Photo by Ellie Thoma
With all of the pressures of planning the “perfect evening,” Valentine’s Day dinners are known for being an expensive let down. An overpriced salad, which looks much too small to be considered an entree, and a substandard bowl of spaghetti add up to create a pretty hefty bill. What’s a couple on a budget to do?
Brookside’s Bella Napoli is the answer. They have everything one could want for a laid back, yet special, Valentine’s Day dinner. Known for its delicious and authentic Northern Italian cuisine, Bella Napoli offers a variety of high-quality and potentially shareable pizzas – my favorite being the Margarita – averaging about $10 each. All of their pasta dishes, like Carbonara and Bolognese, are under $20 and absolutely worth their price. No need to be wallet-weary when Feb. 14 rolls around, Bella Napoli’s great food, comfortable atmosphere and affordable prices will save the (Valentine’s) day.
Desserts’ expensive prices often make their sweet flavor seem awfully sour. Luckily, some of Dolce Bakery’s celebratory delicacies are reasonably priced. Offered exclusively on Valentine’s Day, these treats are as beautiful as they are mouth-watering. In an assortment of flavors such as Chocolate Blackout, Raspberry Cream, Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Naked Red Velvet, Dolce’s 4-inch layer cakes for two are just $12 each. Whether you’re sharing these lovely cakes with a loved one or keeping them for yourself, Dolce’s Valentine’s Day specialities are sure to bring even more sweetness to this lovely season.
Make your own Bouquet
Flowers can be extremely costly; a Valentine’s Day bouquet from Village Flower Company can cost anywhere from $100 to $230. Even Hen House has some steep prices, with a small bundle of red roses costing $17. So instead of emptying your wallet for specialty flower arrangements, make your own. This affordable and easy DIY is also the perfect way to make a Valentine’s Day bouquet personal, and here’s how to do it:
– Flowers of coordinating colors from Trader Joe’s (I bought two bundles costing $2.99 and $3.99 respectively)
– 1 empty 28 ounce can
– 1 12 X 7 inch piece of paper
– Scotch tape