Want to do something out of the ordinary for family, friends, or that special someone on Valentine’s Day? Serve up some of the best Valentine’s Day party foods and your party, dinner, or gathering is sure to be a hit!

Collage of Valentine's day food including fudge, cookie, cake and snack mix.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s is a special occasion that is the perfect opportunity to show your loved ones how much you care about them.

What better way to do that than by cooking up a delicious feast for them? After all, the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach!

A fun way to host a Valentine’s party is to focus on a unique theme. Your guest will remember a fun-themed dinner for years to come. Try one of these Dinner Party Theme Ideas or a Fun and Unique Couples Dinner Party to center your valentine’s party around. There are so many cute ideas for a memorable party.

You will find everything you need to choose the perfect Valentine’s Day recipes to serve this year including lots of Valentine-themed recipes from cocktails, appetizers, main dish menu ideas to desserts.

Some favorites of mine from the list include a tasty, pink Valentine’s Day cocktail, dark chocolate tarts, and this shrimp pico de gallo.

What do you serve at a Valentine’s Day party?

There’s a whole range of foods and ideas for Valentine’s Day. What you serve may vary depending on exactly who you are planning on serving food to on Valentine’s Day. Here’s some quick idea of our favorite Valentine’s Day party ideas:

❤️ TOP TIP: Invest in a few cookie cutters in a heart shape!! Use these to make cookies, cut out cheese, pastry, or anything else you can think of into hearts!

What is a sweet thing to eat on Valentine’s Day?

Anything can be a sweet treat if it’s made with love! Some of our favorites include:

  • Dark chocolate strawberry tarts: Not only do these taste amazing but it’s an easy recipe and is perfect for someone that is on a vegan diet!
  • Homemade brownies: Red cranberries make this a festive homemade brownie recipe the whole family will enjoy.
  • Chocolate mocha cupcakes: Cupcakes are a great idea to take to a kid’s class party. Use Valentine-themed cupcake wrappers and cute toppers to transform these into a Valentine’s Day treat.

What should I serve for Valentine’s party drinks?

There are many Valentine’s party drinks that you can choose from. Some of our favorites include:

  • Champagne or wine
  • Pink cocktails: You could serve a classic Cosmopolitan, Azalea Cocktail, or a special Valentine’s Day cocktail.
  • Other Cocktails: If you’re not feeling the pink cocktail, you might enjoy this ginger pear infused cocktail.
  • Sparkling grape juice or apple cider
  • Hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows
  • Cranberry juice with a few fresh strawberries sliced in it
  • Mocktails: If you’re looking for some more nonalcoholic drinks for special occasions check out this list of spring mocktails for inspiration.

What is the food of love?

If you want romance to bloom, make oysters. They are a classic aphrodisiac, and according to legend the most famous romantic food on the planet!

Believe it or not, such claims are actually backed by science: raw oysters are very high in zinc, which raises sperm and testosterone production, thus increasing libido.

Oysters on plate with sauce in cup.

Serve them up simple in this Fresh oysters with simple champagne and blood orange mignonette recipe.

💘 Italian Themed Valentines Dinner

It’s amore! Why not serve a romantic Italian Dinner Party to woo your loved one?

Both healthy and delicious, this eggplant and beef meatball recipe is the perfect food to serve to Valentine’s Day party guests!

Serve it with  Italian Cheesy Pull Apart Bread  and a Fresh Cherry Tomato Salad and Herbs.

Eggplant meatballs in a a tomato sauce in a round bowl.

Hint: Here is a great way to cook and serve meatballs for your valentine using this red Italian Oven to Table Casserole Dish Set. It’s both beautiful when cooking and serving!

Valentine’s Day Appetizer Recipes

Throw an appetizer party or simply serve up some snacks before dinner. Here are some fun Valentine-themed appetizers or just tasty snacks we think everyone will love!

Sweet and Savory Baked Brie

Baked brie with cranberries on a plate.
This sweet and savory baked brie recipe with cranberry jam is an upscale appetizer that is very quick to make, and the best part is, all the ingredients can be kept on hand for an impromptu get-together with friends. It's a festive appetizer perfect for the holiday season.
Candied Bacon Recipe
The way to every man’s heart is bacon! It’s called Millionaire Bacon for a reason! Our candied bacon recipe is sweet and salty, with a kick of heat. Crispy thick-cut bacon caramelized with a little spice is irresistible!
Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
Spread the love with a Valentine’s Day charcuterie board. Cookie cutter heart-shaped meats, cheeses, veggies, and bread make it great for a family dinner or small party.
Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Dates
These simple and delicious Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Dates are a perfect healthy snack or appetizer for any gathering.
Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread
This Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread not only looks gorgeous, it’s super fast. It’s a fun take on pizza and is loaded with veggies.
Peanut Butter Cheese Ball Heart
An no bake peanut butter cheese ball shaped like a heart and decorated in sprinkles makes a cute idea for Valentine’s Day. Peanut M&Ms are crushed and added to this easy dessert.

Valentine’s Dinner Menu

Next up is the main dish! There are so many different options for main dishes you can serve but here are a few favorites!

