Sure, it can be fun to get all dressed up, go out to a swanky restaurant and make a big show out of Valentine’s Day, but these days, many couples opt to spend Valentine’s Day at home, especially when there are kids in the picture! When work has been crazy, the sitter is busy, the traffic is nuts and the restaurants are all booked, the idea of staying home, putting the kids to bed, pouring a glass of wine, putting on some relaxing music and eating a delicious meal together sounds more and more appealing. We’ve put together a few menu plans (along with their matching wines and some fun music recommendations) to make your Valentine’s Day at home romantic, memorable and meaningful. After all, it’s not about going out – it’s about celebrating love!
Menu Plan #1 – For the Seafood & Champagne Lovers
Pour: Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne. A creamy, balanced Champagne that’s not very sweet, hints of brioche and biscuit accent lightly honeyed flavors of quince, apple blossom and peach.
Play: Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder – The fun, flirty, bubbly soundtrack of this album will inspire smiles (and maybe even some dancing) to your evening together.
Appetizer: Salmon Mousse, courtesy of the food blog A Beautiful Mess. This mousse is creamy, salty, herby and oh-so-delicious. Pipe it over cold cucumber slices or toast points and garnish with a sprig of fresh dill.
Main Dish: One Pan Creamy Parmesan Linguine & Shrimp by Cooking Classy. This one pan dish is easy to put together and ready in about 30 minutes! We recommend serving the pasta with spears of grilled and lightly buttered asparagus.
Dessert: Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt, courtesy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Salt naturally compliments and enhances sweet flavors. If you don’t want to go through the rigamarole of making your own truffles, you can always shop the incredible chocolate selection at GiftTree!
Menu Plan #2 – For the Steak & Red Wine Lovers
Pour: Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet. Laden with deep garnet colors and aromas of black currant and blueberries, Alexander Valley Cabernet is always exceptionally balanced, lusciously ripe, long in the finish and poised in the aftertaste.
Play: Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – The very first song, “In a Sentimental Mood”, is guaranteed to set a romantic tone for the evening.
Appetizer: 4 Ingredient Garlic Baked Brie, a great recipe from Girl and the Kitchen. This garlic-infused decadent masterpiece takes all of 15 minutes to prepare and will come out of the oven oozing in its piping-hot perfection.
Main Dish: Saveur’s Rosemary-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin Seasoned with fresh rosemary and garlic, this juicy beef tenderloin is a perfect main dish for Valentine’s Day, and will yield lots of delicious leftovers. Serve it with a spinach salad to balance out the heaviness!
Dessert: Layered Cherry Cheesecake, courtesy of Six Sisters Stuff. The luscious creaminess of this dessert is the perfect follow-up to beef tenderloin.
Menu Plan #3 – For the Chicken & Chardonnay Lovers
Pour: Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay. Bright and fresh with aromatics of tropical fruit, melon and hits of fig, this Napa Valley chardonnay is beautifully balanced by lightly toasted oak.
Play: Declaration of Dependence – Kings of Convenience – The soothing, perfectly harmonious tone of this album is sure to relax you and your special someone.
Appetizer: Artichoke Bruschetta by Five Heart Home. Toasty baguette slices are topped with a creamy artichoke spread and then broiled until bubbly in this easy, comforting appetizer.
Main Dish: Drunken Chicken Marsala with Tomatoes, from Pinch of Yum. A lighter take on chicken marsala, the blistered tomatoes in this savory dish are covered in a luscious buttery sauce.
Dessert: Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake, courtesy of Liv for Cake. With a flavor that’s sweeter and less tart than normal lemons and a touch of sour cream, this cake is sure to come out moist and delicious.
Menu Plan #4 – For the Veggie Lovers
Pour: Colores Del Sol Malbec. This striking wine achieves a nice balance of black-peppered fruit, cherry and loads of licorice-laden berries on the palate, with a lingering finish.
Play: Buena Vista Social Club. The Cuban flavor of this stunning, infamous album is perfect background music to cook to, converse to, and just chill to.
Appetizer: Olive Tapenade Polenta Bites, courtesy of Coconut & Berries. Savory and the perfect amount of chewy, topped with a tangy olive tapenade.
Main Dish: Mushroom Paella, a fantastic recipe from Blissful Basil that is comforting, healthy, vibrant and full of flavor.
Dessert: Vegan Flan with Caramel Sauce, courtesy of One Green Planet. This creamy, dreamy flan, served with a drizzle of sweet caramel sauce, is the perfect dessert for the Valentine’s Day.
Good news – all of these recipes are saved on our Pinterest Valentine’s Day Recipe Board! We hope this has been inspiring for you, giving you lots of ideas to spend a romantic evening at home with your special someone. Happy Valentine’s Day from GiftTree!