For many couples, Valentine’s Day is seen as a great day to really get closer to your partner. It’s all about hitting the pause button in our busy schedules to enjoy our significant other and let them know we appreciate them. Sometimes being affectionate comes with a hefty price tag though. Especially if you have plans to go out on the town. If you are wanting to save some money but still have a great Valentine’s date, why not just stay home? You can still have a great time, maybe even more than if you went out! If you are in search of some ideas on how to make the most of your night in, take a look at our list below and get prepared.
Fancy candlelit dinners are nice and romantic, but you don’t have to leave your home for that to happen. Instead, why don’t you and your partner make your favorite meals together? And we don’t mean one do the cooking while the other does the cleaning. Instead, find a recipe that you both can work on and really bond over making the meal together. If mistakes are made because you are both not an expert chef, that’s okay! It’s all about the experience. Finish up the night with a massive dessert cook-off for a little friendly and fun competition. It will make for a wonderful, inexpensive night you won’t have to make reservations for.
Board games, video games, card games, you name it. Pull out your favorites and make a night of fun competition, or even work together in some cases! During the work week, you probably don’t have as much time as you would like to just have fun with your partner. So make the most of this night by going all out.
Skip on the long lines and expensive movie tickets and have a movie night in your living room instead. You can pull out your favorite movies or dive into a completely new series on Netflix/Hulu. For added fun, turn your living room into a mock theatre by having bowls of popcorn and candy prepared, or take it a step further and unleash your inner kid by making a fort. You can do this by making space for a mattress and tons of blankets for you both to curl up on. It’s a lot better than sitting in uncomfortable movie seats!
Looking to steer away from the tame date night ideas and want a more action-packed one? Have the ultimate Nerf Gun battle with your partner on Valentine’s Day, but make it one you won’t forget. Rearrange the house to make it into a playing field with challenges along the way. Have rules and maybe even prizes for the battles. Switch it up with a new battle with new rules each time, but don’t forget to have tons of fun!
If you don’t feel like making food, we don’t blame you. You can still eat tasty meals by ordering your favorites. You can even take it a step further by calling in your favorite dish from multiple places and have a taste test night. Or, be more spontaneous by ordering a different meal that you haven’t tried before. Sometimes change is a good thing.
Since Valentine’s Day is in the middle of the week this year, you can use this time to pause and unwind with your partner. Turn your home into a spa by lighting candles around the house, running a bubble bath, giving each other massages, and more. Being pampered by the person you love is a great experience that might make you fall in love with them all over again.
If you have gifts for each other, especially multiple gifts, have fun with it by making a scavenger hunt around the house for them to find the gifts. This will take a lot of creativity and time, but once you pull it off, you’ll be glad you did it.