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January 24, 2022 5 min read

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and there’s no better time to start planning a special date night for you and your partner. Many of us are opting to stay in this year due to the ongoing pandemic, and there’s nothing like a cozy night in at home with the person you love. Keep reading as we share some of our favorite ways to make this at-home Valentine’s Day one to remember.


  1. A Date Night in a Box

The start of the year is a busy time for many of us. If you are short on time when planning your at-home Valentine’s Day, you and your partner will love this date night in a box fromSmall Packages. You’ll find that it has everything you need to slow down and connect. The gift comes with a handwritten message, so you can start the night off by sharing your love for your other half. From there, you’ll enjoy sparking insightful conversations with the 52 question cards that ask questions you might never have discussed before. Incense cones will set the mood, and you can enjoy rich chocolates and a cocktail elixir following a romantic dinner for two.


  1. An At-Home Scavenger Hunt

If you are looking for something a little more lively to do with your partner this Valentine’s Day, why not set up a scavenger hunt around your home? You can leave romantic notes or a trail of petals, all of which will lead you to the final prize. Consider hiding a bottle of champagne and strawberries at the end of the hunt or a romantic candlelit dinner for two. The fun thing about this idea is that you can fully personalize it based on your unique relationship and add clues that bring back memories of previous special moments you’ve shared together.


  1. A Spa Night

Many people think that their partner might not enjoy a spa night, but you’ll be surprised how fun this is for both of you. If you’ve been struggling to catch a break at the start of the year, we really couldn’t think of a more relaxing way to spend Valentine’s Day this year. You can start by lighting some candles around the house and then using face masks while sipping on your favorite wine or champagne. Finish off the night with massages for each other or a romantic bath before heading to bed.


  1. Valentine’s Playlist

Enjoy these sweet love songs together! What could be better than a romantic dance party in the kitchen with your favorite person? 

 

  1. A Fine Dining Experience

Just because you’ve opted to stay in this year for Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a fine dining experience at home. Many restaurants and meal delivery services can now send you high-quality meals which you can reheat or cook in your kitchen. This is great for anyone who doesn’t fancy getting too dressed up, but of course, you might enjoy slipping on your something fancyto impress your partner. Create a romantic atmosphere by lighting a candle and adding a bottle of champagne to the table, and you’ll wow your partner with this at-home Valentine’s Day date night.


  1. A Themed Movie Night

If you have a favorite movie that you enjoy watching together as a couple, Valentine’s Day would be the perfect time to enjoy it once again. Create a night themed around this movie, which could include dinner and cocktails based on the storyline. To take things one step further, you could even consider getting dressed up to match your favorite character. This is a fun way to enjoy a relaxing night in while still doing something together that you’ll remember for many years to come. No idea what to watch? Try this list of the 40 best romantic movies. 


  1. Enjoy a Fondue Dinner

One of our favorite romantic meal ideas for Valentine’s Day is fondue. If you would enjoy this as your main course, we recommend a cheese fondue.Here is a link to our favorite easy fondue recipe. Fresh, crusty bread is our favorite thing to dip in cheese, but you could also add a selection of vegetables, fruits, and meat. For dessert, continue with a chocolate fondue, which you can serve with your favorite sweet treats. We love dipping marshmallows, cookies, and strawberries into melted chocolate, and it’s the perfect dish to enjoy hours of conversation with your partner over.


  1. Try Out a New Hobby Together

If you and your partner are an active couple, consider trying a new hobby at home together this Valentine’s Day. You’ll find some great classes online, and you could even join a virtual class. The good thing is you don’t have to leave your home during the colder weather to experience one of these activities, and you’ll find that it’s one of the best ways to deepen your connection this year. Not sure where to start? Try mixology for some boozy fun, or eventie-dye if you feel like getting messy! Here is a funcocktail making class you can take together.


  1. Dinner and Dessert 

Enjoy a homemade dinner and dessert for this Valentine’s Day! This browned butter fettuccine alfredo has a simple but delicious twist that takes the classic dish to the next level. Don’t forget to save room for dessert because these chocolate covered strawberries are to die for.


Browned Butter Fettuccine Alfredo Ingredients: (https://www.spoonforkbacon.com/browned-butter-fettuccine-alfredo/

1 pound dry fettuccine, 6 tbsp unsalted butter, 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves, 2 cups heavy cream, ¾ cup grated parmesan, salt and black pepper to taste 

 

Directions: 

  1. Fill a large pot with water and place over high heat. Once water comes to a boil, add pasta and a small handful of salt.
  2. Boil pasta, stirring occasionally until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain and toss with a small drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Continue to cook butter until browned and a nutty flavor comes through, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and cream and increase heat to medium-high to bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until mixture reduces by 1/3, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Slowly whisk grated parmesan into the cream mixture until fully incorporated and smooth. Continue to simmer sauce for 2 to 3 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  6. Remove from heat. Toss fettuccine into the browned butter alfredo sauce until completely coated. Adjust seasonings. Top with extra grated Parmesan if desired and serve.

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Ingredients:

16 ounces milk chocolate chips, 4 ounces white chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons shortening and 1 lb strawberries with leaves

Directions:

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.

Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.

Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick. Dip into milk chocolate and let cool 

Drizzle White Chocolate over, let cool and serve!




As you can see, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home this year. You don’t have to worry about getting dressed up or securing a reservation on this busy night, and this is a more relaxing and budget-friendly way to enjoy this special occasion. Valentine’s Day is all about spending quality time with your partner, and all of these ideas will allow you to reconnect. We often get so busy in our everyday lives, so take this night out to enjoy each other’s company and catch up with one another once again.