I started a new tradition last year: DIY Valentine’s Day date night. This tradition is a result of the frustration I faced when trying to plan an evening out, then missing a reservation because of traffic after I rushed to get ready in the first place. Traffic plus waiting at restaurants with crowds of people just doesn’t make a recipe for a good date night—but a personalized, intimate night at home does! There’s so much DIY date night inspiration out there, but this year I’m keeping it simple with a stress-free romantic theme. Here are a handful of tips for pulling it off!
- First thing is first¬: set the mood with candles. To keep with the stress-free romantic theme, this candle by Tocca Beauty will be just right.
- Getting dolled up is a must, but it shouldn’t take all night. A perfectly powerful red lip will do the trick. Here is great how-to on applying red lipstick.
- Now it’s time for the wine and hors d’oeuvres. Last year I made these heart-shaped Caprese skewers with a little help from Pinterest. I will be making them again this year because they are adorable and so easy to throw together.
- One of the easiest desserts to make? Rice Krispie treats! This Valentine’s Day spin on the recipe, also found on Pinterest, will help cut down on time spent in the kitchen and create the perfect conclusion to the meal.