Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home With A Romantic Dinner Date
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it got me thinking about how I want to celebrate it this year. Even though my husband and I have been together for 17 years, we can count less than a handful of successful Valentine Days during this time. It got so bad at one point that we stopped celebrating altogether. But it is nice to have a celebration. Since we became parents, we haven’t had nearly as much time for each other.
But the tried and true dinner date is way too expensive on Valentine’s Day, not to mention not safe during a pandemic. So, how do we make Valentine’s Day special this year? We’ll have a dinner date at home. We had one back in college and it was one of the best Valentine’s Day celebrations we had. So, why not repeat the experience? Especially, since we’ve become expert dinner daters during 2020. All we need is to take the ambience up a notch, and we’ll be pretending that we’re having a romantic dinner in Paris (or insert any other dream destination).
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Valentine’s Day At Home Supplies
Setting The Table
A good dinner date needs a nicely set table, so I picked up a few items to make our table look romantic and inviting. I make sure the items are not super V-Day themed (although who can resist a few hearts?) so, I can reuse them later.
Table Cloth and Runner
Candles To Set A Valentine’s Day Mood
Valentine’s Day Themed Napkins and Napkin Rings
Activities To Make Your Valentine’s Day Date Fun
Now that we’ve set the table for a romantic dinner for 2, let’s talk about fun activities you can do together. Now, if you’re like us and doing your romantic dinner date after you put the kids to bed, you might not have much energy for anything. But in case you do, here are some fun activities you can do together.
Our Moments Couples is a game of thought provoking questions that helps you keep the spark alive. It’s great for all of us who’ve been together for a long time or who have lost touch with each other because we’re too busy caring for our kids. Reignite the fire with these questions.
Love Language Card Game is a game inspired by couples’ therapists to create a deeper bond between the partners. Have a drink, ask thought provoking and connecting questions, and see where it leads you.
Something Sweet To End The Date
I don’t know about you, but for me no Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate. I can skip all other dessert as long as I have some delicious chocolate to enjoy.
Part of Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Home is Having Kids Around
While it would be absolutely glorious to not have our children present for any part of the date, it might not be possible. Given how late our children go to sleep, I would be absolutely hangry if I had to wait for my dinner. So, we are including our sons for the dinner portion of our date. And I want to make sure it feels special to them as well. So, I’m picking up some activities and books for them to feel a part of celebration.
Staying in on Valentine’s Day is the Best
I’m really looking forward to Valentine’s Day this year. Yes, it won’t be at a fancy restaurant but I’m fine with that. Honestly, I’m more than fine with that. I can make a delicious and festive dinner, while my husband handles cocktail crafting. Who knew it could be so much fun staying in on Valentine’s Day?
How are you planning to celebrate?