Valentine’s Day Menu and Tablescape for Lovers (of Food)

valentines day table ideas

Some info about our Gourmet Group:  We are 4 couples who enjoy cooking, entertaining, and most of all, each other’s company. 
We take turns hosting in our homes.  The hosts decide on the menu (theme) from appetizers to dessert for the evening.  The hosts cook most of the meal, but give at least one course (along with all the recipes) to the other couples to prepare.  We love trying new recipes and ideas.  So most of the time the recipes are ones we haven’t cooked before, but they don’t have to be.

Another couple hosted our group a week ago Saturday for a Valentine’s Day Themed Evening.

We began the evening with a toast to friendship, love, and food.

valentine's day dinner party

RED

A color for love & her table

valentine's day decor ideas

 

Hearts, sparkle, glitz, and glamour

valentine's day table ideas

 

PLACE SETTINGS

Lots of sweet treats for each of us…

valentine's day table ideas

 

The host found these cute love-themed chocolate bars (World Market)

valentine's day dinner / dessert idea

THE MENU

valentine's day menu/food ideas

COCKTAILS & APPETIZERS

Kitchen fireplace decked out with Valentine’s Day décor…

valentine's day decor ideas

 

Herb and Roasted Pepper Cheesecake

We were assigned to make this appetizer.

The roasted sweet red peppers were the highlight in this dish.

roasted sweet red peppers

 

 

valentine's day menu ideas

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms

This is a definite keeper for the recipe file – probably my favorite food all evening

delicious, easy appetizers - bacon wrapped stuffed mushrooms

Link to the Allrecipes recipe

Two tips:  Half the cream cheese is sufficient, and Partially cook the bacon before assembling & cooking the rest of the recipe

Our spread of appetizers on her valentine-decorated table – except for the Baked Brie with Roasted Garlic (which was still baking when I snapped the photo)

valentine's day party and food

SALAD

Strawberry, Spinach and Avocado

This was a unique and tasty salad with ingredients including avocados and pistachios

unique salads - stawberry, spinach and avocado salad

 

MAIN ENTRÉE

Baked Scallops with Angel Hair Pasta

baked scallops with angel hair pasta

 

For a couple of people in our group who don’t care for scallops (whaaat???), they were served Baked Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta

Baked Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta

 

DESSERT

Death by Chocolate in a Crock Pot

You would never guess this dessert was made in a crock pot, it’s that good!

To accompany, our dessert we were served a Chocolate Wine (also found at World Market)

valentine's day dessert ideas - Death by Chocolate in a Crock Pot

valentine's day menu ideas

 

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