Fireside Valentine’s Date
As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches what do you have planned for that special someone. How about a romantic fireside Valentine’s Date?
This year the February calendar seems to be oddly compressed. There are several holidays getting all piled up on top of each other in the same week.
- February 12- Fat Tuesday
- February 14- Valentine’s Day
- February 16- Chinese New Year (aka Lunar New Year)
As I stared blankly at my calendar, I tried to figure out, how on earth I could combine two of these holidays together. Create a some kind of a fusion holiday. The only combination that really made any kind of sense to me, was Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.
As I was brainstorming what this would look like, it made sense for it to be a “date night”. I was also thinking, the focal color for both holidays are red, which is very helpful. Most people celebrate Valentin’s Day with a dinner out, so why not a romantic dinner in? No one should have to cook on Valentine’s Day, so “take out” it would be. That is how this fireside date night was born. My husband and I both love Chinese food. To give you little history I have been going to the same Chinese Restaurant since I was 2 years old. Jade Dragon actually holds a very special place in our hearts. The first date I went on with Ron was at the original restaurant location. Prior to it being sold to new owners in 2000, we also had our Wedding Rehearsal Dinner in a private banquet hall within the original location. We had a variety of Chinese dishes, including a full Peking Duck. Imagine a scene very similar to The Christmas Story. Where the duck head was removed on block right in front of his mother. Quite the spectacle I must say, and a moment no one will ever forget. This cozy little date night dinner is the very same chinese food that I have been consuming for 40 years. In fact we had a little scare the last time we ordered and were afraid the Lawrencevillle, take out location, had been sold off as well. I decided for this post I would give it one more try to see if it was the same food I knew and loved, and it was. So the last time we ordered it must have been an off day or they had a new chef in the kitchen or something.
I made sure to order all of our favorite things. Sizzling Rice Soup, a Tidbit Platter, and several of our favorite dishes. Heck even the menu has kind of a saucy ring to it for Valentine’s Day. I decide that we should eat directly out of the cartons with chopsticks. Not only does this cut down on the amount of dishes to clean up but leftovers can easily be stored away in a jiffy.
I found theses cute Asian motif soup bowls at my local HomeGoods. Which worked perfectly with the placemat and Valentine Day napkin. Yes, I know the mix is very unconventional but I think that is what makes the concept really work. It is fun and unexpected, and creates an evening to remember.
While my husband was building the fire I was able to quickly dress up the fortune cookies. Just by adding a little melted chocolate and sprinkles they went from ho hum to a festive treat. They kind fo remind me of a conversation heart of Asian wisdom. In fact, they turned out so cute I would consider doing these as a cute boxed favor or Valentine’s gift for my friends.
After he got the fire going, we tossed a few pillows from our sofa on to floor to create a cozy little nest. I had already spread out the picnic blanket which matched perfectly. It was a older quilt that was made by my grandmother years ago, because it is a a twin size and she only made one it has rarely been used. In fact it still looks as new as the day she gave it to my mom.
We uncorked a couple of our favorite bottles of wine. A white, Pinot Grigio for me and red, Merlot for him, perfect for our theme. Normally I would recommend a nice plum wine, but it does tend to be super sweet with a meal. We lit a few red lanterns as a nod to the Chinese New Year, and enjoyed of feast.
We even got a few of our fur babies to join us. You can see Khalessi is present in this picture. She never misses out on a good crackling fire. She absolutely loves to curl up by the fireplace. We call it her “sunshine in a box” during the winter months.
Just to set the mood a little bit more I hung up some sweet little twinkle lights a little earlier in the day. There is nothing better than twinkle lights, I would keep them up all year if I could.