Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t have a picnic! Since there might be snow on the ground, stay indoors and cozy up next to a roaring fire. Start by clearing off your coffee table and pulling it close to the fireplace. Next, toss oversized pillows on the ground for a cushy seat.
Don’t have a fireplace? Bring your coffee table into the center of the room to make it the focal point.
An all-pink color scheme sets a sweet tone, from the salad plates to the floor pillows.
Eating on the floor is casual, so infuse a little luxury into the setup with a formal place setting: a charger, dinner, and salad plate. Dining linens, whether it’s napkins, a tablecloth, or a runner, will add another layer of opulence to the dinner.
Forego a bouquet of flowers and decorate the room with twinkling lights instead, from candles on the table to string lights hung on the wall. If it’s not a date to you without flowers, give your special someone a single stem of their favorite bloom.
Complete the the look with a DIY pennant banner. It’s easy to make with string and colored construction paper. Pair the banner with string lights to give the room a festive glow.
Keep the menu nice and simple. Cook a meal you’ve made before and that you both love. For dessert, bake individual-sized heart-shaped cakes; make them extra-rich by replacing the wet ingredients with decadent melted ice cream.
As a special treat, make a raspberry coulis to add flavor (and a romantic red hue) to your meal, from the first champagne toast to the last bite of chocolate cake. Just a splash of the raspberry coulis in brut champagne feels luxurious; spoon it over the chocolate cake for an indulgent dessert.
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Editors’ Tip! Tell your love how much they mean to you with a sweet handwritten note on their place setting—that’s what this special date is all about.