By - February 1, 2019

Valentine’s Day: Staying in is the new going out


Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a romantic table for two at a restaurant, bathed in the soft glow of artificial candlelight, surrounded by strangers. Or so you thought.

If sitting in a crowded restaurant isn’t your thing, try something new this year. Even if you’re not the most culinary-inclined, you can easily be your own chef with a little help from Publix. With special limited-time offerings and a few everyday items, you can make your DIY date one to remember. Besides, where else can you go straight from dinner to a rousing round of… Mario Kart?

Be cheesy.

With actual cheese, that is. A quick stop at the deli will give you everything you need to put together a cheese plate to rival any restaurant offering.

Publix Deli Imported Blue Cheese
Blue cheese might make some wary, but don’t be put off by the odd color. This sharp and tangy cheese from Denmark has a creamy and crumbly texture that works well with crackers or dried cranberries.

Publix Deli Imported Blue Cheese, 4.4 oz.
Average Retail Price: $3.99

Publix Deli Imported Dutch Aged Gouda Cheese
Add a little complex flavor to your plate with this nutty and coffee-like option. Firm but smooth, this cheese from Holland pairs well with whole-grain bread or nuts.

Publix Deli Imported Dutch Age Gouda Cheese, 1 lb.
Average Retail Price: $14.49

Publix Deli Imported Aged Cheddar Cheese
If you want to add a popular option to your plate, you can’t go wrong with cheddar cheese. Rich and creamy, this time-tested traditional cheese is aged for 12 months to fully develop its flavor, and it pairs well with any snack.

Publix Deli Imported Aged Cheddar Cheese, 1 lb.
Average Retail Price: $10.99

Share the love.

The floral department makes it easy to find the perfect bouquet.

Vase Arrangement One Dozen Roses
Start your date off right with the traditional flower of love. This arrangement comes generously accented with premium greens and baby’s breath. If you’re the type who collects beer steins, not flower vases, don’t worry. This arrangement is fully prepared in a premium flower vase.

Vase Arrangement One Dozen Roses
Price: $39.99
Promotional Period: Feb. 7 – 14

The main event.

Don’t be daunted by complicated recipes.

Lobster Cook-in-Bag Dinner
Impress your partner with an artfully crafted lobster dish with fresh fettuccini in a creamy vodka sauce (pictured above). Don’t fear, though. This limited-time offering from the seafood department is as simple as can be. Just pop it in the oven, and you’re on your way to perfection. It may look like a labor of love, but don’t worry, we won’t tell.

Lobster Cook-in-Bag Dinner, 1 serving
Price: $12.99
Promotional Period: Feb. 7 – May 12

Happily, ever after.

Because your meal should end with desserts that are as sweet as your partner.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
It’s a tradition that can’t go wrong. These delicious strawberries are picked At Season’s Peak and then dipped in decadent chocolate.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, 6 oz.
Price: $4.59
Promotional Period: Feb. 7 – 14

Buttercream Iced Cupcakes
Topped with buttercream icing, these delectable chocolate and vanilla treats are a big hit. For added flair, these Valentine’s Day versions feature themed decorations and traditional colors.

Buttercream Iced Cupcakes, 6 ct.
Price: $3.99
Promotional Period: Feb. 7 – 14