We all know Valentine's Day is a made up Hallmark Holiday but let’s be honest, it's nice to have one day to spoil your loved one. But, do we really need to make reservations months ahead, buy that bad box of chocolate and the dozen roses (you've paid too much for) from the corner store all to show you love your mate? I think not…personally I think you can create your Valentine's Day with a touch of elegance and sophistication right in your own home.
I think you could send your love one a note in the mail (there's still time) to tell them to reserve the 14th for something special. Give them the date, time and place. If you have kids, see if the in-laws or neighbor kids can take them out of the house for a bit.
I recommend keeping the menu simple and easy. The last thing you want to do is spend your evening in the kitchen slaving over a hot meal. Therefore, why not prepare a fondue paired with a good bottle of wine or champagne. Or why not purchase bite sized treats you can pick up from your favorite restaurant on your way home from work.
Candle light is a great way to add ambiance and warmth without spending a lot of money. Simply turn down the lights, light the candles and dot your home with a few blooms you can pick up from your local florist or grocery store. Stay away from roses around Valentine's Day as they are common and tend to be more expensive. Think of a stem of orchids where you get multiple blooms that you can separate and float in bowls around your home, or even something large and bright like stems of pink and red amaryllis.
Remember, keep it easy and simple, because sometimes less is more and it often says I love you…
Happy Valentine's Day and cheers!