VALENTINE’S DAY is just around the corner. After spending so much time indoors, you may be struggling to come up with an exciting idea that could turn yet another evening at home into a celebration of love with someone special. But fear not, we’ve compiled a list of 10 unique Valentine’s Day date ideas for you and your sweetheart. Have a look:
1. Cook Together on Valentine’s Day
Cook up some romance by creating a delicious meal together and enjoying it over candlelight. Take the time to collaborate on the perfect menu together. Leisurely flip through cookbooks for ideas of new things to make. Enjoy sourcing the ingredients together and try preparing all of the recipes as a team. This could provide for the quality time you and your partner need, creating a more intimate experience.
If you want to avoid shopping and prepping, services like HelloFresh or Home Chef allow you to choose your recipes from their rotating menu. These services conveniently mail detailed instructions and pre-proportioned ingredients to your doorstep. After that, all you have to do is follow the recipe steps, pour a glass of wine, put on some music, and enjoy your night.
2. Take a Painting Class at Home
A virtual painting class will let you and your partner unleash your inner artists and get the chance to see another side of each other. There is another great selling point of getting your paintbrushes out! Studies show that when couples do activities together, such as taking a painting class together, their bodies release more oxytocin. Oxytocin is known as the love, or bonding, hormone. Check out the virtual classes at studios like The Paint Bar or Canvas Cup. Alternatively, try participating in one of Yaymaker’s virtual paint nights.
3. This Valentine’s Day, Try Bundling Up and Getting Outside
February might still be chilly, but make the most of it by bundling up and building a fire to enjoy the outdoors during the time of year we are usually inside. Bring out a bottle of good wine, toast some oversize marshmallows, and take in the vast night sky with the help of the Night Sky app. This very cool app will show you what constellations you’re looking at while you bask in the glow of your sweetheart.
If it is just too cold out, have an indoor picnic instead. Spread out a picnic blanket on your living room floor with delicious treats and a bottle of champagne, and watch the Northern Lights via Livestream—such a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day at home.
4. Enjoy a Luxurious Spa Night at Home
Create your own spa experience at home this Valentine’s Day with your significant other. Enhance the ambiance with lots of candles, put on a plush robe, and enjoy some refreshing champagne and spa snacks. Try giving each other a relaxing massage with stress-relieving oil. Or, indulge in his and her face masks followed by a long bubble bath.
5. Have a Dance Party at Home on Valentine’s Day
For a more interactive evening, try dancing to get your heart rate up. You and your partner can pick from several dance classes —salsa, ballroom, tango, or any style you enjoy. Dancio teaches beginners how to do a plié and pirouette. CLI studios offer lessons on everything from tap to hip-hop.
6. Become Mixology Masters
Miss dressing up and heading out for some cocktails? You can now re-create all of this at home for a romantic experience. Learn how to mix your own cocktails with help from a virtual mixology class. Renowned bartenders Lynnette Marrero and Ryan Chetiyawardana teach cocktail-making essentials, including mixing the perfect old-fashioned whiskey smash, martini, and sherry spritz—in a series of Masterclass courses. Or, you can always tune into Stanley Tucci on IGTV to make a perfect Negroni and other classic sips. For those who prefer alcohol-free festivities, try making a new recipe from Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking for Whatever Reason.
7. Stream a Virtual Concert at Home
Whether you’re into classical, country, pop, hip-hop, rock, or some other music genre in between, chances are you can enjoy a live-streamed concert of one of your favorite artists right from your living room. Many artists are playing free shows; check out Billboard and LiveNation for an extensive lists of live events. You can head to Great Performances on PBS for great classical music options or visit Playbill to see what is going on virtually on Broadway.
8. Sweat Together on Valentine’s Day
Experts say, “Couples who sweat together, stay together.” So why not raise those feel-good endorphins by getting in some exercise? Take a virtual yoga class or challenge each other to fun cardio challenges. If the weather permits, head outside to play a game of paddle tennis, go for a run, try ice skating, or hit one of your favorite local trails for a hike.
9. Love, Chocolate, and a Romantic Movie
What’s more romantic than making your own chocolate-covered strawberries at home with hot melted fondue with your sweetheart? Nothing, unless it’s coupled with watching a romantic movie! Be sure to light a mood-setting candle and open up a bottle of wine to create the perfect evening.
For the fondue, try these stoneware pots of Decadent Belgian chocolate. Heat them in the microwave and dip away; no clean-up or storage is required.
10. Whip Up Breakfast in Bed
Simple gestures like breakfast in bed become special when you take them to the next level. Put a tray together for your partner, and don’t forget to include as many heart-shaped food items as possible. If cooking isn’t your strong suit, then pick up breakfast treats from your local bakery ahead of time. Breakfast in bed is a simple way to say “I love you” before your partner even takes a sip of their coffee (or mimosa).
We hope these ideas inspired you! Enjoy your Valentine’s Day-
If you can’t be together in person this year, look here for ideas on connecting with your loved one remotely.