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Valentine's Day is coming!
Noah and I have a pact to stay in on Valentine's Day this year, (more on why later this week...) so this year instead of going out we put together an intimate dinner for us and our BFF's.
We decided on an appetizers, dessert and red wine theme, and kind of ran with it! Maybe a bit too far, but hey, 'do or do not, there is no try,' right?
Today I'm going to show you how we put it together (with a couple of DIY's of course) and the food we served. Click through for all the details!
The idea was to have dinner while the sun was setting, so during the course of the meal you could gradually progress to eating by candlelight.
Noah is proficient at origami, so he folded gold paper napkins for each place setting into a crane:
I used the pattern for my crochet heart garland to make tiny crocheted gold and red hearts, then hung them on my newly painted gold jewelry tree (as a clever play on the Dreaming Tree wines we used for our party!)
I used tiny glittery gold stickers in place of wine charms to claim individual wine glasses.
I made DIY gold-dipped wine glasses to use as candle holders, both the red ones with the gold stem, and the stemless gold/clear version. Check back next week for a tutorial!
For food, I baked my rich, decadent flourless chocolate cake but made a wine-infused red velvet version. To make your own, use my recipe but add 1 Tbsp of red food coloring, 2 tsp almond flavoring and 1/3 cup of red wine of your choice. It was amazing. Adding to the chocolate theme, I crumbled almond barkTHINS® snacking chocolate mixed with raspberries on the top.
I also made home made hummus and served them with my favorite blue corn Food Should Taste Good chips. I. Am. Addicted. To. This. Combo.
And because I had leftover barkTHINS® snacking chocolate I served it on it's own, too!
And of course, we served wine! We served Dreaming Tree Crush, North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
As the night went on the whole tablescape changed as the light died and the candles got brighter.
I hope our party inspired you to think differently about spending Valentine's Day at home, or even sharing it with other people. The traditional expectation of a night spent one on one is just one option for a fantastic holiday.
Also: Here's a kiss for you all this Valentine's Day! Love you guys!
Oh, and be sure to check out your local retailer for wine tasting demos!
Photos by Noah Hanson