5 Ways to Decorate for Valentines Day Dinner for Two

Do you love making an effort on Valentine’s Day even when you’re having a night in?

Find five easy to copy, romantic ways to decorate your dinner for two.

When I make a super tasty meal for the hubby, like this steak and sweet potato chips with vegetables, I don’t only prepare the food but also what it’s going to go on and how it’s going to be presented. I really hope you enjoy decorating with these tips and that you love the dinner for two you’ve created.

Jug* & Crockery* (inc. round plate, small bowl and rectangular serving plate) – Denby | Serving Stand/Tray – LSA International

1. Choose Special Plates or Bowls

To make Valentine’s Day dinner special at home I like to use special crockery, be it cute heart-shaped plates that you might have seen me use before here or simple yet larger ones that are a part of an impressive crockery set. It’s not often that I get to put a bowl onto a large plate either. I loved separating the sweet potato chips from the steak, making it look restaurant worthy.

2. Serving Dishes

Try and get a serving dish that’ll make your dinner for two easy to plate up. Separate your meal, for example I put my vegetables onto the serving dish, away from my steak and chips. It means it’s easier to choose what you’d like to eat and how much of it and (most importantly!) it looks more impressive.

3. Tray vs Placemat

Create the top of the range, luxurious evening by offering the dinner on a tray that’s well suited to a five star hotel. I love that it exudes indulgence, as where else do you expect to eat the most delicious meal in a well-made, recently plumped bed? Haha. Alternatively, if you’re at the table for a change why not get a personalised placemat for Valentine’s Day for your special someone and put their tasty dinner on that?

4. Fresh Flowers

There’s no getting away from it, fresh flowers are the perfect addition to any meal. Whether you’re having your dinner at a table or serving it on the sofa (or even in bed), the lovely smell of flowers and their colour, if you’ve bought the traditional Valentine’s Day red roses, will complete any scene.

5. Use your Food for Presentation

This last decorating tip should be the most obvious but totally gets forgotten. As you’re making your place ready for the dinner for two, don’t forget that your food plays a big part of that. So, when you serve it make sure that you do it in a nice way so that it doesn’t look like you’ve crammed everything together on the one plate (like I usually would on a work day…) Be creative and have fun.

Tip: Choose a meal that’s extra-ordinary or a favourite and if you get stuck have a go at cooking foods that are naturally known as aphrodisiacs, such as asparagus and oysters. 

I hope you find the five ways to make your dinner for two super special and decorative above useful and that you enjoy your meal.

What have you got planned for Valentine’s Day?

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • February 13, 2017

    Deborah Nicholas

    oh that all looks lovely and i completely agree that presentation makes the dish! 🙂

  • February 13, 2017

    Jonathan Gutteridge

    What a lovely post! I especially like the use about using special places and bowls for the meal!

  • February 13, 2017


    Lovely post. I love making a meal for me and my husband for a change. I can not believe he has to work late’s this Valentines day though 🙁

  • February 13, 2017

    five little doves

    What gorgeous ideas, this all looks amazing! I’m not sure I will even cook anything special, we don’t really “do” valentines day at all!

  • February 13, 2017

    Lisa Backsnbumps

    Looks like a lovely and restaurant worthy meal. I really like the plates you’ve used much nicer than my everyday round white plates.

  • February 13, 2017


    Setting the scene is just as important as anything when it comes to creating a special atmosphere – we’re eating in on valentines day and I hope to make it cosy and romantic. Plating the food is also important – you eat with your eyes first!

  • February 13, 2017

    Ana De- Jesus

    I am a big fan of presentation although lack the skills myself but I love that dinner you made for your hubby. Great ideas as always xx

  • February 14, 2017

    Fashion and Style Police

    Love the presentation here. The food looks tasty. Not really planned anything for the day. Need to get that sorted.

  • February 14, 2017

    Clare aka Emmy's Mummy

    That looks beautiful.
    I’d love to have a meal plated up for me like that….a meal cooked for me at all would be nice lol. My hubby doesn’t cook

  • February 14, 2017

    Newcastle Family Life

    These are great tips, we don’t really celebrate valentines but I always use nice plates and make more of an effort with presentation when myself and the other half have a nice meal x

  • Fab tips! I always have fresh flowers in the house. They just lighten the place up 🙂

  • February 14, 2017


    Some fabulours tips, plus im bloody hngry now from looking at that yummy food. xx

  • February 15, 2017


    This is a great post, I need to remember to go all out with the food preparation more often but I tend to go big on the layout of the weekend breakfast and forget about every other meal!

  • February 16, 2017

    Holly - Little Pickle's Mom

    Ah I am SO not good as presenting food. I really could have done with these tips a few days ago… all my best intentions were thrown to one side when our baby boy wasn’t very well and didn’t want to go to sleep so my lovely ideas for a nice Valentine’s meal were slopped on a plate and hastily eaten on our laps before tending to the baby again. Sigh. What I wouldn’t give for a nice hotel breakfast on a tray!