Valentine’s Day is on a weekday this year and, even when it fall on a weekend, many of us don’t want to be bothered with the hustle and bustle of dining out with millions of other couples. It’s kind of like last-minute Christmas shopping with crowds, noise, and an abundance of commercial cheesiness. So, if you want to stay home this year but still treat your Valentine (maybe you’re doing one of my date night in a box ideas?), I’ve got you covered with a bunch of homemade Valentine’s Day dinner ideas in this post! Below, you’ll find mix and match options to easily build a romantic dinner menu. You can pick something from every category to create a full, multi-course meal or go the laid-back route with a couple of fun appetizers and a bottle of wine. A guide to some of my favorite wines can be found here.

Salads & Appetizers

massaged kale salad with pecans, cranberries, chopped pear, blue cheese, and homemade dressing


Side Dishes

spears of gray squash garnished with lemon zest


I have a big sweet tooth so this is usually my favorite part of any meal. If your Valentine is the same way, focus on this course. All of these desserts can be made ahead and you can even cheat with box cake mix for some of them. The Red Wine Chocolate Cake for Two was practically made for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner and has the added bonus of easy cleanup!

red velvet cake frosted with cream cheese frosting and topped with white chocolate-covered strawberries


If you haven’t been dating your Valentine long or y’all are pressed for time on the actual day, skip dinner and whip up an impressive cocktail.

Your new favorite summer drink: the cherry elderflower smash is quick, easy, and delicious! Made with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh cherries, mint, a squeeze of lime, soda, and Tito's handmade vodka by Dash of Jazz.

I hope these homemade Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas are helpful to you in planning a memorable February 14th. If you need mood music and decor ideas, check out this little game plan for the perfect Valentine’s Day date night-in. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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Homemade Valentine\'s Day Dinner Ideas