Stay In (and Stay Warm) With 4 At-Home Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Keep it cozy with one (or all!) of these at-home Valentine's Day date ideas.
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Kimberly Finkel Davis

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but for many, the threat of snow and blustery weather is not exactly encouragement for a romantic night on the town. So if winter weather has you down, and you feel more like celebrating your love at home, we’ve got just the thing to make your Valentine’s Day special—without risking frostbite.

Start by surprising your sweetie with a beautiful and delicious breakfast in bed. A menu of heart-shaped pancakes, figs drizzled with honey and fresh mimosas is the perfect way to start a day that’s all about expressing your love.

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Break Out the Good Stuff

As the old saying goes, presentation is everything! I find that’s especially true with a super simple concept like this one. An antique silver tray atop an old bench makes for an elegant display that feels instantly special. Use whatever you have access to (whether that’s a pretty tray, a cloth napkin, or a plate from that set of formal china that never gets used) to dress up your breakfast.

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Read All About It

Bring your partner a fresh copy of their favorite newspaper or magazine to browse before the meal is served. You could even put on a good album or pop in one of their favorite dvds. This date is all about the little details that show you care.

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Stop and Smell the Roses

Pick up a dozen roses from your local grocery store, and snip a few to display in a small bud vase on the tray. The rest can be used to create a larger arrangement to place on a desk or nightstand in the bedroom.

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Bottoms Up

Who doesn’t love a mimosa? Nothing says “celebration” to me quite like champagne for breakfast. Toast your special someone with a custom cocktail, and be sure to pour a glass for yourself!

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Sweet Simplicity

The beauty of this meal is that it’s so easy to create: a simple menu of pancakes, syrup, croissants and figs with honey is enough to start anyone’s day off right!

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Hot Stuff

Even if you use store-bought maple syrup (and I’ll admit that I do!), heat it on the stove first. Then transfer it into a pretty container for a more luxurious feel.

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From the Heart

Ordinary pancakes become extra special when they’re made in the shape of a heart! I used a custom cutter to create mine.

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Nice Buns

A flaky croissant bun served with salted butter and raspberry jam is a deliciously-decadent morning treat.

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Ring My Bell

A vintage hotel bell was a fun addition to my classic breakfast. You could use any sort of bell (even a jingle bell left over from Christmas) to adorn your tray. Tell your partner to ring if they need anything!

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How Sweet It Is

Surprise your partner with a sweetly simple final course of figs and honey.

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And after you enjoy a relaxing breakfast in bed, what better way to get ready for your day than with a sexy spa date for two (without ever leaving the house!)? Flickering candles and a bath filled with rose petals and essential oils are sure to set the mood. Add an extra-special touch with a yummy and refreshing cucumber cocktail paired with equally delicious radish and lemon aioli tea sandwiches. End your romantic spa date with a taste of decadent chocolate, and your special someone will think they died and went to heaven. 

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Setting the Mood

Create a clean, serene space by placing aromatherapy candles of various heights around the bathtub, and placing fresh, out-of-the-dryer warm towels off to the side. Incorporate organic tones and natural elements for an authentic spa atmosphere.

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Roses Aren't Always Red

This romantic holiday wouldn’t be the same without cupid’s favorite flower. Stop by your local flower market, and pick up a bundle of white roses. Pick out a few stems to place in a white or clear vessel for a clean decorative touch. With the remaining stems, gently pull the petals from their buds and set aside in a bowl by the tub.

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Rose Water

To give your spa date a soothing vibe, draw a warm bath — studies show that 105 de-grees is the optimal temperature for most people. Once the tub is filled, add a touch of romance, and perfume the air by scattering a handful of rose petals on the surface.

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Stay-Home Essentials

Add infused salts and essential oils to the running water to create a therapeutic bath for you and your Valentine’s date. Once dissolved, they’ll ease tension, relax muscles and melt away stress. Not only will you create a spa-like experience — you’ll also be left feeling supple and replenished fresh out of the tub.

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Tension Tamer

Spend some quality time with your special someone by offering up relaxing spa treatments. Use essential oils or your favorite body lotion to treat your honey to a neck, back or foot massage. Simply place a dime size amount in the palm of your hand and, using kneading motions, move in the direction of the heart to stimulate blood flow. Who knows, they might just return the favor!

