9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal At Home. Hello friends. It is so cold today, I hear snow is on the weather forecast!!

Has is snowed again, where you live? I am really ready for Spring, now!!

The days are flying by and just over a week until Valentine’s day. So are you planning a nice meal at home, this year?

In love’s sweet embrace, our hearts entwine, A dance of passion, a love so divine. On Valentine’s Day, let our spirits soar, Forever together, our hearts adore.

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9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal:

If you are making someone special, a nice romantic meal at home; I have a post for you. So today I am sharing 9 tips for a perfect Valentine’s day meal at home:

Table Of Contents:

  1. Firstly, Plan Your Meal And Menu Ahead.
  2. Secondly, Have A Back-Up Plan.
  3. Thirdly, Shop In Advance.
  4. Fourthly, Bake The Night Before.
  5. Fifth, Plain And Simple.
  6. Sixth, Plain And Simple.
  7. Seventh, Turn Off The Lights.
  8. Eighth, Get Creative Or Crafty.
  9. Ninth, Pop Some Romantic Music On.

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal At Home:

Embark on a romantic adventure and turn your Valentine’s Day into a masterpiece with these 9 tips for a perfect meal that will tantalise taste buds and ignite the flames of love.

Start by Plan Your Meal And Menu Ahead, that caters to your sweetheart’s favourite flavours, ensuring a delightful journey for their plate.

Don’t shy away from experimenting with new recipes, but also throw in a dash of nostalgia by including a dish that holds sentimental value.

Share the cooking duties and turn your kitchen into a love-filled battleground, where aprons are the armour, and laughter is the victorious battle cry.

Presentation is key, so plate your dishes with artistic flair, turning the table into a canvas of love.

Remember, dessert is the grand finale, so whip up something decadent to leave a sweet impression.

Lastly, savour the meal slowly, relishing not just the flavors but the company, sealing the evening with the perfect culinary kiss.

Step up the experience with a carefully chosen wine or cocktail pairing, making each sip as memorable as the moments you’re creating.

Set the mood with ambient lighting, soft music, and a sprinkle of romance.

Bohemia’s Top Tips On The Best Valentine’s Day Desserts.

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal.

Plan Your Meal And Menu Ahead:

1.) Plan Your Meal And Menu Ahead.

Firstly, jot down your meal ideas in advance in a book so you can draft up your menu for the night. Search the internet for romantic meal ideas.

Starter; check. Dinner; check. Treats; another check and Drink Ideas; check.

Cheese and crackers for afters? Chocolates and coffee? You can find some amazing ideas all over the internet. Cough, Cough { I also have loads of ideas here!!} Recipes.

Have A Back-Up Plan:

2.) Have A Back-Up Plan.

Secondly, have at least 2 ideas for each course planned. (Just in case you cannot source all the items or one does not turn out.)

Try and make up the recipes a few days before if you can. Helps to know they will make up good to be the perfect recipes for the day. Plus you will know if it tastes nice.

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal At Home.

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal.

Shop In Advance:

3.) 9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal Shop In Advance.

Thirdly, shop for your ingredients a couple or so days before, finalising your menu plans. Nothing worse than starting to make up a recipe and not having one of the ingredients in.

Also, buy in extra, just in case, the first batch does not work out properly. Been there, done that, have the t-shirt!

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal

Bake The Night Before:

4.) Bake The Night Before.

Fourthly, try and make some of the menus up the day before, storing in larder or fridge. Cakes are always better made the day before.

Then you can finish them with your yummy fillings and toppings on the day when nice and cold. So also saves stressing about them being warm and not cooling down quick enough.

Especially if you know time may be limited to the day. (Dogs, Kids, Wine, Distractions etc!).

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal

Plain And Simple:

5.) Plain And Simple.

Fifth, keep your tableware colours nice and plain. It will soon brighten up with all your food, drinks and accessories. Less is more as they say.

Your food and wine will add a beautiful array of colours. Make sure to leave plenty of room on your table for all your food. Less is more goes out the window where food is concerned!!

Add Colourful Flowers:

6.) Add Colourful Flowers.

Sixth, add a nice big bunch of flowers to the middle of your table. Do not spend too much though, you might get bought some!?

Red or pink flowers look beautiful on Valentine’s day. A dozen red/pink or coloured roses would look perfect.

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal.

Turn Off The Lights:

7.) Turn Off The Lights.

Seventh, well not all of them off!! Or you could, some restaurants in London do. Bright, main lights off (once all the cooking is done) add a selection of fairy lights candles or tea lights.

Or all of them if you want to try and eat in the dark? Like the film About Time?

Now that could be romantic, maybe a little messy too!? Let me know if you have tried this before? You can not ever have too many sparkly lights.

Can you? So pretty. Make your kitchen look nice and cosy with low lights. Bringing that romantic restaurant theme to your home. Nice soft lighting.

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal Get Creative Or Crafty:

8.) 9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal Get Creative Or Crafty.

Eight, think outside the box and get creative. Especially, anything heart shaped. Cut out some newspaper hearts? Sprinkle red heart-shaped chocolates around?

Make some heart shaped bunting? Heart shaped biscuits? Or how about some sweet Easy Chocolate Almond Truffles. Very nice, indeed.

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal

Pop Some Romantic Music On:

9.) Pop Some Romantic Music On.

Last but not least, have some romantic music playing in the background. A variety album of love songs to suit all tastes. Soft music in the distance.

