When the day of love comes around you may want to do something special for your other half. Unfortunately, with the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding it, many are still a bit cautious about going out for a date. You may think that your options are limited, however with some brainstorming and a little prep work, you can still enjoy a perfect, personalized Valentine’s Day. Here are lovey-dovey ideas for the perfect night in.
1. Custom Menu
Create a custom menu for your loved one with all the foods you both like to eat. If you’re handy in the kitchen, make them at home. If not, try ordering out. There may be restaurants around your area that are offering a specialised menu for the day. It is probably best to order ahead to avoid disappointment. Once the dishes are chosen you could go the extra step by designing and printing your special menu.
2. Mix Drinks
Once the food menu is set, you can focus on the drinks. Try channeling your inner mixologist and shake up a few cocktails from the bar. You can research the recipe of romantic-themed drinks online to make sure you have the right ingredients in stock. A chocolate martini, pomegranate mimosas or an appletini could be the perfect selection for your special night. You could up the ante and prepare a drink for each course.
This may seem like a daunting task, but you don’t have to go overboard. By adding a few décor elements, you can make a big difference in enhancing the atmosphere. Heart-shaped balloons, rose petals and a few strategically placed candles should be enough to set the mood. Thinking of doing a bit more? Try gathering a few other ideas from online and/or taking a trip to your local arts and craft store to see what inspires you.
4. Set the Mood (Music)
Music might not be for everyone. What’s undeniable is that depending on what you choose, it can improve the atmosphere. Focus on albums and songs that are slow and soft like jazz or R&B. Play them at a low volume during dinnertime. Like to dance? Pump up the tunes afterwards and shake a leg. Pick whichever jams get you moving and dance the night away!
5. Dress Up
Now that you’ve prepared the menu, hung the décor and turned on the music, it’s time to don your glad rags. This is the perfect cherry on top. Dressing up for the night should help make the evening a bit more special than a regular night in. If what you have planned for the night is going to be a surprise, once you decide on what to wear, you could try picking their outfit in advance. Whether it be matching sweaters or new pajamas, this gesture is a nice added touch.
6. Take it Outside
Depending on where you live, it might still be a bit chilly outside. However, you could still make the most of it. Ending off the evening relaxing under the night sky is the perfect finale to your customized evening. If you don’t have an outdoor fireplace, you can try building your own firepit or purchasing a fire pit table. Bring a bottle of wine, an oversized blanket and cozy up next to the fire.
No one knows your partner better than you do. Therefore, feel free to augment these ideas into something that would work better for both your personalities. The sky is the limit when it comes to creating a personalised Valentine’s date night.
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