If you’re searching for some low-key things to do at home this Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone. I too have been looking for unique ideas to make Valentine’s Day 2021 special, without needing to leave the house. The good news is, I’ve compiled this list of 5 ways to celebrate love, that don’t require dining outdoors, travel or too much effort. AKA – Valentine’s Day, the quarantine edition.
Breakfast in Bed
Luckily for us, Valentine’s Day 2021 falls on a Sunday, which means that no one needs to be anywhere in a hurry. Take your time getting out of bed, and start the day off with your SO’s favorite breakfast in bed.
Or, cook up everything under the sun and create an abundant breakfast spread with a short stack of pancakes, fruit, eggs, avocado toast, turkey bacon, and mimosas.
While you’re cooking, ask your significant other to search for a new show, or that movie that you’ve been wanting to watch. The best part is, you can get back into bed once the cooking is done, and relax together with this simple but special twist on your typical morning routine.
Comedy Club for Two
One of my favorite NYC experiences (back when COVID wasn’t a thing), was attending comedy shows. The communal experience of boisterous laughing and carefree energy was tangible. 2020 was undoubtably a crazy year, and we could all use the wave of positivity that follows a much needed laugh. While comedy clubs might be closed, all it takes is a little time and resourcefulness to recreate this experience at home.
Chat amongst yourselves, and zone in on a standup comedy act that the two of you have never seen before. Queue it up on Netflix, Hulu, or your go-to streaming platform. Dress up a bit; I’m not saying to throw on a dress or suit, but put a bit of going-out vibes into your outfit. Trust me, dressing the part can go a long way!
Dim the lights, and add a subtle ambience to your space. Visit the website of your favorite comedy club, and browse their menu for meal inspiration. Once you land on something you like, see if you can recreate the dish at home, or find a restaurant that offers the dish and order take out. Let loose, and enjoy a few cocktails.
Channel that positive and fun loving aura you exude right before a comedian takes the stage. Then hit play on your standup special, sit back, relax, and enjoy your dinner and a show!
Wine & Dessert Pairings
You might be thinking, why not wine and cheese? Don’t let me hold you back from that classic pairing, but let’s get a little more adventurous, shall we?
Wine and dessert pairings are such an indulgent tasting experience. Think: flourless chocolate torte with a glass of Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, classic white cake with Moscato, or homemade cheesecake with a glass of Riesling. Or, prepare a sampling of petit fours, pastries like cream puffs and eclairs, and assorted chocolate truffles with various wines. It would be an idyllic night cap to your Valentine’s Day at home.
If you happen to be an iconic baker, show off your skills and prepare these desserts a day beforehand, so that you can relax and enjoy the company of your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Though, there’s no pressure to bake homemade desserts. Skip this step by venturing to your local bakery for your favorite baked goods, or order dessert for delivery.
This is one of the coziest Valentine’s Day ideas on my list. If you’ve been rocking the sweatpants and a hoodie look ever since March, and have zero plans to change that, then an indoor campfire may be the best choice for you and your SO this Valentine’s Day.
Find a comfortable, warm and relaxing spot in your home. Family rooms work well, but so do reading nooks, studies, or any other quaint spaces in your house or apartment. You don’t need to have a fireplace, but if you do, this Valentine’s Day theme certainly lends itself to that location! If you don’t have a fireplace, you have a few options…
Gather a bunch of pillar candles and some newspaper. Place the candles on top of the newspaper in a cluster, about an inch apart from one another. I’d recommend placing this arrangement about 6-inches or a foot away from a wall, to avoid tripping over it and causing a potential disaster 🙂 It’s a very romantic aesthetic, but cheap and easy to do!
Stay with me here, search online for the Sterno S’mores Heat 2-Pack, which is specifically designed to burn bio-derived ethanol fuel and it’s composed of non-toxic ingredients. This will give you an open flame that’s safe to use for roasting marshmallows, without generating harmful emissions.
Purchase an indoor s’mores roaster. This is the most expensive option, with miniature personal fireplaces retailing between $95-$425, but that’s the cost of instant ambiance.
One might ask, “What’s the plan for this indoor campfire?” This cozy Valentine’s Day excursion is exactly like it sounds. Prepare some cheese and chocolate fondue (check out my 101 Dinner Party Themes Guide for the full run down of toppings), S’mores, and storytelling. Grab some blankets, get comfortable, and snuggle up together by your own indoor campfire.
Fancy Dinner x Takeout
This is your quintessential Valentine’s Day experience, but pandemic style. Think: insanely gorgeous tablescape, floral arrangements in abundance, several bottles of bubbly, and a candlelit dinner brought to you by Seamless, Uber Eats, DoorDash, or whatever food delivery service you fancy.
Dress up in an outfit that makes you feel your best (now’s the time to break out that fancier attire). Need some inspiration? Check out this TikTok with a step by step voiceover on how to create a romantic candlelit dinner at home.