Whether you’re hosting for friends or your significant other, share the love this Valentine’s Day and prepare your home for an evening in. We’ve collated everything you need from our favourite recipes to table laying ideas so show your guests some Brissi love.
1. Look the Part
Creating a space that evokes the mood you want your guests to feel this Valentine’s Day is essential. A beautifully laid table can be the difference between a well thought through evening and something that looks thrown together at the last minute. Think matching glassware and a beautiful table runner – you want to create the appropriate background for the beautiful dinner you’re about to serve.
A flower arrangement is a must on Valentine’s Day, so find your most romantic vase and arrange beautiful stems in soft, feminine tones that compliment your table decor.
2.Dinner for Two or a Few
When searching for your perfect Valentine’s Day recipe, think about what you want from the evening. You might want something that is easy enough to cook, so you won’t feel an ounce of stress during the evening, but will also impress your guests.
Hearty food is an easier way to go than fine dining, so if you’d prefer to spend more time with your guests than in the kitchen, start with an easy cheese fondue and then try a slow cooked dinner such as this delicious spaghetti bolognese.
If you’d rather spend longer preparing, treat your guests to a fine dining experience. We love this recipe for stilton crusted fillet steaks with port wine sauce – it’s worth the effort! Or for the veggie in your life, try these incredible spiced beetroot and feta tarts.
If you’re hosting for a few guests, take-home party favours are easily assembled using heart shaped chocolates. Would it really be Valentine’s Day without a bit of chocolate?
Creating something from scratch really shows thoughtfulness and dedication. We love this recipe for red velvet cake. Sit on top of a beautiful plate or cake stand and place centre stage on your table as the perfect show stopped.
Be sure to cover all the senses – add a sweet scented candle or reed diffuser to add to the romantic atmosphere.
5.Perfect the Mood
You should never underestimate the effect of a few tealights. Dim your electric lights and add as much candle light as you can. The soft glow will really set a romantic mood and relax all who attend your lovely evening.
For more inspiration head to our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board.