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Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas (55 EASY Romantic Recipes!)

Are you wondering what to make for Valentine’s Day Dinner? You don’t need a 5-course meal or fancy dinner reservations to treat your Valentine to a romantic evening. This year, try celebrating Valentine’s Day at home with these romantic dinner ideas.

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Cooking Dinner at Home for Valentine’s Day Dinner

Planning an evening in for Valentine’s Day ensure an intimate setting for an evening for two. It will also save you a few bucks.

In this post, you’ll find everything you need to come up with an amazing Valentine’s Day Menu to cook at home.

Favorite Ideas and Tips for Valentine’s Day Dinner At Home

Need a few ideas for a romantic Valentine’s Day in? Here are some of my favorite, easy ideas for making Valentine’s Day and romantic meals at home something special:

Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu Planning

  • Prepare a Valentine’s Day Menu in advance. Create something that’s a little more special than your typical evening meal. You’ll want this meal to stand out as something special for the week!
  • Cook Valentine’s Day recipes that aren’t complicated but have complex flavor because its ingredients give it a nice flair. Look for ingredients you don’t eat day to day to include in your Valentine’s Day meal.
  • If you know of a favorite dish that your significant other has, consider preparing that to dine on. It’s also fun to try to recreate favorite restaurant dishes for an at home date night.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipe Prep

  • Do the prep work ahead of time! The less time you have to spend frantically prepping right before, the more you will be able to relax and enjoy your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
  • If you and your significant other both love spending time in the kitchen, consider preparing a special meal together. Now that the kids are older and we often have time alone in the evening, my husband and I love to spend time cooking together.

Set the Mood for Romance

  • Set the dinner table. Now’s the time to get out the placemats, special plates, glasses, and flatware to set your Valentine’s Day dinner apart from the rest of the week.
  • A little quiet, romantic music is always a nice touch. Turn a few lights off and light up the room with candles. If it’s not too warm an evening, light up your fireplace to cozy up the room.

No Romance? No Problem!

I’ve been there too! Planning an indulgent Gal-entine’s dinner with my best Valentine’s Day Recipe ideas with your best gal pals is a super fun thing to do.

Treating yourself to some self-care and a delicious dinner is a great way to celebrate February 14th if you’re alone this year.

Exfoliate your skin with this Rosemary Mint Sugar Scrub, run a bath, and soak in these Lavender Eucalyptus Green Tea Bath Salts while you let a hot oil treatment sit on your hair and read a book.

Don’t let being alone stop you from enjoying these delicious Valentine’s Day Recipes – it is the perfect excuse to treat yourself!

The Best Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

Get ready to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a night in using these easy Valentine’s Day dinners.

I’ve got you covered with all of my favorite Valentine’s Day recipes – appetizers, pasta dishes, entrees. And don’t forget the decadent Valentine’s Day desserts!

I know you’ll find something that you and your special someone will love because I’m sharing all of my favorite Valentine’s Day dinner ideas!

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Valentine's Day Drinks

Start the night by unwinding together with something to sip on before it's time to sit down to dinner.

Valentine's Day Appetizers

While you're sipping on your evening beverage of choice, it's great to have an appetizer or two to nibble on.

Serving an appetizer is especially great if you plan to cook your Valentine's Day Dinner recipe together. This way no one is waiting while hungry!

Valentine's Day Pasta Entrées

To me, rich pasta dishes seem to fit perfectly on any Valentine's Day Menu.

I think its because we don't normally eat this decadently on a day to day basis. Plus, a big bowl of pasta always looks like something you'd order in a restaurant!

More Valentine's Day Entrées

Pasta not your think for Valentine's Day dinner? Here are several other ideas to serve as an entree on your Valentine's Day Menu!

Meatless Valentine's Day Dishes

Prefer a meatless meal? These recipes are just as decadent and romantic for Valentine's Day, but without the meat.

Valentine's Day Side Dishes

We've got our drinks, appetizers, and entrees planned for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at home. Now we just need a side dish to go alongside.

Here are a few of my favorite fancier-than-every-day side dishes that would go well with many of the entrees on this list!

Chocolate Desserts for Valentine's Day

What's Valentine's Day without plenty of chocolate? Here are some of my very favorite romantic chocolate desserts to go with your Valentine's Day dinner.

More Desserts for Valentine's Day

Chocolate not your thing? That's okay, I've got you covered with some fruity desserts for this Valentine's Day. Raspberry and Strawberry desserts are also a great to serve with your Valentine's Day Menu.

What are your best ideas for an indulgent meal at home for Valentine’s Day?

More Valentine’s Day Ideas

Need a Valentine’s Day gift idea for your significant other? Here is my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – Kitchen Edition. It features a wide variety of Valentine’s Day gifts perfect for the home cook from the splurge-worthy to budget friendly!

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about romance and candlelight. With kids at home, this February holiday can be a day focused on fun and connections for the whole family. I’ve pulled together a collection here of Kid Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas.

Need fun activity ideas and treats for a Valentine’s Day Celebration? Check out this list of Valentine books: The BEST Valentine’s Day Books for Kids. There is nothing sweeter than reading books about love and enjoying a special treat afterwards! It’s the best way to make everyone feel special.

Don’t see what you’re looking for here? You can always head over to check out the recipe index to look for more recipes.

Did you try any of these Romantic Valentine’s Day Recipes?

If you tried any of these Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes, I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or head over to the recipe’s post and give it a review for others to see.

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What are you making for Valentine’s Day Dinner?

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

Sunday 12th of February 2012

I made those heart crayons for my oldest to bring to preschool for her friends. So much fun. Love the recipes, saving a bunch for later. :)


Saturday 11th of February 2012

Those little Valentine crayon hearts are adorable! My 7 year old would just love to make them! Off to check them out - thanks for sharing the link.