There's no getting around it, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. At this point, you and your S.O. probably have come to some sort of consensus about how to celebrate. (If not, get on it!) One of our favorite Valentine's Day date ideas relies heavily on one very important, very simple fact: It's nearly impossible to get a reservation for a Valentine's Day dinner. Maybe you can get seated at your restaurant of choice if you plan over a month ahead of time (but really, who's doing that?), but for those of us who seem to procrastinate on reservation making, you'll need a backup plan. And the perfect backup plan is, of course, to have a nice dinner at home! Luckily for you, we've rounded up all the Valentine's Day dinner essentials you need for a romantic night in.
If you're a couple who loves to cook, maybe you can make a meal together over a good bottle of wine. If neither of you likes cooking, then order takeout from somewhere fancy and set up a beautiful candlelit dinner table (with real plates!). Or if you're really feeling fancy, you can hire a personal chef to come cook you a meal—real luxury!
Here are some of our favorite must-haves for your romantic Valentine's Day dinner at home—whether you're cooking or someone is cooking for you!