A Stay-In Sexy Dinner Date for Valentine’s Day

Valentines wouldn’t be complete without a special date with your special someone. But let’s throw in the shocking element of surprise. Instead of going out, why not stay in? Are you sighing to yourself, stay in, stay in, we are always in! This was my one night to go out and paint the town red, or pink as we prefer it.  Yes, we hear you and you can still do that too, but nothing can be more exciting than making the ordinary, extra-ordinary. So let’s skip the ubers, bypass the check, and jump right into the romance. Here’s how we plan a sexy dinner date.

The Menu

What to cook? Keep it simple. We like dishes with five ingredients or less. This is your day too, so keep your prep time for your entire meal down to thirty minutes. Our fave menu is steakhouse style.  Salt and pepper a juicy cut of steak and fire up the grill. Vegetarian? We love a rich slice of grilled eggplant. Sides? Bake a bag of rosemary fries.  Add to the drama by creating your own sauce.  We love creamy homemade garlic aioli, and stole our blueprint from Bobby Flay.  This recipe is super easy and super fast.

Steak and Potatoes

Garlic Aioli = Simply mix garlic, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and mayo.

Want a little greenery? Add a wedge salad, they are the new culinary comeback kids. Our tip, we surf the salad bar at our grocery store for the trimmings (bacon, onions, tomatoes, radishes, blue cheese) so we are not stuck with an entire bag of purple radishes for a month. Cut up a crisp head of lettuce into wedges and sprinkle your toppings on top. Feeling daring? Drizzle on some of that homemade garlic aioli sauce.  Then step away immediately, because this sauce is seriously life. Literally, drizzle it on anything and you won’t be able to stop eating.

Wedge salad

Oh and dessert, we nearly forgot… we guess because it only took us a couple minutes to make.  Chocolate mousse is our go to quickie.  Melt marshmallows, chocolate, and cream in the microwave, cool it at room temp, and pop it into the fridge. You will be in chocolate heaven in no time.

Chocolate Mousse

The Set Up

Ditch your normal scenery. No kitchen or dining room allowed here. Take your partner straight to the bedroom. Look for a somewhat empty nook and clear the clutter. Yes, you heard us. You can’t have a romantic dinner if you are staring at broken dinosaur arms and stray socks. Next, find a disguise. No, not for you, but on second thought this could work in this scenario.  Anyway, back to the task at hand, disguise your room.  You and your partner should feel like you are somewhere you’ve never been, someplace sexy. Throw a faux fur throw on a chair, place some pillows on the ground, and disguise a coffee table.  One of the quickest ways to make any table look different is to place craft paper on top.  This is Valentine’s so we thought we would bring in some black paper for that boudoir feel. Most rolls are precut to fit any normal size coffee table and you won’t even need your trusty scissors.  Bonus, grab some chalk or a marker and send a message to your love. Shhh… don’t tell us. Show us! Take pics and #cpl.

Sexy Dinner Date

The Table

Now, about that tablescape, flowers are the chicest way to decorate. Their bright color and beauty bring flair to any set up.  Also, they just make you happy!!! We sprinkle a few on the table and pull out our trusty rosebud vases. Because these vases are so small, only a few flowers are needed to decorate the whole table.

Flowers

Candles bring in a soft romantic vibe and a low votive will help you and your love maintain some much needed eye contact. Imagine how amazing you will both look and feel bathed in warm light.  Also everything you just cooked, it’s time to plate it.  Keep things interesting by mixing up different shapes, textures and styles of plates. When in doubt, throw in a metallic. A metallic is neutral enough to go with any pattern, or color, but sparkly enough to bring major glam style. They are always a CPL MVP. Also please use different types of metallic. It’s ok. Silver, rose, and gold can get along. It’s 2018.

The Rest

Well that’s up to you and partner.  But above all, the number the one rule is have fun. As you enter this year of Chill.Pop.Live, it’s all about getting out of your comfort zone and getting into life. Let go of your stresses, and take a minute to really enjoy the world around you. There is beauty in everything, but most importantly in you!