With Valentine’s Day this week, I thought it could be fun to share some Valentine’s Day date-night-in ideas, but with a little bit of a twist – they’re all for what to do if you want to stay in. I love Chicago and am excited to keep exploring the city, but venturing out in the snow, cold temperatures and big holiday crowds do not sound like a good time to me. Needless to say, Bryan and I will be spending the evening in and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
I tried to include some Valentine’s Day date-night-in ideas that could appeal to a variety of people so no matter what your interests, you could find something fun on this list. I hope it helps and gives you a little date night inspiration and if you completely spaced on Valentine’s Day all together check out this post. I got you.
An intimate game night
I say intimate here because of course you just want it to be you and your guy. Bryan is a big video game person, so I think it’d be fun for Valentine’s Day to still incorporate “games”, but maybe something more along the lines of Jenga or Scrabble. This way there’s no TV, no video games and no phones necessary!
I love the idea of staying in and preparing a really special meal together. Plan something out ahead of time together, have your groceries delivered (don’t forget the wine!) and let the cooking begin. There’s something very romantic about this idea, so I think it might be in our plans. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to cook, there are plenty of services like Sun Basket, Home Chef, Blue Apron and Plated that will give you all your ingredients perfectly portioned and the instructions easy to follow at your doorstep.
Take a stroll down memory lane
How often do you and your spouse just sit down and look back at old photos of the two of you together? Whether you’ve been married a month or 10+ years (or even if you’re just dating someone), use this Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to look back on your wedding day, fun trips, family events, etc. Maybe make a tasty craft cocktail beforehand and then just let the memories flow.
Plan your fantasy vacation
If you’re a couple that loves to travel, take this time to start dreaming up your fantasy trip together. You don’t have to book anything or start thinking about a budget – just let yourselves dream and create the most amazing trip for two! Who knows, maybe you’ll actually get to enjoy it one day for real.
Watch that show or movie you’ve been putting off
I’d recommend doing this after doing one of the above ideas just so you spend some time really talking with one another, but who doesn’t love a good movie night? Put on that show you’ve both been dying to binge or rent a movie that sounds good. Plus, TV time usually means cuddle time, and who doesn’t want cuddles on Valentine’s Day?
At-home chocolate tasting
I’ve always thought this idea sounded fun but have never actually done it. On your way home from work or before your Valentine’s Day evening officially begins, pick up one of those big heart-shaped boxes full of different chocolates. Without looking at the guide (usually they’re on the inside of the lid of the box) that tells you what chocolate is what flavor, take turns sampling each chocolate and guessing what they are. It’s a simple game, but it sounds fun and it involves getting to try lots of chocolate, so sounds good to me.
I hope you guys have a good holiday, no matter how you’re spending it. Happy Valentine’s Day!