Even though many couples will be celebrating Valentine’s Day at home this year, there are plenty of ways to make the day special, memorable, and fun.
Whether you will be celebrating Valentine’s Day 2021 with a special someone, with friends, or your furry friend, we have created this list of at-home activity ideas to help you celebrate to the fullest. We also have a few homemade gift ideas that can be created together or ahead of time for your Valentine.
Here are 10 ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day at home this year.
Start Valentine’s Day right with a delicious breakfast in bed. You could make this special meal for you and your sweetheart, for you and your friends or just for you. There are lots of heart-shaped waffle makers that can be purchased online. Or you can get creative and make pancakes into whatever shape you choose.
Simply pour your pancake batter into a zip-top plastic bag, then cut one of the bottom corners. Use this funnel to create shapes in the pan with your pancake mix.
Another way to make your Valentine’s Day breakfast special is using a heart-shaped cookie cutter on all of your breakfast items like toast and sausage patties.
There are lots of ways to make a special picnic lunch for Valentine’s Day. If your significant other or best friend has to work on Valentine’s Day, you can surprise them on their lunch break with a blanket and picnic lunch in tow. Spread out under a tree, and enjoy a special lunch together.
If the weather is still chilly where you are, have a picnic inside. You can have a homemade lunch or grab take out from your favorite restaurant. Lay a comfy blanket out on the floor, and enjoy a scrumptious meal together.
If you have a furry friend, bring them with you for your outdoor picnic. Just be sure to also bring a treat for them to enjoy.
The typical Valentine’s Day used to consist of dinner at a romantic restaurant. This year, try making a romantic dinner for two at home. There are plenty of recipes online for chefs of any experience level. To make the dinner even more special, cook it together. Then, get dressed up to enjoy your meal.
This idea is also great for friends who’d like to celebrate together. Each of you can make a few of your favorite dishes to share. Remember, today is about telling your favorite people that you care about them.
Another great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home this year is making s’mores and enjoying them under the stars. Grab some graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars for your s’mores. For your fire, you can use an indoor fireplace or make a fire outside.
If you plan on making a fire outside, be sure you have a water source nearby for safety. Start by gathering smaller limbs from your yard to get the fire started. Then add the larger limbs once the fire is burning well. You can toast your marshmallows with a skewer from the house or use a sturdy limb.
Don’t forget the blanket for you and your sweetheart to lay back on. If you are interested, there are free apps available that assist amateur stargazers in finding the constellations. Or you can just lay back and enjoy your s’mores while admiring the big night sky.
Why not recreate a special date from your past for this year Valentine’s Day. This could be the first date or first anniversary you and your sweetheart had together. If you had dinner out, maybe you can get takeout from the same restaurant. Or make that same meal yourselves at home. If you saw a movie together, find that movie online to watch again.
Sharing memories from your past is a great way to rediscover your spouse and fall in love all over again. Take the time during your date to talk about all of your favorite memories together. You could also plan out future trips or dates for once businesses and travel begin reopening.
Since you are staying in this Valentine’s Day, plan a movie marathon for you and your special someone. Most movies (old and new) can be found online for free or rent using platforms like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Amazon Prime. And don’t forget the popcorn!
For couples, watch all of your favorite romantic comedies from over the years. For friends, why not take turns picking your favorite movies. Even if it’s just you this Valentine’s Day, enjoying a cozy day on the couch watching movies is a great way to show yourself some love.
Whether you have a special someone or not, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to treat yourself. Ideas for treating yourself are a warm, cozy bubble bath, a box of your favorite chocolates, or take-out from your favorite restaurant. Showing appreciation to yourself is important any time of the year, but Valentine’s Day is a great day to take action.
You can also make Valentine’s Day special for yourself by learning a new skill, giving yourself a beauty makeover, or buy yourself a new outfit online. Take time this year to do things that you enjoy and better yourself in the process. You won’t regret a day spent pampering yourself.
There’s nothing like some healthy competition on Valentine’s Day. Whether you are celebrating with friends or a special someone, add a game night to your Valentine’s Day itinerary. This could mean board games, virtual games, or video games. You can also find lots of Valentine’s Day-themed games online.
Even if you aren’t able to go out to your usual Valentine’s Day spot, you can still enjoy the great outdoors. Take a hike, walk, or bike ride with your special someone or your friends. This activity is also great if you have a furry friend you want to include.
Take a walk through a nearby park. Grab your bikes and head to the nearest trail. Or simply take a walk around your neighborhood. No matter which you choose, this is a great chance for intimate conversation.
Even though many of our favorite attractions and restaurants aren’t open for their normal activities, many businesses are offering online options. For the creative type, try a virtual painting class. You can create a beautiful piece of art from the comfort of your home.
There are also virtual mixology classes available. You and your sweetheart can learn how to make delicious drinks that can safely be enjoyed at home. Lastly, check out an online cooking class. You and your spouse can learn to cook a new dish together.
There are plenty of Valentine’s Day gifts that can be purchased online or in stores. But you can make the day extra special with a homemade gift. Here are 9 homemade gift ideas that are sure to bring a smile to your sweetheart’s face.
