so much for coming by!

At January 30, 2015 at 10:30 PM , Blogger Shirley Wood said...

We may do either but if we go out, we do call ahead. It's fine to stay home too and prepare a nice fun meal.
Your décor is really pretty and sets the mood for a nice Valentine's dinner. Stopping by from On Display Thursday.

At January 31, 2015 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

Thank you, Shirley. It's a stress free evening for us this way. Thanks so much for stopping by.

At February 1, 2015 at 9:54 PM , Blogger Kristen Campbell said...

So pretty! I'd rather be home, anyways! Thanks so much for joining us over at the #HomeMattersLinky party! We hope to see you again next week!

At February 2, 2015 at 8:01 AM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

Thanks, Kristen! We enjoy it. Happy to share on #HomeMattersParty. Thanks for hosting.

At February 7, 2015 at 10:06 PM , Blogger misty overstreet said...

I love, love, love this! Easy, simple, and elegant! Thanks for linking this up this week at Merry Monday's!

At February 8, 2015 at 9:39 AM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

Thank you so much, Misty. I always enjoy Merry Monday! Thank you for coming by!


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