Instead of heading out for a romantic restaurant dinner or a weekend getaway this year, many couples opt for a Valentine’s Day celebration at home.
But you’ve probably held plenty of date nights in your living room over the past few years, so it may take some creativity to make this one feel extra special. To inspire your planning, we rounded up the most fun and memorable ways to spend your Valentine’s Day, from the decor that will liven up your space to virtual classes and dinner ideas. So all you need to do is pick out the perfect outfit and get ready for a romantic night with your S.O.
Can you believe it? Another year has flown by, and it’s nearly time to celebrate the love present in our lives again. Since the pandemic, we’ve gotten pretty good at getting creative when it comes to celebrations, haven’t we? Getting creative for Valentine’s Day is so fun. If you’re reading that like, seriously?! You’re in the right place.
I think, more than ever, our souls need Valentine’s Day right now, and it doesn’t need to be an expensive occasion.
Valentine’s day, in my eyes, has always been about reminding the people we love that we love them, and love is exactly the vibration we should be channelling our energy into right now, more than ever.
Cook A Romantic Dinner
Most of us have a favourite dish from our favourite restaurant — the one we crave time and time again. But have you ever tried to recreate that dish at home? You can often replicate fancy restaurant meals at home with a little internet research. If you’re not sure where to start, try one of these restaurant-quality recipes from Taste of Home.
Create A Spa Experience At Home
Not everyone has the time or money to spend a day at a fancy spa. But you can pamper yourself and your partner by creating your spa at home. Light some aromatherapy candles, draw a bubble bath or take turns giving each other a back massage. For do-it-yourself recipes for bath bombs, hair conditioners, mud masks and more, check out this helpful article from Babble.
Turn Your Living Room Into A Ballroom.
When’s the last time you and your sweetheart went dancing? Move aside the living room furniture to create space, cue up some music and dance the night away. You can learn traditional ballroom dance moves like Tango or Salsa with online courses such as LearntoDance.com. Or freestyle it with your favourite music.
Cuddle Up And Watch A Movie
There’s no better excuse than Valentine’s Day to snuggle under a blanket and watch a romantic movie. You can list the 23 most romantic flicks for Valentine’s Day — and some of their choices may surprise you! Or, for something more personal, you could snuggle and watch home movies or look through old photo albums.
Surprise Your Partner With A Backyard Picnic
There’s something romantic about a picnic for two. So if you live in a mild climate, create a backyard picnic and stargaze with your sweetheart.
If the weather outside is frightful, you can host a picnic indoors by candlelight or fireplace. Layout a blanket and pillows to make it cozier.
Channel Your Inner Pastry Chef
Nothing is sweeter than preparing a fancy dessert with your partner. Elevate your baking skills with one of these heart-shaped dessert recipes from Taste of Home. Or create a simple, romantic dessert such as chocolate-dipped strawberries paired with champagne. Just dip fresh strawberries into melted chocolate (semisweet chocolate chips melted in the microwave work great) and place them in the refrigerator to harden for an hour before serving.
Being playful and having fun isn’t just for children. Research shows that adults benefit from games too. They’re a source of relaxation, and they build your problem-solving skills, which can help strengthen your relationship. So on Valentine’s Day, dust off your favourite board games, grab a deck of cards or play a round of Truth or Dare with your partner.
Take A Trip Around The World — Without Leaving Home.
Perhaps you’ve been dreaming about a romantic wine tour in Italy or a relaxing trip to a far-away beach. Bring those adventures to your doorstep by organising a themed date night at home. If Italy is your dream, you could use these tips from Tuscany Tonight to host an Italian wine tasting party. Likewise, if you’re longing for summer weather and sandy beaches, you can bring some vacation rituals into your home using ideas from Houzz.
Create A Scavenger Hunt Around The House
Write a series of clues to guide your partner on a fun scavenger hunt around the house, leading to a surprise at the end, such as a romantic meal or gift. Whether it’s a riddle or photo, each clue should lead to the next. Pinterest offers several ideas for adult scavenger hunts and creative clues.
Create Art Together
Tap into your creative side and make some artwork together as a couple. For example, you could create a collage of photographs of each other, write a poem together, gather some paints and a canvas, and paint a romantic image like these from Pinterest. No matter what you create, display it as a reminder of your love for one another.
