Love Week: 7 Tips for a Romantic Valentine’s Day DinnerJanuary 25, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Valentine's Day
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, my husband Ross and I always like to have a special dinner at home rather than go out. No having to book a babysitter, secure a reservation, or pay for an expensive pre fixe menu. We just get the kids to bed early, light some candles, and enjoy a quiet dinner for two!
This year I partnered with Pearl, an amazing dining and shopping destination here in San Antonio, to create a special Valentine’s dinner at home using items from their one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. From a beautiful arrangement made by The Vintage Bouquet Bar, to table linens from Ten Thousand Villages, to a charcuterie platter from Cured, the items from the Pearl made creating an extra special dinner as easy as setting the table and popping the champagne!Read on for my 7 tips for creating your own romantic dinner at home this Valentine’s Day.
If you aren’t from San Antonio, a trip to Pearl is a must on your next visit. It surrounds the site of the old Pearl Brewery (now converted into Hotel Emma) and is architecturally gorgeous. It is one of my favorite spots in San Antonio and I always take family and friends there when they are in town.
For my local readers, I bet you’ve been to Pearl for dinner at one of their amazing restaurants (my favorite is Botika!), or to stroll through their weekend farmers market. What you may be surprised to know is how many unique things you can find at their over 10 retail shops. I had so much fun perusing Pearl retailers to find a few special items for our Valentine’s Day dinner. I even snagged the cutest heart sweater at Adelante Boutique (grab one before they are gone!).
Here are my tips to creating a special Valentine’s Day dinner if you would prefer to stay home this year too!
8 Steps to a Romantic Valentine’s Dinner at Home
1. Set a table for two
Think beyond the dining table to create a little more intimate set-up for your dinner for two. I used a small game table set in front of the fireplace in our living room. A foldable card table or even the coffee table could work too. Just cover them with a pretty tablecloth to transform them into a restaurant-worthy seating area.
2. Pull out the special tableware
Now is not the time for paper napkins or plates! Use a pretty tablecloth and cloth napkins like these red vine napkins from Ten Thousand Villages. Get out your favorite plates and glassware. I love these handmade beaded dinner plates topped with a gold leaf heart from The Tiny Finch.
3. Add a fresh flower centerpiece
I don’t know a girl who doesn’t love a Valentine’s Day bouquet. This year, take the pressure off your significant other and treat yourself to some flowers that can do double duty as your dinner centerpiece. The Vintage Bouquet Bar at the Pearl makes the prettiest arrangements, and also holds classes so you can learn to make your own!
4. Light some candles
Nothing sets the mood more than candlelight. Just a couple small candles will do. I chose two beautiful red glass candles from Leighelena. They were the perfect touch for our dinner table and are long-lasting so can be used again and again to add a soft glow to your home.
5. Get some great takeout
Just because you aren’t going out to a restaurant doesn’t mean you have to cook! I say keep the cooking to a minimum by getting your favorite takeout or a few prepared dishes. I chose a charcuterie board from Cured at the Pearl, featuring some of their amazing cured meats and sausages paired with jams, pickles, mustards, and delicious flat bread crackers. You can choose from three different sizes making it practically a meal on its own.
For dessert, I picked up some pink and red macarons from Bakery Lorraine. So pretty!
6. Pour the bubbly
I can’t think of a more perfect Valentine’s Day drink than sparkling rosé. It pairs well with the charcuterie board too! I grabbed a bottle from High Street Wine Co. to round out our dinner.
7. Write a love note
Last but not least, what is a romantic dinner without love? Take the time to let your significant other know how much you appreciate them by leaving them a special note on the table. Isn’t this quilled card from The Twig Bookshop gorgeous?
I hope this gives you some inspiration to create your own special Valentine’s Dinner at home. Perhaps you will turn it into an annual tradition!
This post is sponsored by Pearl.