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You either love Valentine’s Day or think it’s just a “Hallmark Holiday” and could totally pass on the cliche chocolates and red roses. Either way, it’s a great excuse to calendar another date with your special person. Beat the crowds, overpriced fixed menus, and pressure by staying in and creating your own date night at home. Here are our 10 best at-home Valentine’s date ideas, from super casual to clothing-optional ideas! No matter what you chose, we have the perfect at-home Valentine’s date idea for you and your special person.
Although it can be a bit labor-intensive and time-consuming, sushi is actually pretty simple to make. Plus, it involves virtually no cooking (other than the rice), so there are fewer dishes to clean up afterward! Making sushi at home is a fun way to “cook” together, without having to stand over a stove for hours. It’s a chance to be creative and do something new and fun together, even if you don’t like raw fish, there are plenty of other sushi rolls you can make!
All you need is sushi-grade fish (this is very important to have safe sushi the fish you get has to be sushi grade). Sushi rice (which is easy enough to make at home and requires just a few extra ingredients), seaweed paper, cucumber, avocado, and any other sushi ingredients you wish to include. Be creative with an all-veggie roll, or top a traditional roll with some spicy tuna or even make a dessert sushi roll. So, put on your apron and get ready to get your hands busy while enjoying homemade sushi for this fun and interactive Valentine’s date idea.
Order in and make it fancy, instead of take-out in your sweats on the couch, enjoy a gourmet meal from your favorite restaurant, sitting at the dining room table with a few candles flickering. This is the perfect Valentine’s date idea for those that have small children and have a hard time getting out of the house. Maybe you prefer to avoid the crowds, or maybe you are just not ready to leave your little one at home with someone else yet. Either way, this is a great way to avoid cooking, crowds, and still enjoy a delicious meal.
Make sure you set the scene for romance, put on that dress that you have been saving for a night out, do your hair, and set the mood with some candles, dim the lights, turn on a little background music, and put all the toys away. Once you slip on your date night dress (heels are optional!), swipe on your favorite lipstick, and light those candles you will be transformed from your dining room to a romantic date with your love. Don’t forget to break out the nice dishes, some placemats, and cloth napkins if you have them; or take the meal to the floor for a romantic picnic in front of the fireplace.
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Recreate Your First Date
Regardless of how long you have been together, your first date will always hold a special place in your heart. Maybe you knew early on you had found your person, or maybe it was a date that didn’t go as planned. Either way, this is a fun Valentine’s date idea to walk down memory lane. No matter how that date went, it got you to where you are today, and recreating that first date is a fun way to see how far you have both come. Make it even more interesting and have each person be in charge of different aspects of the date and see how each other remember your first date during this Valentine’s date idea.
Remember when you were first dating and you did silly and fun stuff for your dates? Before the kids, mortgage, and added stress of daily life, you used to play more with your spouse. This Valentine’s date idea is perfect for those who just want a low-key, yet fun way to celebrate Valentine’s. So break out your favorite game (think scrabble, gin rummy, or monopoly), grab your favorite snacks and beverages, and have fun being a little competitive with each other. Comfy clothes and a roaring fire are optional for this Valentine’s date idea.
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Online Cooking Class
Cooking might not come naturally to you or your partner, maybe you rely on the same go-to meals or get take out more often than you care to admit. Making a meal together is not only fun but also romantic to work together and to be able to enjoy a meal you both had a hand in, especially if you are making something new together for the first time. Even if you are already a great cook, it is a way to branch out and do something together that typically is a daily cumbersome task, into a fun date.
So, whip out your aprons, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get cooking! There are so many options for online cooking classes from Sur la Table to famous chef Gordon Ramsey. Don’t worry, if one of you prefers the prep over the actual cooking part, have that person be the sous chef and help prepare all of the ingredients for the meal. The best part of this Valentine’s date idea is while being at home shoes are optional, and you will enjoy a meal that you both took part in creating.
Take A Bath Together
Think Pretty Woman with less fuss, this Valentine’s date idea is a favorite because you will spend no time worrying about what to wear! Plus you probably already have everything you need at home. Simply fill the bath (make sure it’s not too hot or cold and both parties agree on the temperature), add some bubbles, and Epsom salt for extra relaxation. Light a few candles (make sure hair and flammable items are far away!), put on your favorite background music, pour yourself your favorite beverage, and enjoy. Give each other a little foot massage or even wash each other’s hair, but mostly enjoy the relaxation and deep sleep to follow.
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Wine, beer, whiskey, olive oil, or even balsamic vinegar, whatever you chose you can make your own tasting party at home. Enjoy the simplicity of this Valentine’s date idea, with a unique twist by paring each tasting with a bite of food, from cheese to chocolate to ice cream. Pick a category with your partner and you both pick out two to three options to bring the date. Have samples, a little write-up, and talking points to share with each other as you go through your line up. Then you each take turns sharing your selections, it can be something brand new neither of you have tried or maybe you round up old favorites and do a blind taste test. Either way, this is an easy, yet fun date idea with minimal pressure and prep.
Create A Marriage Bucket List
Grab a notepad and create your ultimate bucket list of things you want to do together as partners. You can either each write down your own lists and then compare or make your bucket list together. This can be as simple as, take a road trip across the country, paying off your mortgage, or maybe you really want to take that trip to Bali or cruise the Mediterranean one summer. No matter how big or how small your bucket list ideas are, creating this list together is the first step to creating them in real life. Take this Valentine’s date idea to the next level by framing your list and putting it where you both can see it every day to reaffirm your marriage bucket list.
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Learn Each Others Love Language
Do you know what your love language is? Do you know what your spouse’s love language is? If you answered “no” to either of these questions, this is the perfect Valentine’s date idea for you. The five love languages are five different ways of expressing and receiving love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.
By learning your own and each other’s love languages you will be able to make sure that you are both giving and receiving what is most important to you in the relationship. You may love getting gifts, but when your husband cleans the kitchen without asking you get really excited. By taking a simple test and reading about the love languages you can both be on the path to a more cohesive relationship together.
Create An At-Home Spa Experience
Robes, face mask, spa music, aromatherapy, your love, maybe a little massage oil or bubbly, and you are set. Don’t overthink this simple, yet romantic at-home valentine’s date idea. When you go to the spa, you expect to be taken care of, relax, and walk away with way less stress than you walked in with. Think of this date idea as the same, just enjoy the time with your spouse, maybe paint face masks on and take turns giving each other mini-massages while sipping some champagne. Chat as much or as little as you want, just make sure you take the time to savor the downtime with your love for this Valentine’s date idea.
At the end of the day, no matter how you and your spouse spend Valentine’s Day as long as you are together, it will be memorable. These at-home Valentine’s date ideas are perfect for you no matter how big or how small you want to go. Remember, the most important part is spending time with the person you love and going the extra mile to show them how much you really care about them. You can even plan the whole date without them knowing and surprise them with the perfect at-home Valentine’s date idea for both of you.
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