When it comes to Valentine’s Day, staying in is the new going out. Restaurants on Valentines night are overbooked and let’s be honest, noisy! I don’t mean to sound like your Gran here, but nothing says romance like good-old-fashioned conversation.
So this weekend, turn your dining room into a date-night haven with my tips. Whether you’re planning a first date, something special or an anti-valentines with the girls, we’ve got you covered!
For The First Date-rs
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Whether you’re inviting over that hottie from the office or that hunk/honey you simply swiped left on, the general rule with first dates is to keep that cringe factor low. So if you had heart shaped balloons and giant teddies in mind, give them a miss! Nothing screams ‘I am clingy; LOVE ME and have my babies’ like a fluffy, pink bear. And it’s waay too late to swipe right now…
Giving that this date could potentially be the pre-lude to either a love story or a horror novel, I really wouldn’t be going all-out with the gifts. Flowers (NOT roses) or a nice bottle of wine will suffice.
The Table Layout
Simple is the key! Make a classy and sophisticated first impression by choosing neutral tones and timeless patterns. Highlight the center of your table with the chic jacquard table runner in beige. Top with burnished silver candles for a timeless touch with a hint of romance.
To stick with this classic, neutral theme, opt for the sophisticated two tone place mats.
As for embellishments, keep your serve wear clean and white. Flowers, cut-out hearts and balloons are a HUGE no! But feel free to turn up the romantic heat with a couple of candles.
Your ipod in shuffle mode.
Given that you probably don’t know your dates musical preferences, it’s best to play it safe and provide variety. Make sure to include some older tracks in there too, there’s no better conversation starter than childhood tunes!
For The Long Term-ers
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You and your other half are happily living together and, chances are, you eat dinner together every single night. The trick here is to create a fun and romantic atmosphere to make it special, so get out those flowers, candles and cut-out hearts pronto!
Set yourselves a budget before hand if you’re worried he/she will go all out! For men, a bottle of cologne is always a yes! If you’re wanting to treat your lady, why not get here a nice piece of jewellery? Even if you have agreed on no gifts, a single red rose for her is always a must.
The Table Layout
You know each others sense of humor down to a tee, so embrace this with a cheesy, yet suitably romantic, table layout.
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Dot your table runner with elegant tall candles and sprinkle heart shaped confetti to your…erm…hearts content! These heart-shaped place-mats can easily be made with a heart shaped stencil and felt. However, if your are not quite Martha Steward, you could opt for some solid red ones. The floral embroidered place mats have a suitably romantic floral decal.
Most importantly, add a unique touch with a hand-made note to your other half. Even if it looks like something a five year old could have created with their eyes closed, they will still appreciate it!
You could even up the cheese factor by adding photographs of you throughout the years along your table runner. Altogether now: ‘Memoriessss’.
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’50 Shades Of Grey’. Although the movie itself may be a red card in your eyes, rest assured that its soundtrack is suitably romantic, with that little edge of spice.
For The Teenage Couple
It’s Valentine’s day and your parents have finally agreed to go out for the night to leave you and your beau alone. So how do you make your first Valentine’s together one to remember?
If you’re shopping for your girl, get her something cute. A little teddy, heart shaped chocolates or a heart-shaped necklace are all sure to make her cheeks blush. As for him, how about a cute photo frame with your favorite shot of you. Also, never underestimate the power of a card!
We appreciate that you don’t have Bill Gate’s budget, so keep your table sweet, simple and thoughtful.
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Lay your table with a white tablecloth than cover with paper hearts and a single red rose at her place. Add a few candles and voila! For an extra romantic vibe, add a patterned, red, table runner, such as the damask style table runner.
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Ed Sheeran- ‘X’. With slow, yet on-trend songs, you can trust on Mr Sheeran to set a sweet and romantic atmosphere!
For A Dinner Date Night With The Girls
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Being single doesn’t have to equal stuffing cheese puffs alone whilst watching ‘The Notebook.’ Cut the wallowing and get your single girls round for a dinner party!
Instead of gifts, why not get every guest to bring a different type of cheese or wine? You can’t beat cheese and wine night!
This anti-valentine’s table layout is suitably girly and cute, whilst being hilariously sarcastic.
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To re-create this ‘cutesy’ look, begin by embellishing your table with an oh-so-girly tablecloth. The Hand painted floral table cloth will work a treat. Florals and pastels? Pfft! Who needs men?
Wanting something more pink? Go for the exotic oriental table runner.
This table layout is all about the cute touches, so go crazy with hearts, flower petals and glitter! Finally, juxtapose this lovey-dovey vibe with homemade anti-valentines day signs. Some our favorites include ‘love bites’ and ‘bittersweet.’ Gotta love a good food pun!
Beyonce- ‘4’. Queen Bey is a must for a girls night. Cue drunken screamings of ‘who runs the world? Girls!’ and ‘best thing i never had’.
How will you be spending your Valentines day?