Craft Ideas on Valentine Days

February is always a great month to celebrate love, especially when Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday, making it a perfect night for a romantic dinner date. Unfortunately, you’re not the only one thinking of enjoying the special night at a fancy restaurant. If you hate the idea of being intimate with other couples right next to you this Valentine’s Day, consider skipping the line and have a DIY at-home dinner date.

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, who has time to cook a Michelin Star meal? Well, believe me, it won’t take more than a few hours. While I’m certainly not a professional cook, I’m happy to share how I pulled it off last year.

Get inspired with a few secret tips, from simple recipes to table decorations. I’m sure you’ll make your at-home Valentine’s Day dinner extremely romantic and most importantly, cozy.

 

Simple but Flavorful Recipes

When it comes to planning last-minute Valentine’s meals, you should pick not only easy-to-cook recipes, but also those that allow you to cook all three dishes at the same time. For example, I’d avoid turning on all the burners, overcrowding your oven or moving pans and baking sheets often. As you can imagine, this will only result in chaos, ruining the mood.

Here’s my strategy: make a cold appetizer on the counter, cook the entrée in the oven and use the stove for a side dish. What about the sweet dessert? I opted for a pre-made torte from my local bakery so that I could spend more time on my main course and table setting.

 

Cold Appetizer: Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

Tomato and Mozzarella salad is the perfect light meal to start with. For one, the recipe is so simple you can make it with your eyes closed. The best part yet, the fresh ingredients and the mild acidic balsamic vinegar with a hint of sweetness will totally open your appetite. Additionally, I love how the radiant red ripe tomatoes match the holiday theme—all about red.