When it comes to celebrating a holiday or major life event, COVID-19 has forced us to be more creative and resourceful. Valentine’s Day 2021 is going to be no different. While dinner and a movie, a concert, or weekend wine tour are not on the calendar this February 14th, the couple looking to break out of the Groundhog Day routine of being stuck at home has many options for their consideration. When you really think about it, our fondest memories are those when we completely surrendered to the moment with a loved one. It’s amazing how our perspective of an experience changes when we focus on what really matters – being connected with the person that we care about most. With this in mind, we rounded up the most romantic Valentine’s Day date ideas for 2021.
Whip Up Brunch
February 14th falls on Sunday this year. After a lazy morning in bed sipping coffee and reading paper, head to the kitchen to make a homestyle version of Valentine’s Day brunch. Cooking is a bonding experience, and creating a delicious dish together will help set a romantic vibe for the rest of the day. In search of culinary inspiration for the perfect meal? The New York Times has a brunch recipe archive with options that range from savory to sweet such as Dutch Baby with Bacon and Camembert, Cheesy Breakfast Egg and Polenta Casserole, and Challah French Toast with Cinnamon Sugar Glaze.
Order In Dinner
After 2020, everyone could use a little love this Valentine’s Day including your favorite neighborhood restaurant. Since indoor dining is prohibited, many restaurants are making their annual Valentine’s Day menu available for order and delivery. Treat yourselves to a sumptuous supper while showing support for your local small business community – it’s a win-win situation.
Make Something Sweet Together
Even those who claim not to have a sweet tooth are unable to resist the temptation of dessert on February 14th. Ordering dinner in means you’ll have a little extra time to return to the kitchen for round two – making a sugary late-evening bite. Indulge in a slice of Death By Chocolate Cake (recipe via Delish) or Citrusy Cheesecake (recipe via The New York Times), or Oven Baked S’mores (recipe via Butter with a Side of Bread)
A Romantic Walk
Being home all the time means cabin fever is at peak level right now. Remedy those pent-up winter blues with a Valentines’s Day walk. Fresh air and new scenery does wonders for the heart. Your romantic sojourn can be a leisurely arm-in-arm stroll of the neighborhood to get coffee, or a destination tour of a lush botanical garden or a scenic hike in a public park. Whatever you choose to do, make this a moment to relax, catch up, and enjoy each other’s company.
Watch A Love Story
Watching a movie is an obvious stay-home pastime. Make this Valentine’s Day screening special by curating a film selection that speaks to you as couple. This could be re-watching the movie you saw on a first date, taking in a romantic classic such as Funny Face, Pride & Prejudice, Casablanca, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or Moulin Rouge, or hitting play on a cinematic love story that neither of you have seen before.
Play A Game
Strengthen the foundation of your relationship with a friendly game of competition. Thanks to The Queen’s Gambit, the most popular choice for engagement in a one-on-one contest right now is chess. Other classic two-player games guaranteed to turn up the heat include Scrabble, Backgammon, Uno, Trivial Pursuit, and Jenga.
A Stay-Home Tasting
Just because you can’t go to a bar or winery for a tasting doesn’t mean you are unable to sip a new selection of reds this Valentine’s Day. While an expert will not be on hand for explanation, you can still relish in discovering a spirit’s unique undertones, fragrance, and body together. And if you prefer more guidance and structure, some wine and liquor makers, and breweries now offer virtual tastings and kits. Check out Voluptuary, Kings County Distillery, and Wine.com for more information on virtual tastings, packages, and resources.
Write A Letter To Each Other
Grand gestures of love may seem out of the question right now on account of COVID-19. But we only have to look to the most romantic stories in the history of literature – Jane Austin’s Persuasion, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera to fully grasp the power of the written word in expressing feelings of affection. This Valentine’s Day, take a moment to sit down and write each other a letter about whatever you feel is most important and cherished in your relationship. It’s totally understandably if you don’t know where to begin here. If you are looking for suggestions, start by thinking about how your partner has helped make this past year easier, or how they help make you a better person, or the hopes and dreams you have for your life together.
Intention, mindfulness, discovery, and connection are what make being in love feel so incredibly amazing. Only be stripping away the theatrics and over-the-top displays that have come to evaluate love do we really see the beauty and meaning of the emotion in its most pure and raw form. We hope theses ideas help you make Valentine’s Day 2021 the best one yet!