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Happy and Hydrated

There’s no better way to celebrate than with a delicious libation. A refreshing cucumber cooler will help authenticate your at-home spa date with its hydrating qualities. Plus, it could not be easier to make! Combine ginger vodka, lemon juice, a touch of agave syrup and cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the cucumbers slightly to release their maximum flavor, and then shake, shake, shake! Pour the cocktail into low glasses, top off with sparkling water, and enjoy!

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Fresh and Clean

For a light, palate-cleansing snack that’s super healthy and easy to prepare, serve up a plate of radish and lemon aioli tea sandwiches. Just cut the crusts off of thin, white bread, spread a light layer of lemon aioli on the slice, then place thinly sliced radishes on top. Garnish with cilantro, then cut the slice on the diagonal to create perfect triangular tea sandwiches.

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Veggie Rejuvenation

To really round out the full spa experience, indulge in this guilt-free twist on a main course. This satisfying roasted veggie, bean, and herb salad can’t be beat. Not only does the salad fit the good-for-you bill, it’s also colorful, pretty and delicious!

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Nature's Antioxidant

No Valentine’s Day is complete without a dessert, and these decadent cake balls are the perfect combination: chocolate on chocolate. These sexy snacks are full of antioxidants — experts say that a little bit of chocolate each day actually has health benefits!

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Sit Back & Relax

The candles have been lit, the food’s been prepped, the cucumber cooler has been poured, and the roses are perfectly placed. Now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy this stress-free spa date with the one you love.

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Are you celebrating with the family this year? Let everyone in on the fun with a special Valentine’s Day brunch (or dinner) full of sweet details to share with the people you love the most. Fresh flowers, pretty place settings and colorful decorations will show them just how much you care. And a stack of fluffy heart-shaped waffles and homemade raspberry muffins will definitely win their hearts. 

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Set the Table

Surprise your family with a special breakfast on Valentine's Day! Use our delicious recipes, tips and ideas to easily create a few special details.

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Simple Place Settings

Look around your home, and use what you already have for setting the table. Pretty placemats, white plates and everyday cutlery work great for this family breakfast. Small vases filled with roses from the garden are sweet and simple on a tray.

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Wrap It Up

Use this easy idea to create a sweet napkin and cutlery wrap. Download our printable design that reads "Good Morning My Love". Trim and layer the design on a sheet of colored cardstock cut about a half inch wider than the printable. Use double-sided tape to secure the printable design to the colored cardstock. Then wrap around a napkin and secure at the back with a piece of tape. Slide cutlery under the paper napkin wrap to complete a perfect and simple place setting.

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What I Love About You

Easily create sweet love notes for your family members. Download, print and trim our printable “What I Love About You” design. Fill out cards before breakfast, or have each family member write notes to each during breakfast.

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Have a Seat

A simple place card with the name of each family member is the perfect way to invite the whole family to this festive breakfast. Your children will feel how special it is when they see their names right on the table! Download Printable Design

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Serve It Pretty

It’s always nice to know what you’re pouring when serving or requesting a beverage. Use classic glass carafes, embellished with a beautiful ribbon and label, to serve your breakfast beverage choices. The clear container is not only pretty but it also makes it easy to see exactly what’s inside. Download Printable Design

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Mini Milk for the Kids

Small plastic milk bottles are the perfect size for little hands. Serve your kid's drinks in these, complete with a fun striped straw and heart sticker (bottles, straws and stickers available at shoptomkat.com).

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Small Servings

Mini jars with a small spoon are ideal for serving yogurt. Pink strawberry yogurt is perfect for a Valentine's Day celebration. Top with fresh berries for style and taste (jars and spoons available at shoptomkat.com).

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Fresh Raspberry Muffins

Bake this delicious muffin recipe in mini heart-shaped silicone baking cups to create the fun heart shape! Piled high on a pretty cake stand, your family won't be able to resist (muffin baking cups available at shoptomkat.com). View Recipe

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Butter Me Up

Use a tiny heart cookie cutter to make butter pats in the shape of hearts – absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day!

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Fresh Berry Oatmeal

Complete your breakfast menu using your favorite oatmeal recipe. Get a head start the night before by adding some steal cut oats and water to a crock pot, add a pinch of salt and you have the perfect oatmeal in the morning! Top with bright, fresh berries for added taste and pops of color!

