40+ Valentines Dinner Ideas

A collection of recipes that make the perfect Valentine’s Day Menu!! From main dishes to sides to desserts and drinks, we’ve got you covered for the perfect Valentine’s Dinner!

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Valentines Dinner Ideas

Valentines Day Dinner menu

We know that Valentines is often associated with romantic love, but it can be celebrated with anyone special in your life. We’ve tried to make a special night for the family and usually have a fun and festive dinner with the whole family.

Over the years, we have made a variety of meals – from heart shaped pizza to steak, and today we wanted to share with some menu ideas for you to use in your own family.

From breakfast to sides to dessert, there are recipes that can help your loved ones feel special all day long. I searched out posts that use the fun colors of red and pink. Strawberries and chocolate are also famously tied to Valentines, and I looked for other “fancy” recipes and posts that I know your family will enjoy. 

printable valentines placemats

Other Ways to Celebrate with the Family

Before we share some of the recipes, we wanted to give a few more ideas of things you can do with the kids or FOR the kids to make the day (or night) even more special.

  • Heart attack the kids’ door with the hearts and notes with compliments or reasons why you love them.
  • Make homemade valentines with the kids.
  • Make Valentines boxes with the kids.
  • Go to your local library and check out valentines books to read together.
  • Share “10 Things I LOVE About You” with one another.
  • Play your favorite games together.
  • Show love to others by serving them. Find a family service project in your area. One of my favorite websites to search on is JustServe.org

Here are a few more ideas of things that you can do with the dinner to make it a little more special:

  • Include fondue with the dinner. Whether it’s savory (cheese) or sweet (caramel or chocolate with fruit), the kids will love it!
  • Use plastic champagne glasses for sparkling cider or another yummy drink to make it more special.
  • Add some candles to your dinner to make it a little more special.
  • Use our printable Valentines placemats and add a box of crayons to the table for the kids to color before or during dinner.
  • Keep all the food pink or red to make it extra festive!
  • Sprinkle the table with conversation hearts or other Valentines candy. You can even add a small box of chocolates to each plate as a treat for after dinner.
  • Make sugar cookies for a treat and let the kids frost and decorate them after dinner.

Valentine's Day Breakfast

Want some cute ideas of what to make the morning of the 14th? Look no further!

Here are some great recipe ideas for you to check out that are delicious! Also – just a reminder, you can always do BRINNER (breakfast for dinner) so these ideas work for night too. 😉

Breakfast Strawberry Pancake Recipe
Strawberries & Cream Pancakes - These strawberries and cream pancakes are perfect for celebrating spring! They're bursting with strawberry flavor and topped with an amazing homemade strawberry sauce. They'd be wonderful for a Mother's Day brunch, or a fun Saturday breakfast.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Breakfast Cherry Danish Recipe
This easy Cherry Danish is made from puff pastry dough filled with a sweetened cream cheese mixture and topped with cherry pie filling.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Breakfast, Drinks Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie is delicious and made with ingredients you probably have on hand - bananas, strawberries, yogurt and milk!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Breakfast Swedish Pancakes Recipe
This Homemade Swedish Pancakes recipe makes the softest, most delicious pancakes. Fill and top them with cream, fruit or buttermilk syrup for a delicious breakfast!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.97 from 28 votes
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Breakfast Homemade Pop Tarts Recipe
Delicious Homemade Pop Tarts - they're easier to make than you think and can be customized based off of your favorite fillings and frosting!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Breakfast Chocolate Muffin Recipe
Chocolate muffins loaded with semisweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate chunks, then topped with more chocolate chips and sprinkles.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Breakfast Creme Brulee French Toast Recipe
Creme Brulee French Toast - delicious overnight French Toast recipe that has a tasty caramel coating on one side!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Breakfast Red Velvet Waffle Recipe
Delicious Red Velvet Waffles made from scratch and topped with berries and syrup - the perfect breakfast recipe!
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Valentines Main Dishes

The best way to figure out the menu you’d like to make for the night is to first figure out what you’d like to make for the main dish. Once you know that, you can plan the sides and the desserts.

