Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas

Plan a romantic at-home dinner date for Valentine's Day with our tips for setting the mood, plus our best recipes and thoughtful gift ideas.
Set the Romantic Mood for Valentine's Day

Lighting

candles

Create a romantic Valentine's Day atmosphere with candlelight. A centerpiece with a cluster of different sizes of pillar candles will give your romantic dinner table the perfect glow, or for a different look, scatter votives across the table and windowsills.

Valentine's Day Dinner Playlist

We've started the perfect Valentine's Day dinner playlist with 20 of our favorite romantic songs; put this playlist on repeat or use it as inspiration for making your own Valentine's Day dinner extra romantic.

"The Very Thought of You" -- Woody Herman Orchestra, Flip Phillips
"All the Way" -- Frank Sinatra
"The Nearness of You" -- Norah Jones
"It Had to Be You" -- Billie Holiday
"L-O-V-E" -- Nat King Cole
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" -- Stevie Wonder
"More" (Theme from Mondo Cane) -- Frank Sinatra
"Anema E Core" -- Perry Como
"Life Is Beautiful" -- Tony Bennett
"Call Me Irresponsible" -- Michael Buble
"Unforgettable" -- Nat King Cole
"You Belong to Me" -- Dean Martin
"My Cherie Amour" -- Rod Stewart
"Love Is Here to Stay" -- Frank Sinatra
"That's What Love Is" -- Bobby Darin
"How Are Ya' Fixed for Love?" -- Keely Smith, Frank Sinatra
"My Romance" -- Sammy Davis, Jr.
"I'm in the Mood for Love" -- Nat King Cole
"You Make Me Feel So Young" -- Frank Sinatra
"The Way You Look Tonight" -- Rod Stewart

 

Valentine's Day Dinner Table Decorations

Wedding favor journals used as place setting decor

Mix and match your favorite shades of red and pink to create a romantic setting. Set the perfect mood with simple place settings and decorations, such as a bouquet of red roses or carnations for a centerpiece. Make the dinner table look special by setting out your best china on an elegant red table runner, and if the dining room is near a fireplace, get a cozy fire going to add to the ambience.

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