Last Minute Valentines Party Food Ideas
February 14, 2018
Heart shaped pizzas are perfect for the family on Valentines. Last Minute Valentines Party Food Ideas on Halfpint Design. Red food

Last Minute Valentines Party Food Ideas

If you're looking for Valentines party food ideas you've come to the right place. I've gathered easy to accomplish treats that you can either buy and embellish or shape at home with cookie cutters and imagination.

If you haven't had a chance to think about how to make your Valentine food special you'll want to save these for future use. These ideas are perfect for the weekend, or spicing up any day during the “month of love”! Use these last minute Valentine party food hacks to whip up a romantic dinner for two, or throw a little party for the whole gang! Ideas are listed from most labor intensive to the quickest and easiest food upgrades.

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Valentines Party Food: Made into Hearts

This rates higher on the labor scale as you actually need to form, mold, or mosaic your food into the iconic Valentine shape of a heart. None of them are actually difficult however so start making your list of foods you can tackle today!

Breakfast: Heart Cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls fashioned into a heart shape take a little bit of effort but are so cute and tasty! You could also cheat and snip ready made rolls with kitchen shears to create the suggestion of a heart.

Breakfast: Heart Bacon

These work well as long as you don't overcook your bacon!

Breakfast: Heart shaped pancakes or waffles

Waffles are actually super easy but you need to buy a heart shaped waffle maker, if you aren't interested in another appliance, make pancakes with batter in a squeeze bottle to create any shape you'd like.

Dinner: Family Tradition

Spaghetti plate for Valentine's dinner party

For Valentine's Day dinner you can start a family tradition that has nothing to do with hearts or red food. My family does a Crazy Spaghetti dinner each year to celebrate Valentine's Day. You can read all about how we make it fun here: Crazy Spaghetti Dinner with Kitchen Utensils

Dinner: Heart Shaped Pizza

Heart shaped pizzas are perfect for the family on Valentines. Last Minute Valentines Day Party Food Ideas on Halfpint Design. Red food

It may not be the most romantic of Valentine dinner ideas but it has become a family favorite. You can make it from scratch or order one from Papa Murphy's like I did.

Valentine Party Food Cut Out in Hearts

Heart shaped fruit on toast

Avocado toast is all the rage. Why not Nutella and strawberry toast? Or banana and almond butter toast? What a simple valentine snack idea.

Heart Shaped Caprese

Slice your grape tomatoes to become simple hearts with mini mozzarella balls on a pick.

OR Cut out Heart shaped mozzerella using a cookie cutter for a layered caprese appetizer. Put together a simple caprese tonight with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil drizzled with olive oil & balsamic. It's amazing and looks gorgeous fanned out on a platter.

Heart Watermelon

Keep those heart shaped cookie cutters going on a watermelon fruit salad. It looks amazing and is always delicious. The white balls here are lychees, which are similar in consistency and taste to peeled grapes.

Heart Strawberries

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe for Valentine's Day

My friend Sarina has a yummy pink smoothie recipe that she serves as a Valentine's Day Food idea. And you've definitely got to garnish the glass with a heart shaped strawberry! It's easy since strawberries are almost heart shaped anyway!

Red Food for Valentine Party

If in doubt, a color coordinated party table is sure to be a hit.

Red Velvet Crepes

These crepes take delicious to a whole new level!

Raspberry Macarons

Raspberry French Macarons make a romantic Valentine's Dessert. Last Minute Valentines Party Food Ideas on Halfpint Design. Red food

These brilliantly colors cookies from Confessions of a Mommyholic are sure to brighten anyone's day.

Penne Pasta in Beet Sauce

Beets make everything a lovely shade of red. Cook some with your pasta, or add it to your sauce for a strikingly colorful meal.

Serve Red Produce

Glass bowl of raspberries perfect for Valentines. Last Minute Valentines Day Party Food Ideas on Halfpint Design. Red food
Raspberries and cream from a Queen of Hearts Valentine Party

Red Fresh Fruit:

  • Strawberries & Raspberries
  • Cherries
  • Currents
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Pomegranates
  • Watermelon
red food fruit heart for Valentine's Day by Salt Lake Party stylist

Use these fruits to create a Heart Shaped fruit platter like this one.

Red Veggies:

  • Red Cabbage
  • Beets
  • Red Potatoes
  • Tomatoes {Ok so it's a fruit but think tomato sauce, soup, sliced, diced, baked, and bite-sized}
  • Red Onion
  • Red Peppers

Add a Valentine's Party Food Topper

Heart shaped straws

Make your Valentine drinks more fun with heart shaped straws! You can find simple heart shaped straws like these in photo, or you can try heart shaped crazy straws. Crazy straws are fun to decorate with but a little tricky to actually use, and impossible to clean, so purchase them knowing they are likely a one time use item.

Donut Holes with Gold Hearts

Gold Heart picks in donut holes. Simple holiday upgrade. Last Minute Valentines Day Party Food Ideas on Halfpint Design. Red food

Heart shaped toppers are so easy it'll almost feel like cheating! Turn anything into a holiday worthy meal by adding simple picks. Mint Event Design gets extra points for the heart marshmallows, pink glass, and love themed plate for her “Let Love Twinkle” Valentine party! Grab similar picks from Amazon, or cut your own at home with a Cricut Explore Air 2.

Cupcake Topped with Hearts

Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and heart sprinkles. Last Minute Valentines Day Party Food Ideas on Halfpint Design. Red food

Lori from Giggle Living put together a darling Valentine picnic with these perfectly decorated cupcakes. Heart sprinkles are so incredibly easy but you get double points for adding them to red velvet cupcakes! This is such perfect Valentines Party Food! The great news is that you can pick up pre-made red velvet cupcakes in most grocery stores this time of year.

Paper Conversation Hearts

Is there any food you can't stick a conversation heart topper onto? Nope. There's not. You can figure out a way to adorn just about every food item. Float a pick in croutons on your soup, or cut a slit and slide a heart onto the rim of your glass. It's such an easy way to be festive. You can download these freebie Conversation hearts from my friend at Joy in the Commonplace.

Valentine Party Food Ready Yet?

I hope that you are inspired by this list to create something more memorable for your family or date tonight. Don't wait for Valentine's Day, now you have an excuse to make romantic valentines party food for your loved ones any day of the year! A very happy Valentine's to all of you!

If you try any of these last minute Valentines Party Food ideas, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you share photos, I want to see it too! Please tag us @partieswithacause on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. We love celebrating all your hard work! 

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  1. Carolina

    Loving all these fun and yummy ideas!! Thanks for putting them together! So much easier.

  2. Beth

    Fabulous ideas for a Valentine’s Day gathering! I adore all the healthy fruit options you included, and you added the fun factor to eating fruit!

  3. tidbitsbytaylor

    These are all great ideas. Thanks for sharing !

  4. Susan

    Bri ! You’ve put some beautiful ideas for Valentine’s Day !

  5. Janine Huldie

    Bri, thank you so much for including my macarons here and truly appreciate it so much. I am so doing heart shaped pizza tonight btw, too 🙂

  6. Lori

    Love all the idea Bri!! Thanks for including my cupcakes!! I also loved the watermelon!! So much inspiration, now I feel like I need to do something extra!! Xoxo happy Valentine’s Day!!


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