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Romantic Dinner For Two At Home On Valentine's Day

Updated on August 27, 2014
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Candlelit Dinner

Valentine’s Day dinners have become a traditional feast at my house. We used to always go out to a restaurant but found that after having our children it was easier to stay home, and we saved quite a bit of money.

All three boys are grown men now yet we still enjoy staying in on Valentine's Day to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in the comfort of our home.



Valentine's Day Dinner at Home

I remember the first Valentine’s Day dinner I planned at home. My husband was a little shocked when he asked me where I would like to go for dinner, and my reply was that I wanted to stay home.

We enjoyed this so much that we now plan the meal together, and go shopping together for what we want to have for our special dinner .It has become a tradition with us.

How To Plan A Romantic Dinner For 2 Around Children

  • Feed the children first, and have your dinner later in the evening when the children are in bed.
  • Decide what room you are going to have your dinner in and tell the children that Mommy and Daddy are celebrating Valentine’s Day. Make sure you say that you want to be alone, and to please not interrupt them. (One year this did not work out well at all for us with our youngest)
  • Set up a table in your bedroom and lock the door.
  • Ask a single relative or friend that is free that night to baby-sit at their house. Offer them a nice reward.
  • Rent movies for the children and have them stay in the living or family room.

Reasons you may want to stay home this year for Valentine's Day

  • Restaurants are crowded and the wait times are insane
  • Dinning at home costs less
  • Drinking and driving is a no no
  • Save on a babysitter
  • Dress as you so choose
  • Planning a menu can be quite fun together
  • You can pick the music of your choice
  • You don't have to go out into the cold after a nice meal
  • Less chance of food poisoning
  • You can kick your shoes off
  • Eat with your hands if you so choose

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My Favorite Menu For Valentine's Day

Surf and Turf

  • Start our with some h'ouerves or a nice brucetta
  • Bottle of Red or White Wine
  • Salad, lobster tails or crab legs, scampi or scallops, pan fried garlic shrimp and steak
  • Steamed asparagus with a dollop of butter
  • Cheesecake for dessert





Order In

I realize that not everyone likes to cook. Your favorite take out restaurant is a quick call away. You can still have a romantic dinner with candles, wine, music and take out food. Set the mood, relax and enjoy each other.



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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Rachel, So glad that you enjoyed the hub for Valentine's Day.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Susan, When our children were still home and my mother-in-law, who lived with us, was still alive, it was very hard to have a romantic dinner alone. But now that we are "empty nesters" and my mother-in-law is gone with the Lord, we enjoy it. Everyday dinners are not that romantic, but on holidays like Valentine's Day, I do go all out and lobster tails and wine and stuffed mushrooms are at the top of the list. Thanks for your hub. I enjoyed it.

      Blessings to you.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sorry and I know how this feels as many years mine has had to work on Valentine's Day too. What we did on those years was celebrate it on a day where we were both home.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      That would be actually a great thing to do, except my husband has to work :-(

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      Sana R 4 years ago from Reading, England

      I found very romantic gifts for Valentin's day on different sites but seriously I don't like to give gifts I like romantic dinner more than give a simple gift.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Carter, Thanks and Happy Valentine's Day :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      shwethspace, Glad you the hub and thank you for your comments.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Still great ideas here Susan for years to come... Great hub... Cheers

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      Shwetha 4 years ago from New York

      This is a lovely... instead of cramming in to make reservations to go out, this is a good idea! Thanks for sharing this

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      GoodLady, It would be great to just lock them in the basement but someone would probably snitch. I'm only kidding of course :)

      Happy Valentines Day to you and yours too.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Judi, What a romantic day to have your first date anniversary on.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dan, Sounds like something my husband would say. I do insist that he use a fork and knife on special occasions :)

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It's just great how much you thought about the children. Makes such a lot of sense to plan for them too. Wishing you and your husband a very lovely Valentines Dinner together.

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      Valentine's Day is also our anniversary of our first date, so it's a double celebration. We're usually too busy to arrange going out, but this I could manage.

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      Dan Harmon 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      We are becoming less enthralled each year with going out for Valentines dinner. Staying home has merit, particularly if it becomes a joint effort. I don't think, however, that I'd better eat with my fingers during that meal whether in OR out. LOL.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      barbergirl, I've had a fondue sitting in my cupboard for as long as, oh wait, longer than I've been married. I've never used it and have always wanted to. I think I'm going to pull it out and give it a whirl. Thanks for your suggestion.- :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I think I might have to do this for our Valentines celebration this year! Maybe I will do the Fondu... it has been awhile since we did homemade fondu. Thanks for the great suggestion!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, We love lobster too. Al bought whole ones for my last birthday and we feasted. Hope you enjoy, and thanks for popping in.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey! I thought this was new - I musta missed it!

      Beautiful! I love having the dinner at home now too:) I kinda recreate Christmas with hearts! lol I never thought about adding lobster tails to the menu but I am this year! I bet you the girls will get a huge kick out of that and they love lobster:) Thanks!!!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cassy,

      Hi, nice to meet you. So sorry that your hubby is unable to be home on Valentine's Day. I've spent a few alone as well and know how it feels. Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked my ideas.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I've never liked Valentine's Day. Since my hubby is in the Army he's not normally home. He will be gone again this year too. I just don't see why we "need" a day to show someone we love them when it should be every day :) Great hub though, and excellent ideas!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      carter, Nice to meet you and thank you. Hope that you have a really nice Valentine's Day.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Susan, thanks for your great hub, I think a lot of us are thinking a bit the same this year for Valentines with ways to do it a bit simpler, great ideas, great music.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Brian, Glad you liked this and some years we can't make it to dessert :)