Of course, these ideas also work for date nights at home, not just on Valentine’s Day. So keep them handy year-round to celebrate the person you love the most in the place you love the most.
You can set a romantic ambience with various at-home Valentine’s Day decorations. The Valentine’s Day decorations you choose should be based on the vibe you’re going for, your budget, and your craftiness. For example, suppose you’d like something cutesy. In that case, you can get Valentine’s Day mylar balloons and string up pink and red crepe paper, whereas if you’re going for something elegant and seductive, a pathway of twinkling tea lights and scattered rose petals leading from the dinner table to the bathtub or bedroom may be a better fit.
Insist That Your Partner Stays In Bed And Bring Breakfast To Bed
When you wake, and your eyes meet for the first light of Valentine’s Day, give your partner a kiss (or whatever you fancy hehe) and then insist they continue to have a lie-in whilst you prepare a special Valentine’s day breakfast.
The cute Valentine’s Day go-to is a delicious stack of pancakes with all the toppings. Shape the pancakes in hearts, cut the strawberries in hearts and drizzle on all of your partner’s favourite things. However, if they don’t like pancakes, prepare their favourite breakfast, perhaps something they never have the time to make themselves and show them that you’ve been listening to their favourite things (winner).
What’s most important with this one is that you are showing you care, listening, and showing your appreciation for their existence. So top up the breakfast tray with your favourite drink and maybe a little note to say I love you or some special words.
Flowers Bring Back Flowers.
I know this one seems straightforward and obvious, but flowers are just the loveliest thing to receive. They don’t need to be expensive, even just one rose or a little bouquet; it’s more the thought.
Write Them A Love Letter.
Let’s go old school. Pen to paper.
Honestly, in a day and age where a text is all too easy to send, the time it takes to write a letter means the whole world.
It might not seem a big deal to you but knowing someone has taken the time to sit and write such beautiful things warms the soul up like no other. In a world that demands our time in so many ways, the gift of time is just the most precious of all.
Go For A Walk In Nature With A Picnic.
Depending on where you’re doing your Valentine’s Day lockdown, this is a great way to get outside and change the scenery whilst doing something for Valentine’s Day.
If lockdown restrictions in your area don’t allow you to go out for anything but the essential exercise, you could do a morning coffee walk and then set up a picnic in your back garden. Get creative, but the emphasis is to combine your Valentine’s Day in lockdown with fresh air and outdoor activity.
Set Up A Projector Movie Date Night
Notice a pattern here? Bring back the old school loving! Love letters and films on projectors.
Having a projector at home is a game-changer for movie night. I have this portable Apeman one which I use in my van too.
Invest in one, not only for Valentine’s Day but for year-round date nights.
All you then need is to connect to your phone/laptop, bring up Netflix or a streaming platform of your choice and then buy your partner’s favourite treats.
Invite Your Partner To Dress Up And Come To Dinner
Please keep it simple; keep it fancy.
Dress up to the nines, indulge in the time to get ready with your partner and then have a date night as if at a restaurant. Either cook their favourite dish or order in and relax together for the evening, sipping your favourite wine/cocktail/mocktails!
If you’re cooking and looking for a little extra sass, go to town with this love heart casserole dish (use it all year round, too, for date nights!)
Plan A Home Spa Evening
If you and your partner are more for the chill-out vibes and would normally treat each other to a spa day or spa treatment for Valentine’s Day, a great Valentine’s day idea is to bring the spa to your home.
Get all the face masks in, perhaps treat yourself / the two of you to a new skincare set, get some bath bubbles, some massage oil, you get the picture. Then, go all out with setting the lighting, the spa music and perhaps a light dinner/tapas.
Set Up A Sexy Bedroom Atmosphere
However, you could use Valentine’s day as an opportunity to get creative and experimental. For example, you could use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to role play / bring to life your and your partner’s desires (that perhaps you’ve been meaning to do for a while); you could introduce some new toys, some new underwear etc.
Set the mood, the lighting, the intention and have fun.
