Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, but don’t worry if you don’t have anything planned yet. Here are some great ideas!

Make a heart-shaped pizza

We are definitely making heart-shaped pizzas this year. Most grocery stores and Italian delis will sell refrigerated dough that you can roll out (or hand toss if you’re extra fancy) into a heart shape. If you can’t find pizza dough to shape, just buy a regular round crust and cut it into a heart shape. Spread some melted garlic butter on the excess pieces and bake them up into some bread sticks.

I usually make a pizza with pesto sauce, tomatoes, grated parmesan and shrimp. It looks fancy, but it is so easy to put together.


Make a special dinner at home

Some menu suggestions:


Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes from Skinny Taste – I actually made this for Mike (my husband) for Valentine’s last year and he loved it!!)

Grilled Flank Steak with Salsa Verde from Iowa Girl Eats

Engagement Chicken from Glamour


Martha Stewart’s Scalloped Potatoes

Butternut Squash Risotto from SkinnyTaste

Sesame Roasted Veggies with Almonds from Daily Garnish


Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles from How Sweet It Is

Whiskey Walnut Blondies from Eat Live Run

Lemon Meringue Pie from Food Network

 Other Ideas

-          Leave a special note in a loved one’s lunch bag or coat pocket.

-          Buy your loved one’s favorite candy as a gift, include a note about how sweet they are.

-          No time to bake? Stop at a bakery and pick up a special treat to share… Mike is in love with Dairy Queen so last year I stopped and picked up his favorite Blizzard on the way home. I put it in the freezer and then took it out after dinner as a special surprise. He was pretty happy!

-          Don’t have a dinner reservation? Check if your favorite restaurant offers take-out. Eat at home while watching a movie.

-          Think outside the box. You may not be able to get a restaurant reservation, but I bet you can still drop in at a rock-climbing gym, get tickets to a local sporting event or find a salsa dancing or sushi-making class.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-     Melissa

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