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?).
1. Heart Sun Glasses | 2. Heart Melamine Plate | 3. Short Pink Gloss Hunters | 4. Martha Stewart Heart Cast Iron 2 Qt. | 5. Kendra Scott Drop Earrings | 6. Valentine Placemat
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?
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