Sometimes the hype surrounding Valentine’s Day can be a little bit overwhelming. I for one have not been out for a Valentine’s Day dinner…ever I think. All too often I find that on days like Valentine’s Day there are overpriced set menus and too much “keeping up with the Jones’”. I prefer a quiet evening meal at home or a perfect Valentine’s Day tea.
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For me, planning a perfect Valentine’s Day tea for your loved one is a truly thoughtful way to celebrate your connection. In this blog, we will provide you with all the information and links you will need to help you craft a romantic and delightful experience.
Plan Your Table Decoration
Choose a colour palette that reflects love and romance. I like pink and gold hues rather than the traditional Valentine’s red. For me, it looks softer and classier.
Add a further touch of elegance and romance by arranging a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers in the center of the table. Roses, tulips, or peonies are perfect Valentine’s choices but if your partner has a particular favourite then go for those. This rose gold vase would look stunning as a table centrepiece.
- Candlelight Ambiance
Set the mood for a romantic tea with candles. Use a mix of tea lights and candlesticks to create a warm and intimate atmosphere. You can also consider scented candles with subtle floral or fruity fragrances or ones which complement your flower arrangement choice.
- Soft Background Music
Create a playlist of your favourite romantic tunes to play softly in the background. The right music can enhance the overall experience and set a romantic tone.
Plan Your Menu
Here’s our suggested menu for a perfect Valentine’s Day tea. The recipes have been designed for just two portions but, if you are not big eaters then you may have a little leftover for another special treat the next day. Double result!
Start off your perfect Valentine’s Day tea with a selection of mini sandwiches. I would have 3 different sandwich options such as::
- Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese – This is a classic combination that adds a touch of elegance to your teatime platter. Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of cream cheese (you can also add some fresh chopped dill if you like) onto 2 slices of bread. Top with 30-60g (2-3 oz) of smoked salmon sprinkled with a little lemon juice and some freshly cracked pepper. Remove the crusts and cut the sandwiches into squares or rectangles.
- Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie – Add 3 or 4 slices of turkey onto the bread and then spread 1 tablespoon of cranberry sauce over the turkey slices. Add a thin slice of Brie over the turkey and then spread the second tablespoon of cranberry sauce over the cheese. At this point add a handful of baby spinach leaves to your sandwich if desired. Add the second slice of bread to the top to finish off your sandwich. Remove the crusts and cut the sandwiches into squares or rectangles.
- Egg Salad with Chives – Boil 4 eggs and allow them to cool. Once cooled, mix in 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of sriracha with the eggs. Add a tablespoon of freshly chopped chives and salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Spread the mix onto 2 slices of whole wheat bread. Add some lettuce leaves if desired. Remove the crusts and cut the sandwiches into squares or rectangles.
Biscuits and Cakes
Moving on to the sweets, you can’t go wrong with these Strawberry Jam Shortbreads by Baked Ambrosia. Follow this with delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes by Dessert For Two. Next, let’s switch it up with our Lemon Curd and Raspberry Cheesecake for Two. Finally, who can say no to chocolate-dipped strawberries and Champagne?
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
This is such a simple yet elegant, delicious and “healthy-ish” treat (come on, it’s got strawberries in it lol!)
For a romantic tea platter for two, serve around 8-10 chocolate-dipped strawberries. To prepare the chocolate dip, melt around 180-300g (6-8 oz) of high-quality chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water or use a microwave in short intervals, stirring in between. Dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off, and place them on parchment paper to set. Optionally, you can add a drizzle of white chocolate or sprinkle with chopped nuts for an extra special touch.
A bottle of chilled Champagne is the perfect finishing touch to this already spectacular Valentine’s Day tea experience.
It’s the thoughtful details that make all the difference
By putting effort into planning a perfect Valentine’s Day tea, you’re sure to create a memorable and cherished moment for both you and your loved one. Cheers to love and delightful afternoons!
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