Make Valentines Day really special without blowing your budget or stressing with these Valentines Day Menus and Recipes. Plus I’ve got hints and tips to help you enjoy a relaxed celebration.
Ah, the Romantic Valentines Day Dinner. It’s just what most couples need but with tight budgets and not a lot of free time, it can be difficult to achieve. You may need to consider the cost of a babysitter and restaurant meals can be very expensive, especially on Valentines Day. But staying in often means that one partner ends up working really hard to pamper the other and one person’s Romantic Valentines Dinner becomes another’s nervous breakdown in the kitchen. However it is possible to have a wonderful – even easy – dinner for two that lets both partners enjoy themselves without breaking the bank. Here are my tips, along with some delicious Valentines Day menus and recipes, for a relaxing, romantic evening.
Tips For A Stress Free Valentines Day Celebration
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Consider re-scheduling Valentines Day
I know that doesn’t sound very romantic, but trying to arrange childcare on Valentines Day is second only to trying to arrange childcare on New Year’s Eve. By shifting the date slightly you can arrange childcare that costs less – or perhaps even do a babysitting swap with a friend.
Choose a relatively easy menu
A romantic meal should be exactly what you and your significant other want it to be. If you don’t enjoy dessert, have cheese instead. If you really can’t eat three courses, just serve a main course and dessert. Don’t choose recipes that use lots of dishes. A mess in the kitchen always takes away from the romance!
Of course, any preparation you can in advance is a good thing. Do all the shopping no later than the day before. If you choose a main course like my Boeuf Bourguignon you can even make the whole thing the day before, refrigerate overnight and reheat gently on the evening. It’s a good idea to choose a make ahead – or mostly make ahead – dessert as well.
Prepare the meal together
This means all the pressure doesn’t fall on one person. Also you can enjoy time together before the meal as well as during and after. Be careful not too attempt anything too stressful though. My husband and I had a bit of a tiff when we tried making Hollandaise Sauce for the first time one date night. Luckily we made up over dessert!
Dress the table
If you have a special tablecloth or place mats then this is the time to use them. Bring out the antique linen napkins or buy some cute paper ones. Keep it simple but elegant and you will both feel special.
Sip something delicious with your meal
Whether it’s sparkling apple juice, champagne, sparkling water or wine, serve the drinks in your best glasses. Now is the time to use the ones you are saving ‘for a special occasion’.
Valentines Day Menus and Recipes
Some of these recipes serve more than two people but leftovers are never a bad thing. Either adjust recipe quantities or pop any leftovers in the fridge promptly. Then you can go to bed with the delicious knowledge that tomorrow’s lunch or dinner is already prepared!
A Light and Easy Valentines Day Menu
A Valentines Day Menu for Hearty Appetites
A Vegetarian Valentines Day Menu
Quick and Easy Valentines Day Menu
Whether you follow one of these menus exactly or mix and match your favourites, these easy Valentines Day Menus and Recipes can help you to enjoy a relaxing, less expensive celebration with the one you love. I wish you and yours a very Happy Valentines Day!