It is that week of the year when foil wrapped chocolate hearts, sweet little notes and a table set with candles and a delicious dessert is on calendar.
And when pretty roses are the price of gold.
And I tend to look at Valentines Day a bit differently… as in no roses.
Yes even for this flower loving girl. And there is a reason why.
You might remember my post about Valentine roses and why I tell my husband not to buy them for me.
It isn’t that I don’t love roses or him. It isn’t that we aren’t celebrating that day we fell in love or that we don’t like Valentine’s day. It is simple, really.
Valentines week roses are TWICE as much as next weeks roses. And last weeks roses. But they are THE SAME ROSES.
But they definitely don’t feel the same if you have to pay twice as much.
So instead of roses, we celebrate a bit more simply.
A nice dinner with candles and ambiance- a decadent dessert which is not something we do all the time.
So for Valentine’s ideas that are simple, sweet and that don’t require double priced roses- I have rounded up a few favorites for you today.
On the nibbles menu
I like to do something simple like a fruit and cheese board instead of a heavy dinner.
We love to pair this with a nice salad and cauliflower ‘bread’ and crackers instead of regular. You know… have to save some of that calorie room for dessert. haha.
The best thing about a fruit and cheese board- is you can use whatever you like and whatever fits your current diet- lower calorie cheese, lower sugar fruits, omit the bread and honey, etc.
Find 8 cheese board essentials to get you started and refine to what works for you.
On the Dessert Menu
I am all about cheesecake for Valentines day… or any celebrating kind of day really. These 4 cheesecakes are THE BEST. I could eat them every day…. which is why I am making just 1/2 the recipe this time haha.
Double chocolate, creamy blueberry topped and this peanut butter cup one… that I am making today. (so delicious!)
Of course, if cheesecake isn’t your thing- you can always make a simple berry topped rustic cake
And on the Table
3 ideas on a dime- a whole post full of ideas and links for getting the high end look for less.
Like these chargers – are incredibly detailed- and priced SO well.
This pattern is one of my absolute favorites and is always on repeat over here.
Paired with gold- it is a perfect mix and mingle.
This one has loads of details and comes in a larger set so the cost per piece is less than some of the others. I paired them with vintage china for a unique look.
I will be doing a spring table layering post with lots of info on where I find all the elements I use in the next week – stay tuned.
And also find 7 inexpensive ideas for celebrating Valentines Day .
Hope that helps give you some ideas – happy Wednesday everyone!
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