Luxury London based service recruiters Polo & Tweed find the highest quality staff for all domestic work, and with a little black book of butlers to royalty, or private chefs to the A listers, they’ve called on their contacts to come up with some must do’s for a romantic night in. Here’s Polo & Tweed’s top tips for a luxurious Valentine’s Day.
Top Tip No. 1 – Set the Mood for Valentine’s Vibes
Surprises are top of the list – surprise your partner with personal flourishes, whether that’s handmade cards, photos, maybe a Spotify playlist with all your favourite songs, or a memento of a special time you’ve spent together.
Candles are another must-have mood setter! Using candle holders of various heights will create Valentine’s lighting, but don’t go for anything too powerful smelling – you definitely don’t want to ruin the taste of the food!
Top Tip No. 2 – Laying the Table
Polo & Tweed’s second tip is to create a luxurious setting through your table laying expertise! Go for a pristine high quality white tablecloth and for an impactful centrepiece, an understated flower arrangement will look perfect.
For a super easy and effective luxe style display, take half a dozen red roses and cut them down to the size of a martini glass rim. Arrange them in the glass, alternating the roses with greenery and finish off with a white rose in the centre – voila! Alternatively you put a single rose on a plate, or scatter rose petals on the table.
Top Tip No. 3 – Eating Etiquette
With a number of high profile butler’s on their books, Polo & Tweed’s third top tip for a luxurious evening is to set your silverware outside in. The cutlery you’re using for your first course will be furtherest away and so on.. If you have a huge cutlery set, get it all on the table! If not, just use what you have!
Top Tip No. 4 – The Main Course
Here comes the main event! Using high quality luxe paper, write out the evening’s menu and tie it with twine to hold it in place. Yes we might be in lockdown, but there’s plenty of options for a delicious meal. Go Deliveroo, supermarket ready meal, or meal kit from one of your favourite restaurants if it’s option. There’s plenty that have adapted to offering nationwide delivery this year so Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take advantage.
For serving, white plates are the way to go, or at least as plain as possible if you don’t have pure white. When plating up, trying to place every item on individually. Put the majority of the food in the centre, and then work outwards with the rest. Be sure not to overfill the place – leave at least a quarter of its volume empty around the edges. By contrast, if you’re eating out of a bowl, they should look full and food should be piled slightly higher. After plating (and before serving), use a paper towel to wipe around the edges of the plate removing any spillage.For Polo & Tweed’s website, click here.