Archive for January, 2013

January 30, 2013

Valentines Day : An Alternative to Dining Out

Valentines Day. It’s the annual holiday that sends women into a tizzy and men cringing and card sales go up a million percent. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against Valentines Day – except going out to the restaurant. Having been a frequent restaurant-goer, Valentines Day is the worst for going out; the restaurants know they can get as many people packed into their space as they want, and people will be spending a fortune anyways. Service is at an all-time low, and people just ignore it and come home love-struck and with empty pockets. And I’m always disappointed that such a passionate holiday is kept so impersonal.

What Valentines Day should really be about, is Love. And I love Love. Being surrounded by love is one of my favorite things in the world, and although I try to do it every day with the people I care about in my life, sometimes you just need a holiday to express your love guilt-free. So I have a plan: Instead of spending a fortune going out to a restaurant and being disappointed when I come home, I’m going to have a party. A dinner party, filled with delicious food, decorations, table linens and all, and invite my closest friends over and we’ll drink fancy wine and eat perfectly cooked un-rushed food and indulge on cheap chocolate candy. Fancy wine, cheap chocolate.

Think: Julie and Julia, circa the Valentines Day dinner scene (although I doubt they had anything “cheap” at their table).

Buying linens are expensive. And I move around so much that I’m trying not to buy household things that I don’t have to. And I don’t have to, because really, I can rent anything I need in this day and age. So with my new idea in mind, I’m renting (obviously) from Weddings, Tents and Events – one, I love what they do, and two, they have everything I need for less. Why buy when I can rent them? So I’ve picked out my Valentines Day themed dinnerware, completely with pink table cloth and silver candlesticks. It’s easy, it’s less expensive, and both myself and my friends are always happier to not have to wash dishes after dinner. Seeing them happy is what makes me happy, and thats the spirit of Valentines Day.

–Maddy the Intern