Valentine’s Day Dinner Party Menu Ideas

Give all your nearest and dearest a reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day by throwing a dinner party that honors love in all its many beautiful forms. Instead of making the day exclusively about romance, create an atmosphere that celebrates all types of bonds.

And if you love to cook, entertain and create unique social and dining experiences, why not host a Valentine’s Themed DinDin Party? Invite couples, single friends, or use your party as an opportunity to cultivate new connections.

We’ve got some Valentine’s Day dinner party menu ideas and ideas for loved-theme Valentine’s Day party games that will have all your guests excited regardless of their relationship status. 

Decorations

Nothing screams Valentine’s like pinks and reds. This palette is foolproof; however, you can get creative with colors and win your guests’ hearts with your imagination.

You may want to consider complementing red, pink or magenta with an unconventional Valentine’s color. A bright magenta looks terrific with gray, light blue or mint green. Go classy and sophisticated with rose gold, gold and black combination. Use your color palette as a guide when picking balloons, streamers, candles, napkins, table linens, flowers and so on.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Party Menu Ideas

From tasty starters to indulgent desserts, here are menu ideas that your guests will fall in love with:

Appetizers

Pancetta-Wrapped Asparagus with Citronette

Spinach Artichoke-Stuffed Tomatoes

Brie Wrapped in Prosciutto and Brioche

Salads

Caramelized Pancetta and Fennel Salad

Arugula Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

Strawberry Avocado Salad

Main Course

Beef Tenderloin with Pickled Onions and Pink Peppercorns

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary

Butter-Roasted Supreme of Chicken with Wild Mushroom and Potato Gratin

Desserts

Death by Chocolate Cocktail

Chilled Raspberry Cream Pie

Dulce de Leche Mousse

Valentine’s Day Dinner Party Game Ideas

Gather everyone together after dinner for drinks and some fun! We’ve got three party games that are lovey-dovey versions of classics you know and love.

Passionate Pictionary

What’s your favorite rom-com, Nicholas Spark film adaptation or romantic movie? Passionate Pictionary is a twist on the classic Pictionary. But instead of picking cards with normal subjects on them, create your own by choosing the titles and characters of favorite love stories, romance novels, and movies. You may even want to keep it current by writing down celebrity couples.

Spin the Bottle and Name That Love Song

Before dinner, have your guests each write down their top-3 favorite love songs on individual pieces of paper. Put all the pieces of paper folded in a bowl. After dinner, gather everyone in a circle and spin a bottle to determine whose turn it is.

Whoever the bottle points to will pick a piece of paper from the bowl. The player must try to get the group to guess the song by reciting the lyrics. If the others cannot guess the song in under 10 seconds, they must pick from the bowl again. This time, they must sing the song! A wireless mic would come in handy during a game like this. If it’s your turn and you do not know the song, pick again until you find one that you do.

Hugs and Kisses

Hugs and Kisses is the heart’s day version of Simon Says. The leader faces the group and calls out commands. When the leader says, “Simon says hug,” the group should hold their arms up in the shape of a circle or “O.” When the leader says, “Simon says kiss,” the group should stand with legs and arms stretched to form an “X.” And just like Simon Says, any other command that doesn’t include the words “Simon says” means to stay still. Make a move, and you’re out!

We hope these Valentine’s Day dinner party menu ideas and game recommendations will inspire you to throw Valentine’s Day dinner party for the ones you love.

For other Valentine’s Day dinner party menu ideas check out our article Galentine’s Day Party Recipes

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