by: Lauren

If you’re anything like me, Valentine’s Day tends to sneak up on you, and before you know it, it’s impossible to get dinner reservations anywhere or make any semblance of plans. Add in that the weekend surrounds the day of love, and you pretty much can’t even think about going out. Because the aforementioned situation is typically what my husband, Schuyler, and I experience, we had the idea a few years ago to do a little “DIY Dinner Date” inspiration shoot. As it turns out, even years later (5 I think?) it’s still super popular, and so I tricked talked my husband into doing another DIY Dinner Date this year!

Valentines Day DIY Dinner Date via TheELD.com

Our goal with this feature was to make it as easy to replicate as possible- hence the “DIY”. Feathered Heart Prints created some printable placecards, menus, and gifts that you can print on your own. The amazing Amber Veatch Designs created a tablescape using store-bought tulips and items that we sourced at Target or via our own collection of things around the house, and Tara Mc Photography captured all of it perfectly! Food blogger Casa de Crews created an easy dessert recipe for us, and you can find all of the recipes and the link to the printables at the end of this post!

I’m particularly excited about this feature, because it will mark the start of a new DIY Dinner Date series here on ELD, in which we will share some of the recipes that Schuyler and I cook together at home on a regular basis. We’re pretty passionate about food and it’s become a big part of our marriage (we joke about how grocery shopping together is our weekly date), and we want to be able to pass that passion along to all of you to hopefully infuse into your own relationships and marriages too. We want to encourage couples- dating, engaged, and married- to spend time together cooking dinner, making a whole date night out of the activity!  I’ve shared a little more about the new feature at the end of the post, so be sure to get to the end to find out more!

(Disclaimer: Neither of us are trained chefs or professional food bloggers. Our recommendations are solely based on our own experiences. Oh, and also, full disclosure that the photos were not taken at our own house- they were taken at my parents’ house, who have a much nicer, larger kitchen! And another thing- we totally were not planning on being photographed, so you’re getting us in pretty real form here!)

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PRINTABLES


Emily of Feathered Heart Prints created the items used in this DIY Dinner Date to be used as printables so you can have your own dinner date!

Menu & Placecards

There are versions of the menu and placecards that have print on them already, as well as blank versions so you can write in whatever you want.

I Love You Today Because… 

The “I love you today because…” print is an excellent gift, in which you just add the print to a frame, and write on a frame with a dry erase marker whenever you want!

Click here to access and download all of the printables! 

 

RECIPES


 Click each link below to be taken to the recipe!

Starter

Caprese Salad

Main Course

Lemon Garlic Chicken 

Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Fennel Apple Salad

Dessert

Brownie Berry Trifle For Two 

We hope that you enjoy all of the recipes above and prepare an amazing DIY Dinner Date for Valentine’s Day!


 So now for a little more behind the upcoming DIY Dinner Date features! My husband Schuyler is actually a chiropractor and is extremely well-versed in nutrition, so most of our recipes will include fresh ingredients, and likely lots of vegetables, as that is how we normally eat at home. You see, I think (as do our friends and family) that my husband is an exceptional cook. He’s not a trained chef, but I would choose his food over restaurant food (in our tiny hometown) just about any day of the week. And while I can’t get him to start a food and health blog, my consolation prize is getting him to do this monthly (maybe every other month) series of DIY Dinner Dates to feature here on ELD!

We may not talk about wedding DIYs here on ELD, but we can most definitely talk about dinner DIYs! We can’t wait to share the next feature with you all!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Concept & Main Course Recipes: DIY Dinner Date via Every Last Detail // Photography: Tara Mc Photography // Styling: Amber Veatch Designs // Dessert Recipe: Casa de Crews // Placesetting Items: Target

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Lauren

Founder & Editor at Every Last Detail
Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.

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  2. Tiffany (a Vendor)

    I love this so much because THIS is real. Real life is busy, it’s messy, it’s hard to plan ahead sometimes – but just simply taking time to cook dinner together and dress it up just a little bit can be some of THE best memories. Now with 2 kids – this is often our date nights. We eat AFTER the kiddos go to sleep – then snuggle up with popcorn and a movie on our couch. We’ve done the fancy dates before – but these kind are my favorite. :)

  3. Kristin (a Bride)

    Love this A LOT Lauren!!

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