I always suggest buying a few of the sides to keep them easy (like a bagged salad) or even the dessert so you aren’t making everything homemade. But having said that, pick the main dish and from there you can plan everything else to create an amazing Valentines Menu!

Here are some of our favorite dinner ideas:

Main Course Chicken Parmigiana Recipe
Tasty chicken parmigiana is hearty and filling crispy chicken a top a bed of pasta covered in a rich homemade tomato sauce.
Total Time: 37 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Main Course Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe
Everyone loves this Italian Sausage Pasta recipe! Not only is it easy, cheesy, and delicious, but it is a hit with the entire family and can be made mild or spicy depending on your preferences.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.92 from 47 votes
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Main Course Easy Steak Marinade Recipe
This is Our All-Time Favorite Steak marinade! It requires only four ingredients, and makes our steak taste SO amazing! Everyone always asks for this Easy Steak Marinade recipe because it's just that good!!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.87 from 23 votes
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Main Course Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizza Recipe
Adorable homemade heart shaped pizza is deliciously simple. This tasty dish is ready to enjoy in only 30 minutes!
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Main Course Easy Lasagna Recipe
Our family's favorite lasagna recipe - not only because it's delicious but because it's so EASY! You don't even have to precook the lasagna noodles! With beef, pork, three cheeses, and tons of seasonings, you know this recipe is going to be a hit!
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.75 from 47 votes
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Main Course Spaghetti Recipe
This easy spaghetti recipe is kid-friendly and is made with a delicious homemade spaghetti sauce making it the perfect family dinner recipe!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 30 votes
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Main Course White Sauce Pasta Recipe
Super simple and delicious Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta recipe packed with flavor. This dish is perfect by itself or you can add chicken too!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.89 from 153 votes
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Main Course Swiss Chicken Bake Recipe
Delicious Creamy Swiss Chicken Bake - a simple and delicious dinner recipe that includes Swiss and Parmesan cheese.
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
4.91 from 142 votes
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Main Course Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe
Easy and delicious Cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini - Chicken and pasta in a creamy sauce with lots of flavor. It's a family favorite dinner meal!
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.92 from 267 votes
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Valenetine's Day Sides

Now that you’ve picked what you want to make for the main dish, you should have a better idea of what you’d like for sides.

Below we have listed out some of our favorites to pair with the main dishes above.

Side Dish Glazed Carrots Recipe
If you need a go-to side dish, these Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are perfect for you! The tastiest candied carrots recipe!! Even better, it takes less than 10 minutes to make and only requires 4 ingredients!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.98 from 46 votes
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Side Dish Crock Pot Creamed Corn Recipe
A big holiday dinner wouldn't be complete without rich flavorful creamed corn! It's creamy, buttery, and cheesy. Everyone's favorite holiday side dish!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Side Dish Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes- soft sweet potatoes coated with parmesan cheese and all kinds of spices!! It's a new favorite side dish that is quick and delicious.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.92 from 47 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Asparagus Roll Ups
Asparagus wrapped in Puff Pastry, filled with cream cheese and topped with parmesan. So simple and delicious, it's the perfect side for any meal.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.79 from 14 votes
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Side Dish Fruit Salad Recipe
A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Side Dish Roasted Vegetables Recipe
Simple, flavorful, and healthy roasted vegetables that take less than 10 minutes of prep work! Nothing beats yummy veggies roasted in the oven!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.93 from 13 votes
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Salad Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe
Fresh, light, and healthy tomato mozzarella salad! Perfect for lunches with friends or a side salad to dinner!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Fried Zucchini Recipe
Whether you serve it as a side or an appetizer, this restaurant style Fried Zucchini is a family favorite. Fried to perfection, this dish is simply addicting, especially dipped in ranch and marinara!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.98 from 36 votes
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Dressing Pesto Salad Dressing Recipe
This simple creamy pesto dressing is delicious on any salad! Plus, it only requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Salad Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe
Strawberry Harvest Salad - tastes just like the salad at Zupa's! It's topped with apples, strawberries, chicken, candied pecans, cheese and a homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Side Dish Parmesan Potatoes Recipe
Simple and delicious baked parmesan potatoes are the perfect side dish, made from cubed potatoes coated in parmesan and a few simple seasonings.
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Salad Tortellini Salad Recipe
Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits - perfect for summer time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Valentines Desserts

Now, to the best part – DESSERT!

