A Romantic Living Room Picnic

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays regardless of my relationship status. The holiday is super girly and frilly, and it’s a perfect excuse to be extra feminine on this day. This year I am opting out of the restaurant madness and creating an intimate and romantic living room picnic at home.



The Picnic Setup

I used my coffee table as the ideal spot to have the dinner. You could use your dining table or the floor, but since my coffee table is low enough, I decided to go with it. I used Euro pillows covered in white silk as floor cushions and added throw blankets to create an intimate space.

I picked out cute pink and gold items to add a subtle hint of romance. The gold lantern and floral display set to the side of the table adds intimate lighting without disturbing eye contact while dining.

And so we wouldn’t have to get up to grab anything form the kitchen, I brought over all of the condiments like the salt and pepper shaker. Remember the less distractions from your date the more room for romance!



His + Her

I’m all about sharing, buuut when it comes to dessert I want to be clear on the boundaries surrounding chocolate. So, I thought it would be cute to have “his and her” utensils and different desserts. This way there’s no confusion. Hands off my dessert! I used a matte black setup for my babe and rose gold for myself. Cute right?!

I also brought out one of favorite books, Love Letters of Great Men, in case my handsome date would like to read me a passage. Let’s be real, that probably won’t happen, but regardless the book makes a nice display. Ha!



Red Snapper & Curry 

Recipe courtesy of Chef Jose from Miami’s Miranda Restaurant 

Snapper
  • 1 8 oz snapper filet
  • 4 oz ground arborio rice
  • Salt & pepper
Preparation
Spread the snapper skin with the ground rice and cut in two pieces. In a hot pan, cook the snapper skin side down until browned and toasted. Then flip the snapper and cook for four minutes until its cooked, flip again to skin side down and finish cooking two more minutes until fish is cooked.
Curry Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of curry
  • 2 tablespoons of Canola oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 2 Kaffir limes
  • 2 oz of ginger
  • 1 root lemon grass (chopped)
  • A pinch of salt
Preparation
In a small pot add oil and heat for one minute, then add the curry to activate it. Stir for one minute paying careful attention to curry, and then add the rest of the ingredients and keep at a medium low heat for 15 minutes or until reduced by ¼. Remove from heat, cool down and serve.
Veggies
  • 2 oz snow peas sliced thin
  • 2 oz carrots cut in bastons
  • 2 oz beech mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 spoon of sesame oil
Preparation
In a hot pan add the oil and when is hot enough, add all veggies and stir for two minutes. Add salt and peppers and serve.
Final plating
In a round plate serve the curry sauce in the center, add the veggies, then add the snapper filet one face up and the other half on top. Top with cucumber and red onions salad.


Dinner is Served!

I picked up dinner from a local restaurant because cooking a nice meal during the weekday can be time consuming especially after work. Besides… I spent all day decorating, so why not let a pro take care of dinner. AMIRIGHT?  It’s a shortcut the no one needs to know about.

The Snapper with quick fired vegetables, cucumber peanut salad, coconut curry looked stunning on a plate. I asked the restaurant to prepare two cute desserts with our dinners. Both the main dish and dessert paired perfectly with the Barefoot Wines Rosé and Brut Rosé respectively.

I picked up an adorable picnic basket and added some pink wines. It’s a fun way to add more color to the picnic… and we could save all of the leftover bottles of wine for another occasion.


A Romantic Indoor Picnic Ideas and Living Room Setup for Valentine's Day

My Floral Romper // Gold Lantern // Pink Candle // Pink Vase //Wood Serving Tray // Metal and Gold Serving Tray // Rose Bowl //Rose Gold Dip Bowls// Marble Cake Stand // Faux Fur Throw // Picnic Basket // Rose Gold Utensils //Black Utensils // Book

An indoor picnic is just what cupid ordered! It is the perfect way to create romance without leaving the house. It’s also a nice change of pace to watching movies on the couch!

Remember some of the most lovely memories are created in simple and intimate settings.

XO,
EV


Thank you to Saks Fifth Avenue in Brickell City Centre for styling me

 

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