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Valentine's Day - Dinner Party Ideas

by Roseanne Cantisani

The old saying the way to a mans heart is through his stomach well I think that holds true for women too! For Valentines Day try cooking an intimate dinner for two & see how happy your partner will be.

In some cases a group of people for dinner will also be a great way to celebrate Valentines Day. What a great way to shine, showing off your cooking & entertaining skills.

Creating a dinner party for two or ten starts the same way, with a menu. First step is to review the space available for dinner. Is there room for a sit down dinner or would a buffet work better in your home or apartment.

Second you want to develop a menu that won't keep you in the kitchen all night but at the table & your partner & friends.

Third you want to plan a dessert that will be a grand finale to a fabulous evening or the beginning of a romantic night for two!

So let's start with the space, if you are planning a buffet the key would be to create a meal that does not require cutting with a knife.

Items that work real well are rice, grilled shrimp or beef kabobs, salad prepared some bite size pieces of lettuce & pre-dressed, baked rosemary potatoes, purred soups, baked fish, should not be cut but rather flaked with a fork.

The choices are endless it all depends upon the pallet of the guest or guests.

Start prepping early in the day so that you have plenty of time to tidy up the place & clean yourself up with out stressing.

Keep in mind even if you invited a group of people over your partner will still be looking at you & thinking about how wonderful you are & what time the guests will be leaving. 

Set the atmosphere as warm & romantic as possible, fund upbeat music & candles work great. Remember its Valentines Day & it should feel that way for your guests or one special guest!

Valentine's Day Menus that are simple to prepare:

Buffet Menu

Grilled Marinated Shrimp or Beef Kabobs
Rice Primavera or Pesto Rice with sliced black olives
Salad, mixed greens dressed with extra virgin olive oil & red wine vinegar
Basket of bread & sesame bread sticks
Chocolate Strawberry Sweets

Dinner For Six

Broiled pork loin with baked quartered rosemary potatoes Steamed broccoli with lemon mustard sauce Bread with extra virgin olive oil for dipping Fresh Strawberries with whipped cream or cool whip

My Valentine Favorite

Broiled or grilled salmon or tuna with teriyaki marinate Bok Choy with shredded carrot & sesame seeds Steamed rice with a drizzle of olive oil or a tab of butter for flavor & to avoid sticking Vanilla ice cream topped with a fortune cookie (either homemade or purchased)

Come to Dateable.com/simplydelicious to find these great recipes & more! The Valentines' Day menus will be also available by e-mail. Just send a blank e-mail to the gourmet@dateable.com :)

About the Author:
Roseanne Cantisani is a freelance writer & editor of dateable.com/simplydelicious, a web site dedicated to simple, healthy cooking. You can find articles, recipes, kitchen & cooking products, & a forum for any cooking or entertaining questions. If you like this article please sign up for the simply delicious newsletter at http://dateable.com/simplydelicious/ or send an email to the gourmet@dateable.com