Valentine’s Day is the holiday to celebrate and appreciate those who fill your heart every day. But, for a lot of us out there, it can be difficult to plan a big night out due to our busy schedules. Maybe this year you don’t feel like dressing up after a long day at work. Maybe you are on a budget. Or maybe you and your partner have kids to think about. We all have our reasons.
But of course, that doesn’t mean you and your significant other can’t enjoy yourselves in the comfort of your own home! Plus, you know how the saying goes: home is where the heart is. To help you get ready, we’ve compiled a list of stay-at-home Valentine’s ideas that are simple yet festive, no matter if you’re celebrating by yourself, with a special someone, or with the whole family!
1. START ON A SWEET NOTE
What better way to celebrate your affection for someone than by giving them the food they love, right? Well, why not make it better and add a little love to your food? Think heart-shaped pancakes, bacon egg-in-a-heart, red velvet cinnamon rolls or strawberry waffle skewers. For something simple and on the go, serve up the new Krispy Kreme Sweetheart candy-inspired Conversation Donuts!
2. ADD A FESTIVE TOUCH
Prep your home with some simple, inexpensive décor items to create a romantic atmosphere. Buy some Valentine’s candy and pour it into glass vases as a sweet table centerpiece. If you’re feeling crafty, you can make your own DIY heart chandeliers, garlands, streamers – the possibilities are endless!
3. CREATE A SPA EXPERIENCE AT HOME
Being solo on Valentine’s Day is not a bad thing—in fact, it’s an excellent opportunity to pamper yourself and enjoy a much-needed night of quality relaxation. Even if you are in a relationship or have family to love on, a little “you” time is never a bad idea
Light some aromatic candles, pour yourself a glass of wine, and draw a bath with soothing bath salts, flower petals, and lots of bubbles. turn this into a “treat yourself” evening with your favorite spa essentials. Or, turn your special “me” time into your favorite “we” time by sharing this experience with your partner.
Having a surprise up your sleeve that only you know about will add that final touch to the Valentine’s Day 2019 celebration. This surprise will surely help to impress all the girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, and husbands out there. It could be a small gift of appreciation; if money is tight there are plenty of budget-friendly options out there such as DIY gift ideas, romantic gestures, and more.
5. COOK A ROMANTIC DINNER
Most of us have a favorite dish from our favorite restaurant — the one we crave time and time again. Have you ever tried to recreate that dish at home? With a little research, you can often replicate fancy restaurant meals at home. If you’re not sure where to start, try one of these restaurant-quality recipes from Delish.
6. ENJOY FAMILY BONDING
Nothing expresses love better than having the whole family in on the Valentine’s Day fun! From Valentine’s crafts with the kids, to group activities that everyone can participate in, your family date night will be one for the books.
Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt
Write a series of clues to guide your family on a fun scavenger hunt around the house, leading to a surprise at the end such as a sweet treats or a gift basket. Each clue, whether it’s a riddle or photo, should lead to the next. Pinterest offers several ideas for family-friendly scavenger hunts and creative clues.
Casual nights in usually call for some friendly competition with none other than your favorite card games, board games, video games you name it! It’s one thing to play these on your own, but we can all agree that it’s a lot more fun to challenge family members to a few rounds of your favorite game.
Whether you’re celebrating a romantic night for two or with the whole family, there’s no better excuse than Valentine’s Day to snuggle up on the couch for a movie night, completed with Valentine’s themed snacks like pink popcorn, heart-shaped cookies, and chocolate covered strawberries. Lifehack made a list of the 23 most romantic flicks for Valentine’s Day!
These activities are a great way to celebrate and make Valentine’s Day special for the entire family. These small gestures will leave each member of the family feeling loved.