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Fluffy Homemade Waffles

Using a heart-shaped waffle iron, these fun and festive waffles are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face! Even if you don’t have a heart-shaped waffle iron, this waffle recipe works beautifully with any iron. Don't forget to add heart-shaped butter and top with maple syrup! View Recipe

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Served With Love

Any nice serving platters and dishes you have will make this breakfast extra special. However, fun heart platters can be used to serve your dishes and will add the perfect Valentine’s Day touch to your table!

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A Dressed Up Chair

Add a little pizzazz to your kitchen table by creating festive chair decorations. These tissue paper tassels are so easy to make, and they dress up the chairbacks beautifully!

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Hand-Drawn Mugs

Plain white coffee mugs are so fun to decorate just by drawing on them with a permanent ceramic marker! The kids will love making designs on the mugs to give to parents, teachers or grandparents! Make them in advance, and Mom and Dad can use them for the Valentine's breakfast.

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Pretty Printables

Download our printable designs to make your own napkin wraps, labels and notes for the perfect finishing touches for your Valentine's Day breakfast!

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Happy Valentine's Day

Enjoying a nice family breakfast is a sure way to start the day right. Make it a tradition every year for your family, and it will be something everyone looks forward to beyond the flowers and candy!

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If you’re one of the fortunate few who will be enjoying mild weather for Valentine’s Day weekend, take advantage of your luck, and celebrate with a romantic camping trip for two. But if you are stuck inside, don’t let that stop you. Stay cozy and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace in a grown-up fort for two.

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Set the Mood

Whether it’s just for the day or for an entire weekend, a romantic picnic is a fun and unique way to celebrate your love.

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Snuggle Bunnies

Transform the great outdoors into your own personal home away from home by bringing along your coziest blankets, plushest pillows and a tent for two. Make sure to include wools and knits for staying warm at night, as well as more durable blankets for picnicking and stargazing.

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Tune In

Nothing beats the sound of the birds chirping, except maybe a little background music. Add your own ambiance to the day by creating a playlist of songs that are sentimental to the two of you. Stream the soundtrack of your love using your wireless device, or bring out a classic battery-operated FM radio for a retro option.

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Heat Things Up

No camping trip is complete without a thermos full of hot cocoa. For the perfect cup, chop up some good quality chocolate and melt in a saucepan. Add in seasonings like cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and caramel. Then combine with hot milk. Pour your campfire classic into a thermos to go, and for a celebratory add-in, bring along some Bailey’s Irish Cream!

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Take It To Go

Plan ahead and prepare a special meal made with love for your romantic getaway. Pack individual items in thermoses and small containers. Then load it all up into a trusty insulating cooler. Don’t forget must-have essentials like enamel mugs, napkins and flatware!

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Veggie Love

For a healthy side that’s easy to snack on, pack up some pickled vegetables. Use a store-bought variety, or pickle your own a day in advance by chopping veggies and combining them with spices, seasonings and brine in a glass jar. Take two to go so you and your date have individual servings ready to enjoy.

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Spice Things Up

To heat things up a bit, why not pack a little homemade chili with all the fixin’s. This easy-to-make favorite is a perfect dish to keep things feeling warm and toasty once temperatures begin to dip. Transport chili to your campsite in a thermos to keep it warm, and be sure to bring along onions, cilantro and shredded cheese for must-have garnishes.

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On the Side

Nothing pairs with chili quite like cornbread. Prepare yours at home in a skillet. Then cover and transport to your camp site. Cut into squares, and be sure to bring extra for a sweet-yet-savory snack to keep on hand all day (or weekend!) long.

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Be Prepared

When it comes to dining al fresco, nothing is better than enamel ware. Lightweight, durable and easy to clean, having a few enamel plates on hand is a perfectly practical and eco-friendly solution for picnicking. Bring along a large cutting board to serve as your hard surface when prepping your meal. Then make it do double-duty as a makeshift tabletop on uneven ground!

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Laid Back and Easy

The best part about planning a camping date for Valentine’s Day? The attire is comfy and casual. Trade in high heels for rain boots, and focus on spending quality time with your sweetheart in mother nature’s playground.

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On a Sweet Note

Last, but certainly not least on the menu, is the tried-and-true campfire favorite, s’mores. Pack your cooler full of just enough marshmallows, graham crackers and dark chocolate to serve two, and break them out for roasting once the fire’s crackling.

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