Home Cooked Dinner or Dine Out for Valentine’s Day?

Home Cooked Dinner or Dine Out for Valentine’s Day?
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    You and your sweetie may be deciding if you should dine on a home-cooked dinner or eat out for Valentine’s Day -- there are pros and cons for both.


By Kent Allen

Each choice can be very romantic if you choose, but can also be frustrating and a great disappointment. Let’s talk about how to make each option successful and what to avoid on Valentine’s Day.

A home-cooked meal offers you many options and can be very romantic. You can serve any type of cuisine or take out food that you place on plates. Serving take out food at home can let you have a restaurant meal that is far less expensive and enjoyed in the privacy of your own home, a romantic way to spend the evening.

Dinner At Home

Let’s talk about overcoming some of the challenges of a home-cooked meal so your Valentine’s Day stays sweet.

Keep things simple. Some couples decide to get elaborate for Valentine’s Day, trying recipes or decorations that are difficult and time consuming. This can be frustrating and stressful to do, especially when you add work and family obligations to the task of trying to create the perfect Valentine’s Day setting. It is far better to choose a favorite meal that you’ve made before that is a special treat – and offers no surprises to the cook – than it is to make this the time when you learn how to make a turducken or to boil live lobsters.

Get clear about your choices. One of the most frustrating things can be when one person wants to go out for Valentine’s Day and the other one wants to stay home. This can be even harder when you don’t have the extra money for a special Valentine’s Day celebration. Agree to make Valentine’s Day special in a way that is fun for the both of you. You may not be eating at a five-star restaurant, but consider the experience you want the most. Perhaps that would be the candlelight setting or the chocolate mousse. Get creative and look for ways to bring the two of you together.

An at home Valentine’s Day celebration can let you be as romantic as you choose. This is one of the top reasons to spend Valentine’s Day at home. You really can’t kiss your partner passionately in a large restaurant over and over. But, at home  just about anything goes between the two of you. Enjoy your romantic Valentine’s Day at home.

Dinner Out

Let’s talk about some of the ways dinner out can be the best choice.

Make your reservations in advance. Going out on Valentine’s Day is popular and many of the top restaurants and clubs fill up with couples looking to get romantic and singles looking to meet their next sweetie. You’ll want to make your Valentine’s Day reservations as soon as you can. A hot tip: try going to the place you had your first date. It may not be the “most” romantic place, but it will be very romantic for you – and maybe a bit easier to get a table there. Walking down memory lane together can kindle the romance.

Set a budget. Dinner out on Valentine’s Day can cause you to spend far more than what your budget allows, causing disappointment and frustration as you choose the most economical menu. Sometimes, one person is a saver and the other is a spender, so agree before you go out on an amount you can afford. Romance shouldn’t have a price tag on it and you shouldn’t feel you have to buy extra roses, champagne or pay for violin music at your table to create a romantic setting.

Plan logistically. If you have children, get a babysitter well ahead of time. Getting a babysitter at the last minute can be stressful and frustrating as you wonder if you’ll have to cancel your plans. If you are taking a limousine into the city, reserve it well ahead of time to avoid not being able to secure a reservation.

With Valentine’s Day you have two dining options available to you. The food may be important, but the time with your sweetheart is what you will remember the most.

Author Information

Kent Allen has been running FoodClassics.com for nearly a decade.  FoodClassics.com has a nice selection of appetizer recipes to choose from.

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