Making romantic dinner for two sounds wonderful – until you realize that Cupid isn’t going to wash your dishes afterwards. Likewise, since Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year, sharing a bottle (or two) of wine might be a questionable decision for those who work on Friday.
So, with those factors in mind, we’ve put together a list of seven at-home date ideas to consider this Valentine’s Day!
Not sure if you need this list? Here are a few things to consider:
- I/We forgot to make dinner reservations this year
- I/We don’t like loud and/or crowded restaurants
- I/We have children at home and no babysitter
- It’s a Thursday and we work tomorrow
- I/We would rather stay home
If you said ‘yes’ to any of those – here are some unique and fun date ideas that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home!
Spa nights are a classic idea for dates because they’re enjoyable, relaxing and romantic. Think soothing face masks, bubbly foot soaks and even a relaxing massage - a wonderful way to spend an evening with your partner (especially if you splurge on some high-quality products from a local shop like Cocoon Apothecary’s Ancient Mud Facial Mask!) You can also up the ante with some soothing music and a glass of champagne – and if you’re lucky, you might even forget it’s back to work tomorrow!
Looking for something a bit more unique? Why not learn to paint with Bob Ross? Pick up some basic materials, follow one of his online videos, and you and your partner can create beautiful pieces of art for your home! Painting is relaxing and therapeutic, and you might even discover a hidden talent! 💟
Netflix Binge (And We’re Not Just Talking About RomComs)
Whether there’s a show you’ve been waiting to watch with your partner or a movie you missed in theatres, a proper Netflix Binge is a great way to spend an evening. Want to make it feel extra special for Valentine’s Day? Why not build a blanket fort and enjoy some tasty pizza from a local restaurant like Famoso for dinner? 💟
Whether you and your partner like sweet, salty, smoky, or sour food - you can incorporate those flavours into your own charcuterie board! Check out one of our local favourites, Vincenzo’s, for some tasty cheese, meats, and pickles to create your own charcuterie board, and pair it with local brews (like Block 3’s Beauty & the Belgian) for a fun and easy meal. 💟
Escape rooms are quickly gaining popularity across the globe for their unique gameplay, where you’re locked in a room with your partner and/or friends, and you have 1 hour to solve puzzles and find clues to escape. But did you know you can enjoy the challenge of an escape room in your living room? Games like EXIT The Game and Unlock! Escape Adventures will give you and your partner a chance to work together and escape. Sound fun? You can find these games at our local game store, J&J Cards & Collectibles Ltd. 💟
Explore the World
Have you always wanted to backpack through Europe, see penguins in Antartica or check out some picturesque views in Australia? Now you can – from your couch! You can use Google Earth to preview amazing landmarks and destinations, and explore the world. Whether you and your partner use the “I’m Feeling Lucky” to discover new destinations, or explore some of the guided tours on Voyager, you can use this to build your own list of future vacation spots! 💟
They say that couples who work out together, stay together, so why not push the furniture to the side of the room and try something new! There are plenty of workout videos on YouTube so you can work up a sweat and release some endorphins with a new yoga, aerobics, or body-strength work out!
Who says that Valentine's Day must be celebrated with only a partner? As far as we’re concerned, children can always be welcomed into the festivities (plus it saves you from trying to find a babysitter!) Look for this symbol 💟 in our list for our kid-friendly picks!