Staying In Is the New Going Out

This Valentine’s Day, skip the reservations and long lines. Have a romantic date night in your own home! Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Set up a tasting party.
For a real treat this Valentine’s Day, have a tasting party. Pick a fun theme like wine, whiskey, chocolate or even ice cream. Lay out a bunch of different options, and rate your favorites.

2. Have a DIY paint and wine night.
Paint and wine outings are easy to recreate at home. Purchase your own canvases and paint, crack open your favorite bottle of vino, look up a painting tutorial on YouTube and let your inner Van Gogh shine.

3. Play a trivia game.
Couples trivia games are a great way to learn more about each other and discover different conversation topics. You can find fun questions online, make up your own or find lots of “questions for couples” books and card decks. Pick up some white boards at an office supply store and use them to write down your answers. Then guess out loud what the other person wrote down. Here are some questions to get you started:
– What is your greatest fear?
– What is your least favorite food?
– Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
– What is your favorite thing about your partner?

4. Cook a travel-inspired dinner.
Pick a country or region you’ve visited or want to visit together. Then create dinner inspired by that country. Ideas:
– Spain: Try out different tapas.
– Japan: Learn to make sushi together.
– Italy: Make homemade pasta or pizza together.
– France: Dine on a lovely cheese platter paired with wine.
– Mexico: Set up a make-your-own taco, nachos or burrito bar.
– Texas: Slow cook a slab of ribs or brisket for a juicy BBQ feast.
– Louisiana: Enjoy Cajun cuisine, such as a flavorful gumbo or étouffée.

5. Pretend the electricity is out.
Turn off the lights and all your devices for an imaginative evening in the dark. Light candles, play games or tell ghost stories—just don’t use anything that requires power! Build a fort and camp out in front of the fireplace, and have a romantic dinner of hot dogs and s’mores.

6. Make a duo bucket list.
Discuss and dream about the things you’d like to do together. List all the things you want to do/see/experience as a couple. Or you could create a list specifically of the places you’d like to travel.

7. Have a couple’s spa night.
An in-home spa date can feel indulgent and romantic—without the sky-high price tag. You could go the classic cucumbers-on-the-eyes route and slip into a comfy robe and apply a face mask. Or take advantage of your beautiful master bathroom by lighting candles and indulging in a relaxing bubble bath.

8. Transform your bedroom into a fancy hotel room.
A respite in a posh hotel always feels luxurious. Get away in your own home with a couple of these resort-style touches:
– Light a few scented candles.
– Turn on soft music.
– Eat breakfast in bed on a nice tray.
– Watch movies in your home “suite.”
– Put champagne in an ice bucket in your room.

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