Celebrate Valentine's Day With a Stay-at-Home Date Night

If crowded restaurants aren’t your style, and PDA makes you cringe.

Maybe you forgot to make dinner reservations, or maybe you’re not a fan of crowds. Maybe you’re on a tight budget, or maybe you simply like the idea of a romantic night in the comfort of your own home. Whatever your reason for staying in on Valentine’s Day, I totally get it. I’m a big fan of stay-at-home date nights, especially when it comes to super-busy holidays like Valentine’s Day. Just let me say one thing, fellow love hermit. Don’t let your night roll by like any old, regular night. Resist the Netflix urge, and hide the takeout menu. Make plans and preparations, so you and your S.O. actually feel like you’re on a romantic date night. (By make plans, I mean follow the plans I've already laid out for you below, and thank me later.)

Step 1: Make a DIY Valentine’s Day Gift

A handmade gift, like this 52 Reasons I Love You Jar, is a thoughtful, meaningful — not to mention budget-friendly — alternative to a store-bought trinket. You’ll want to make this gift in advance, as it might require some time.

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Step 2: Decorate Your Home

Make Valentine’s Day (and your S.O.) feel ultra-special by decking out the house in festive, love-themed decor. This XOXO wreath is a perfect way to greet your love.

Valentine's Day Paper Heart Garland

Valentine's Day Paper Heart Garland

This paper heart garland is easy to make and is the perfect way to add a touch of whimsy above your dining table.

Make sure dinner is romantic by decorating your dining area with this whimsical paper heart chandelier.

Step 3: Make a Flower Arrangement

Don’t forget the basics — flowers are a must! Instead of dishing out serious cash for a professional arrangement, make your own with grocery store flowers. Before you buy your blooms, learn what they mean with our fun flower symbolism quiz.

Step 4: Sip Cocktails in Fancy Flutes

DIY Glitter Champagne Flutes

DIY Glitter Champagne Flutes

Make easy glitter champagne flutes to add sparkle to a romantic tablescape.

Photo by: Jeff Romaniuk

Jeff Romaniuk

Buy the ingredients to make one of our Valentine’s Day cocktails, and make these DIY glittered flutes ahead of time for sophisticated sipping. More of a wine couple? We’ve got you covered there, too, with bottles for every budget and an adorable wine glass DIY.

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Step 5: Serve an Unexpected Dinner

Borscht

Borscht

Embrace the beet with the nutritious Russian soup borscht.

Photo by: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Photo by Mick Telkamp

Impress your Valentine with a bright red bowl of Borscht. This Russian soup is delicious and chock-full of romantic powers thanks to the beet, an aphrodisiac.

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Step 6: Satisfy Your Sweet Teeth

Is it even Valentine’s Day if you don't overload on sugar? Make one of our tasty treats, and woo your sweetheart with your creativity.

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BONUS STEP: Cook V-Day Breakfast

If you’re really looking to make Valentine’s Day a win, start the day with a breakfast full of heart-shaped carbs for your honey.

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