Your favourite songs, their favourite songs or maybe a bit of both. However, most of all have fun and enjoy!!!

Photo Credits: Jill Wellington.

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal. So how do you spend Valentine’s day?

So do you do anything special? Let me know in the comments below; also let me know if you find my tips helpful. For more Valentines Day ideas click here: Valentines Day.

Cupid’s arrow struck, and love took flight, Our hearts aflame, shining so bright. On this day of love, I profess to thee, You’re my forever Valentine, eternally.

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal:

So When Is Valentine’s Day 2020? Friday, 14 February 2020 here in the UK.

Valentine’s Day Gifts You Can Make: Also how about making some macaroons or other treats?

How To Make BerryWorld Strawberry and Almond Macarons:

These tasty Macarons are a perfect special treat for Valentine’s Day. How To Make BerryWorld Strawberry and Almond Macarons.

Valentine’s Day Gifts Without Spending Money:

Take a look what you already have in your cupboards too. You might be able to make a special cake as well?

Some heart shaped biscuits or how about making some Red Velvet Heart Beet Pancakes for breakfast as these only need a few ingredients that you might already have in too.

Valentine’s Day Desserts Without Chocolate.

You or you partner might not like chocolate so how about trying these alternative desserts: Queen Of Hearts Jam Tarts:

Are you looking for some baking ideas for Valentines Day? Queen Of Hearts Jam Tarts anyone? These are such a classic treat with a heart shape for a special day. Queen Of Hearts Jam Tarts.

9 Tips For A Perfect Valentines Day Meal:

Valentine’s Day And Health:

So are you trying to cut down on cakes and sugar and are looking for alternative treats? How about making this recipes up?

Ruby Fruit Refresher: Are you looking for nice and healthier recipes? Something to give you a boost of energy and vitamin?

So are you looking for a nice and healthy breakfast, lunch or treat recipe? Something fruity full of vitamins Ruby Fruit Refresher.

Valentines Day One Your Own:

Why not bake yourself something nice to eat. Your favourite cake? So yummy. Make up your favourite drink and put on your favourite DVD, head for the gym or go for a nice swim. Also, treat yourself to doing what you enjoy.

Valentine’s Day Flowers: For me it would have to be one single red rose or 12 red roses or a whole load of red roses, ha!! So beautiful, indeed.

Which would be your favourite flowers on this day? Because flowers are so beautiful, especially on valentine’s day. So what do you think about this post? Share you thoughts in the comments below.

*Updated post. First published here 12 February 2017*.

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  1. 26 February 2021 / 16:02

    Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,525 this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us, we are sharing it on our Features Board. Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

    • 28 February 2021 / 18:04

      Thanks so much for the feature and stopping by.

  2. 28 January 2020 / 21:11

    Those are great tips. I typically leave a box of chocolates at all our spots the morning of. Then we go out the day after to beat the crowd.

  3. 28 January 2020 / 20:49

    Your Valentine Post is very special, the photo’s are just beautiful! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

    • 30 January 2020 / 14:06

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by Miz Helen.

  4. Donna @ Modern on Monticello
    28 January 2020 / 20:03

    These are some great tips, especially planning ahead and having a backup plan. It looks like this year I am going with the backup plan since my husband will be on call at the hospital that day. Thanks for sharing the ideas with us at #HomeMattersParty

    • 30 January 2020 / 14:05

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by.

  5. Pamela
    26 January 2020 / 23:13

    I love everything about this post! Great photos!!

  6. 26 January 2020 / 23:00

    Thanks for the tips, I know this year i need to do better in prepping everything so I’m not rushed and exhausted by the time dinner is served!!

    • 30 January 2020 / 14:04

      Thanks for the comment. I know what you mean.

  7. 26 January 2020 / 20:00

    Thanks for sharing your Valentine tips at Vintage Charm. I often bake ahead, too. Jill’s photography is stunning!

    • 30 January 2020 / 14:04

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes I adore Jill’s photos.

  8. 26 January 2020 / 16:07

    Great tips, and photos! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About! We are blessed to have you!

  9. Marilyn Lesniak
    25 January 2020 / 15:03

    Congratulations! Your post was my Most Clicked at #OverTheMoon this week. Visit me on Sunday evening and see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please be sure to leave your link number or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    • 30 January 2020 / 14:02

      Oh wow, just been away and I am catching up. Thanks so much for the feature.

  10. Robin
    24 January 2020 / 18:21

    Great tips, but I’m especially lovin’ those Valentine mugs! Thanks for sharing your tips with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinned!

    • 30 January 2020 / 14:02

      Thanks for stopping by Robin.

  11. Heather
    21 January 2020 / 01:20

    Oooh looks like the perfect Valentine’s Day meal.

  12. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    9 January 2019 / 20:57

    I love Valentine’s Day – thanks for all these tips xx Maria

    • 12 January 2019 / 17:52

      Thanks for stopping by and the comment Maria.

  13. Margarett Murphy
    15 February 2017 / 17:02

    Great tips here. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Stella Olojola
    14 February 2017 / 08:20

    Fab tips. Planning a meal at home so doing most of these.

  15. NiaPattenLooks
    13 February 2017 / 12:07

    Such nice advice. I'm always one for prepping beforehand. The plan is to get a nice bottle of champagne in and watch a film. Pretty pics too btw x #bloggerclubuk

  16. Rhian Westbury
    13 February 2017 / 10:03

    Baking the night before is a great tip, when I know I'm doing a nice meal I always like to prepare as much as I can x