Valentine Dinner Ideas

In preparation for the month of love, we share our favorite Valentine Dinner ideas. Instead of going out this year, why not try cooking for your valentine? You can save money and have a meal that is perfectly suited to your taste. Cocktails, appetizers, main courses and desserts all come together to create a date night you’ll relish for months to come. Whether you’re sharing with your honey or your gal pals, we know you’ll fall in love with these romantic Valentine’s dinner ideas.

Candle setting with waxing kara candles on dining table. Linen runner on table.
Setting the mood with candles on Chesterhaven Beach Farm

Don’t forget to set the mood thirty minutes before dinner by lighting a few of your most favorite candles. The candlelight will set the tone for romance and the dinner will be made that much more special.

Decadent Dinner Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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.

A Sweetheart Martini is a beautiful cocktail that’s infused with a 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!

Sweetheart Martini is a beautiful valentine's day recipe

Sweetheart Martini

This sweetheart martini recipe is made with an edible rose honey infusion. Red roses proclaim “I love you.” They are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion.

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Next, we have a Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade that 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.

Eastern Shore Honey Vodka with Strawberry Lemonade in glass on pier surrounded by cut strawberries and garnished with mint

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

A perfect beverage for a light lunch, our Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade with honey and ginger is a bubbly mocktail that we know you’ll love.

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Valentine Dinner Ideas

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?

Easy Valentine Appetizer

This Bacon Wrapped 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.

Honey Glazed Bacon wrapped shrimp served with kalamata olives on a plate

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Recipe with honey glaze is perfect any time of the year as an appetizer or full meal. Delicious with our Southern Corn Bread Recipe!

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Grilled 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.

Artichokes with the choke

Grilled Artichokes with Vinaigrette

Grilled Artichokes served with Thai Honey Vinaigrette are delicious anytime you can get your hands on fresh artichokes.

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Valentine Menu for a Decadent Dinner

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. A Honey Glazed Lamb Rack would be a special treat for the evening. It doesn’t even take a long time to prepare!

Honey Glazed Lamb Rack plated on dining table surrounded by wine goblets

Oven Roasted Lamb Chops with Honey Glaze

This oven-roasted lamb chops recipe was a game-changer for me. It's easy fast and delicious.

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If seafood is more your speed, you will love this Honey Citrus Glazed Salmon. It’s sweet yet savory, with smoky cedar notes thanks to the preparation method. An absolute must try!

Honey-Glazed Salmon

Our Honey Citrus Glazed Salmon is a perfect light meal, and it's made all the better with fresh-caught fish.

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For a fix-it-and-forget-it meal, try our Sweet Classic Pot Roast. 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.

Serving of sweet classic pot roast with potatoes, carrots and a sprig of thyme in white bowl on table with salt and pepper shaker, napkin and fork

Classic Pot Roast

Classic pot roasts are one of the easiest meals to make; simply toss everything into a crockpot, and by the end of the day it's done!

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Fans of heat will love our Spicy Szechuan Chicken and Cashews. 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.

This Szechwan Chicken Stir Fry is made with Eastern Shore Honey. It's delicious and easy to make.

Szechwan Chicken and Cashews

An oldie but a goodie– try Szechwan Chicken if you’re cold and need warming up. It's a great winter dish. You can make this as hot as you can handle, adding peppers or taking out the pepper flakes.

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Valentine Desserts for Your Honey

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.

Valentine Dinner Ideas Tall Pin

Get Cooking with these Valentine Dinner Ideas!

If you decide to make Valentine’s Dinner at home, why not take a photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

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