7 Tips to Plan A Perfect Valentine's Day by Katie Lee & Chase Freedom

Soon Valentine's Day will be here! This year keep the stress down as you plan activities with family, friends or just for yourself.

Whether you’re struggling trying to determine what to do for that special someone, looking for a fun singles activity, or how to celebrate with your family and friends, Katie Lee culinary personality and co-host on Food Network’s The Kitchen can help you navigate this special day.

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Katie on behalf of Chase Freedom is sharing these 7 tips on how to create the perfect Valentine’s Day for everyone in your life—from planning the perfect meal to selecting the perfect gift.
  1. All in the Family: Show your family some love by celebrating together. Go to the supermarket and let everyone pick their favorite items, then come home and cook together. Or have a family movie night. Regardless, remember to shop smart: buy movie tickets or groceries ahead of time and use Chase Freedom, which offers cardmembers 5% cash back on purchases at grocery stores and movie theaters during Q1 2015.

  2. Social Media Stakeout: Scope out your Valentine’s social media for their likes and dislikes. Their Instagram and Twitter will be great sources of inspiration for gift giving.

  3. Gift-ivity: Give a gift that provides a fun activity for you and your Valentine, like tickets to a game, theater seats, a movie, or sign up for a class to take together, like wine tasting. But, don't forget a card! Take a couple of extra minutes to write a thoughtful note to your Valentine.

  4. Made With Love: You don't have to spend a lot of money to give a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift. The reward for giving is in giving itself, but it doesn’t hurt to take advantage of deals like Chase Freedom’s 5% cash back for purchases at grocery stores through March 31! Buy ingredients to make cookies and package them up in a decorative tin. This is a fun gift for co-workers as well without getting too personal.

  5. Sparty: Invite your friends over for an evening of pampering with an at-home spa party. Serve healthy food and make homemade beauty treatments, like an oatmeal and honey scrub and a foot bath of rose petals and powdered milk.

  6. Sparkling Chef: Choose a menu that is easy to execute and indulgent without being too heavy. Keep the hors d'oeuvres and the dessert assembly-only so you can focus on the entree. For a quick hors d'oeuvre, toast slices of baguette, spread with cream cheese, top with sliced strawberries, a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar. For dessert, buy a chocolate angel food cake and serve it with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder. For dinner, sear filet mignon in a skillet and make a quick red wine sauce to serve with it. And don’t forget to break out the bubbly! Champagne, sparkling wine, cava, Prosecco, all do the trick. You can serve it straight up, or make a Valentine's Day champagne cocktail with pomegranate juice and seeds, a splash of citrus vodka, and top it with bubbles.

  7. Extra points: Light plenty of candles and make a playlist. I buy a bouquet of a dozen roses, then cut them short and make multiple arrangements in small vessels. Use Chase Freedom to earn 5% cash back at the grocery store as you score extra points with your Valentine.

About Katie:

For Katie, culinary personality and co-host on Food Network’s The Kitchen, cooking wasn't just a hobby growing up—it was a way of life. In addition to her comfort food cookbooks, Katie writes a column for SELF and published her first novel, Groundswell, in 2011. Outside of her culinary and literary adventures, Katie sits on the Celebrity Board for Feeding America.

Watch Katie every Saturday at 11 a.m. EST on Food Network’s The Kitchen, a weekly daytime cooking show running the culinary gamut, including food trends, recipes, family meal tips, trivia games, and guest interviews.

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  1. I think the idea of cooking or baking together is fun every day. You can spend some great quality time with your loved one AND you get a yummy treat when you are done.

  2. I really like that social media stake out idea for Valentines Day ideas

  3. What great ideas for the perfect Valentine's Fay that won't break the bank (at least some of them won't) There is definitely something everyone could do if they wished!

  4. I love the idea of baking together but don't think I can get my hubby to do it! He hates cooking :)

  5. That 5% cash back sounds great! I always love rewards like that.

  6. These are some great ideas! I might have to try some out this weekend.

  7. I like the Sparkling Chef ideas. They sounded really tasty.

  8. My husband and I cook together all the time! Really fun!

  9. I'm all for #6, especially the bubbly suggestion ;)

  10. Those are some great tips. I love the idea of giving a gift of activity.

    Michelle F.

  11. I'm a big fan of the homemade gift idea. It's just so sweet and personal.

  12. Great ideas! And we love cooking together. It's a date in itself!