AD Collaborative Post // Although it’s only February 2021 has already been a tough year, due to lockdown continuing. However, during these strange times, finding ways to enjoy occasions from home is a great mood-booster. With Valentine’s Day approaching, why not surprise your partner by making it extra special this year?
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The several restrictions in place may have made the typical restaurant and cinema dates off-limits, but you can use this as an excuse to get creative and try something new. If you aren’t sure how to mark the day while being confined to your home, read on to find out how to celebrate it in style.
Breakfast in bed
It’s a classic for a reason. Everybody loves being woken up to a delicious breakfast in bed with a hot drink. But don’t settle for a piece of toast, go the extra mile by making a stack of pancakes or eggs benedict. If cooking isn’t your strong suit, order an impressive meal from a local café. Don’t leave the washing up for them to do either; let them relax while you take care of it.
After breakfast is a great time to swap presents and cards. Try to steer away from the cliché gifts and look for something that shows how much you know them. Alternatively, make them a unique gift such as a scrapbook of your favourite memories as a couple or a mixed tape of all the songs you both love.
Add some culture to your day by taking a virtual tour of a superb museum or art gallery in another country such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York or the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
At-home spa day
If your ideal day is at a spa, recreate the experience at your home. Set the scene with cosy lighting, scented candles, calming music, and glasses of bubbly. Order or make face masks for DIY facials and purchase massage oils to give each other back massages. For ultimate relaxation, end the spa day with a guided meditation using mindfulness apps.
To make this Valentine’s unforgettable, put on a grand firework display in your back garden. The fireworks retailer, Fireworks Kingdom, have a range of romantic fireworks for sale, including pink and red fireworks and a love heart shaped rocket.
As the sun is still going down early, you can enjoy the stunning view of fireworks before or after your evening meal. However, ensure you follow any safety requirements.
You could cook a favourite dish from scratch for the evening meal, either together or as a surprise. To save you from having to do more washing up, you could order a feast from a local eat ery instead.
However, make it romantic by setting the table with a posh tablecloth, rose petals, and candles. Also, get dressed up to replicate dining at a restaurant.
Instead of re-watching a Netflix TV series, buy an online ticket to a live show. A range of live entertainment has been made digital for you to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa, including concerts, theatre productions, and comedy sketches.
Lockdown has made it challenging to celebrate occasions, but you don’t have to settle for an underwhelming day. You can make it the best Valentine’s you have ever had with some innovative planning.
Fine dining and a personalised present make every Valentine’s Day! I love a good home cooked meal!
Katie | katieemmabeauty.com
Aw, these are wonderful ideas! I’m excited as we made a last minute decision to cook steaks but meant eating budget friendly and healthy for the rest of the week haha. My husband said he’s going to pick up breakfast on Sunday morning so I’m super excited for that! I haven’t had a nice coffee outside in a really long time! Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day, Jenny x
These are lovely ideas. I love the idea of having breakfast in bed and a fine dining.
These are all great ideas! I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day, but the idea of a virtual tour sounds great! Might treat myself to that and a present! Thanks for sharing x
My partner and me celebrate our anniversary a few days before Valentine’s so we don’t tend to do much for actual Valentine’s day. However, this year my partner is cooking a three course meal and I think we will have some wine and chill 🙂 x
These are all great ideas! My boyfriend and I aren’t massive on valentines day tbh so will probably just have some DIY cocktails and watch a movie xx
Some great ideas for those who are celebrating Valentines this year! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
There are so many things we can do in lockdown for Valentine’s Day! My boyfriend and I are probably going to cook together and extra special meal so that it breaks the every day routine 🙂 Not sure yet if we’ll do presents, but honestly just spending time together really matters!
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I have to admit I’m now reading every valentine’s post and thinking how to apply it just to myself… Does making breakfast and then taking it back to bed count?? And buying myself stuff? These all sound like great ideas though and I love the idea of doing an online live show, that sounds like fun!
Some lovely ideas Jenny. Unfortunately we’re not really putting anything into Valentine’s this year, I think the stuffing has been knocked out of us a bit! We’ll still have a nice meal and a night in (just like most other nights!) together so at least we can take up a couple of ideas 🙂
Excellent post! So many good ideas here! I would not have thought of the virtual tours, but that is a great idea. I love the idea of dressing up at home for parties or gatherings. Why not dress up on Valentines Day? I had a New Year’s Eve party at my house and told everyone they could wear formal dress clothes if they wanted to. It was so much fun! Almost everyone wore a nice outfit…some wore a tux, and some wore gowns. It really made the evening so much more festive. And I love the fireworks suggestion…always fun to have fireworks!