7 Ideas for the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

Posted 12/02/2024

February 14th rolls around when many of us are in hibernation mode. The days are still pretty dark,
and our social batteries and bank accounts haven't quite replenished from the Christmas/new year
festivities. Staying in the comfort of your own home while still making Valentine's Day feel special,
whether you celebrate it with friends, a romantic partner or the whole family, is easily achieved with
these 7 low-key but meaningful home-based Valentine's ideas.

1. Indulge in an Elite Restaurant Experience at Home
Treat yourself and your loved one to a decadent dinner for two, prepared by top chefs and delivered
straight to your doorstep. Services like Dispatch offer menus curated by renowned chefs like Michel
Roux Jr., allowing you to enjoy a gourmet meal without the hassle of reservations or the extra
expense of taxis and babysitters. Simply follow the steps to heat, garnish, and serve, and relish in the
luxury of a restaurant-quality meal from the comfort of your home.

2. A Takeaway and a Movie
When your calendar gets full, a relaxing night in can feel more special and enjoyable than heading
out. Order a feast from your favourite takeaway and cosy up on the couch for a movie night at home
with a partner, friend or the whole family. Light some candles, grab some blankets, and unwind with
your favourite comfort food while enjoying a good old romcom without the crowds.

3. Try an At-Home Wine Tasting
Elevate your Valentine’s evening with an at-home wine tasting experience. Select a variety of wines,
either from your own collection or by purchasing a curated tasting set from the likes of Reserve
Wines or Bristol-based natural wine bar Kask. Enjoy a memorable date night at home while learning
about tasting notes, tanins and food pairings. Hint: cheese is probably a good idea.

4. Get Creative
One of the best ways to be present with a loved one is engaging in a creative activity together.
Whether it's painting, crafting, or cooking, spend quality time expressing yourselves and creating
something special that you can enjoy together. You don't have to be a master artist or chef—simply
enjoy the process and the chance to bond and laugh over a shared creative endeavour.

5. Have a Games Night
Break out the board games and host a friendly game night at home, whether it’s Galentine’s,
Valentine’s or a family affair. From favourites like Monopoly or Scrabble to the cry-laugh inducing
Cards Against Humanity, games are the perfect answer when seeking a fun, engaging night at home
to unwind, laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

6. Book an At-Home Couple's Massage
Treat yourselves to a relaxing spa experience without leaving the house by booking an at-home couple's massage. Many massage therapists offer mobile services, allowing you to enjoy the luxury of a professional massage in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Unwind together and indulge in some much-needed pampering on Valentine's Day.

7. Mix Some Cocktails or Open That 'Special Occasion' Bottle of Wine
Channel your inner mixologist and craft some delicious cocktails or mocktails together. Alternatively, dust off that bottle of wine you've been saving for a special occasion, light a candle or two and savour it together over good conversation and a great cheese board.

This Valentine's Day, embrace the intimacy and comfort of home with these budget-friendly ideas that prioritise quality time with loved ones. Whether you're sharing a romantic evening with your partner, celebrating platonic love with friends, or having fun with the family, make the most of the occasion by creating lasting memories without having to leave your home