Wrap Up Warm, Get Hot Chocolate Goodies And Have A Fire Pit Session
There’s nothing cosier than a touch of cold air and an excuse to snuggle up to the one you love.
We missed out on firework displays this year, but it doesn’t mean you can’t take the energy and create it in your garden.
Wrap up warm, make your favourite drinks, get a fire pit, perhaps some fireworks, and snuggle up with your love beneath the night sky. It is where my favourite conversations happen.
Cheese And Wine Night
Create your cheese platter, grab your favourite bottle of wine and spend the evening watching a movie/reminiscing on the beautiful journey you have been on together.
If you’re planning it, you could start with some cheesy jokes! E.g.
What type of music does a cheesemonger listen to? R & Brie
Haha! Or maybe not? But you could cut some hearts into your cheeses, so you have a heart cheese platter and then fondue the rest (don’t waste it!)
Make sure you save the cork and date it!
Of course, this Valentine’s Day list of ideas has been focused on how to show the person you love that you love them but in between those moments, absolutely make time to do some things together like cooking dinner!
You could get all the stuff to make homemade pizzas together, and you could do a course each and make a Mexican feast.
Whatever you do, do it with love.
MOUTH All the Snacks Box
Most Valentine’s Day dates revolve around a meal. So whether you’re more of a breakfast-in-bed couple or a candlelit dinner duo, there are some romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day meals at home. Here are a few of the best ideas for Valentine’s Day meals at home:
Order delivery or takeout from your favourite restaurant. Consider getting food from a special restaurant, such as where you had your first date or where you proposed. Then, relive the experience at home by ordering the same foods and reminiscing about the experience.
Make heart-shaped foods using heart-shaped cookie cutters, a heart-shaped waffle iron, or a knife (carefully): For example, you can make heart-shaped pancakes or waffles for breakfast, heart-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, heart-shaped mini pizzas for dinner, and heart-shaped cookies or brownies for a sweet finish.
Cook a special meal: If your sweetheart has a favourite meal or wants to replicate a special meal you shared in your relationship, try cooking it yourself or cooking it together as a date night activity.
Take a trip to the ’70s: An easy DIY Valentine’s Day dinner and dessert idea are to make it a fondue party. Fondue is easy to make, and it can be sensual to dip and feed each other different foods. After a cheese fondue dinner, stay on theme with a luscious chocolate fondue dessert. You can make chocolate-covered strawberries and dip other fruits, marshmallows, graham crackers, etc. Interactive foods can set the mood for an intimate Valentine’s Day at home.
So, whether you are planning to spend Valentine’s Day alone or with your loved one, we hope that these tips will give you some great ideas to make the day special. Have a wonderful and love-filled Valentine’s Day!
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How Can I Make Valentine’s Day Special For Him At Home?
- Romantic surprise with flour hearts.
- A jar of reasons why you love him.
- Teabag hearts.
- Miniature Valentine’s notebooks.
- Homemade chocolate cupcakes.
- Personalised photo frame.
- Printable bread wrappers.
- Love letters.
How Can I Make Valentine’s Day Special?
- Make Heart-Shaped Pancakes.
- Write Love Notes for Lunches.
- Wear All Pink and Red.
- Light Candles for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
- Decorate the Dinner Table.
- Pick a Romantic Movie to Watch.
- Flip Through Photos with Your Person.
How Do I Make My Wife Feel Special On Valentine’s Day?
- Visit Your First Date Location.
- Plan A Tech-Free Evening Together.
- Play Chef.
- Arrange A Galentine’s Day Lunch for Her.
- Set Up A Romantic Picnic.
- Capture The Moment.
- Schedule An At-Home Mani/Pedi.
- Let Her Choose.
How Do I Plan A Romantic Man For Valentine’s Day?
- Plan an outdoor adventure.
- Take him out of town.
- Take him on a shopping spree.
- Wine or beer tasting tour.
- Take him to a show or game.
- Drive-in movie date.
- Indulge his adrenaline junkie side.
What Is The Most Popular Gift On Valentine’s Day?
As cliché as it might be, the heart-shaped box of chocolates is still one of the most popular Valentine’s gifts, and nearly 48% of consumers say chocolate is one of the top gifts they present to their sweetheart.