It is simple to have a romantic vacation without leaving the couch with a little forethought.
Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day can sometimes be more hectic than romantic. The designation of “most romantic day of the year” can come with a lot of pressure to go all out with a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant, dancing, flowers, and champagne—in other words, a lot of scheduling and expenditure that might keep you from appreciating the true spirit of the day. Which is why a lot of people choose a more domestic choice to celebrate. Fortunately, there are now more options than ever for having a great date night at home. There are so many options to spend a loved-up day without ever leaving the comfort of your own home, from romantic movies that are readily available to watch to delivery services and online lessons that make preparing a gourmet meal together a breeze. Here are some suggestions for a special Valentine’s Day at home in case you need a little inspiration (most of which can easily be adapted for an equally fun treat with friends).
1. Hold a picnic inside
Lay out a gourmet spread and a bottle of bubbly on the living room floor. We like this lobster roll and sea salt brownies package from Maine. Set the mood with a bright picnic blanket and bring a basket; if you don’t already have them, they are good purchases. The event will undoubtedly feel exceptional because it will be different from your typical routine.
2. Cover every surface in chocolate
A fondue night has the drawback of leaving you with a fondue kit that is probably never going to be used again. That is why these stoneware chocolate pots from Belgium are so brilliant. There is no cleanup or storage needed; simply reheat them in the microwave before using.
3. Watch a film Marathon
one movie That was really an ordinary night. allowing yourself to see as many as you desire? That is a suitable dating night. For a blissfully languid evening on the couch, start with Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet or dive into a series like The Matrix or Before Sunrise. Of course you’ll need sweets and popcorn, so spend your money on the best.
4. Become experts in mixology
Enroll in a cocktail-making course. You might also spend money on a good cocktail book and try out some delectable recipes on your own.
5. Test Your Knowledge Before Trivia Night
Use this quiz book to spice up your Valentine’s Day dinner conversation; discovering fresh information about your sweetheart is always entertaining and surprising. Alternatively, plan a digital date night and compete against other couples in a game of digital Jeopardy. Increase the friendly rivalry by asking everyone to contribute to a winner’s pot.
6. Enroll in a cooking class
Enroll in a virtual cooking class to add some extra touches to the Valentine’s Day dish you prepare (another great group date with friends.) You can find meal kits from renowned restaurants so you may try Kansas City barbecue, Gramercy Tavern’s legendary burgers, or sashimi from Hawaii. These kits are perfect for people who want to cook at their own pace or simply want all the ingredients sent at once.
7. Treat yourself to breakfast in bed
When you elevate ordinary gestures like breakfast in bed, they take on a unique meaning. Serve a heart-shaped pancake or waffle beside a generous spread of their favorite items on a lovely tray, along with a favorite book, newspaper, or magazine. If you’re not good at cooking, order these chocolate croissants to be served warm from the oven along with their preferred cup of coffee.
8. Show Off Your Creativity
Your inner artist can be let loose (or at least you can have a good laugh) with a virtual painting class or pottery-making kit, and the resulting products will make for amusing souvenirs to remember this unique Valentine’s Day.
9.Work a Puzzle
Not a creative type? By putting together a luscious puzzle, you can still come up with something lovely to do together. You may even save and frame the outcomes to preserve them for all time if you add a little puzzle glue.
10. Dress Warmly in the Backyard
Make the most of February by dressing in your warmest clothes and lighting a fire. It may still be freezing. During the time of year when we are typically indoors, bring out a bottle of fine wine, toast some giant marshmallows, play a game outside, and take in nature. (No outside area? Instead, choose a small inside fireplace.)
11. Unwind with a spa day
Treat yourself at home if a spa weekend is not in the cards. Have turns massaging each other with calming oil, take a long bath, and, if you haven’t already been, ahem, distracted, unwind with hydrating facial masks. You’ll end the day in one way or another with a strong Valentine’s Day glow.