As evidenced by the latest shift in store displays – from candy canes and Santa hats to heart-shaped boxes of chocolate – Valentine’s Day is almost here. It’s a time for celebrating love, between partners or among family and friends, and so we all have a lot to celebrate on this day, regardless of what your Facebook relationship status reads come February 14th. This year, the 14th falls on a Friday, which means that chances are the restaurants, bars, and movie theaters will be packed to capacity with both Valentine’s Day observers and general weekend-goers alike. But don’t let this discourage you from enjoying the holiday – take it as an opportunity to cozy up and create the perfect Valentine’s Day date or dinner party at home!
Total Home Supply carries a plethora of appliances that are not only handy to have around the house on a day-to-day basis, but can also help enhance the quality of any at-home gathering. This week’s topic is all about tips and ideas for Valentine’s Day entertainment, with suggested hand-picked items that can all be found for purchase on our website.
To get the night going, let’s start with the wine – do you prefer red, white, or rosé? Whatever your choice happens to be, the Kalorik electric corkscrew and sealer set makes cracking open that fancy bottle you’ve been keeping in your wine cooler virtually effortless. The corkscrew works to smoothly and flawlessly extract the cork from the bottle each and every time, while the sealer effortlessly re-corks the bottle without breakage.
Now, on to dinner. Any home cooked meal is sure to impress your date or dinner guests, and Total Home Supply offers an astonishing variety of ovens, ranges, cooktops to help you whip up all of your famous dishes – from pan-seared salmon to stir-fry, roasted asparagus to garlic bread, pasta primavera to beef Wellington and creamy mashed potatoes. If you do find yourself cooking for a party, or if your kitchen simply lacks the space for a full-sized range, an electric roaster oven is the perfect solution for cooking poultry, meat, and side dishes, or for warming bread. We also understand that our consumers lead busy lives, in which case a slow cooker is ideal for preparing delicious soups, gravies, and sauces to be ready-to-serve by the time you arrive home.
After your savory meal has been enjoyed by candlelight, it’s time for coffee and dessert. Whether your favorite after-dinner pick-me-up is a classic drip-coffee, or a cappuccino, latte, or espresso, why not sweeten the mood and make it a little special for Valentine’s Day? Black forest cake coffee is absolutely perfect to serve on this holiday, and it is very easy to make. After preparing your hot coffee or latte drink as usual, simply stir in one teaspoon of dark chocolate syrup (or two, because when was the last time you heard someone complain about too much chocolate?), add a splash of maraschino cherry juice, then top with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and one cherry.
Accompany your after-dinner coffee with everyone’s favorite sweet treat – cupcakes! Whether full-size or miniature, cupcakes are a fun (and yummy) way to get creative with decorations. Red velvet cupcakes are a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert, topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting and sprinkles. Or, if you’re not really a frosting person, try baking brownies in cupcake tins and, using a paper heart cut-out as a stencil, sprinkle powdered sugar on top for a super cute design.
But perhaps an full-scale dinner event is not for you, and that is perfectly fine! You really can’t go wrong on any night with popcorn and a good movie.
And finally, because Valentine’s Day is as much about celebrating love between friends and family as it is between couples, why not consider throwing a Valentine’s Day brunch for you and a group of all your favorite people? Whip up some golden-brown, heart-shaped waffles, top with some sliced strawberries, maybe a little whipped cream or maple syrup, and enjoy!