PLANNING THE ULTIMATE VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER OR PICNIC

vdaydinnerRoses, chocolates and cheesy poems… Valentine’s Day requires plenty of preparation (which is often a last minute rush for the gentlemen and for ladies the expectations are set high).

As Valentine’s Day only comes around once a year, we’ve put together some tips for two equally special ways to celebrate: if you are looking for something casual and fun plan a picnic in the park or on the beach; and if you are looking for something a bit more intimate opt for a romantic candle lit dinner at home.

A picnic fit for a princess

If you and your loved one are fans of the outdoors, then pick a secluded location with a scenic view. First up you’ll need a cosy picnic blanket that’s big enough to cater for all your delicious treats. Next on your list to bring along for the day is a picnic basket filled with gourmet cheeses, artisan breads, fruits and a bottle of good bubbly or wine. You’ll need to pack a wooden chopping board to create a snack platter and you’ll also need containers to keep everything fresh and delicious for the day.

Other items to remember to pack in your basket include a bottle opener, a picnic knife and stylish napkins. Sip on a glass of wine while watching the sunset on the beach and be sure to pack in some candles and lanterns to set the mood. Keep your wine chilled the entire day with a wine cooler. And be sure to pack a water bottle or two to stay hydrated. To end off the day, take a dip in the ocean to cool down and don’t forget to pack a towel.

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A romantic dinner for two

Dim the lights, light the candles and lay the table. Whether you’re a fan of John Legend or Michael Buble – create a romantic playlist to set the mood.  Replicate a fine dining restaurant in your home with small changes to your dining room table. Start off by choosing an elegant tablecloth and luxurious placemats, and then set the table with top quality cutlery and crockery. Next you’ll need to select your loved one’s favourite bottle of champagne and pop it in an ice bucket to stay chilled, pour your wine into a stylish decanter and set flutes and wine glasses on the table. Serving as both a gift and décor for the evening, place a colourful bouquet of flowers into an elegant vase. Pretend its load shedding and turn all your lights off and light candles placed in lanterns to create a romantic atmosphere. Once dinner is ready sit back, tuck in and share your romantic dinner photos with us on Instagram.

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P.S. A romantic dinner or picnic doesn’t only need to happen on Valentine’s Day, so follow these tips all year round.

 

 

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