Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you may be considering something a bit different to celebrate than a routine restaurant dinner. Sure, there are a multitude of alternative options available, however, sometimes it may be extra special to celebrate at home. While a formal dinner in your dining room may be the first thought that comes to mind, if you have a sunroom or other multi-season room, you can elevate your time together by enjoying dinner and other activities while surrounding yourselves with mother nature.
Your room may look out to a body of water, a wooded forest, a beautifully manicured yard. What could be a better backdrop for love and togetherness than this?
Exposure to the outdoors is the key to creating the ambiance. If you have any form of window treatment, be sure to raise or position them in a way that delivers full exposure to nature’s beauty. You may already have the ideal intimate setting if you designate the space as a secondary living room (bonus is there is an extremely cozy couch and fireplace).
Since sunrooms nowadays may have alternative uses, it may require a little work to remove or straighten out anything that could take away from the simplicity of the setup (think office related items or mountains of children’s toys). Once furniture is set, plan for Valentine’s Day related décor that could enhance the setting.
Take Advantage of Timing
If you can, try to take advantage of viewing a beautiful sunset from your sunroom. It is likely that this will occur earlier than you are ready to eat dinner, so if you have comfy chairs or couch, select a nice bottle of wine or hot chocolate for younger folks and just sit, relax, and enjoy the beauty together. Once the sun goes down, you can start planning for dinner and then dine under the moon and stars, which is equally as beautiful.
Whether at sunset or after dark, candles are a key element to provide lighting, set the stage for romance, and casting a serene glow that just exudes natural warmth and serenity against the outdoor setting that you are exposed to. Additionally, stringing lights around the room can mimic a café atmosphere, which is also quite charming.
Going back to the staging scenario mentioned earlier, depending on what your sunroom is used for, it may or may not include a table to accommodate dining for two, or for a family (if you are celebrating with children as well). If you do have a table and chairs, then all you will need is a beautiful tablecloth and place settings. If you do not, try moving a kitchen or dining table (if possible) or you can use a long folding table, dressed beautifully and some chairs. No matter what you choose, look to arrange tables and other seating to enable the celebrants to face outside and really soak the beautiful setting in.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or one that you have been looking to try? Ordering a meal is an easy way to save time if you need to. Having an appetizer, entrée and dessert is a good way to have a nice, long and relaxing meal. If you like to cook and are looking for a fun in-home Valentine’s Day activity, but there is limited time to plan and shop, a good suggestion would be to order from the meal kit delivery services that provide you with recipes and ingredients that you then can cook together. If you happen to be a chef or you really like sourcing recipes, ingredients and cooking, you can certainly choose the fully homemade route.
After Dinner Activities
Again, how you can utilize the room for activities may depend on the day-to-day room setup and what it is used for. If you use the space as a family room with a TV and seating, watching a movie and snuggling under the night sky is a nice way to spend the holiday together. If you are spending time with family and have the table from dinner, you can have a fun game night. If you are enjoying the holiday as a couple, you can also look to have a tranquil, in-home couples massage with the massage therapists’ tables set up in the sunroom.
It is an amazing thing to be able to really take in the splendor of nature on the ultimate day of love and romance. Now that you have a plan for festivities, all that may be left to account for is a present. Since you are in full sunroom mode at the moment, a good gift idea would be flowers or a nice houseplant what will liven up the area and continue to thrive in the sunlight daily!