Planning a great Valentine’s Day dinner menu doesn’t have to break the bank. Opting for a romantic dinner prepared by you, instead of a pricey meal at a restaurant, is a way to save money and show just how much you care. This menu option is an alternatives to steak and lobster that is just as romantic and every bit, if not more, satisfying. You’ll find it’s easy to plan an inexpensive Valentine’s Day Dinner with our tips.
Planning an Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Dinner
To choose the perfect dinner for your partner you will want to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert. The trick is finding low cost ingredients and working from there.
Preparation and display are important as well in order to make a big impact on a small budget. If you are not a culinary artist, don’t worry, this budget friendly menu is simple enough for anyone to prepare perfectly.
Choose a great appetizer
Start at the beginning by deciding what kind of appetizer you want to prepare.
Shrimp cocktail is an inexpensive and romantic appetizer that can be prepared for around Five Dollars. Often times the cocktail sauce is included with prepared packages. Cooked frozen shrimp can be purchased that require no preparation other than thawing, and for effect, placing nicely on display. This is one appetizer that is both inexpensive and basically instant.
Serve a great main dish
As for the main dish, spaghetti is a cost effective and easy choice that almost everyone loves. A box of spaghetti noodles and a jar of sauce come to around Five Dollars, and with under a half hour of preparation and cooking you don’t have to worry about slaving over a hot stove all day. The bright red sauce compliments the red theme of Valentine’s Day, and if you want to go the extra mile you can prepare heart shaped meatballs to accompany the sauce.
Valentine’s Day is all about dessert
Finishing the meal off with dessert will be a breeze with chocolate covered strawberries and whipped cream. You can either purchase frozen strawberries that have already been dipped in chocolate and let thaw, or you can purchase fresh strawberries and chocolate dipping sauce. Whipped cream in a can is recommended because it can become quite playful to squirt a little on your partner.
Setting the atmosphere for dinner is just as important, and by simply turning the lights down and covering the table with a classic white sheet you can begin to transform any space into your private dining room. Make sure there is ample candlelight and a bottle of wine or champagne. This will set the mood and both of you will be ready to enjoy some great food and then each other’s company all night long.