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