Need help with a Valentine dinner party theme!
Fellow chowhounds, I need help! I am planning a Valentine dinner party for about 8 people at our house but am having a brain fart actually coming up with a neat Valentine's Day theme.
To give some background, I really enjoy cooking and we routinely (usually a couple of times a month) invite friends over for a theme dinner...some recent ones were "olives", "Presidential recipes" and "purple foods". The group is usually a mix of couples and singles, so I want to approach the theme with a whimsical or lighthearted bent. I have discarded the more obvious ideas of "red" food or "aphrodisiacs" and while I was thinking of something along the lines of "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" and serving Italian/Chicago food that might be a bit of a stretch.
If anyone has some ideas, I'd love to hear them!
Legend has it that Saint Valentine was a citizen of Rome in the third century. That'd put the famously unpopular Claudius as Emporer You could do a third century Roman theme, complete with Togas, food mounded on platters, lots of grapes and other fruits along with various confections of course. You might even perform a mock marriage ceremonies, circa third century, in defiance of Claudius to honor the ill fated St. Valentine.
I'm sure you know the full story - you could simply use some of the details and adjust it to fit your specific party ideas.