Marry Me Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Recipe

Marry Me Cornish Hens on a white platter with sauces all around them.
This easy Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Recipe is delicious and simple to prepare. Serve it on a fluffy bed of rice smothered in the rich, creamy gravy flavored with sweet sun-dried tomatoes and herbs. The best part is this dinner can be cooked in your crockpot with minimal effort. Yum! Your loved one is sure to enjoy it.
Spaghetti Sauce With Fresh Tomatoes
Spaghetti Sauce With Fresh Tomatoes is a simple vegan recipe that is full of delicious Italian flavors and a touch of spice. When you make this recipe your home will be filled with the aroma of roasted garlic, tomatoes, and herbs just like an Italian grandma's kitchen.
spaghetti on a plate
Pan-Seared Tilapia with Lemon Butter
Enjoy this lemon butter tilapia in a pan, which is infused with a hint of tart lemon, cilantro, and sweet, creamy butter that creates a delicious dinner for your family.
lemon butter tilapia with cilantro

Chocolate Recipes for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day are almost synonyms for each other! Chocolate is the classic Valentine’s Day sweet treat. Keep it simple or go for a more elaborate chocolate dessert. Here are our top favorites.

Bacon Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bacon Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies on a table wrapped in string with jar of milk.
Bacon Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies are a sweet chewy chocolate chip cookie filled with little surprise bites of salty pretzels and bacon.
EASY Mexican Chocolate Cake
You’ll love this decadent dessert! Moist and deeply chocolatey. The batter involves a handful of ingredients. This insanely delicious dessert will satisfy all your sweet tooth cravings.
Dark Chocolate Beet Cake with All Natural Pink Buttercream
This Dark Chocolate Beet Cake is incredibly moist and delicious. It has absolutely no beet taste. It’s topped with all-natural pink buttercream frosting.
Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
These chocolate cheesecake stuffed strawberries are made from fresh berries filled with chocolate cream cheese. A Simple no-bake Valentine’s Day treat.
Valentines Day Brownies
Looking for an amazing dessert for Valentines Day that takes just a few minutes to make? Look no further, your favorite Valentines dessert is here! These
Vegan Chocolate Truffles
These easy vegan chocolate truffles make the perfect homemade gift. They have only two ingredients and can be decorated in many ways!
Chocolate Raspberry Pots de Creme Custard
Chocolate Raspberry Pots de Creme are smooth, rich, & fabulous. Single servings make a romantic Valentine’s Day treat or enough for a crowd. Easy too!

Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

If chocolate isn’t your or special someone’s thing, there are so many other special Valentine’s Day desserts to make.

Vegan Lemon Raspberry Jam Filled Cupcakes – Savor The Spoonful
These vegan cupcakes are lemon-flavored, filled with raspberry jam, and topped with a lemon-raspberry buttercream frosting. Yum!
Valentine’s Day Swirl Cookies
Valentine’s Day Swirl Cookies are a pretty pinwheel cookie with colorful sprinkles on the outside that will bring a smile to anyone you serve these to!
Strawberry rhubarb tartlets
These mini strawberry rhubarb tartlets are cute and delicious. The combination of sweet strawberries, tangy rhubarb and buttery crisp pastry is truly sublime.
Valentine Dessert Cheese Board w/ Red Velvet Heart Shaped Cheese Ball
This Valentine Dessert Cheese Board has a heart shaped red velvet cheese ball and assorted fruits, cheeses and sweets to share with your special someone.
Champagne Donuts
These sweet frosted vegan champagne donuts are deliciously vanilla-flavored and unique – made with a generous splash of bubbly!
Valentine’s Day Fudge Recipe
Your valentine will love this pink and white chocolate fudge for Valentine’s Day! It is easy to make in the microwave and is super sweet and delicious!
Raspberry Goat Cheese Bites
Raspberry Goat Cheese Bites are sweet and savory appetizers made with crescent rolls, pesto goat cheese, raspberry jam and a fresh raspberry.

Valentines Cocktails and Mocktails

Drinks are a little something extra you can add on to your Valentine’s Day party menu to add a little extra splash. It’s a great way to level up even the simplest event and making it into something extra special.

Choose from our favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.

Pink Azalea Cocktail

The famous Augusta Azalea Cocktail on a table.
The famous Augusta Azalea Cocktail combines fruity sweetness with vodka to create a delicious, beautiful pink azalea colored drink.
Autumn Spiced Mocktail
When sweaters go on then it’s time to make this low-calorie perfectly wonderful Autumn Spiced Mocktail. Low-calorie cranberry juice is simmered with fresh ginger, cloves, cinnamon sticks, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and sliced granny smith apples to create a mocktail that is a sure crowd-pleaser for young and old.
autumn spiced mocktail in a glass
Ginger Pear Spirit Infused Cocktail
Make your own handcrafted infused fruit-forward spirits to create this delicious Ginger Pear Spirit Infused Cocktail Crafting your own spirits is easy and creates unique flavor combinations you cannot buy in a store.
Ginger Pear Spirit Infused Cocktail
Sparkling Strawberry Mocktail
This sparkling strawberry mocktail uses ginger and fennel to enhance the flavor. This recipe for a strawberry simple syrup is combined with sparkling water, and the leftover strawberries can be saved for a strawberry ginger jam.
Collage of different mocktail recipes.

Here you will find the perfect mocktail recipe for your next party. These recipes are perfect to make in small batches or large punch bowls.

Valentine’s Day Snack Recipes

These little snacks are great to put in small little bowls at your party. Some even work well to package up and give away as party favors.

Valentine S’mores Trail Mix – Garnish & Glaze
Valentine S’mores Trail Mix is your go-to last minute treat for a party or your child’s valentines. Two minutes is all it takes to make this tasty treat!
10 Minute Pink Sweet Chex Mix Recipe – Cute Valentine’s Day Party Mix!
What’s pretty and pink, and sweet? This healthy Sweet Chex Mix recipe of course! Make for Valentine’s Day, serve this up to your kiddos!

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