Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and with the coronavirus, and its new, possibly more contagious variants, still continuing to spread across the country, it’s more important than ever that we do our part and stay at home.
Whether you’re a couple who met during the pandemic, you’ve been together for years or even if you’re spending the holiday alone, here’s how you can make Valentine’s Day special while staying safe.
Good news! All of these ideas can be adapted to be virtual, too.
Spend some quality time together in the kitchen, cooking your favorite foods together. To keep it pandemic friendly, order your groceries ahead of time (and don’t forget those roses)!
One way to mix it up is by taking turns cooking the courses. If one of you chooses the main course, the other can choose the appetizer or dessert. That way, all of your signature dishes are represented.
Not a cook? There’s no shame in your take-out game! (And bonus: No dirty dishes in the sink to put a damper on the romance.) Pick your favorite fancy restaurant and order your favorite meals. If you’re in a long distance relationship, you can order for each other and surprise your partner with their meal. Just remember to show your delivery person some love with a generous tip!
Do a Valentine’s Day craft or DIY project.
Is there something around the house you’ve both been meaning to tackle? Or a craft you’ve been dying to try? There’s no greater test of a relationship like committing to do a home improvement project together. Just maybe stay away from putting together flat-pack furniture … unless you’re trying to break up by the end of the night.
Make your own Movie Theater or drive-in and enjoy a cozy movie night from the comfort of your own home. Pop some popcorn, stock up on that Valentine’s Day candy and settle in for a movie marathon. May we suggest these binge-worthy TV shows that were practically made for cozying up? If you’re tired of watching everything on your laptop or TV, invest in a projector (like this one from Kodak) and turn your living room into your own home theatre. Plus, you can minimize the aggravation of surfing your gazillion streaming services with an all-in-one device like the Roku Ultra (which also has a lost remote finder — one more date-night argument to avoid!).
Write a love letter to each other.
Light some candles, turn on some music, grab a pen and paper and write a love letter to your partner. If you’re trying to be extra sweet, you can read them aloud to each other once you’re finished.
Whether you’re a couple that loves to picnic in the park or find the most romantic view on a hike, find an outdoor activity that you both love and make the day special by spending it outdoors.
Re-create your first date — with the added challenge of staying at home.
Try to create those same first date butterflies from your own living room! This is a thoughtful way to show you remember the first time the two of you went out while still saying safe.