By Allrecipes Editors

Share the love this year with a Valentine's Day party. Whether you're hosting a couples' party or getting the girls together for Galentine's, we'll help you plan with easy recipes and party ideas.

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Valentine's Day Party Food Ideas

Sweetheart Cupcakes

"I just made these cupcakes and they are so super cute. My son has a Valentine's Day Party and I thought these cupcakes were perfect." -- Cindy Toy Schoeder

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Red Velvet Cookies

"I made [them] into hearts and they were really cute for Valentine's Day!" -- footballgrl16

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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

"This cheesecake is absolutely fantastic! I read the reviews before making it and made the following changes to the crust as suggested- 2 cups crushed Oreos, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/4 cup melted butter. Only other suggestion is to allow your cream cheese and eggs to sit out for at least an hour before you make this. Room temp ingredients are key!" -- aryn2008

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Say It with Chocolate

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Learn how easy it is to make chocolate-covered strawberries yourself for a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

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White Chocolate Fondue

"Rich creamy white chocolate fondue, made with real cream! Perfect for a party or a romantic night in. Assemble tasty things to dip like pretzel rods, brownies, marshmallows and assorted fruits. Enjoy!" -- RusticJoyfylFood

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More: Browse our entire collection of tempting chocolate desserts.

Appetizing Bites

Perfect Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

"We loved this recipe. The only modification I made was to add a little minced garlic to the stuffing mixture. They were awesome." -- donna1982

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Chef John's Shrimp Cocktail

"INCREDIBLE!! Made for company and everyone raved about the homemade cocktail sauce, even my husband whom I affectionately refer to as the "condiment king" declared this the best cocktail sauce he has ever had. The shrimp were delicious, and this method of cooking really takes shrimp cocktail to another level." -- Emilyd617

Cheese Fondue

"I worked at a Melting Pot for several years in the early 90's and this is the exact recipe we used for our traditional swiss cheese fondue. It's excellent! It's also good with a smidge of Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) too. Yummy!!" -- Mrs. K

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Sweet Sips

Love Potion No. 9

You'll make a strawberry simple syrup to pour into Champagne for this grown-up version of an ice cream float.

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Hibiscus Sangria

Make a big bowl of this gorgeous punch and let your guests serve themselves. If you can't find dried hibiscus flowers, try using hibiscus tea bags.

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Romantic Touches

  • Cover your front door with red gift wrap, white paper lace doilies, and pink hearts.
  • Fill a basket with red, white, and pink flowers, each tied with ribbon. Have corsage pins on hand if guests choose to pin on flowers as they arrive.
  • Write "Be Mine" on the bathroom mirror using inexpensive red lipstick. (It will come off with glass cleaner--really!)
  • Drape a white or red tablecloth on the dining room table and sprinkle liberally with paper hearts, conversation heart candies, and wrapped chocolates.
  • Be sure to include lots of candlelight, romantic tunes, and a little room for dancing.
  • For easy take-home party favors, fill red glass votive candle holders with candies. Set each in the middle of a square of tissue paper, twist to close, and tie at the twist with ribbon.

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