Valentine’s Day Menu at Home

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and although I love the decorations and dressing up my little one — check out the limited edition Valentine’s Day peplum top available at cuteheads now — it’s not a holiday I take too seriously. It’s definitely not one I like to spend at a restaurant; restaurants are always so crowded, the menus are usually prix fixe, and it never lives up to expectations. A few years ago, my husband and I went to a popular restaurant for Valentine’s Day and it was so crowded that the waiter dumped butter sauce from a bowl of mussels onto me, ruining my silk shirt. That was the year we vowed to start creating a Valentine’s Day menu at home. And bonus: no babysitter needed!

It’s one of the days of the year we splurge on great ingredients and cook a really nice meal together. I’m a seafood lover and he’s a meat eater (though he likes everything), so we try to make things that will make us both will enjoy. We’re creatures of habit, so we have a tried and true menu that we stick to now, though we do try to change it up a bit. This year will be a little different because we’re having a baby in a couple of weeks, so who knows how ambitious we’ll be. But to me, this is the ideal Valentine’s Day menu for a romantic night at home.

Valentine’s Day Menu

Valentine’s Day Cocktail or Mocktail

Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail, via Place of My Taste

Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail – I love interesting cocktails, but not overly sweet ones. I prefer aromatic and herbal drinks, and this totally hits the spot. Add a little gin to this mocktail and you’ve got a bona fide Valentine’s Day drink. It’s pink too!

Valentine’s Day Appetizer & Salad

Baltimore Crab Cakes via Bon Appetit

Baltimore Crab Cakes – This is the perfect crab cake recipe, calling for jumbo lump crab meat, which is the most important ingredient for good crab cakes. None of that canned stuff, these are the real deal. (via Bon Appetit)

Healthier Caesar Salad, via Gimme Some Oven

Healthier Caesar Salad – I’m a big fan of caesar salad, but it’s not the healthiest salad in the world. This lighter version is just as good. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Valentine’s Day Main Course

Grilled Lobster tails with Sriracha Butter



Grilled Lobster Tail with Sriracha Butter Sauce – We go to one of our favorite grocery stores and buy really fresh lobster tails to make on Valentine’s Day. It’s definitely a splurge, but it’s actually so easy to cook, and so delicious. I love the sriracha twist in this recipe. (via Fifteen Spatulas)

Filet Mignon via RecipeGirl

Filet Mignon with Grilled Onions – A simple and delicious filet mignon recipe. We’d normally make one, and I’d have a bite if I was in the mood. (via RecipeGirl)

Valentine’s Day Dessert

No-Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake via Cincy Shopper

No-Bake Reeses Peanut Butter Cheesecake – Dessert is arguably the most important part of the meal. Any meal. 9 times out of 10, we’re choosing something chocolate peanut butter (maybe that’s why we get along so well). This is a really easy cheesecake recipe (thanks!), and totally decadent and delicious, all the things a Valentine’s Day dessert should be.

What will you be doing this year? Do you do anything special, or is it just another day? If you’re creating your own Valentine’s Day menu, what will you be making?

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40 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Menu at Home

  1. I stay far away from restaurants on Valentine’s Day. My husband and I always have a nice, romantic meal at home complete with candlelight. These are all great choices for that special meal.

  2. I think this is a great idea to spend your money on ingredients you love and cook them with love at home! The whole pressure of finding the perfect restaurant for this one night of the year gets a little too crazy for me. This year I will be taking a leaf out of your book!

  3. Oh my gosh, I definitely want all of this for my Valentine’s Menu! Crab cakes, lobster, and then peanut butter/chocolate dessert? Count me in! :)

  4. This looks like a delicious meal! I’m especially interested in the mocktail, and it’s pink color might make it perfect for my daughter’s 1st birthday party next month.

  5. Holy cow this all looks amazing!! Super disappointed I won’t be 21 until 10 days after VDay or I would totally make that cocktail for my fiance and I!!

  6. That mocktail is so pretty! And my husband would love that dessert, I’ve always wanted to try a no-bake cheesecake. Peanut butter is my favorite so this one looks perfect! I’ve never tried to make lobster, it seems scary to me, but I trust you if you say it’s easier than expected. :)

  7. It’s all so gorgeous! We stay home and often make steak and lobster. I’ve never put Sriracha butter sauce on my lobster though. That’s genius and I can’t wait to try it!

  8. Sounds like a lovely menu! We don’t celebrate Valentines Day, but we celebrate February 13 because that’s when my husband proposed! Ha!

  9. Talk about a YUMMY Valentine’s Day dinner menu! Sign me up for that Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail. It sounds super delicious <3

  10. We typically just order a heart shaped pizza for Valentine’s day but I love your menu. This year we will actually be on vacation for Valentine’s Day but I will keep this in mind for next year or any date night at home.

  11. We usually go out to lunch instead of dinner to stay away from the crowds, and now I have all sorts of ideas for that dinner at home floating around in my head. I want those lobster tails and the steak for a surf ‘n turf theme…and grapefruit and rosemary sound like the perfect combo in that mocktail!

  12. That is one delicious menu! I completely agree about going out on Valentine’s Day – it’s way too much trouble than it’s worth. My husband and I love just spending time together in a low-key way :)

  13. I would love to try salad and dessert! Such a wonderful ideas, I’m sure Valentine’s day would be fun.

  14. Filet Mignon and the Reese’s peanut butter cheesecake look so so delicious. Yummy!!! These are what I will be cooking for my other half for Valentine’s day. Thanks for sharing this amazing menu.

  15. Wow that Reeses Peanut Butter Cheesecake looks like something my family would love to devour. I think everyone would love that one but it wouldn’t last long so maybe just a special treat for Valentine’s Day!

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