Holidays and celebrations have looked a whole lot different since the coronavirus pandemic emerged in the United States last year. Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any other celebration you can think of hasn’t been the same since COVID.
With COVID still going strong in the United States, Valentine’s Day will make no exception this year. If you used to celebrate February 14th with your loved one doing fun activities together, you won’t be so thrilled to spend this day at home. However, you can enjoy Valentine’s Day even if you’ll miss out on the usual festivities this year.
All you need is a little bit of creativity and of course, a partner. In fact, doing something more intimate at home could bring you and your partner even closer. No more fancy restaurants or romantic getaways, but who cares when you get to spend this beautiful day with the person you love the most?
While it will look very different this year due to COVID, Valentine’s Day can still be awesome. Read on to discover the 9 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home, and have a good time!
Cook your favorite international food.
It’s true that having to cook dinner on a special day might not be what you planned, but you can make it a lot more interesting. Instead of cooking the same meals, you eat all the time, why not try something new and surprise your partner with their favorite Italian pasta? Or better, do the cooking together.
According to Chef Adam Kenworthy, who has a couple of Valentine’s Day recipes for couples to try at home, while cooking is not necessarily a novel idea, you can make it very fun and sexy if you ask your partner to help you.
As Kenworthy has explained, you shouldn’t focus on making a fancy, complicated meal or thinking about the mess you leave behind, and try to enjoy the process of cooking with your significant other.
If you’re living together, it’s probably not the first time you cook a meal with your partner, but you can spice things up for Valentine’s Day by cooking cuisine inspired by your favorite city. If you enjoyed last year’s trip to Italy, cooking your favorite pizza or pasta might be a great idea.
According to Laurel House, a relationship expert with eharmony, even if you’re not very good at cooking, everyone can cook a simple recipe thanks to the internet.
“Sides and sauces take the meal from a one-time trick to an entrée treat, so don’t cut corners. Set the table, turn on appropriate music and make the night like a visit to the actual city,” she added.
Take an online class with your significant other.
The pandemic has made online classes very cool, and a lot of people chose to participate in one at the beginning of the lockdown. For Valentine’s Day, it might be a great idea to participate in an online course or workshop that you and your partner will enjoy.
According to relationship expert with Plenty of Fish Kate MacLean, if you’re interested in learning something new, there are a lot of online courses you can choose from. Also, this might help you get to know each other even better.
You can choose cooking, painting, workout, yoga, photography courses, or any other activities you’re interested in, and make time each week for doing it together.
Get a psychic reading with your significant other.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day at home can be the perfect occasion to get a couple’s psychic reading. According to psychic, spiritualist, and healer, Eva White from Psychics1on1.com, psychic reading, and tarot cards can be a great idea for this special day, as you can find out certain details about the future.
“They can tap in deeper and give a better understanding of what you or your partner may want or need in a relationship and give you the best chance at an amazing, deep connection,” she added.
Getting a psychic reading with your significant other can be a very intimate activity, and you’ll certainly have a lot of topics to discuss for the rest of the night. According to White, after having this experience together you might feel more connected with your partner and maybe you’ll find it easier to express your feelings.
A romantic at-home photo shoot.
Men, in general, are not big fans of getting photographed, especially when there’s a professional photographer involved. However, a romantic at-home photoshoot might be great a great way of having new photos together without feeling uncomfortable.
Also, a good photo of yourself can boost your confidence and make you feel great in your own skin. According to Shamyra Howard, LCSW and sex and relationship expert with Lovehoney, a romantic photoshoot is all you need this year for Valentine’s Day, and all you need to capture the moment is a camera or even your smartphone.
You can also decorate a corner of the room and make it look very pretty for the shooting, and choose clothes that go perfectly with it. If you’re feeling a little extra, you could even do a thematic photoshoot. Love the Parisian style? Wear a beret and hold a croissant in your hand.
After the photo shoot is done, go through the photos to choose your favorites. Moreover, you can play a little game where you name the things you find the sexiest about your partner’s photos.
At-home movie theatre.
If you enjoyed going to the cinema on Valentine’s Day to watch a romantic comedy with your significant other, you can create a movie night at home. But make sure you pick a new movie, or more if you feel like doing a movie marathon, popcorn and other snacks, drinks, and light a few candles to create the vibe.
What’s great about creating an at-home movie theatre is that you don’t even have to get dressed up. Just wear your comfy sweatpants or pajamas and press play.
Create an at-home spa.
We all need a little bit of relaxation right now, and if we’re not able to go to a spa, why not bring the spa at home? According to Howard, you can easily create an at-home spa experience for you and your partner to enjoy together.
This is a great way to end Valentine’s Day date, and it can be very sexy as well if you’re in the mood. You can take a hot bubble bath together, put on face masks, drink a delicious cocktail and enjoy some calming music in the background. Then, take turns and give each other massages.
Also, light a few candles to create a romantic ambiance and just enjoy each other’s presence.
Or, you can spend Valentine’s Day with your friends.
If you’re not the romantic type, why not celebrate Valentine’s day with your friends? Plan a group meeting on Zoom where you can virtually meet all of your couple of friends. If you want it to be a surprise, you can secretly arrange a meeting with your partner’s closest friends where you can talk while enjoying a glass of wine.
House suggests choosing a themed drink to get you all in the mood for a virtual party and have some group games for all of you to play together.
If cooking is not for you but you still want to enjoy a delicious meal at home, ordering take-out might be the right option for you.
“Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with your partner. Instead of cooking a time-consuming dinner and having to clean it all up, pick a couple of your favorite restaurants and order a smorgasbord of food to go,” suggest the dating experts at dating.com.
If you want to make things a little more interesting, you could order food for your partner, and they will do the same for you, and then try to guess where the food came from.
If you’re like me and love to sing even though it sounds very bad, at-home karaoke might be the best idea to spend your Valentine’s Day. Sing along to Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and other artists you might love, and ask your partner to serenade you. However, make sure you’re not disturbing your neighbors with your loud singing.
Make sure to also check: 14 Signs of a Strong and Healthy Relationship, According to Psychologists.