This Valentine?s Day, instead of making reservations and fighting the crowds, why not surprise your sweetheart with a very special intimate dinner party for two at home?
Use these tips for pulling off the perfect ? and easy ? Valentine?s Day dinner:
? Set the scene by using what you probably already have on hand ? put on a tablecloth, light some candles and use the good china, crystal and silverware. Not sure how to set the table? Check out Kitchen Moxie?s Perfect Place Setting.
? Instead of the traditional and expected box of red long-stem roses, create your own bouquet by picking up your sweetheart?s favorite flowers at the local market and popping them in a vase. Not only will this be the perfect table centerpiece, but it will wow your sweetie with the thought and sentiment behind it!
? Start the evening with a glass of bubbly. You don?t have to break the bank with pricey champagne - grab a bottle of cava or prosecco instead.
? For hors d?oeuvres ? a simple wedge of brie, crackers and fresh strawberries alongside some salty nuts, and you?re ready to celebrate in style.
? Pick a first course that is simple and easy to pull together. A baby lettuce, beet and blue cheese salad is a great choice. All the components can be completely prepped and ready to go; all you have to do is toss in dressing and plate before serving.
? For the main course, stay in your comfort zone ? the grill. Try baby lamb chops or individual fillet mignons ? quick cooking and simple. A side of grilled asparagus and creamy mashed potatoes will make for a super easy, yet elegant presentation.
? For dessert, a great make-ahead chocolate cake with ice cream and raspberries will hit it out of the park.
? Don?t forget to make sure the dishwasher is emptied and ready to go for a super quick and easy clean up after the meal. (And don?t let her do the cleaning!)
? Use the Kitchen Moxie Worksheet as your little cheat sheet, keeping you organized, on track and reminding you of the special touches you want to incorporate into the evening.
All tips provided by Kitchen Moxie founder Tracey Doull
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