Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and the question on everyone’s mind is: What should we do? If you’re like most couples, you’ll exchange gifts and have a date night. However, one of the cons to going out is that every other couple in your area is thinking the same thing. Restaurants will be packed, and finding a place with an open table will be difficult.
Instead of spending top dollar on a prix fixe menu, might we suggest a home date night for Valentine’s Day? You won’t have to fight crowds of couples and can instead focus on each other and the love you share. Doesn’t that sound nice? We thought so, too. That’s why we put together five home date ideas for Valentine’s Day.
1. Have a Classic Candlelit Dinner
Nothing says romance like candles. Break out those fancy candles you’ve been saving, and treat your other half to a candlelit dinner. For bonus points, cook the meal yourself. Cook up your loved one’s favorite dish if you can. Use your best place settings, and consider even setting up a special table somewhere in your house. If you have a patio, take the dinner outside.
Couple your candlelit dinner with any of the below options to form a fully-fledged romantic at-home date night. Alternatively, you can have a romantic dinner and then call it a night.
2. Enjoy a Movie Marathon
After you’ve eaten, settle in for a movie marathon. Go out of your way to plan this out in lieu of having just another Netflix night. Select a theme, such as monster movies, romantic comedies or science-fiction flicks, and handpick two or three movies that are along that theme. Take it to another level by showing your romantic side and select a theme around the first movie you ever watched together. Your significant other will appreciate that you remember these kinds of details. Buy popcorn and snacks ahead of time. Keep in mind your partner’s interests – what are their favorite chips? Do they like Goobers? Pick out snacks you know they’ll love.
3. Have an At-Home Wine Tasting
Are you or your loved one a wine aficionado? Or do you at least wish you were? One of the best home dates you can have is an at-home wine tasting. Do some research and find out the names of some reputable wines, perhaps five or six. Then, go buy them. On Valentine’s Day, pop the cork and let the wine tasting commence. Find your new favorites while enjoying wine with your loved one.
For bonus points, plan this tasting prior to dinner and enjoy goat cheese and artisan bread for you two to devour along with your wine. You’ll be going the extra mile, plus you can discuss which wines go well with which cheeses.
4. Cook Something Together
Find a recipe, buy all the ingredients and make sure that you have all the required kitchen equipment. Then, on Valentine’s Day, cook the recipe together. You’ll be creating a special memory, along with creating a delicious dish you can immediately enjoy. Something like Blue Apron is a great option to help you get started. You’ll get fresh ingredients and fun new recipes all in one box. You can couple this with a candlelit dinner to have a truly memorable night. If you’re feeling up to it, include a wine tasting to make a special evening.
Don’t worry about having cooking experience. You two can figure it out together. In fact, you’ll have just as much fun messing up the recipe as you will when you nail it.
5. Play Board Games
One of the best dates at home that you can have is to play board games with your loved one. Buy a few board games, such as Settlers of Catan, Dominion and a deck of cards, and plan on diving into them over the course of an evening. You can combine this idea with a candlelit dinner to have a playfully pleasant night.
Now you’re ready to appreciate the company of your loved one without having to fight the crowds that can often ruin the fun of Valentine’s Day. Which of the above home date ideas are best for you and yours?