      Hi Steph, A night alone without the kids would be very enjoyable I'm sure. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Great hub - as parents of 4 kids, we find it difficult to plan/enjoy Valentine's Day. Even with a teenager that can now babysit. Perhaps we should just bite the bullet and make some plans... course, we'd have to send the kids off to spend the night somewhere to have a romantic night at home! Lots of great ideas here Cheers, Steph

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from Nottingham Uk

      Susan, really enjoyed this, couldn't get past your menu! it sounds a fantastic way to spend the evening, just hope you don't eat too much so it spoils your dessert lol. Voted up-awesome :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Stephanie, I would much rather have a single rose than a dozen. Seems more romantic to me. Thanks for stopping by and although it is still a little early, I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      A romantic dinner for two, candlelight, wine and soft music...sounds perfect! And guys who bring a single rose and chocolate are certain to get a gold star, too!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      TransferAmerica, Nice to meet you and thank for your comments. Have a nice Valentine's Day.

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      TransferAmerica 5 years ago from Torrance, CA

      This sounds really nice. I might just try it this year.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Deborah, Van is one of my top ten favorites. Thanks for the great comments.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Such a nice hub! Some of my favorite Valentine's Day dinners have been the ones that my husband and I cooked ourselves. We've done surf and turf, too - lobster risotto as a first course followed by beef tenderloin with bordelais sauce. Yum! And, yes, Van Morrison has made the Valentine's Day playlist at my house, too. Great song!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ardie, Alone time I feel is needed for all couples. Whether it be a romantic dinner or doing something you both enjoy. Not necessarily on Valentine's Day but any day.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Ooh la la! I will remember this Hub for the future because sadly I dont get Valentine's Day alone with the hubby. We make it a family deal with the kids. Wow, thats a real eye-opener for me hahah Maybe we need to plan more alone time.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Frank, Thanks.:)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Susan what a wonderful share period! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Prasetio, Thank you so much and always good to see you.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was romantic moment for celebrating Valentine's Day. I think many couple will dream about this. Very inspiring hub. Well done and rated up!

      Prasetio

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Victoria, Thank you, so glad you liked it. I am finding out so many people prefer like I do, to stay home on Valentine's Day.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, great hub! I also want to link this one to my second Valentine's hub which include cheap romantic things to do for Valentine's Day. I always prefer a romantic dinner for two at home as opposed to going out. This hub is perfect, Susan!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Daffy, I am all for practicality. I remember one year asking my husband to stop buying me flowers because they only lasted so long and then ended up in the garbage.

      epi, Yes I agree. Celebrating your love for one another any day can be special not just on Valentine's Day.

      MM, I love seafood and good thing my husband does too :)

      Will, You just reminded me, I think I will dig out our wedding video for Valentine's Day. Steak for me: The rarer the better :)

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This is also what we do. We like crab legs and a nice charbroiled steak, medium rare. Then we watch 'our' movie!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Susan, I love your menu for valentines day, please can I book a table for 2?!!!

      We always stay in on valentines and have a romantic dinner for 2, I might just use your menu this year!

      Voting up.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...as always my esteemed colleague and fellow Canadian a first class presentation .....but I would like to think that most couples can find a way to celebrate Valentine's day on any day of the year ......

      lake erie time 4:01pm

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      Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      This is what I like to read about, a woman that doesn't need a lot spent on them for V. day. The thought and effort to create and sustain the mood is more important. A little practicality thrown in as well.

      Where were you when I used to date?

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruby, I try :) Thanks and enjoy your Valentine's Day!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Susan you're such a romantic..I love it..Great ideas..I like the one about eating out..HaHa..Thank you..

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      acaetnna, It is getting close :) It's always nice to hear I love and know that you're loved.

      alekhouse, Chocolate cheesecake perhaps :)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I love this idea....only I would definitely do my own cooking...with a good wine and a yummy chocolate dessert.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      I need to get cracking don't I, it's not long away is it?! I love your YouTube - I adore that song. Fortunately we tell each other everyday that we love each other. I am so lucky that he tells me in so many unexpected and different ways!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      mythicalstorm, A spontaneous dinner like this is fun and romantic anytime of year. Thank you.

      raciniwa, Thank you.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      this is a practical way to celebrate Valentine's day...thank you for sharing this...now, i'll be looking forward to it...

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      This sounds wonderful :-) We do not celebrate Valentines Day, but I would love to plan a special evening like that no matter what! I might just have to do that except on a random day :-) Great tips!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruchira, I prefer staying home. When I was younger I preferred to go out. Might just be something with age.

      rob, I am all into saving the dollars :) Thanks

      ThePracticalMommy, When mine were 3.5 I would usually get a sitter in :)

      Daniella, I think you may have just inspired me to do a hub on cooking seafood :) Thank you.

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Great tips! I'm terrible at cooking seafood, but I might try to do some steaks this year. =P Voted up!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Great ideas! My husband and I eat at home on Valentine's Day; he makes excellent lobster tails and we eat by candlelight. I like the idea of asking the kids to not interrupt the parents while they're eating, but with two little ones under 3.5, it's nearly impossible.

      Voted up!

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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      I have to agree, Valentines date at home can be personalized. That way, you are able to show how much you love your hubby/wife/partner because of the effort you exerted in making 02/14 a night to remember :). Love your tips, Imma share to other guys who wants to make their their happier without shelling out a huge amount of money on their pockets. :)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Susan, you have hit the right nail here...lol

      I did the same last feb and ordered pizza with candle-lights/music. my kid was happy and so were we :)

      might repeat it this year as well...but with a different menu ;)