From macaron baking mats to cheese boards, here’s how to keep your meal on theme.

By Bridget Hallinan
Updated January 31, 2020
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Sometimes, a home-cooked meal is even more romantic than a big night out for Valentine’s Day—and if you really want to make it special, some heart-shaped equipment will help you pull off an impressive spread. Start off the day with little heart waffles, and use special stamps to upgrade homemade ravioli for dinner. As for dessert? Take your pick of heart-shaped macarons, thanks to a handy baking mat, heart-shaped tarts, cakelets, and more. All that's left to do is grab a nice bottle of wine—read on for everything you'll need.

Cocottes

Courtesy of Le Creuset

These little cocottes come in red, white, or pink. As an added bonus, they’re almost 40 percent off.

Heart Cocotte 1 Qt. $100 (was $160) at lecreuset.com

Tart Dish

Courtesy of Le Creuset

This tart dish is made from dense stoneware, which ensures even heating and uniform browning for your desserts. 

Heart Tart Dish, $40 at lecreuset.com

Egg & Soldiers Boards

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Use these adorable boards to serve soft-boiled eggs, or, put out seasonings like salt and pepper.

Set of 2 Egg & Soldiers Boards, $35 at nordstrom.com

Ravioli Stamp

Courtesy of Sur La Table

Homemade ravioli is impressive enough on its own, but this stamp lets you up the ante by shaping them like hearts. Extra points if you add red food coloring to the pasta dough, too. As for the filling? Lobster would be a good match.

Heart Ravioli Stamp $8 at surlatable.com

Cakelet Pan

Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

This pan leaves a little well open on the top of each cake, which you can fill with molten chocolate, jam, and more.

Nordic Ware Valentine Heart Cakelet Pan, $32 (was $40) at williams-sonoma.comor amazon.com

Macaron Baking Mat

Courtesy of Sur La Table

Our pink raspberry macarons would be perfect for Valentine’s Day—if you want, grab this baking mat to make them heart-shaped.

Mastrad Heart-Shaped Macaron Baking Mat, $20 at amazon.com or surlatable.com

Cookie Cutters

Courtesy of Sur La Table

These cookie cutters come in various sizes and have different-styled edges, too. Some are ruffled; some are sleek, so you can experiment with designs.

Sur La Table Heart Cookie Cutters, Set of 5, $10 at surlatable.com

Cheese Board

Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

The only thing more romantic than cheese is cheese on a heart-shaped cheese board. Plus, the nice thing about this model is that it’s not too on theme—the simple marble design means you can use it any time of the year.

White Marble Heart Cheese Board, $32 (was $40) at williams-sonoma.com

Bundt Pan

Courtesy of Amazon

Add a romantic twist to your Valentine’s Day dessert with this heart-shaped bundt pan. We love the coppery color, and the non-stick coating also ensures the cake will come out easily. 

Nordic Ware Elegant Heart Bundt Pan, $21 (was $32) at amazon.com

Trivet

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Keep your tablescape on theme with this heart trivet.

Red Valentine Heart Trivet, $17 at crateandbarrel.com

Waffle Maker

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Waking up to heart-shaped waffles is a great way to kick off Valentine’s Day. This machine, which has a non-stick surface, makes one waffle at a time.

Dash Heart Mini Waffle Maker, $10 (was $12) at amazon.com or crateandbarrel.com

Measuring Spoons

Courtesy of Amazon

These measuring spoons are etched with little messages, like “pinch of patience,” and “heap of love,” which are meant to be the “ingredients” needed for a successful marriage, according to the product description. It’s a little kitschy, but fun all the same.

Kate Aspen Love Beyond Measuring Spoons, $6 at amazon.com

Dip Bowl

Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Store all of your candies and chocolates in this heart-shaped bowl.

Heart Shaped Dip Bowl, $10 at potterybarn.com

Spatula

Courtesy of Food52

Use this sleek, but festive spatula to flip pancakes for breakfast—better yet if the pancakes are heart-shaped, too.

Heart Pancake Spatula, $56 at food52.com

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