Avoid the restaurant rush this Valentine's Day

If you’re still calling restaurants looking for dinner openings on February 14, hang up the phone. Instead of dining in a crowded room with hiked up prices on Valentine’s Day, consider these options for a lovely meal with your significant other (SO).

Plan the right menu

Don’t let cooking scare you. You don’t have to plan out a five course meal to impress that special someone. With the right recipes and ingredients, you can easily throw together a semi-homemade dinner date that your SO will love. Start out with a savory appetizer and a chicken entrée for the main course. Keep dessert simple with chocolate-dipped strawberries or a no-bake cheesecake. Pinterest and YouTube are great resources for finding easy and delicious recipes with step by step instructions. Make sure to leave yourself with enough time to clean house and set the table before your guest arrives. Don’t forget the ambiance! Create a mellow dinner playlist and experiment with mood lighting to make your night extra special.

Cook together

If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of cooking dinner for two, split up the work! Invite your date before dinner time to spend a romantic evening preparing your meal together. This is a great bonding experience that can help take some of the culinary pressure off of you. So grab your SO, turn on your dinner playlist and get to cooking.

Have a backup plan

Not everyone is gifted in the kitchen. If this is your first time using a stove, it’s a good idea to have a fire extinguisher and take-out menu handy! You definitely don’t want your date to go hungry on Valentine’s Day. Be prepared to order a last-minute pizza or Chinese food delivery, just in case.

If the holidays put a dent in your wallet, you may be strapped for cash this Valentine’s Day. To make Valentine’s Day 2018 more special, open a Target Savings account at Travis Credit Union and start putting aside money each payday. Visit a branch during normal business hours or call (800) 877-8328 for more information.

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