With mid-January just approaching, we are nearly a month away from one of the most controversial holidays of the year; Valentine’s Day! I have never been a person who loves to go all out for Valentine’s day. I used to see guys bringing their girls flowers and gigantic teddy bears at school and nearly gag- what was the big deal about? I wasn’t in a relationship at the time and I spent the majority of my February 14th’s slamming tequila shots with my friends and then heading out to a mediocre bar just to come home alone and miserable. I associated Valentine’s Day with everything that single people hate, and even after I started dating my boyfriend I still was never a huge fan of Valentine’s day.
When discussing what we both wanted to do for the holiday, I expressed that I never was particularly fond of the whole chocolate-hearts thing and the whole movie-dinner scene wasn’t really my thing. My boyfriend wasn’t big on the going out idea either, so we mutually decided that staying in would be the best option. My ideas were to potentially order wings and pizza and watch Tom Cruise movies in our pajamas, but he had a different idea which turned out to be the best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had!
This idea can work if you are single and want to do something fun by staying in with friends, it can be done with family, and of course it can be achieved with a significant other or loved one!
What’s their favourite things?
Start by making a list and writing down a few essentials that your person/people adore. What is their favourite food? Do they have a certain product they love, such as candles or tea or wine? Have they mentioned in the past couple of months that they want to try a certain meal?
My boyfriend basically took a number of things that he knows I love and combined them for this dinner. He knows my love for candles and he is aware of how much I love that adorable waterfall décor that we always pass in the mall, so he made a little set up of them. I mentioned I wanted to make homemade meatballs together, and he knows asparagus is my favourite dish, so he combined them.
It really takes just listening to the other person and knowing what little things would make them happy. If you already know them super well and know what they would like, you are golden!
Recreate a past event!
For our anniversary, my boyfriend and I stayed in Toronto and visited the CN Tower for dinner (which was amazing). We enjoyed top-notch food that we would never be able to otherwise afford and since we share a mutual love for cheese, we ordered an absolutely amazing cheese plate (that cost an arm and a leg but was well worth it). He recreated the cheese plate above and even added the grapes that were incorporated in the middle of the plate to really make it seem like we were back at the CN Tower.
The idea here is to think of something you shared or enjoyed together and incorporate it into the dinner. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be a food item, but could be something like a wine tasting, a tea table, etc.
Incorporate Valentine’s Day!
You want to remember the main reason you are creating this dinner ensemble- for the purpose of Valentine’s Day! Maybe the person(or people) you’re doing this for hates Valentine’s day and doesn’t want to see a single rose or chocolate, which is totally fine. However, if you are making this for someone who loves the holiday, incorporate as little or as many Valentine’s-related items as you want. My boyfriend added a bouquet of roses, chocolate covered strawberries and a cute card because he still wanted to acknowledge that we were celebrating Valentine’s Day.
You can pretty much create this dinner and add accessories to it however you please. Personalizing it to fit the interests and personality of whomever this is for is the fun part!