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Planning an At-Home Valentine's Day Date

Want to do something a little out of the ordinary this Valentine’s Day? Here are my tips for planning an at-home Valentine’s Day date with your spouse.

Whether you want to stay at home because of budgeting issues, or you just can’t handle the thick crowds and long waits at every restaurant in a 50-mile radius, I think you’ll be amazed at how amazing an at-home Valentine’s Day date can actually be. From camping to movie nights, gourmet dinners to downhome fare, this cache of Valentine’s Day ideas is sure to appeal to you both.

Planning an At-Home Valentine’s Day Date

Not sure what to do this Valentine's Day. Here are my tips for planning an at-home Valentine's Day Date.

Hire a Babysitter

Before we get into any of these awesome date ideas, the caveat is making sure the kids are taken care of. Valentine’s Day should be about reconnecting with each other, so if possible, try to find a trusted sitter that can watch the kids that evening, or enlist the help of doting grandparents to ensure your at-home Valentine’s Day date is as romantic as possible without any interruptions.

Pull Out All The Stops

Just because you’re staying inside for the night doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat it as a special occasion. Dress to the nines in something that makes you feel confident and beautiful, decorate the living room with flower petals or Valentine’s Day roses, and do your makeup in the way you know he likes. Up your romance ante by lighting candles around the room, dim the overhead lights, and make sure the bedroom is spic and span–new sheets can make the room feel new and improve the mood.

Backyard Camping

If you live in an area that’s warmed up by February (yes, it is possible to all you cold state nonbelievers out there) consider a romantic night under the stars in your own backyard. Set up the tent, blow up some air mattresses, and drag those sleeping bags out of the closet. If it is too cold or you’re just not a fan of sleeping while exposed to the elements, you can “camp out” in your living room. Pull your couches to the side, blow up that air mattress, and leave all technology powered off–light candles for ambiance and a more realistic outdoor feel. Set up a stargazing projector to make your ceiling and walls light up with the night sky and roast marshmallows in your fireplace.

Film Night

Rent a projector and turn a blank wall into a big-screen television on which you can watch your favorite romantic movies. Maybe you’re Netflix addicts (like we are); start a new show you’ve been saving and for once don’t feel guilty when you reach the sixth episode on the first day. Binge watching on date night is totally okay! Make sure your living room or bedroom is movie theater-worthy and stock it with popcorn, candy, and drinks of your choice. What’s a blockbuster without some delicious snacks to munch on?

Your Very Own Massage Parlor

Transform your home into a massage parlor for the evening and act as each other’s masseuses. Lay some crisp sheets out on the ground, lather each other up with some sweet-scented massage oil, and rid each other of the stresses that everyday life can bring. Play some soft music in the background (perhaps a playlist specifically curated for the evening?) and bask in each other’s company.

Grab Your Nerf Gun

Give a nod to your inner child and plan a nerf gun battle in your home. Wait until the sun goes down and then the game is on. Earlier in the day, each of you gets to hide four or five nerf guns in various parts of your house–and no peaking! You’ll be giddy running around trying to nail each other with the soft foam darts, and the adrenaline rush is sure to make you feel 20 years younger.

Play Truth or Dare

While you might think you know your guy like the back of your hand, there are probably some questions that you’d never guess the answer to. Play a few rounds of truth or dare with some previously selected questions and dares. Each of you should write five of each, and then fold them and place them into a hat. For each one you pull out, you must fulfill the dare or answer the question. This is a fun way to learn surprising new things about your partner, and the dares are bound to have you both roaring in laughter.

Planning an at-home Valentine’s Day date for you and your spouse can really be a lot of fun. It’s a night all about you and your spouse. Make it as special and romantic as you can.

Do you have any other ideas for planning an at-home Valentine’s Day date?


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29 thoughts on “Planning an At-Home Valentine's Day Date”

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    My favorite Valentine’s Day date is always staying in. It’s so romantic to stay in and wrap up in a blanket with my husband.

  2. Brenda Brown says:

    I never would have thought to have it at home. What a lovely and clever idea!

