Valentine’s Day 2021 will be a homey affair this year. With restaurants closed, except for take-out, and events, theatres, and festivals canceled due to COVID-19, we’ll all be huddling up inside to celebrate Cupid’s day. That doesn’t have to be such a bad thing…think of the dollars you’ll save lol! Seriously, Valentine’s Day at home can be a lot of fun. Below are Valentine’s Day ideas to celebrate the day at home during the pandemic:
Watch a Romantic Movie
It might be corny or cliché, but Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to watch a romantic movie whether you’re with your romantic partner or you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day with your gal pal. Here are several great romantic movies to watch with a friend or your loved one!
Make a Delicious Homemade Meal
This is the night to pull out all the stops and make a fancier meal than usual. I’m talking about Seafood Paella, Salmon Fillets with Cauliflower Rice and Spinach, Beef Bourguignon, or this spectacular Vegan Spiral Tart. Of course, you’ll want to include your partner in the preparation of this meal since four hands make quick work.
Play a Board Game
Since many families will be together on Valentine’s Day, you might need a family-friendly activity for Valentine’s Day. Choose your family’s favourite board game. Some new popular board games, which, I’ll be honest, I have never played include (surprise, surprise!) Pandemic, Betrayal at House on the Hill, and Villainous. If you’re like me and like old-school games, pull out Trivial Pursuit, Clue, Monopoly, or Scrabble for logophiles.
Whether it’s just you and your partner or the whole family, celebrate Valentine’s Day by having your own Paint Night. You can get your paint supplies at your local dollar store (which are still open during lockdown because they sell food) and then watch one of the many paint instruction videos on YouTube. Here are a few of my favourite YouTube painting instructors.
This might be difficult to arrange since City of Toronto skating rinks currently permit a maximum of 25 skaters to allow for social distancing. You will have to register for a spot on the ice rink in advance so if you are thinking of skating on Valentine’s Day, I suggest you book a week or two before the day.
Learn a New Skill Together with MasterClass
MasterClass is a collection of online instruction given by leaders in their field. I received a subscription to MasterClass for Christmas and I have watched Malcolm Gladwell discuss writing and am now watching Margaret Atwood’s writing classes. Watch these classes together and learn something new! Other classes include:
- Bobbi Brown, Makeup and Beauty
- Annie Leibowitz, Photography
- Steve Martin, Comedy
- Gordon Ramsay, Restaurant Recipes at Home
- James Suckling, Wine Appreciation
- Diane von Furstenberg, Building a Fashion Brand
- Serena Williams, Tennis
- Daniel Sedaris, Storytelling and Humour
- RuPaul, Self Expression and Authenticity
- Christina Aguilera, Singing
- Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriting
- Chris Hadfield, Space Exploration
I hope you enjoy these Valentine’s Day ideas during COVID. Stay home and stay safe!
Great minds think alike today! I feel like its tough as parents to find time to be romantic! Great ideas!
Haha, yes! True, it is tough for parents to find time away from the kids! Cheers, Lori
These sound like fun ideas. It is nice to have some ways to celebrate even during the pandemic. Winter has been a tough time and it is nice to have some ways to spend quality time together.
Yes, winter can be tough when you can’t go anywhere! A good time to spend time with family indoors. Cheers, Lori
I love the MasterClass ideas! Although COVID-19 is sad, this has been a great time to hone in on learning new skills since we are all safer at home. You’ve got lots of great ideas.
Thank you! I agree that this is a great time to upgrade skills! Cheers, Lori
Great ideas to spend Valentine’s day at home. In fact, it sounds more exciting, and a quality time with your loved one. There are all wonderful ideas, my favorite ones on this list are movie, meal, and learning a new skill. Hope you have a wonderful time!
Thank you. Yes, Valentine’s Day this year is the perfect time to bond with family! Cheers, Lori
Your array of ideas is timely and good to explore. They all reflect the virtues of spending time with your family.
Yes, the pandemic has forced us to spend more time with family and I think that’s a good thing! Cheers, Lori
Yes, very true… Valentine’s Day will indeed be limited to indoor activities. It can also be a good experience, as couples will experience a new way of celebrating.
I agree that spending Valentine’s Day indoors can be a good thing for couples! Cheers, Lori
Our lockdown is over but last year we were in lockdown until October and yes there are many things from this list I had done and it was fun!
That’s great that your lockdown is over! I hope ours is over soon! Cheers, Lori
We will definitely have a movie night for Valentine’s day and my movie is already selected. I love all your shared ideas.
A movie is the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day this year. Enjoy! Lori
Skate night sounds fun! Would have to be roller skating here, which would be romantic for us as we met at a roller rink! Great list of fun ideas, thanks!
Wow, that’s great that you met at a roller rink! Roller skating would also be a fun Valentine’s Day idea assuming the rinks are open? Cheers, Lori
lovely ideas! I always give him chocolate and we obviously gonna stay home. This year we plan on baking chocolate cookies together and may be play a board game
Baking chocolate cookies together sounds like fun. I also love a good board game! Enjoy! Cheers, Lori
This is so lovely! My partner bought me a bunch of half dead flowers last year! I was so P** OFF!! I will never forgive him for this!!!
Half dead flowers? Oh wow, I would have been annoyed too! I hope you receive something better this year! Cheers, Lori
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