Valentine’s Day will likely shape up a bit differently this year, and that’s okay! Just because you can’t have a sit-down meal at your favorite restaurant, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a romantic date night with your partner.
To offer a little inspiration, we’ve put together a list of at-home activities you can do from the safety and comfort of your own home. And the best part? Each of these romantic ideas clock-in at less than $100.
Let’s get started.
Cook a special meal, together
Kitchens have become the cornerstones of our home — and with good reason! It’s where we come together as a family, nourish ourselves and our loved ones, and unwind from our increasingly chaotic days.
To quote the great Virginia Woolf, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” In short, never underestimate the power of cooking.
When it comes to selecting what to cook, the internet offers a near-endless supply of soon-to-be favorites. For aspiring chefs, it might be best to start off slow. This list of 100 5-Ingredient Dinners offers a wealth of options, ranging from Scallops with Creamy Pesto to Heart-Shaped Pizzas and even vegetarian dishes, like this no-fuss lasagna.
For more seasoned chefs, you can try to recreate your favorite restaurant meal. Looking to take your relationship to the next level? Then this Engagement Roast Chicken recipe might be right for you!
Short on time but not on budget? Then you might want to consider a meal-delivery service like Blue Apron. These restaurant-quality dishes can usually be prepared in under an hour, and they even deliver all the ingredients you need to your home.
Host a romantic couple’s paint night
We might not be MasterChefs in the kitchen, but we are the go-to experts when it comes to couples painting. Painting to Gogh makes it simple for you and your partner to create your very own masterpiece during a romantic night at home.
If you’re looking for a way to spice up date night or to create a truly memorable Valentine’s Day, then you can check out our Date Night page for detailed instructions. But here’s how it works, in a nutshell.
Start by checking out our Couples Paintings, a curated list of some of our most romantic pieces. Once you’ve selected your artwork, it’s time to decide how you’ll paint. You can either create two individual paintings, or you can do something even more romantic. Consider joining together your canvases, known as a diptych, to create one larger work of art that you’ll paint together.
Either way, you’ll order two of our Starter Kits. Each kit contains a quality brush set, an easel and canvas, and all the art supplies you’ll need for your romantic paint night! Your package will be delivered straight to your door within 2-5 days. We’ll also email you an on-demand painting tutorial hosted by a professional art instructor.
On average, it takes between 1-2 hours to complete your painting, but our video tutorials make it easy to move at your own pace. You can pause, rewind, or skip ahead at your leisure. This makes it ideal to incorporate other fun ideas, like a wine tasting, into your date!
Pro-Tip: If you and your partner are apart this year, you can still join in on the fun! Check out our article on hosting a virtual paint date.
Learn a new skill
If you’re feeling especially adventurous, consider using Valentine’s Day as a time to learn a new skill. There are many to choose from:
- If you’re missing travel like us, then it might be beneficial to capture some of your past trips in a scrapbook you can revisit time and time again. This can also be the perfect opportunity to discuss where you’d like to go when it’s safer to travel.
- Learn a new, romantic dance you can do with your partner, whether it’s simple ballroom dancing or more advanced steps like those in Salsa. Either way, do your best to make it special — like converting your living room into a dance floor or dressing up in your finest attire.
- Discover a few massage pointers, and give your partner an at-home spa experience they’ll love. Consider setting the mood with candles, flowers, and other elements that might help your partner unwind.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day. The most important part is to spend quality time with your loved one. Just pick an idea you’ll both enjoy, and start planning your special night today!