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SACRAMENTO VALENTINE’S DATE AT HOME | STYLED BY LOVE OF PARTIES

how to have a wonderful valentine’s date at home

In honor of St. Valentine, we know you want to do something special for Valentine’s Day. But just like every other year, it sneaks up on you. Or maybe you don’t even get to spend Valentine’s Day together. After all, life, work, kids, and travel can sometimes get in the way. And even if you do get the day together? Chances are you’re fighting to get a reservation, stuck in traffic, and have a quick bite to eat in a crowded restaurant. That’s doesn’t sound very romantic… What if you skipped the traffic, the dinners, and the fuss and celebrated with a Sacramento Valentine’s Date at Home? Imagine this, a quiet, romantic candlelit dinner for two without the crowds and commotion.

Alena and Larry won’t be able to spend Valentine’s Day together this year. Larry, a surgeon, will be out of country helping children with cleft palates. But that’s okay, because these two lovebirds celebrated early and at home with a romantic evening for two – a Sacramento Valentine’s Date in the comfort of their home.

We bet that this romantic and joyful evening might make you reconsider going out this year. And the best part? You can recreate this intimate evening for you and your hunny. We promise, celebrating love in style is so worth it!

Carve out some alone time for just you two! And make it special.

With a two year old cutie named Dominika, it can be hard to find a moment alone! This mom and dad arranged for Nika to spend the night with grandma so they could celebrate an early valentine’s day! Definitely make sure you have a romantic evening to yourselves at home. But being home doesn’t mean you can’t dress up. Ladies, why not get your hair and makeup done so you feel extra-pretty! We love Alena’s soft romantic look by Cassandra McClure, her white lace dress from Llacie and bracelets from Royal Hair Pins.

Fill the room with the aroma of fresh flowers, you won’t regret it!

Bouquets, centerpieces, and rose petals. What could be more romantic? And what could smell better? Visit the local grocery store a few days before to create a dreamy centerpiece, paired with greens you cut from your yard. Get yourself a vase, flower foam and scissors and start creating your masterpiece! And gentlemen, a bouquet goes a long way! We want this centerpiece from Love of Parties to live on our table all year round!

Set the mood with romantic decor; you can never have too many candles.

Dream up a romantic setting for two. After all, this isn’t just any holiday you’re celebrating, it’s a day of love. Spice up your home and dining room with linens, runners, tall candles, personalized touches, and of course flowers. We bet it’ll end up being even prettier than any restaurant dining table! If you want to splurge a little, check out local rental companies, like For the Love of Parties, for unique decor items for your dinner date.

Sit back and enjoy a home cooked meal, and of course, some good wine!

Light the candles and pull up a chair to your romantic table setting for two. Enjoy the home cooked meal (or delicious takeout – we get it!) and sip on some good wine. Don’t forget to toast to your love!

Share your love for each other; and get it in writing!

While you may not get to spend actual Valentine’s Day together, there’s no reason not to proclaim your love for each other. Take a few moments earlier that day to write down what you love about the other person and then read it to them during dessert! You can also opt to memorialize the moment by asking a local calligrapher to pen your letters for you to keep or frame. We’re swooning over these love notes by Ashley Baumgartner on handmade paper by Fabulous Fancy Pants.

Let’s not forget the best meal of the evening…

Dessert! When it comes to dessert, there’s never too much! Grab a sweet treat from your favorite local baker or restaurant. The sweeter the better. We’re still reminiscing about these strawberry with white chocolate ganache and white chocolate passion fruit macarons from Rose Quartz Cakery. Don’t forget the tea – with rosebuds – of course!

Make time for some extra couch snuggles, and include your furry ones too!

We think every romantic evening should end with snuggles on the couch. After all, what’s more relaxing than that? And if you’re furry friend wants to join you, the more snuggles, the better! Plus, they look extra cute adorned in flowers.

Check out their gorgeous Sacramento Valentine’s Date at Home below!

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More from the creative team:

This joyful and romantic Sacramento Valentine’s Date at Home was designed and curated by For the Love of Parties. All photographs were taken at Alena and Larry’s home by Ashley Baumgartner Photography & Calligraphy. Alena was dressed in Llacie with hair and makeup done by Cassandra McClure. She sparkled with bracelets from Royal Hair Pins. Desserts included macarons and a fruit tart from Rose Quartz Cakery and cake from Ettore’s Patisserie. Their calligraphy vows were written by Ashley Baumgartner Photography & Calligraphy on handmade paper by Fabulous Fancy Pants.

Sacramento Valentine’s Date at Home – Creative Time

Photographer: Ashley Baumgartner

Design & Rentals: For the Love of Parties

Napkins: Stella Rental & Design

Dinnerware: Styled by Lily

Dress: Llacie

Bracelets: Royal Hair Pins

Hair & Makeup: Cassandra Mcclure

Macarons & Fruit Tart: Rose Quartz Cakery

Cake: Ettore’s

Handmade paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants

Calligraphy: Ashley Baumgartner

Couple: Alena & Larry

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I love getting to photography couples in their homes and sharing in the romance! Contact me here to schedule your Sacramento Couples Session. Or, if you want to schedule a Sacramento Valentine’s Date and get it photographed – let’s do it!

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