There are so many treats you may want to make for your Valentines dinner, but we wanted to share some of our favorites.

If you’d like to see even more ideas, be sure to check our post ALL ABOUT Valentines desserts with even more options – all from chocolate to pink and red to fruity! But, here are some of our TOP CHOICES

chocolate covered strawberry cupcake on white plate
Dessert Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe
Devilishly rich chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes topped with a ganache smothered strawberry are the perfect way to say "I Love You!"
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Strawberry Sheet Cake Recipe
This strawberry sheet cake is especially tasty made with fresh pureed strawberries and topped with an amazing homemade strawberry frosting!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Dessert Cherry Almond Cupcake Recipe
Light and fluffy cherry almond cupcakes are bursting with maraschino cherries. They are topped with luscious homemade buttercream frosting.
Total Time: 30 minutes
4 from 2 votes
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Dessert Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe
One of everyone's favorite cookies in bar form - these soft Sugar Cookie Bars are simple and are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that makes this dessert irresistible. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Dessert Fruit Pizza Recipe
The BEST Fruit Pizza recipe ever! A super soft cookie dough with a pineapple cream cheese frosting topped with your favorite fruit!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe
Our favorite chocolate sheet cake recipe. It's simple, moist, delicious and serves a lot making it our go-to party dessert - perfect with ice cream.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Shortcake Bars Recipe
A soft vanilla cake-like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of whipped cream cheese frosting. Top it off with fresh strawberries for delicious strawberry shortcake bars!
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
4.91 from 20 votes
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Dessert Homemade Brownies Recipe
Is there anything better than a chocolate ooey gooey brownie fresh out of the oven? These classic homemade brownies are so simple to make and worth every single calorie.
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.91 from 32 votes
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Dessert Dessert Kabobs Recipe
Dessert Kabobs are a simple and delicious way to serve several "mini" treats at once. They are perfect for parties, BBQs and every day!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Valentines Drinks

Last, but not least, are the drinks!! It’s always fun to have a festive and delicious drink with your Valentines meal.

But, don’t worry – Don’t feel like making anything?! Sparkling apple cider is always great and kids love how fancy it is. You can also pick up some Cherry 7UP as another option that is pink, kid-friendly and delicious.

Here are some of the drink recipes you can make on the site that would be great for the 14th.

Drinks Pink Punch Recipe
All-time Favorite Party Drink - this Pink Drink recipe (aka Baby Shower Punch) takes a minute to make and is made with 3 ingredients including  -  pink lemonade dry mix, sprite, & pineapple juice!
Total Time: 3 minutes
4.97 from 58 votes
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This Red Velvet Milkshake is fun to make and will please your Valentine!
Drinks Red Velvet Milkshake Recipe
This cupid-approved creamy, dreamy red velvet milkshake is a simply sweet treat for your Valentine. It's ready in only 5 minutes!
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Drinks Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Recipe
Frozen Strawberry Lemonade takes minutes to make and is filled with lemonade, strawberries, ice and pineapple juice.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Drinks Watermelon Juice Recipe
Delicious and Refreshing Watermelon Juice - a favorite drink in the summer time! Made with watermelon & strawberries! 
Total Time: 8 minutes
4.78 from 9 votes
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Drinks Pudding Milkshake Recipe
One of our favorite treats - Pudding Milkshakes!! A great combo of strawberries, bananas, and white chocolate pudding! 
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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