  3. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    My husband and I do lots of date nights at home. Watching movies and playing board games are our favorite things to do.

  4. Jess Benoit says:

    These are really great ideas for an at-home Valentine’s Day date!

  5. Diana Elizabeth says:

    Overcrowded restaurants, no thank you ? We are most likely staying home as well – I like the idea of being outside, we can do that in Phoenix!

  6. Dawn @Oh Sweet Mercy says:

    These are great ideas for a date night any time, too! We’re “homebodies” and prefer to be at home most of the time so I appreciate having ideas to make date night at home special, thanks!

  7. Pam says:

    We usually do a at home date night on Valentine’s Day because it’s so packed at restaurants! These are all great ideas.

  8. Michelle F says:

    Those are some great ideas. My husband and I will usually celebrate at home too and then go out after or before 2/14 to be the crowd.

  9. Liz Mays says:

    These could be a lot of fun. We’ll definitely try to make it a special day!

  10. Toni | BoulderLocavore says:

    How fun. These are great ideas. This won’t sound very traditional but my guess is we’ll be watching the first episode of the Walking Dead which premieres that night. #dontjudge LOL!

  11. Brandy says:

    These are such great ideas! Thanks for sharing them with us! I love how you can be creative with Valentine’s Day, I never really got into that day but hoping this year I change!

  12. Eileen says:

    So important to have special time together. I have been married for so long and have the kids all over the place so we have to schedule time together. very important

  13. Raijean says:

    I love this. Sometimes the best dates are the ones spent at home.

  14. Kiwi says:

    This is cute for the fun and spontaneous couple! I like the outdoor camping idea in the backyard…I would bring the WINE!

  15. Liz Mays says:

    Yes, definitely bring the wine, although I’d be fine with diet coke too. ? Stargazing would be awesome!

  16. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    These are great ideas. We like to camp in the yard in the summer. I like to have movie nights with wine.

  17. Scott says:

    With kids, we don’t do anything fancy. Just a nice meal at home and curl up and watch a movie.

  18. Stacey says:

    I like your ideas and it is important to keep romance in the relationship. It’s nice to dress up even if you plan on staying at home.

  19. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says:

    These are all great Valentine’s Day in-home date ideas. I am in the middle of a divorce, so I am going to be spending the day a little differently this year.

  20. Christie says:

    I’m all about having a date at home! I’ve never thought about getting a sitter anyway! Fun idea

  21. Shell says:

    The nerf guns would be really fun! A babysitter while we’re at home is a great idea, too.

  22. Ora Lee Gurr says:

    It’s fun to challenge each other to a bakeoff and see who makes the best dessert. Loser gets to do the cleanup, although it’s fun to share in that duty, as well. I like your ideas, especially the camp-out. It’ll be a wonderful Valentine’s Day Treat with these ideas.

  23. Rosey says:

    Nerf Gun battles are a staple at our house, for the young and the old, lol. My three sons are huge fans. I bet my oldest would LOVE it if his wife staged a Nerf gun battle. She hates such things so he’d love it even more. Maybe I’ll tell her the idea. ?

  24. Nicole Escat says:

    Home Valentine’s Date is also sweet! My husband and I are going to watch movie together.

  25. Ellen ThatChicMom says:

    We do most Valentine’s Days at home and love it. These are some great ideas for us to ad to our list thanks!

  26. Dawn @Oh Sweet Mercy says:

    These are great ideas! Spending time together is important, even written your budget won’t allow for a “real” date. You could do a lot of these anytime of year too. Thanks for the great ideas!

  27. Michele says:

    Those do sound like some great ideas for an in home Valentine’s date. I’m sure the grandparents would love to have the kids over–unless they are having their own Valentine’s date!!

  28. Michelle F says:

    Those are some great ideas! My husband and I always stay home on Valentines and go out before or after to beat the crowd.

  29. School Smarts says:

    Hi Crystal. Great ideas! My favorite is the at home massage parlor. Now if I could just find a babysitter. I’m working on it!

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