Everyone loves a meaningful celebration. Whether you’re honoring your beloved with a birthday, anniversary, or Valentine’s Day dinner, be sure to add a personal touch to make the evening memorable. A private table on the patio with a backdrop of twinkling lights can heighten the romance.
- Grapefruit and Blue Cheese Salad with Toasted Walnuts
- Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Brandy Cream Sauce
- Herb-roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Caviar
- Glazed Carrots
- Warm Raspberry Chocolate Cake
Above recipes are available in Savor the Seasons.
Try these unique ways to infuse sentiment and humor into your special occasion.
Though custom calls for gifts of silver or gold, why not add a twist to your anniversary tradition?
- Write each other heartfelt letters to save in a special keepsake box. Each year you can look back at wonderful memories and appreciate your marriage all the more.
- Watch your wedding video or look at your wedding album together.
- Recreate a meal from your honeymoon or favorite vacation.
- Sign up for dance, tennis or golf lessons—anything you can enjoy together.
Flowers and chocolates are nice, but Valentine gifts from the heart mean so much more.
- Decorate the table with paper hearts that have sayings or special memories.
- Top off the evening with an original ode, or borrow one from your favorite poet.
- Send your Valentine on a scavenger hunt through the house to find a special gift.
Sharing Valentine’s Day with Children
- Have a family fondue party.
- Treat your kids to strawberries and sparkling juice.
- Decorate heart-shaped cookies.
Time to Toast
A birthday dinner offers the perfect occasion for a toast. Follow these etiquette guidelines when toasting:
- The host or hostess proposes the first toast.
- The toaster always stands and raises a glass at the conclusion.
- The person being toasted should remain seated and refrain from drinking during the toast.