Valentine's Day at Home

Valentine’s Day at Home

Valentine’s Day at Home

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it got me thinking how I want to celebrate it this year. Even though my husband and I have been together for almost 15 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’ve become 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. So what’s a girl to do? 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?

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Valentine’s Day Supplies

A good dinner date needs a nicely set table, so I picked up a few items to make our table look good. I make sure the items are not super V-Day themed, so I can reuse them later.

Table Runner



Gifts and Activities

We’re not huge on giving gifts to each other. As I mentioned, we’ve been together for almost 15 years. At some point you just run out of gift ideas. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to do something sweet for him. So here are some things I’m picking up so we can enjoy our at home Valentine’s Day


We both miss living in San Francisco. So a box of Ghirardelli is a great way to remind us of home.

Board Game

Ever since we became parents board games have been a thing. But even before that we were fans of Cards Against Humanity. So enter this new little gem. I can see us having a lot of fun with this beyond Valentine’s Day.

Cocktail Recipe Book

My husband loves crafting cocktails, which makes dinner at home feel more special. If I can have a handcrafted cocktail at home, do I really need to go to a bar? He’s also been loving the fact that I’ve been more open to trying whiskey and bourbon drinks. So I figured, a new cocktail book was in order.

Something for the kids

Since dinner is at home, it means our sons will be a part of it. So I went ahead and picked up a few little Valentine’s Day things for them. Kids do love gifts. And what’s better than books.

Staying in on Valentine’s Day is the Best

It goes without saying that I’m planning on making a nice dinner for all of us (including the kids) to enjoy. But once the kids go down, that’s when we can craft cocktails and play our fun new game. Who knew it could be so fun staying in on Valentine’s Day.

How are you planning to celebrate?

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28 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day at Home”

      1. I love the idea of planning a Valentine’s date at home. We haven’t been able to get out just the 2 of us much since having kids, plus I’m due with baby #3 any day now! So this is perfect for us 🙂

        1. Thank you for your comment, Christine. And congrats on baby #3. Yes, with kids doing something nice at home is definitely easier. And being so close to your due date, you need to do what’s comfortable for you. Kick your legs up. 🙂

  1. Wonderful idea! I think this is what I am going to do for my hubby and I this Valentines Day. Thank you for the posting this! Going out is so expensive and you don’t get that connection you do when you are in the comfort of your home.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Candace. Yes, going our is expensive and you’re at the mercy of your environment. Home can be so much more chill and romantic.

  2. I plan on cooking my husband a nice at home meal, and my father in law is coming into town this weekend for Valentine’s Day as well. I’m going to ask my FIL if he and my daughter can go out and have a “date” for just the two of them so that my husband and I can have a nice date night to ourselves, without breaking the bank.

  3. I super love home dates! I love cooking for my husband and setting the table for him in a special way. Last Valentine’s, it was what we did. This year, though, we spent the day with his family who are visiting from Texas. So we just had a post date at a ramen place with me and him in one table, and the kids at the next haha!

  4. We had a stay-in Valentine’s Day this year too. Since we love going out for Mexican food, hubby went all out and made shrimp tacos, queso, and even homemade tortilla chips shaped like hearts… it was so much more special than going out for dinner. And we played bored games and made a ‘special cocktail of the night’ too! Great ideas. So fun 🙂

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