Celebrate the month of love with our favorite Valentine Dinner ideas! Skip the hustle and bustle of going out this year and try something extraordinary: cooking for your valentine. Save money and create a magical dining experience with delightful cocktails, mouthwatering appetizers, sensational main courses, and divine desserts. Whether you're celebrating with your special someone or your beloved gal pals, these romantic Valentine's dinner ideas will make your heart skip a beat.
Full-Course Dinner Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Don't forget to set the mood thirty minutes before dinner by lighting a few of your favorite candles. The candlelight will set the tone for romance and the dinner will be made that much more special.
Get the Love Flowing
Start off your night with a signature honey cocktail. While we can't say that they're good for you (it is booze, after all!), they aren't full of artificial colors and processed sugar. And, a drink is always better when it's crafted by someone you love.
This beautiful cocktail is infused with an easy DIY rose honey infusion. What says "I love you" better than that? Well, maybe a bunch of whole red roses, depending on your preferences. We recommend using Blueberry honey for this, as it has a fruity, buttery flavor that compliments the rose infusion well. We also suggest Tito's Vodka in case you don't have a preference!
This sparkling lemonade is as elegant as it is yummy. This is a perfect drink to have for your dinner if you prefer something that is alcohol free-or if you like to customize what you put into your cocktails. Replace the strawberries with blackberries or juicy nectarines for something even more colorful and sweet.
After your cocktail (or during), share an easy bee-inspired appetizer. Savory and elegant, these can easily be modified into true Valentine's recipes by laying the food out on a bed of rose petals before serving. Wouldn't that be beautiful?
This shrimp is so addictive, you'll want to keep going back for more! This recipe was one of the first on our blog; it's an oldie but a tried and true goodie that would make any date night meal completely divine.
Artichokes may seem daunting, but have no fear! These spiky little flower buds are easier than you think (although they do take a little bit of time to cook up). The extra effort put into this dish makes it all the more tasty and worthwhile, trust us.
Entr ées for your Honey
The main course of the meal should be the shining star of the dinner. These recipes will make cooking for Valentine's easier and more elegant than ever.
Lamb is absolutely divine and meant for special occasions. It's tender and juicy, and a good cut is well worth every penny spent. This lamb rack would be a special treat for the evening. It doesn't even take a long time to prepare!
If seafood is more your speed, you will love this salmon recipe. It's sweet yet savory, with smoky cedar notes thanks to the preparation method. An absolute must-try!
For a fix-it-and-forget-it meal, try our sweet pot roast recipe. You can combine all of the ingredients and throw them into a crockpot, without having to worry about standing in the kitchen for hours. Feel free to try using chicken or lamb in this instead of beef. Make sure to use dark honey, like avocado, that will stand up to the heat.
Fans of heat will love our this spicy recipe. This one is really quick to cook up (a good stir fry should only take a few minutes, otherwise you overcook the vegetables). This would also be great with shrimp or beef.
Don't Forget Dessert!
Don't think about cutting calories here! These Valentine Desserts are rich and decadent and definitely crafted with the idea of moderation in mind. They aren't full of artificial ingredients though, so while the calorie count may be a little high, these recipes are still made from wholesome ingredients. Made with love by you. Substitue raw honeycomb in any of these recipes for added texture and taste.
Get Cooking for you Valentine
We hope you and your honey enjoy these recipes! Even if you do decided to go out for Valentine's Day, these recipes are great for a special date night as well. If you decide to make Valentine's Dinner at home, why not take a photo and share it with us using #beeinspired on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!