It's the first day of February and that means that Valentine's Day is just around the corner!
I have to admit, I haven't always been the biggest fan of the holiday. In fact, I've even had some Valentine's horror stories. Cue 17 year old me finding out I was rejected from my first choice college ON valentines day and eating an entire "death by chocolate" trifle alone while sobbing. (Side note- People always say "things happen for a reason" when you face a blow like this and it sounds sucky when you're wallowing but it is TOTALLY true. I ended up going to an amazing school I absolutely loved. I even moved back to my college town last year. Go Stags!)
As I progressed into adulthood, Valentines Day became more of an afterthought. I worked in the Fashion industry, and Valentines always fell smack in the middle of New York Fashion Week and market. I was usually so busy that I hardly gave any thought to it. My husband and I finally started our own little tradition of having a mini date at the original Shake Shack late in the evening once I was done with work and shows. Looking back, there was something very romantic about hanging out under the stars on a chilly night and splitting a burger and fries.
Now we're starting new traditions. I absolutely love going out to eat, but on Valentine's day in particular I much prefer a quiet dinner at home. This year, I'm setting up a fun and eclectic table for two in our sunroom. I like to mix our wedding china with some more casual elements, add some fresh flowers, some candles and voila - the perfect date at home.
Below is the full slideshow of my set up, as well as my checklist for a great date night at home.
Date Night Must Haves
-Great Music I usually let me husband handle this, and he doesn't disappoint
-Candles Let's face it, we're all a little bit more attractive in soft lighting
-Roaring Fire Some cliches exist for a reason
-Fresh Flowers They help pull together any table
-Simple, Yet Elegant Menu I tend to trust anything Ina Garten makes
-Great Wine My go to is a Russian River Pinot Noir. It's almost always a crowd pleaser, even if your crowd is just two people