Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Homemade Valentine's Dinner

Dinner at home can be so romantic. Especially if you're like me, and you want all the details to be handmade and special. For a romantic at-home Valentine's Day dinner, let me stress: Details. It doesn't have to be anything fancy or time consuming (believe me, mine weren't: colored paper and m&m's). Just something personalized and fun.
I kept the same color scheme of bright pinks and white as I had at breakfast. Cut out paper hearts, pink and white m&m's, and of course the necessary Conversation Hearts twinkled happily among the tea candles. (Try having a conversation only using the phrases on the conversation hearts.... Very tricky!) I displayed the festively wrapped gifts on the mantle, and adjusted the various lamps for a low and romantic glow.

The Menu
Smoked Salmon Pate and Baguette
Chickpea, Cauliflower and Red Endive Salad
Mussels and Clams with Crusty Bread
Belgique Chocolatier Artisan Chocolates

I tried to stay in the pink realm with the food too, though the mussels and clams are stretching it a bit! But it is so fun to slurp the broth out of the shells and to use your hands. And the chocolates. One of the few things I would rather buy than ever attempt to make myself, Belgique's filled chocolates (stores in Kent and New Canaan, CT) are perfect in every way. Eat some if you are ever in the neighborhood

After dinner we opened our gifts, and since we were home and unshod, complimented one another on the festiveness of our Valentine socks.

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