On one of the most romantic days of the year, it’s no wonder that so many people believe in planning the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner. Now, before you start worrying about getting everything just right, remember that there are only a few basic and essential steps that you will need to follow to make this the best night ever.

Planning the meal

The first step for planning the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner is planning the meal itself. If you know what you plan on cooking, this is half the battle won! Consider a three course meal so that you don’t have to make it too complicated. Something light such as a salad or soup for starters, followed by a delicious main course that you both love and, finally, something sweet. For your main course, think of something that your partner or spouse will especially enjoy. It doesn’t have to be fancy at all. If they love pizza, for example, over and above any other type of food, then pizza it is! As for the sweet treat at the end, this will also depend on your Valentine’s preferences. Some people prefer chocolate while others enjoy something fruity. It’s also good to note that you can choose to cook the meal yourself or order in. If you have a favourite restaurant but you want to eat at home, perhaps you can pick something up and simply plate it at home.

Pairing your beverages

The drinks you choose to pair with your Valentine’s Day dinner is as important as the food itself. The right wine, for example, can help highlight and complement the flavours in your food. You may even want to serve an aperitif before dinner followed by wine to suit the main course. Remember, if in doubt, you can usually rely on a bottle of rose or even some sparkling wine to enjoy together.

Don’t forget the d├ęcor

Now it’s time to plan the visual aspect of your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. You want to make sure that you get the mood just right. To do this, you need some romantic fresh flowers, perhaps some candles and soft music to fill the silence. Remember to turn your phones off or at least switch to silent while you enjoy your evening together too. When choosing flowers for your table, you should select a bouquet that is not too tall. As for the types of flowers, red roses are always a popular choice. However, you can also opt for other types of red blooms or even pink flowers if you prefer.

Make this Valentine’s Day dinner a night to remember and, don’t forget, you should also present your partner or spouse with a gift before you sit down to enjoy your dinner. The gift does not need to be anything extravagant. Everyone is on their own budget and this is why you should always shop accordingly.