Valentine’s Day Brunch: An Alternative to the Typical Date Night - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Immediately after Christmas, stores turn a vibrant pink and hearts hang from the ceilings. Valentine’s Day is in our faces at every turn, and if we’re honest, it can be a bit of a bummer if we don’t have someone to spend the holiday with.

Instead of stressing to find a date or making plans to stay in with TV and a pint of ice cream, celebrate the people who are important in your life with a Valentine’s Day brunch!

Whether you want to celebrate with all your loved ones on Valentine’s Day or maybe you’re a fan of Leslie Knope’s Galentine’s Day and just want to have the girls over, these brunch ideas will have you feeling festive in no time!

The Decor

For me, Valentine’s Day instantly brings to mind pink hearts with red trim and lots of glitter, which is a little bit more vibrant than my style.

For my Valentine’s Day brunch, I started my decorating with an off-white lace tablecloth. Lace is delicate, romantic and adds a feminine touch to the tablescape, without making it too cutesy. Then I layered the dishes, serving trays and flowers.

Valentine’s Day Brunch: An Alternative to the Typical Date Night - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Flowers are an everyday staple in my home, and for a Valentine’s Day table they’re a must. They add color and life to decor, and they smell great. Roses are a traditional choice for the holiday, but don’t feel obligated to have them. I chose a mixture of flowers but stuck with typical Valentine’s Day colors like white, pink and purple.

I love mixing metallics and wood; it feels sophisticated and casual all at the same time. One way to do this is with serving trays. Use wooden trays to set out the food and metal or tin buckets to place silverware in.

Valentine’s Day Brunch: An Alternative to the Typical Date Night - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

A lot of people shy away from paper plates, but I have to say, they’re a lifesaver when it comes to cleaning up. Find some cute paper plates for a few bucks at the store and save yourself some time and stress. I found these gold and white ones for just a few dollars each at Target.

To add a little bit more of the Valentine’s Day feel, I used pink dishes to put some of the brunch toppings in. They added more color and festiveness to the table.

The Food

Whenever I make brunch, I like to make something sweet, something savory and some sort of fruit dish. For this brunch I went with waffles, spinach and egg galettes, and yogurt with berries.

Waffles are great because they’re easy to make and incredibly customizable. You can throw just about anything in a waffle and it’s delicious. I made half a batch of regular waffles and half a batch of chocolate chip (the chocolate chip ones went really fast). To make them a little more fun, set out some waffle toppings. I like nuts and berries on my waffles and for the chocolate chip waffles, I love throwing peanut butter chips in with them. Peanut butter and chocolate are a classic combination, so why not include them on a waffle?

Valentine’s Day Brunch: An Alternative to the Typical Date Night - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Need a time saving tip? Instead of making waffle mix from scratch, use a boxed mix, but replace water for milk and add a half teaspoon of nutmeg and a tablespoon of cinnamon. It gives the waffles a little more flavor and richness than typical boxed mixes.

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Yogurt and berries is a brunch staple, and the red color from the berries makes them a perfect match for Valentine’s Day. If you want your berries to be a little sweeter, or to make a berry syrup for your waffles, pour some sugar (about a half cup) over the berries and let them sit overnight. When you wake up in the morning, they’ll be sweet and juicy!

Valentine’s Day Brunch: An Alternative to the Typical Date Night - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

 

These spinach and egg galettes are a real crowd pleaser and they’re super easy to make! All you need are

  • 2 sheets of puff pastry dough
  • 1 small bag of baby spinach
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 8 large eggs
  • ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

First, thaw out your puff pastry dough and lay the two sheets of dough onto a clean, flat surface. Cut each sheet into fours, making eight puff pastry squares, and place them on a greased baking sheet. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Next, heat milk, butter and garlic in a pot over medium heat, and add flour to thicken. Stir in spinach and let sit for five minutes to cool.

Place a spoonful of the spinach mixture in the center of each puff pastry square and create a divot in the spinach. This will help the egg stay in place. Next crack an egg over each divot. Sprinkle squares with parmesan and top with salt and pepper. Fold corners of the puff pastry towards the center of the square. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Drinks

Valentine’s Day Brunch: An Alternative to the Typical Date Night - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

What’s a brunch without mimosas?

Typically you’d mix champagne with orange juice, but in honor of Valentine’s Day and all things pink, I used raspberry lemonade instead of orange juice. They’re pink and delicious!

If you want a non-alcoholic option, try blood orange Italian soda. Its coral-pink color looks pretty in the glasses and it tastes amazing! Guests won’t miss the champagne one bit.

Hopefully my brunch was able to inspire your Valentine’s Day plans. How will you celebrate the holiday this year? Share your Valentine’s Day ideas in the comment section!

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  1. What a nice idea for Valentines Day! The menu is healthy, light, and yet, should be satisfying for most anyone taste. Thanks!

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