How to Throw a Sweet & Spicy Valentine’s Day Party


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Warm up your Valentine’s Day with a sweet and spicy Valentine’s Day dinner party this year. We have an exclusive menu of cocoa and chile infused dishes so you can turn up the heat with your valentine. From table decor, flowers and a four course meal, we have what you need to kick up the flavor and spice up the fun.

Sweet & Spicy Valentine’s Day Party Decor

Sweet and Spicy Decor

For the decor, we designed a chocolate brown and red color scheme. Always shop at home first when it comes to decor accents as you’ll be surprised with what you find. Gather all your red and brown items to see what you can use. Then make a list of what you need to buy from your favorite craft stores.

Creating a tabletop is all about layering and textures. Place corduroy place mats on top of a brown tablecloth and top with a rattan charger. White plates and red wine glasses complete the look. Cut a strip of red and white checked fabric to make a table runner and place a square wood place mat in the center. Top the plates with the XO Chocolates and Menu Card.

Menu Card

valentines day menu card

What You’ll Need:

  • Brown tablecloth
  • Red Corduroy place mats
  • Rattan chargers
  • Red checked fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric
  • XO Chocolate

Make and X and O to place on each plate. You can also wrap these up as party favors at the end of the dinner.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package Wilton red velvet candy melts
  • 1 package dark chocolate chips
  • XO cookie cutters from Michaels
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions:

Place red velvet candy melts and dark chocolate chips in separate microwave safe bowls. Add 1/2 tablespoon shortening to each. Melt in 30 second intervals. Line a pan with parchment paper and place XO cookie cutters on top.  Fill 1/3 up with either red velvet or dark chocolate. Let cool.

Flowers

valentines day flowers

We used red gerber daisies but red roses would be beautiful too!

What You’ll Need:

  • Gerber Daisies
  • Red checked fabric
  • Glass vase

Framed Valentine’s Day Quotes

framed valentines day quotes

Add little touches to your Valentine’s Day party decor with pink and red foil wrapped chocolates from Dollar General. Purchase miniature frames from the dollar aisle of Michaels and fill with our printable quotes.

valentines day quotes

Food

Cocoa Chile Bacon Wrapped Dates

Cocoa Chile Bacon Wrapped Dates

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 1/2 ounces light cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 24 pitted dates
  • 24 dark chocolate chips
  • 8 slices bacon, each cut into thirds

Cocoa Chile Bacon Wrapped Dates process

Directions:

Heat oven to 400°F. Line cookie sheet sides with foil. Place baking rack on foil. In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese and chili powder. Make a cut down the side of each date. Fill each with cream cheese mixture. Place chocolate sliver in each cream cheese date. Wrap each with a piece of bacon. Place dates, bacon ends down, on baking rack. Bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Serve immediately.

Steaks with Chile Cocoa BBQ Sauce

Steaks with Chile Cocoa BBQ Sauce

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons  cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 4 Ribeye or New York strip steaks
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions:

Whisk all ingredients, except steak, in a bowl. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Season the filet on all sides generously with salt and pepper. Place butter in cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Sear on each side and brush with barbecue sauce. Place in oven for 5-7 minutes, until cooked to medium, or desired.

Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Serve a mixed green salad topped with an easy to make chocolate balsamic vinaigrette.

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 4 ounces goat cheese (optional)

Raspberry Mochatini

Raspberry Mochatini

What You’ll Need:

  •  1 oz raspberry flavored vodka
  • 1 oz chocolate liqueur
  • 1/2 oz chambord raspberry liqueur
  • 1 oz cold espresso
  • Splash of cream

Directions:

Mix together and chill well before serving. To decorate the edge, mix red sanding sugar with chocolate sprinkles. Dip the glass in chocolate liquer and then into the sprinkles. Let dry before filling with drink. Serve cold.

Spicy Smore’s Chocolate Hearts with Chocolate Ganache

spicy smores chocolate hearts and ganache

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Chocolate cake mix prepared as directed substituting butter for oil and milk for water.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 graham crackers
  • 4 heart shaped marshmallows

Ganache

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions:

Stir in chocolate chips, cinnamon and ancho chile powder to cake mix. Pour into buttered heart shape pans and bake for 15 minutes. Heat up heavy cream and pour over chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate has melted.

Prior to serving, press a heart-shaped marshmallow into each of the cakes. Place under broiler until marshmallow is slightly brown. Sprinkle with crushed graham crackers and drizzle ganache criss cross over the top. You can add raspberries around the edge for decoration.

If you don’t have a heart-shaped pan then bake the cake in a rectangle pan and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter.


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