My favorite Valentine's Day Dinner Party ideas are a little historical, a little silly, and a lot of fun! #ValentinesDay #Valentine #party #dinnerparty #Valentinesdayparty #partyideas
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Valentine’s Day Dinner Party Ideas

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Need some Valentine’s Day dinner party ideas? Never thought of such a concept? Why not, I say? I love dinner parties, particularly fancy ones, but it’s probably not the most obvious choice for Valentine’s Day. It’s supposed to be some romantic holiday, I guess. But friends, Valentine’s Day is just super silly. It really is. Have you ever read the history of how it became the Hallmark fest it is today? No? Here you go. Read it. You’re going to enjoy it and also be so confused. Anyway, I know this holiday is super divisive, but I say it’s just another reason to party. Who cares if you’re in a couple or not? Invite your married friends, your single friends, your dogs, whatever. They’ll all be so glad you took the Valentine’s Day pressure off of them, they’ll be happy to attend.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Party Ideas

1. Serve all red food.

I’m actually in the middle of planning my next fancy dinner party and the theme is color related. I thought long and hard about doing red foods, but ultimately decided against it. That doesn’t mean I don’t still love the idea, so I’m recycling it as one of my Valentine’s Day dinner party ideas. VDay is a great time to bust out red velvet desserts, strawberry appetizers, and fun Italian sauce recipes. Here’s a good list of all-natural (as in no red food coloring) recipes for the holiday.

2. Have guests make a Greeting Card.

Valentine's Day Dinner Party ideas - Coloring Valentine's Cards

Everyone’s always complaining about how Hallmark took over the holidays, and I say if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Put out some markers, crayons, or whatever you have, and let people get really silly. If you’re a little lazy and/or don’t typically have the materials for a construction paper project (no judgment, this is my plan), you can get a greeting card making kit. Then you don’t have to think about what all you need to buy. You can make this a competition or let them give their cards to people in secret, whatever you think the group will enjoy.

3. Give a tribute to the Roman Gods.

Say what?! You didn’t read the history of Valentine’s Day, did you? Okay, so real quick, Valentine’s Day is a combination of Christian and Pagan holidays (like all of them, really) and the pagan part came from the Roman celebration of fertility. Now, I don’t suggest you actually sacrifice anything to the Roman gods. In fact, I’m not sure they still accept sacrifices. Cash only, like all modern churches. But to bring a little history into the mix, serve something involving a goat. I would go with goat cheese since it’s the easiest, but if you know how to cook goat and where to find it, more power to you. If this is the part that sounds the most fun to you, here’s a little more their rituals, but please, don’t actually sacrifice anything.

4. Be ridiculous with your decorations.

red heart balloons

I prefer a simple table even for events like Thanksgiving, but in the spirit of over the top love fests, I say get wild. Red confetti everywhere! Hearts, hearts, hearts! Valentine’s Day dinner party ideas just wouldn’t be complete without a whole lotta decor. If you are the type who needs a framework, Sarina over at Joy in the Commonplace put together a collection of this year’s best Valentine’s Day parties. If you can’t find inspiration from these ladies, I don’t know how to help you.

5. Don’t care if your guests are single or not.

Seriously, who cares? Americans are taught to stress about this holiday beginning in elementary school with those stupid little Valentine’s cards. Then we hear about Galentine’s Day, and women have to worry about when they’re getting married and men have to be anxious about whether or not they planned a good enough meal. When you’re throwing your dinner party, invite people you love and make not one single mention of who they love or if they love anyone at all. Just have a good time, folks. Trust me, it’ll be more fun that way.


My favorite Valentine's Day dinner party ideas are a little historical, a little silly, and a lot of fun! #ValentinesDay #Valentine #party #dinnerparty #Valentinesdayparty #partyideasMy favorite Valentine's Day dinner party ideas are a little historical, a little silly, and a lot of fun! #ValentinesDay #Valentine #party #dinnerparty #Valentinesdayparty #partyideasMy favorite Valentine's Day dinner party ideas are a little historical, a little silly, and a lot of fun! #ValentinesDay #Valentine #party #dinnerparty #Valentinesdayparty #partyideasMy favorite Valentine's Day dinner party ideas are a little historical, a little silly, and a lot of fun! #ValentinesDay #Valentine #party #dinnerparty #Valentinesdayparty #partyideasMy favorite Valentine's Day dinner party ideas are a little historical, a little silly, and a lot of fun! #ValentinesDay #Valentine #party #dinnerparty #Valentinesdayparty #partyideas

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  1. These are great ideas for a Valentine’s day dinner party. We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day, but I’d totally go to a dinner party, if kids were invited.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Yes! I’m not a big Valentine’s Day person either, but I love celebrating, so I figured why not do a dinner party this year? My dinner parties usually include kids, but I guess that would be up to the host.

  2. I love love the idea of serving all red food! That is totally not something I would have thought of. Having a themed dinner like that would be such a unique challenge!

  3. Galentine’s Day is probably one of my favorite holidays, there is nothing I love more than being with the women I love !! I adore all of your party ideas, can’t wait to use them for my Galentine’s celebration !!

  4. This is a great idea to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We usually have just a family meal together but I’m really considering having a party next year!! I love the making of the greeting cards, and the “sacrifice”

  5. I haven’t had a dinner party before. I should sometime. It would be so fun. I helped have one with my sister in law and we enjoyed planning out the menu.

  6. I have never thrown a Vday party, but after reading this post, I am truly thinking about it. You are absolutely right that I don’t care if you are single or coming with a date, it’s just a great excuse to host a fabulous party, drink some great wine and just enjoy one another.

    Thrifting Diva

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Yep, it’s just another reason to party. 🙂

  7. I love the idea of a Valentine’s party. Me and some of my girlfriends you to do Galentine’s day in college and it was a blast. The all red food is such a cute idea too. It really adds to the Valentine’s Day vibe! Thanks xx

  8. I love Valentine’s Day mostly because it’s the most fun to decorate for! But I totally agree to keep it light and pressure free lol!

  9. These are such cute ideas! We will probably be spending Valentine’s night in with the kids, so doing a dinner party would be a lot of fun

  10. Taylor Aube says:

    Serving all red food is such a great an unique idea. Thanks for giving me all the inspo I need for V-Day!

  11. Angela says:

    This sounds like such a fun party!! I love the idea of all RED for everything!!

  12. Love all these different ideas — especially the red food, such an easy but fun take on the Valentine’s Day party! — but I must admit the Roman gods part made me laugh aloud, especially the “cash only” part!! Great post!!!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Oh good, I’m glad somebody gets my humor. 🙂

  13. I love the idea of having a Valentine’s or Galentine’s Dinner party. You could really play it up with all pink or red food and silly decorations. What a fun way to treat your favorite people.

  14. shandy kaye says:

    What a romantic idea! Simple can still be special. These ideas are so perfect for coming valentines day.

  15. Brittany says:

    I can’t believe we’re already so close to Valentine’s Day this year. I have a ton of fun ideas for my kids and I can’t wait to see what my hubby does.

  16. These ideas are really going to help make someone’s night. I still have no idea what my plans are, but I look forward to seeing my surprise.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      I hope it’s a good one!

  17. I love the idea of a grown-up party for Valentine’s Day! Sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

  18. you are getting me so excited about valentines day! I love all your super cute ideas!

  19. Angela Ricardo Bethea says:

    Oh, these are some great ideas for Valentine’s Day dinner ideas. It looks like it would be a lot of fun. Thanks for great suggestions!

  20. I love the idea of a red menu! What a fun way to celebrate the holiday. My daughters would really like this dinner idea too. I think it would be really fun to challenge your guests to bring a red dish!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      That’s a great idea! I bet you’d get such a great variety.

  21. I love your ideas. I would love to throw a Valentines Day party and decorate the place with an insane amount of heart shaped balloons.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      That would be so fun!

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