Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day Plans!

Although I do love a fancy dinner out, we're in the stage of life (with an almost four-year-old) where it's so much easier to stay in. So for Valentine's Day, instead of fighting for a restaurant reservation and finding an available babysitter, I'm recreating one of our favorite fancy dinners out - but at home! This way, Parker can participate in the fun, too :) Fondue was one of our Valentine favorites pre-Parker (and I often request it for my birthday dinner, as well!). Fondue is fun, it can be mostly pepped ahead of time, and it feels special - making it the perfect Valentine's Day dinner. The Melting Pot has published their Classic Alpine Cheese Fondue recipe here. I'll be making it in our electric fondue maker



My favorite dippers for cheese fondue are crusty bread, cauliflower, carrots, salami and green apple. Really, it's the perfect meal for a holiday since the platter of dippers can be made well in advance. I plan on making a chocolate fondue course as well, and I think Parker is going to go crazy about it! 

During the day on the 14th, Parker has school and I'm planning on picking up a dozen roses (from Costco of course!) and wrapping them individually in cellophane so he can hand them out to each of his teachers and the office staff (because who doesn't love flowers on Valentine's Day?). 



Valentine's Day will also be filled with all the red, pink and heart shaped everything I can find! My sweet friend Courtney pointed me to the Martha Stewart heart shaped cast iron dutch oven above, which was less than a quarter the cost of the Le Creuset one I was fawning over. Score! 

How are you celebrating the day of love?


Linking up here for Girl Chat Thursday! 

12 comments:

  1. Fondue is such a fun and festive meal! It sounds like you all are going to have a great time celebrating!

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  2. A night with fondue sounds awesome! I'm all about celebrating with the kids too. I love those heart glasses you found and those Hunter boots are perfect. Thank you so much for linking up with us! Beautifully Candid

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    1. For the price, I think the sunnies are a must-have for heart day!

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  3. Oh those hunters are so pretty - and those earrings! I saw a big Martha Stewart set up at the store today and somehow missed those cute heart dutch ovens. My coworker was just saying how he had reservations for this weekend at The Melting Pot - sounds like it's a favorite. Thanks so much for linking up!

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    1. I think I'm gravitating toward the short Hunters lately! And yes, The Melting Pot is where it's at! ;)

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  4. I love fondue but have only had it once! How fun to make it at home! Those Kendra Scott earrings are gorgeous!! Thanks for linking up!!

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    1. I always covet the danglies, but in real life I'm addicted to stud earrings ;)

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  5. Yum! So I've never had fondue and I'm thinking it needs to change... is it pretty easy to make? I assume it's similar to queso but maybe not. Happy Friday!

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    1. The "making" of the cheese is all done table-side so you still get to visit with everyone, and the prep for it (grating of the cheese, tossing with flour, measuring the wine, mincing garlic) really is easy and can also be done in advance - so yes, it's pretty fool-proof!! I totally recommend :)

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  6. Oh my GOODNESS, you are going to make me get a fondue set for our house!! How much fun is that?! And thank you so much for linking up with us! Happy weekend!

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  7. I love fondue. It is one of my favorites, but I have never tried making it. I only go out for it. And I love all the Valentine gifts. Hunter boots are always amazing and those earrings. Swoon. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Eek! I think I may have to make reservations at the Melting Pot for our date night in Atlanta. I haven't been there in AGES! And it was only for dessert that time.

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