Weekend Special – Alternative Valentine Celebration

(If you are looking for a traditional, romantic Valentine’s dinner for two, click here.)

Are you between sweethearts? Feeling a little blue? Then hearts, flowers and Valentine’s Day may be the last thing you want to hear about. 

So how about an Alternative Valentine’s Celebration?

Gather all your single friends together, not for a weep fest or pity party but a fun and lively evening. If you like, ask your guests to wear red or if you’re feeling maudlin, black. Better yet, ask everyone bring a friend of the opposite sex. With Cupid lurking about, who knows what spontaneous match-making may occur?

Serve champagne of course or invent a cocktail. Something pretty and pink or with an amusing name. But the party is not all about drowning your sorrows. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Friendship and good food are key ingredients for a successful celebration.

Start with something to nibble. Artichoke Leaves & Shrimp are pretty and very tasty. Add my Spanakopita Triangles or small wedges of Greek Pizza. Either one will be a hit. Don’t forget some  fresh veggies. Serve them with my Roasted Red Pepper Dip.

Moving on to dinner, I’m thinking risotto or pasta! Butternut Squash Risotto or Wild Mushroom Risotto would be perfect, warm and comforting. Serve either one goes beautifully with Stir-fried Leafy Greens.

For pasta, I’d lean towards Spaghetti Puttanesca. Unless you want something more luxurious like Lobster Mac & Cheese. A big Caesar Salad is all you need to complete dinner.

And for dessert? Well, it is Valentine’s Day and chocolate is customary. How about mini Death by Chocolate Cupcakes or just as decadent Triple Chocolate Cream Parfait?

Have a wonderful evening and bon appétit!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

Want more? Click Here! for more seasonal menus or Here! for a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog!

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