Thursday, February 11, 2016

5 Tips for Having a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner at Home.

I recently styled and wrote a piece for the local paper, The Fayetteville Observer about skipping the madness at a restaurant on Valentine's Day and opting for a romantic dinner at home instead.  I will a share what I did and a bit more details of how this shoot came together. I decided to use the sunroom for this  set up because of the lovely natural light it receives. I moved our dining table into this space(it has protective padding so it was easy to slide). I had inflated the balloons the night before. The table cover is actually two curtains that I layered. I used them because of their sheer and lace like appearance.

behind the scenes styling mayhem
Oh and I moved the monster of a fiddle fig tree from the sunroom to free up some space. I placed it on a towel to prevent scratching of the floor. Now that you've gotten a glimpse of the behind the scene action, let's talk about those 5 tips!

Fresh flowers are a must!

Step 1

It's a great idea to plan your special dinner date in advance. That way, there are no schedule conflicts. Ideally, if you have children, they should be snuggled in bed, but also have a back up plan of having their favorite movie or games on hand in case they choose that night to rebel against bedtime.

cake for valentine's day

cake decorated for valentine's day
Jamaican rum cake for dessert. Decorated with flowers.

Valentine's Day Table Styling

Step 2

Plan your menu. Choose something simple to prepare. This occasion also calls for your fancy tableware. No plastic forks, plates or cups allowed!

Pink Flowers for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Romantic Dinner

Step 3

Choose romantic decorations. I opted for unscented tapered candles in red and pink, cut-out hearts and balloons sprinkled on the floor. Fresh flowers are always a great idea and since it's Valentine's Day, I bought some blush roses and a few miniature garden roses which went beautifully with the pink-and-red color scheme. Flowers can be purchased from local supermarkets such as Harris Teeter or the Fresh Market.

Valentine's Day Romantic Dinner

Step 4

Put on something fancy. Although this romantic date takes place at home, dressing up adds to the romantic nature of the date, and your date will appreciate the effort. Make sure to also let your date know the dress code so you both look fancy.

Valentine's Day Romantic Dinner
Step 5

Pour yourselves some wine or champagne, put on some soft romantic music, relax and enjoy yourselves.

Valentine's Day Romantic Dinner
What are your plans for Valentine's Day?  xx

Thanks to Lea of Lea Hartman for the lovely pictures!


  1. What a perfect idea and with such great suggestions Stacey! You look gorgeous as always btw! Happy V day!

  2. I am prepping for my next class and there was a "Better Homes and Gardens" in the faculty lounge and I came upon the Christmas article about your family and it just DEEPLY TOUCHED MY HEART!!!
    I decided to procrastinate some more and check out your site and lo and behold, here is a beautiful idea for Valentine's Day. MY husband is a chef and I will be celebrating with the kids...but why not? LOVE IT! I will so be back - thanks for your beautiful smile, bright colors, and JOY in every word and visual.
    Of course, it's not always wine and roses...but I have a sense you always find the beauty.

  3. Aww, I love love! I'm just about to pull up a flourless chocolate cake out of the oven. It is so nice to have Valentine's date night at home!

    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living


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