Love is in the air... Valentine's Day is almost here, so you may be thinking of how to have a romantic dinner with your sweetie. You are not alone. Many companies are starting to host sweetheart dinners for their employees, and many couples are hosting these dinners for their friends. And the best part- it doesn't have to be limited to Valentine's Day!
So you may be asking yourself exactly what you need to have a sweetheart dinner. The answer is a location for the dinner and some creativity. Whether you are a corporate event planner looking to try something a little unique or a couple that is looking to host a romantic dinner with friends, there is so much that you can do with this concept.
Let's start with the invitations. Even if you are simply hosting a sweetheart dinner at home, your invitations will set the romantic tone for the evening. InvitationConsultants.com has a line of invitations specifically for sweetheart dinners. These invitations feature romantic heart designs, from colorful and fun to soft and romantic. Choose wording to help set the mood that you are going for, from elegant to fun and playful. If you want your guests to dress up, you may want to relay this on the invitations. By saying either "semi-formal attire" or "cocktail attire," you will let your guests know how to dress for your sweetheart dinner. These invitations are sure to impress your guests and build the anticipation for your dinner.
The ambiance of your dinner is also going to be very important. Consider serving hors d'oeuvres to get the evening started. I found some great recipes on TheNest.com. Some of my favorites are Salt-Roasted Prawns with Lemon Pesto and Mac `n' Cheese Croquettes. A fruit and cheese platter, paired with wine is always a favorite. As far as dessert is concerned, I found my favorite recipe on Better Homes and Gardens website (BHG.com). For a truly romantic dessert, consider serving Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes, a recipe that is sure to impress your guests.
For the décor, nothing sets a romantic mood quite like flowers and candles. Flower arrangements can be quite expensive from a florist, so I would recommend simply buying the flowers and arranging them in an interesting vase yourself. Candlelight is key, so lighting as many candles as possible will contribute to the mood of your soiree.
Though Valentine's Day seems to be an obvious choice for your sweetheart dinner, a romantic dinner with friends or a large group is something that defies seasons. Because sweetheart dinners are not as common, your guests will be excited and intrigued by this idea. So start planning your sweetheart dinner, and don't hesitate to get creative!