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Spice Up Your Valentine's Day: Hot Recipes, Tips & Ideas for a Cozy Night In

Valentine's Day can be so predictable sometimes; red roses, lit candles, champagne and romantic music. While that can be fun, I always love taking something expected and putting a fun, creative and unexpected twist on it. For Valentine's Day this year, I went with a Spice Up Your Night theme! 

Setting up a spicy night in for Valentine's Day is a fun and unexpected way to celebrate the holiday. Putting in a little extra effort to your drinks, snacks and setup can really go a long way to share a fun evening with your loved one.  Going with a spicy theme is not only very fitting for Valentine's Day – chile peppers are aphrodisiacs, after all – it also is a fun twist on date night, especially because there is so much you can do for drinks and snacks! Check out some of my favorite recipes and tips to spice up your Valentine's Day! 


Set the Scene

When I think of spicy food and drinks, I automatically think of a Mexican theme, and lots of red (which is also very fitting for Valentine's!). To play off of some of my favorite cantinas, I used two red bandannas to create a heart. How cute is that? And instead of a vase of flowers, I displayed a Cactus Dish Garden from 1-800 Flowers, which totally fit the theme. Plus, if taken care of properly, cacti last a lot longer than traditional flowers. I love this, especially since it conveys the message that our love will lost forever – (almost) just like a cactus! 

Some rafia sprinkled throughout the table is also a great way to add a rustic vibe to the spicy scene. To reel it back to Valentine's Day, I scattered some DIY white paper heart confetti. If you have any other fitting decor around your home – for me, that was red block initial letters to adorn the table – bring them out! I'm all about working with what you have, and the perosnal touches will go a long way.


Serve Something Spicy

You can't have a spicy night in without, well, the spice! For a true Valentine's Day spin, I went with Belgian Chocolate-Covered Jalapenos as opposed to traditional chocolate-covered strawberries. These delicious treats from Fruit Bouquets are the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. But be careful; they definitely are not for the sensitive of tongue! 

Some other spicy treats I included on my menu were Jalapeno Popcorn from The Popcorn Factory and a mini Mexican pizza with a sriracha heart. And while those adorable heart cut-out cookies from Cheryl's aren't spicy, the red color went perfectly with the table. Win-win-win! 


Bring the Booze

Since the spicy theme had a Mexican vibe, I couldn't miss out on serving Mexican beer. Giving the option of a plain beer in a bottle adds to the casual theme and ambiance. I went with Corona Light, but you could serve up Tecate, Sol or any of your favorite Mexican beers. If you want something a little more fun, add some hot sauce and other spices for a Spicy Michelada. This tasty Mexican beer cocktail is a fun variation on traditional beer, and complements the spicy popcorn perfectly.

If beer isn't you or your love's jam, then stick with a traditional margarita. Serving in margarita glasses with a striped straw is always fun! Make sure you have plenty of limes on hand for all the drinks you are serving.

So if you're planning on keeping your Valentine's Day at home and low-key, consider going with a spicy theme – and let the spiciness continue all throughout the night! 



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