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Last Valentine's Day we had no idea what was coming March 2020.
Oh sweet innocence.
This Valentine's Day many of us are opting to spend this holiday at home with our partners, family and/or friends instead of going out.
And to be completely honest, I've never been a huge fan of going out on Valentine's day anyway - the crowded restaurants and the long wait times are just a big no for me.
On top of that, my husband and I rarely eat out anymore (I think it's been yearsss since we've been to a proper restaurant haha) - because we much rather make our food from scratch at home!
So I got myself to thinking and I decided I wanted to share seven fun, unique, and relatively cheap ideas on how to spend Valentine's Day at home this year. Whether you're celebrating with a special romantic partner, or with family, or with friends.. I'm sure you'll get some ideas from this list I've compiled for you.
And remember, we should show love to everyone every single day, whether there's a hallmark holiday going on or not... but it's okay to make this day a little extra special if that's your vibe. <3
Happy Valentine's day my friends - and if you end up celebrating by doing something off of this list, come back here and let me know! I'd love to hear all about your special vday.
As for us, we'll most likely make something delicious for dinner like these raw vegan loaded tacos with walnut meat, plus a chocolatey dessert like these homemade almond joy bars, and watch something fun on TV as we cuddle with our delicious nine month old in his first Valentine's Ever!
1. Cook something from scratch
Okay, this is a food blog after all. The first idea is to cook something from scratch. Host your very own fancy romantic dinner at home. Set the table. Light some candles. Decorate with some flowers. Pick an appetizer, a main entree, and a dessert from this list of over 30 dessert ideas for Valentine's day and go at it!
You can surprise your partner by doing it all by yourself.
If you're celebrating with kids or friends, this idea works great too. Just skip out on the romantic stuff and use fun silly valentine's day decor instead. This is a great way to get the whole family involved and instill healthy eating habits to young kids.
2. Painting with a twist
Have you ever been to one of these "painting with a twist" events? They're super fun. You bring your very own beverage (it can be alcoholic or not, I brought kombucha to mine haha), and then you're given a canvas, some paint, a paintbrush and you follow along as the instructor guides you to paint a masterpiece.
Well, you can recreate this exact same thing AT HOME!
All you need is:
- some paint
- some paintbrushes
- blank canvases
- maybe an easel and paint tray palettes if you want to be extra
Amazon sells this great kit for under $20 that includes paint, paintbrushes, and two blank canvas plus an easel. But you can also buy each thing separately.
Pop on a painting tutorial on YouTube: The Art Sherpa is a great channel that has a ton of Valentine's day (and non vday) related painting tutorials. Grab a glass of your favorite bubbly and paint the night away with your special people.
3. Game night
Well this is a classic.
Game night is always a good idea - especially if you never make time for game night.
Do it for Valentine's day!
If you are celebrating with your romantic partner - get a little risque and play some couple-type games like this cute "truth or dare for couples" game OR switch it up and get to know each other on a deeper level by playing this thought-provoking game called "Our Moments - conversation starters for great relationships".
Amazon has a ton of options - I'm linking the page here so that you can peruse it yourself.
If you're celebrating with kids, family, or friends - then bring back old classic games like charades, monopoly, or this new one called Kids Against Maturity (a take on cards against humanity that has raving reviews online).'
I've also heard great things about the thought-provoking card game We're Not Really Strangers - warning deep feelings may arise!
4. make it a spa day
Pretend you're at the spa!
Find a cozy area in your home.. set it up with candles, maybe some lavender essential oil going in a diffuser, play some nice music in the background or nature sounds and give each other twenty minute (or more if you've got the time) massages.
We personally love using this deep tissue massage gun. It really makes giving massages a lot easier and it definitely loosens those tight knots.
You can also get the kids involved by giving them (light) massages or doing pretend play that they work at the spa, and they get to give YOU the massage!
If massages aren't your thing - then do facials! There are a ton of DIY natural face masks recipes out there that use avocados, or coffee, or our personal favorite is this Indian Healing clay mask we buy off of Amazon (not sure if it is kid safe though so double check.)
5. Host A Wine Tasting party
Who doesn't like wine? Well, some people don't, but for those of you that do - a wine tasting party is such a fun idea and something that is not often done at home.
All you need are several types of wines and some glasses. But if you want to take it up a notch, you can use this wine tasting party kit from Amazon that includes a garland, voting cards, bottle decor and more.
And if you're significant other is a wine enthusiast, they might love this wine tasting wooden flight board which will make the experience even more authentic - it is pricey though ($40) but it is a nice gift if you're into that.
For more details on how to properly host the best wine tasting party ever check out this article here.
If you're celebrating with kids, they obviously can't have wine, so maybe switch it up and use a kid-friendly beverage instead - think juices, or sparkling water, or even our favorite natural soda - zevia! Have them taste each flavor and try to guess what fruits/veggies make up this drink.
6. have a fondue night
Have you ever been to The Melting Pot? It is a very famous restaurant chain that serves fondue-type dishes like melted cheese, chocolate and broth for dipping.
What is fondue?
The word fondue actually refers to a communal dish of melted swiss cheese in which pieces of bread are dipped into it using long-stemmed forks.
Of course now a days there are a ton of variations of fondue, like having melted chocolate in the dish (instead of cheese) and dipping strawberries into it instead of bread.
The Melting Pot is a popular restaurant chain that made fondue mainstream by offering dishes of melted cheese, chocolate, and broth for dipping. But now you can recreate this at home without needing to leave your house.
You can buy an affordable chocolate fondue maker like this one, and use it to dip fruit, cakes, marshmallows, pretzel's and more!!
Okay that's all for now my friends,
I hope you enjoy these unique Valentine's Day ideas that you can do at home this year as a couple or with your family and friends!
However you decide to celebrate this year - remember the most important thing of all is to spread love!
I love you!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Until next time,