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Top Valentine's Day Ideas

Whether you're planning a romantic dinner for two or an anti-valentine date with your besties, add some love to the menu with these fun and festive Valentine's Day ideas!

For some, February 14 is a day of celebrating the bond between them and their significant other - usually full of chocolates, flowers, and heart shaped candies (followed by candles and champagne, hopefully!). Others see it as any regular day, except spewing with various shades of pink and red. And then there's the Valentine's Day haters who are convinced this special day was created by the greeting card companies.

For us, it doesn't really make a difference who created the holiday or why it's celebrated. Really, we'll take any excuse to whip up a romantic dinner for our hubbies and indulge on fancy cocktails and creamy cupcakes. But as much as we feel romance should be an every day thing, having one day a year when you can really treat your other half to something really special should be embraced with open arms. After all, your undying love for one another really is something to celebrate!

  • Planning a romantic dinner for two at home? Check out our budget-friendly V-Day ideas for a romantic dinner at home.

  • Make sure you've got a main course to impress. This steak-house inspired one from Expert Andrea Correale is a lock, plus she shares her tips for cooking the perfect steak.

  • End your night with a dessert cocktail. This spiked chocolate shake is one of our faves. We've also got lots of recipes for other delicious goodies, that will impress your sweetie way more than any store-bought box of chocolates will!

  • And if you're unattached and ready to make it a girl's night out, have your gals meet at your place for drinks. We've got the top 5 cosmo recipes, but suggest playing up the Valentine's Day spirit with the classic or strawberry versions.

  • Avoiding the restaurant scene? No problem. Here's a tasty salad that's light, yet rich for a girls-only meal.

  • Don't skip dessert, either! Make some fun pink cupcakes and pass around. Eating something sweet is a must!

  • Let's not forget the kiddies! Get creative with one of our Valentines Day craft ideas perfect for little hands with big hearts.

  • Does your sweetie have a sweet tooth? Make some homemade candy! Jeanne Benedict has some yummy recipes including a no-bake one.

  • No matter who you're gifting, flowers from Daddy, Hubby or Best Friend get a personalized touch with one of Expert Julie Mulligan's ideas.

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