Valentine’s Day is just under a week away. If you’re like most of us you’re trying to figure out what to do. Especially this year since inside dining is not recommended in most states. Not to mention the polar blast that will impact the entire country during Valentine’s Day weekend. This means outdoor dining isn’t an option for the majority of us, including those of us in the “warmer” climate. I decided to put together this recipe roundup for a suggested at home Valentine’s Day celebration. This homemade 4 course Valentine’s Day meal gives you the restaurant feel in your own home. It’s truly the best of both worlds!
This recipe roundup for my homemade 4 course Valentine’s Day meal features some of my favorite recipes on the blog. You get an appetizer, cocktail drink, main course meal, and dessert to finish up the evening. However, if I’m honest, I can have just the Sparkling Blood Orange Cocktail and Chocolate Covered Strawberries and be equally as happy. Ha! Let’s go ahead and dive into why each recipe is perfect for it’s course.
1. Appetizer – Charcuterie Board:
This DIY Charcuterie Board is a deliciously fun appetizer to get the evening started. With a mix of sweet and savory options that are light enough to not fill you up. These snacks also pair well with an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink which is the next part of the four course meal.
2. Fancy Drink – Sparkling Blood Orange Cocktail
If you want an equally beautiful and refreshing cocktail drink this Sparkling Blood Orange Cocktail is right up your alley. One of my favorite parts of this recipe is being able to customize the sweetness based on the alcohol of choice. From champagne to dry or sweet sparkling wines, it’s all up to you.
3. Main Course – Cajun Chicken & Shrimp Alfredo:
Who doesn’t love pasta on Valentine’s Day? I feel like pasta dishes or surf n’ turf dishes are the staple main course meals for this holiday. This cajun chicken and shrimp alfredo is one of my favorite recipes on the blog in general. But especially for special occasions like an anniversary or Valentine’s Day. Here is a bonus recipe for the oven roasted broccoli paired with this dish in the photo. You won’t be disappointed!
4. Dessert – Chocolate Covered Strawberries:
Is it really Valentine’s Day if you don’t eat chocolate covered strawberries for dessert? I didn’t think so either. One of my favorite parts of making homemade chocolate strawberries is being able to use your own variation of chocolates and toppings. Have fun and add crushed graham crackers, sprinkles, whatever floats your boat!
Although this Valentine’s Day may feel and even look a little different for many it doesn’t have to be boring. You don’t have to miss your big fancy meal either. I hope you all find the love and joy in the little things this Valentine’s Day. If there’s anything we’ve learned in the last year it’s to appreciate the little things because they’re truly the big things.