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 pinkroses or carnations for a centerpiece. Make the dinner table look special by setting out your best china on an elegant napkins, and if the dining room is near a fireplace, get a cozy fire going to add to the ambience.
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
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.
You've heard it before: The way to the heart is through the stomach. Cook the perfect Valentine's Day dinner for your sweetheart with our suggestions for starters, the main course, and dessert -- or mix and match the recipes for your special menu. Not sure which wine goes best with your main dish? Take a look at our romantic food and wine pairings to get started.
End the dinner date with a sweet dessert that finishes with a romantic note.
Handmade cards and gifts are often the best way to tell your Valentine "I love you." Here are some of our favorite gift and card ideas:
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