Take the time this year to create a special memory book all about you and your sweetheart. First, print out your favorite photos from the past, including pictures together and alone. Then, head to your nearest craft store and purchase some supplies. You will need a blank notebook, crayons, markers, and any other supplies you want like glitter or stickers. Finally, assemble your book.
Make the book extra special by adding details you love and remember about different trips or dates you took together. You can add ticket stubs or receipts from special occasions to go along with your pictures. If possible, leave space in the back of your memory book so you can add to it through the years.
Nothing says “I love you!” like creating your own Valentine’s Day card. Similar to your memory book, print a couple of your favorite photos of yourself. Then purchase some supplies from your local craft store. Your special someone will love a card with your face on it!
Remember, you don’t have to be an artist to make this card special. Writing your own words that express your love and appreciation for that person will mean more than any store-bought card ever could.
Another craft idea for showing your love and appreciation is with love notes. This can be done in a few ways. First, fill as many notecards as you would like with sweet words telling your significant other all the things you love about them. Now, here a few ways to present your love notes gift.
First, your special love notes can be given all at once in a small box or bag. We recommend tying a bow around the stack or using a ring to keep them all together. Second, you can hide your love notes around the house for your spouse to find throughout the day. Lastly, for a little extra money, you can tie each of your love notes to a balloon and fill the room with them. What a sweet surprise to be surrounded by floating love notes.
Receiving a dozen red roses is wonderful. But paying for a dozen red roses can put a dent in your bank account. There are a couple of ways to create a homemade bouquet that will not only save you money but also be extra special.
First, you can use wildflowers or flowers from your own garden to create a bouquet. Put these flowers in a vase you have at home or simply tie a pretty ribbon around them. Most ladies love flowers, no matter what kind. And these flowers are extra special because you picked them yourself.
Second, you can create an edible bouquet using strawberries, skewers, and green tape. Here is a simple tutorial on how to make these delicious homemade flowers. When presenting this bouquet, we recommend pairing it with dipping chocolate or whipped cream.
Our last crafty idea is creating a coupon book for your special someone. This coupon book can be given on Valentine’s Day but redeemed throughout the whole year. Be sure to create coupons that would make your spouse feel special. Think about chores or tasks that you could do for them and create a coupon for each.
Here are a few coupon ideas: a back or foot massage, a homemade dinner, a date night out, a car wash, an evening of dishwashing, master of the remote for a day, a day in pajamas, or a tech-free night. No matter what coupons you create, just be sure you have a positive attitude when they are redeemed.
Taking our strawberry bouquet idea a step further, you can create a chocolate fondue dessert to be enjoyed at home. Numerous at-home fondue kits can be purchased online. Or to stick with our homemade theme, you can create your own. The key to creating homemade fondue is using high-quality chocolate bars. For the best taste, mix chocolate flavors like dark and milk chocolate.
First, chop up your chocolate bars into small pieces. You will need around 10 ounces of chocolate. Place your chopped chocolate into a bowl and add ½ cup of whole milk and 1 ½ tablespoons of butter. You will want to melt your chocolate over a low simmering water bath (also known as a double boiler).
If the chocolate is too thick, add ¼ cup more milk. Also, be sure you have your dipping items ready as the chocolate melting will go quickly. Once the chocolate is melted, stir in a ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and a dash of salt. Now you are ready to serve. Dipping items could be strawberries, bananas, pretzel sticks, or cookies. If your chocolate starts to thicken, you can reheat in the microwave in 10-second increments, stirring in-between.
No matter what plans you have for Valentine’s Day, you can accompany those plans with a personalized playlist. Combining all of your sweetheart’s favorite songs with other romantic songs you both enjoy, you can create a Valentine’s Day playlist.
Enjoy your special couple’s playlist while making dinner, cuddling on the couch, or just hanging out. This gift can now be played and enjoyed whenever you are spending quality time together.
Another delicious gift idea is making homemade treats for your sweetheart. Find out what desserts are your spouse’s favorites then think of ways to make them extra special for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few examples.
Take heart-shaped cookie cutters and use them to create heart cookies, brownies, or fudge. Use a heart-shaped baking pan to create a cake or big brownie that you can decorate with red, pink, and white icing. Top any dessert with Valentine’s Day-themed sprinkles.
Whatever treats you decide to make, your sweetheart will definitely find them special knowing they were made with love.
Our last homemade gift isn’t exactly homemade, but it is custom made. We recommend purchasing all your sweetheart’s favorite things to create an “I Love You” basket. This basket can include Valentine’s Day candies and treats. But don’t stop there. If your sweetheart has a favorite beverage, a favorite perfume, or a favorite chapstick, add it to the basket. Think of all the things your special someone loves and put them into this basket.
We hope that your Valentine’s Day is extra special this year, no matter how you choose to celebrate. If you and your sweetheart are interested in a stay-cation this Valentine’s Day, check out the nightly and weekly rates at our Uptown Suites locations.
All of our suites include free high-speed Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, 43” Smart HDTVs, and custom mattresses. Uptown Suites is a pet-friendly hotel if you’d like to bring your furry friends along.
From everyone at Uptown Suites, we wish you a happy and safe Valentine’s Day!