At Home Valentine’s Day Dates

The best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is at home. I am sharing my at home Valentine’s day dates today! This is a tradition I started with Jason when we were first married, we are going on 6 years of this tradition and I am not planning on changing it!




Going out on Valentine’s Day or even around that day means you will be spending a lot more money on your date. When we were first married, money was tight. This was my solution to have a memorable day and still celebrate within our means. It’s so much more romantic I think!

The perfect recipe for any fun at home Valentine’s Day dates, is to pick a theme. Jason and I love to travel but haven’t been able to travel as much as we would like. I pick a place we would like to travel to and make that the theme for the menu, music, and decor!

We have traveled to France, China, Italy, and many others!


Paris, France: 


-Appetizer: Brie Cheese, Salami, and French Baguette

-Red Wine

-Beef Bourguignon Soup

-Trader Joes French Macarons

-Trader Joes Madeleines


MUSIC: I found a playlist that had female French singers on it, it was playing quietly in the background.

DECOR: I have a large Eiffel Tower statue that I had on our dining room table with flowers, a dessert tray, cloth napkins, champagne flute, wine glass, soup bowl, appetizer tray on a wooden serving platter, gold tablecloth, and lots of candles. I let the food really speak to the culture.

Out of all of our at home Valentine’s Day dates, this was by far my favorite! 


Bejing, China: 

MENU: Trader Joes has an awesome area for authentic food. It’s not as authentic as I would get if I were to go to an Asian market but it’s pretty close!

-Mandarin Orange Chicken 

-Chicken Fried Rice

-Chicken Gyoza Potstickers

-Gyoza Sauce

-Fortune Cookies

-NOT CHINESE: but we also had the Mochi ice cream from Trader Joes because it’s just too good!

MUSIC: I found a station on Youtube that was super fitting, I had it playing a playlist in the background.

DECOR: I set up some ornate tablecloths and napkins all over the table, chairs, and on the ground. I wanted to put up some Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling but didn’t have time.


Venice, Italy:


-Red Wine

-Shrimp Pasta (I used THIS recipe)

-Salad with homemade vinaigrette


-Cheese Plate: Prosciutto, Asiago cheese, and olives


-Cream Puff with Chocolate Mousse inside (I used THIS cream puff recipe and made the chocolate mousse from scratch)

-Chocolate Covered Strawberries

MUSIC: I found an Italian playlist on Youtube!

DECOR: Whtie cloth tablecloth, cloth napkins, dripping candles from old wine bottles, flowers in a vase, low lights. Again, I went simple and let the meal really set the culture!


The goal is to make it feel like somewhere else but not have a lot of clean up time after! That’s the last thing you want to do on Valentine’s Day!

Also, buy flowers one or two days AFTER Valentine’s Day! They are about 1/2 the price and still have the same sentiment!

I hope you all have a wonderful at home
Valentine’s Day dates!


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