Valentines Day. Bleh.
In our house we usually get small gifts for the kids and that is about it. We don’t really do much for each other, as sad as it is. Before kids we would usually go out for dinner and a movie. Needless to say, that doesn’t happen all that often anymore. We are pretty thrilled to have some quiet time at home when the kids are all in bed.
This year I decided to celebrate a bit more by actually participating in Valentines Day by planning a romantic (anything kid free is romantic, right?) dinner at home. I found a “Romantic Dinner For 2 Ambiance Kit” from Whish (which is an amazing online party supply store based in Alberta) and it came with pretty much everything I needed to transform my kitchen into the most romantic restaurant in town. They even sent me instructions so that I didn’t stress out and give up on the idea mid project.
Best idea ever, the package conveniently arrived at my door, saving me time scurrying between stores. Included in the set were:
- Elegant napkins
- Silver looking plastic cutlery
- Wine Glasses
- Flute Glasses
- Tea Lights and holders
- Chocolate hearts
- Pashmina (which I used as a table runner)
- Printed Menu’s
- Easy guidelines to make your evening run smooth.
I bought groceries to make a simple meal and while there picked up some valentines treats to use as table decor. I brought out my cake stand for the pastries, added additional napkins for color, and used my often forgotten silver chargers. I even borrowed a cute heart banner to add some color to my kitchen.
Some Whish Tips (with the kit) that I appreciated:
- Setting the mood – remove extra chairs and use the extra table space for flowers or candles
- mood music – have a play list ready in advance
- flower arranging – grocery store flowers are great and can be stored in a cool room for a few days
- setting the table – because its been so long I wouldn’t know a fancy table setting unless it was spelled out for me
- beverages – they reference some wine pairings, but for us we will have juice or sparkling cider.
- Lighting – dimmers are great, candles help, and don’t burn down your house (ok I just assumed that one).
The only annoying part was telling Jett (my 4 year old) that he couldn’t eat the chocolate hearts until Dad was home. And mom took a picture. He just couldn’t let it go. Don’t worry, this annoyance was clearly outweighed by the benefits of plastic dishes that don’t need washed. In case you didn’t catch that, the plates and silverware look fancy and are actually made of plastic. Best idea ever.
I want to thank Whish for sending me such a fun package and encouraging me to up my game for Valentines this year. My husband thanks you even more.
For other entertaining ideas, you should see some other projects I have done: