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Romantic Date Ideas: Our Valentine’s Day Cheat Sheet

Looking for cute date ideas this Valentine’s Day? How about something fun for your enchanting foodie? Something to really romance the one that takes your breath away? You’re in luck! We’ve got three super easy Valentine’s Day hacks that will surprise, thrill, and melt the heart of your partner.

What’s the secret to a Valentine’s Day date that’s out of this world, but still a cinch to pull off? Staying in, of course! If you’re trying to fight off February weather, or just dreading fighting the Valentine’s Day crowd, then you’re going to love these romantic date ideas you can pull off at home.

Hearty Ricotta Puffs
Nothing says “You’ve still got it, babe” like carbs.

Our Valentine’s Day Cheat Sheet involves three easy steps:

Step One: Pick your theme and decorate.

As you’ll see below, the Editors at the Mr. Food Test Kitchen have put together a few prepackaged date ideas for couples. Most of the work is done for you! Now, take a moment to think about the love of your life. Which of our date night packages would excite them the most?

Once you’ve selected your package, it’s a quick trip to the party store for a few select decorations to add your personal sultry touch. Transform your space into an exotic and romantic destination for an evening filled with love!

Step Two: Turn up the heat in your kitchen.

Each package comes with a menu of starters, a main course, side dishes, and (the essential) Valentine’s Day dessert; feel free to mix and match, or to leave out things that don’t appeal to you. This may seem very involved, but half the fun of cooking is doing it together! Get your hubby, or your lady love, to strap on an apron with you, turn on the tunes, and spend an evening together making tasty food and creating downright delicious memories.

Step Three: Pop in a movie and get cozy.

“Dinner and a Movie” is a fun date idea that, after decades of success, still can’t be beat! In each date package, we’ve provided a few movie suggestions that cover a lot of ground in terms of taste. We’ve got some good, old-fashioned rom-coms if you love to laugh as much as you love your partner; tear-jerking dramas, if your love language is a comforting embrace and tissues. And, of course, we’ve included a few cinematic classics because we know you and your partner are timeless.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Can’t go wrong with Chocolate-Covered Strawberries!

There you have it! A simple date idea formula that’s sure to make this Valentine’s Day a success. Getting all the details just right might take a little further planning on your part but, let’s be real, they’re worth it right?

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mr. Food Test Kitchen! We hope our Valentine’s Day hacks score you some brownie points with your loved one. If not, nothing says “I love myself” like an actual brownie for one. *wink*

Basil Pest Focaccia

Bella Notte” Date Night Package:
Decoration Theme:
“Romantic Italian Bistro”
Menu:
Starters:
Basil Pesto Focaccia
Pasta e Fagioli Soup
Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

15-Minute Chicken Cacciatore

Main Course:
Chicken Parmesan for Two
15-Minute Chicken Cacciatore
Tomato Angel Pasta
Sides:
Italian Cheese Dumplings
Three Cheese Garlic Bread
Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Ricotta Cheesecake with Berries

Dessert:
Best Cannoli Dip
Ricotta Cheesecake with Berries
Dreamy Tiramisu

Movie Suggestions:
Rom-Com Under the Tuscan Sun
Drama: The English Patient
Classic: Roman Holiday

Apricot Pecan Brie Tarts

“La Vie en Rose” Date Night Package:
Decoration Theme:
“Lovers in Paris”
Menu:
Starters:

French Onion Stuffed Mushrooms
Apricot Pecan Brie Tarts
Anytime Fun-Due

Very Special Beef Bourguignon

Main Course:
Bistro Pan Seared Scallops
Stuffed Love Birds
Beef Bourguignon
Sides:
Herbed Au Gratin Potatoes
Asparagus Bacon Bundles
Ratatouille Garden Relish

Creme Filled Eclairs

Dessert:
Bananas Foster
Creme Brulee with Amarulla
Creme-Filled Eclairs

Movie Suggestions:
Rom-Com: French Kiss
Drama: Moulin Rouge!
Classic: An American in Paris

Best Noodle Soup Ever

“Pan-Asian Paradise” Date Night Package:
Decoration Theme:

“Lanterns of Love”
Menu:
Starters:

Best Noodle Soup Ever
Creamy Crab Wontons
Secret Tempura Combo

Orange Duck

Main Course:
Imperial Pork Pot Stickers
General Tso’s Chicken
Orange Duck
Sides:
Spring Rolls
Anytime Fried Rice
Chinese Spareribs

Chinese Almond Rounds

Desserts:
Good Luck Sherbet
Chinese Almond Rounds
Custom Fortune Cookies!

Movie Suggestions:
Rom-Com: Crazy Rich Asians
Drama: Memoirs of a Geisha
Classic: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon