Thursday, February 11, 2010

Stay in this Valentine's Day

With all of the hype surrounding Valentine's Day couples often feel the pressure to over perform. The celebration can get out of hand with expensive dinners, flowers that triple in price for just one day, and gifts that you don't really need. You don't need over the top plans to show the one you love that you really care. As a matter of fact you don't even need to leave your house. Here's a few ideas for a romantic and fun Valentine's Day.

Ideas for Valentine's Day

  • If you are the couple who isn't afraid of some healthy competition why not organize a game night. In our home the game of choice would be backgammon but a Wii bowling tournament could also be a lot of fun.
  • If you get excited by the idea of spending the night playing video games then you are obviously a kid at heart. Feed that inner child with some delicious comfort foods.
  • Serve grilled cheese sandwiches with a grown up twist. My favorite is sliced apples, brie, and some grainy mustard. You might want to try these sandwiches with Manchego cheese and Serrano ham or sage and fontina cheese.
  • Accompany those yummy, gooey sandwiches with a Belgium beer like Chimay. Check out their website to see with which cheeses it pairs best.
  • What better for dessert than chocolate chip cookies? I love Jacque Torres's cookie recipe but I've never had complaints when I decided to just follow the recipe from the back of Nestle's Tollhouse chocolate chips.
Valentine's Day Ideas

Valentine's Day Ideas
  • If you are looking for something a little more romantic rent a stack of romantic foreign films like Molière, Stolen Kisses, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jules & Jim, and Like Water for Chocolate.
  • Light a bunch of candles and grab a blanket just big enough for two so you can snuggle close on the sofa while watching the films.
  • Snack on a selection of cheeses and drink you favorite wine. You may want to try a Pinot Grigio like Satori that is great tasting but really affordable.
  • If you're feeling really ambitious give this sourdough baguette recipe from Chocolate & Zucchini to serve with the cheese.
Valentine's Day Ideas

Valentine's Day Ideas
  • Who says Valentine's Day has to be a one on one evening with your significant other? You probably see each other every day. Instead, invite your very best friends over for a rousing good time.
  • Make a play list for the evening of only the corniest love songs you can find.
  • Play silly and sometimes suggestive games like Twister and Battle of the Sexes.
  • Mix up this delicious Rose Sangria - 3 cups of Rose wine, 1.5 cups pink grapefruit juice, 3oz Cointreau, 3oz brandy or tequila, 3/4 cup club soda, garnish with cubed lemon, orange and cantaloupe.
  • Serve your guests assorted easy to prepare tapas like grilled chorizo, mushrooms and aioli, ceviche, and bite sized meatballs.
However you decide to celebrate or who ever you celebrate with I hope you have a wonderful evening.

Photo Credits: Game Night - The Kitchn; Movie Night - Sunday Suppers, IMDb, Toast; Friends -


  1. Those grilled cheese sandwiches sound fantastic!

    We're spending the night with my parents (yes, really!), so no romantic cliches here. :)

    Not a fan of the Hallmark view of the holiday.

  2. very good ideas, should be picked up by a good magazine - hello out there look this way!!. Agree with nicole, I don't feel the need to embrace the Hallmark-ness, never did. Feels way too plastic. happy day michelle:)

  3. I'm with the both of you. You can keep your Russel Stover heart shaped box of waxy chocolates and over priced roses. Life is pretty crazy and everyday seems to move faster than the next so I do think it is nice to slow down for the day and take the time to appreciate the love you have around you.

  4. i agree...the whole going out...can be so over these ideas...unique and heart felt!

  5. awesome ...thanks for taking the time to put together this great blog post. rosé sangria is one of our very favorite here (along with cidria ...cider sangria) . we will have dinner with a bunch of friends . good wine, good food and then we will play games and WII.

  6. Sabine, it sounds like you have a wonderful mix of all three evenings planned.