Valentine's Day is right around the corner and we are feeling the love! In order to make this year special for you and your loved one, start preparing early. We've gathered up some tips to make this year great.

Step one: Prepare a Romantic Dinner

Lamb Chops with Dried Cherry and Port from Epicurious

Make dinner extra special with these lamb chops (and extra sweet with the dried cherries!) The dish is elegant but requires less preparation time than you would expect. You'll really wow your dinner date with this dish. Check out the full recipe here.

Shrimp and Gruyère Cheese Grits With Bacon and Mushrooms via Serious Eats

Get cozy with this comfort-food dish. Cheesy grits, shrimp, bacon, mushrooms...is your mouth watering yet? Your dinner date will be impressed by these mouth-watering flavors. Find the recipe here. If you're feeling creative, you could even try switching in Grainful's Homestyle Cheddar Oats? Now that's romantic by our book :) 

Step Two: Cater to that Sweet Tooth

Truffle Box Cake from Country Living

Up your box-o-chocolates game with this genius recipe. It's a cake made to look like a box of chocolates! It takes some time, so if you are the last minute type, this might not be for you. But, the look in your sweetie's eyes when they see this will be worth the effort. Check out the recipe here.

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes from Delish

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a Valentine's Day staple. Try this twist on the classic, because cheesecake can only make things better. Be careful, these mini cakes are so scrumptious, they're bound to disappear in a blink of an eye! You might want to double the recipe, just to be safe; find the recipe here.

Step Three: Hydration

Martha Stewart's Rasmopolitan

Post-dinner drinks should be fancy, and that is exactly what this fruity concoction is. You'll need citrus-flavored vodka, raspberry-flavored vodka, Chambord, lime juice, simple syrup, cranberry juice and raspberries for garnish. Check out the full recipe here.

Raspberry Rose-Collins from Saveur

Say "cheers" with this refreshing mix. Shake up some gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, fresh raspberries and top with soda water, for a deliciously impressive cocktail. Full recipe here.

Valentine's Day is fun, and trying out special treats for dates is always exciting, but the company is most important. No matter what is on the table, the time spent sitting at that table will be the most memorable. Hold your S.O. close and remind them how much they mean to you. Happy Valentine's Day!

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