Date Night at Home: 7 Original Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day
Give your relationship a good dose of romantic spark with these fun yet simple ideas for a date night at home.
If you're still spending lots of time at home to avoid crowds and populated places, you're not alone. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's time to get creative and ignite the spark with a love-filled date night at home.
To help make the evening extra special, we've pulled together seven unique ways to celebrate Valentine's Day at home this year. From getting dressed up for a fancy (and private) restaurant-standard dinner, to spending the evening being crafty and creative, these date ideas will get you inspired for the 14th and beyond.
1. Change the Setting
You transform your home into a restaurant for dinner parties, so why not do it for date night? Take the opportunity to look around your home and see how you can change the setting...even ever so slightly.
From a picnic on the balcony to camping in the backyard, or even setting up a fort in the living room, there are many ways to set the scene for a fun night in, that don't feel like another dinner on the couch.
For some couples that dine most nights on the lounge, it can be even more simple as setting the dining table beautifully with the plate sets and glassware that you save for a special occasion.
Change the setting, change the vibe.
2. Get Dressed up
Ditch the loungewear and tracksuits, and get dolled up for the night. You can both put in a little more effort than you do for your Zoom calls with some makeup, hair product and a clean outfit (preferably one that hasn't been picked up off your bedroom floor). Make it extra fun by picking out each other's clothes, and arrive ready for date night in serious style.
3. Cook Together (sort of)
Instead of dining on a meal-prepped delicacy or takeaways ordered online, bring restaurant food home and order a box from Providoor, which will be taking orders up until 4pm, Saturday 12 February (for delivery on Sunday).
If you're in Sydney or Canberra, dine on delicious (and classically romantic) Italian food from Bastardo, or opt for something a little fancy and get a deluxe seafood platter from Manta. Melbournians looking to bring romantic restaurant food home, can order a French feast from Entrecôte or mouthwatering Middle Eastern from Maha.
Whichever meal you choose from, we guarantee it'll be more exciting than your usual home cooking (and there's more room for arguments over what to eat).
4. Discover Your Signature Drink
Forget your sad clean skin, 'only good for cooking' wine and pair your beautiful date night meal with a handcrafted libation or two. For mixologists that are keen to mix their own drink, we have a few favourite cocktail recipes you'll definitely want to try. Or for those looking for something a tad easier, leave it to the professionals and opt for one of the best alcohol delivery services in your local area.
5. Get to Know Each Other...Intimately
You may have spent a lot of time in lockdown together, but that doesn't mean you were actually talking. Enter: conversation card games. These will help you engage in meaningful conversation and tackle questions and topics that you probably have never covered like aliens and the meaning of life. Expect to laugh, be shocked and, ultimately, understand both yourself and your partner better.
6. Get Creative
For creative couples, use Valentine's Day as a way to create something together. From pottery (hello, Ghost) to painting, check out our favourite arts and craft kits for some creative inspo. For a creative outlet that will have a more practical application in your home, we found some awesome DIY projects that are guaranteed to bring you together (or force you apart like a trip to Ikea, it really could go either way). For those that love board games, take an old favourite and make it into something new. For example, take the Jenga pieces and write on each piece truth or dare. Or, turn a game of Chess into a drinking game.
7. Be Productive
Since you've probably spent most of the last few years (or longer) just watching Netflix together, why not make it a Valentine's Day date night that delivers results? Been putting off that budget chat? There is no time like the present. Both looking forward to your next holiday (whenever that may be)? Use your date night to plan it. Use the time to tackle something together that becomes easier with a few drinks under your belt.
8. Make it a Double
Loop in your best couple friends and make it a double Valentine's Day date night. Set up some online gaming action and duke it out for best couple. Because, there is nothing like a bit of competition and taking down another couple to inspire romance between you and your lover. If you want to stay friends, we would avoid online Monopoly. Even with the digital distance between you, that game still destroys friendships and lives.
See, celebrating Valentine's Day with a date night at home doesn't have to be dull! Need more inspiration for keeping yourself occupied at home? Check out these must-see Aussie TV shows, or try your hand at some DIY projects.
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