My husband and I never do gifts for Valentine’s Day (or honestly any holiday for that matter). Instead of gifts, we’ve always done something simple and special together, like cook a fancy dinner or go see a movie together. I’ve always found it just as special, if not more so, than receiving something material. (Don’t get me wrong though, I definitely welcome a good box of chocolates; that just goes without saying right?!) This year, since we’re all spending a lot more time at home, I thought it would be fun to go beyond the classic gifts of chocolate and jewelry and instead share five fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home.
5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home
Celebrating Valentine’s Day at home can truly be just as much fun as a date night on the town. And, it doesn’t matter if you are celebrating with your long term partner, someone you just met, your best friends or even just yourself. This holiday is all about spreading love – and that can be absolutely anyone!
Make a chocolatey dessert
Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like chocolate, and there are some fantastic recipes you can try at home for a simple, yet delectable dessert. My personal favorite Valentine’s Day dessert is pot de creme (I have my eye on this recipe that uses only 5 ingredients). They are so simple to make and really rich and delicious.
If you don’t want to make your own dessert, I highly recommend finding a local gourmet chocolate shop in your area and placing an order of chocolate-covered strawberries. They’re the perfect mix of bright, fruity flavors and smooth, rich chocolate.
Have a movie night
Going to the movie theater is a bit trickier with the social distancing rules in place, and many of us don’t yet feel safe seeing a movie in the theater just yet. With so many streaming options, you can still watch some of the season’s newest releases right from your own couch. It’s totally not romantic in the classic sense, but I want to watch Promising Young Woman for something a little more entertaining than the usual Rom-Com. I’m a big fan of Carey Mulligan and Alison Brie, and this Comedy/Horror film is already up for some awesome awards.
To make it even more fun, make some homemade popcorn and celebrate as if you’re truly out for a date night. I love this sophisticated popcorn recipe from my friend Terra, of Love Nothing More.
Cook up a fancy dinner (or order one in!)
If you or your partner enjoy cooking, then plan to cook a romantic dinner together (we prefer to do this after the kids go to sleep). My husband is always up for a challenge in the kitchen, and he’s made some exceptional meals for us over the years.
I especially loved this skillet filet mignon with garlic herb butter that he made for our Friendsgiving celebration last year. It can be made stovetop in a cast-iron skillet and the garlic-herb butter is very simple to put together.
If cooking totally isn’t your thing, take advantage of a meal delivery service like Uber Eats or GrubHub and treat yourselves to something fancy. I love ordering sushi because that’s something I would never make at home!
Plan a game night
If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with the whole family, this is a great way to get everyone involved. Game nights for only two can be tricky, but a classic card game like UNO is always group favorite. Other games that are great for the whole family are Catchphrase, Taboo, Scrabble, and The Game of Things. Whatever your family is into, there’s a game out there for everyone. With Amazon prime shipping, you could even order something new and have it in time for the holiday!
Celebrate with a self-care routine
If you’re celebrating as a party of one–no problem! There’s no better day than Valentine’s Day to plan a spa night at home. This time of year, we can all use some self-care, so pamper yourself guilt-free.
This is my personal favorite at-home spa routine:
- Exfoliate with the PMD microdermabrasion or exfoliating mask (my current favorite is the Summer Fridays Overtime mask, bonus points for being a clean beauty product!)
- Hydrate with a sheet mask (I just got this one and can’t wait to try it).
- Moisturize your skin in a rich body butter (this one has been my favorite for years. I love the Vanilla Bean scent; it’s very subtle and not at all overpowering).
- Do an at-home manicure: trim nails, cut cuticles, and buff. Then follow up with your favorite nail color (click here for my favorite colors for fall and winter)
(For even more self-care ideas, click here.)
How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day at home?
No matter how you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, I hope that you have a day filled with love. We’re all in need of that, this year especially, and I know you deserve it!