The home is where the heart is – so there’s no better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than at home with your loved ones. Whether you’re looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city or a cozy and relaxing night is just more your cup of tea, there are plenty of ways to create a memorable Valentine’s Day at home. From virtual wine tastings to a fun game night in, these 10 at-home Valentine’s Day ideas are perfect for celebrating with a partner, your family, or friends.
1) Show your home some love
A unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year is to show your home some love by deep cleaning, organizing, and refreshing your space. Give your walls a makeover with a coat of fresh paint. Freshly painted walls can go a long way in transforming your space’s look and feel, and can instantly brighten washed-out walls. Stick to light neutral colors to keep the area feeling airy and to bring more light into a room.
Cleaning up a cluttered storage area is also a budget-friendly Valentine’s Day gift that anyone will appreciate. By breaking up your tasks into smaller, more manageable steps and focusing on one room at a time, you’ll reach your overall goal of minimizing the amount of clutter in your home.
2) Set up an at-home art studio for a virtual paint-and-sip class
If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day idea that’ll let you channel your inner Picasso, try transforming your kitchen or garage into an art studio for a paint-and-sip class. While in-person classes are slowly becoming available again, many studios now offer virtual classes. All you need to do is find a paint-and-sip studio, sign up for a class, and pick up your supplies either from the studio or a craft store if they’re not provided. A paint-and-sip class is a perfect way to celebrate with the whole family, or as a date night activity.
To get the full effect, set up an easel for each person along with the blank canvas. Make sure each station in your at-home art studio has a paint palette, brushes, and plenty of paint. Last but not least, don’t forget your drink of choice.
3) Transform your bathroom into a spa
If a spa weekend or at-home spa service isn’t an option this Valentine’s Day, don’t worry. You can easily transform your bathroom into a “spa” with a few simple changes. Start by clearing off clutter from your bathroom counters and consider doing a deep clean of your bathtub. Once your bathroom is prepped, light some candles and set up oil diffusers with your favorite essential oils. To recreate that tranquil spa ambiance, use scents of lavender or eucalyptus. Top off your relaxing bath with bubbles or go all out with rose petals.
To really pamper yourself at home, order products from your local spa and wellness center – such as clay facial masks or luxe serums. Not only will you be supporting local businesses, you’ll also get the closest thing to a professional spa experience from the comfort of your own home.
4) Indulge in an at-home wine tasting
A fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day while staying in this year is bringing the wine tasting experience to you. Visit a local winery – or order online – to pick up a variety of wines or a pre-made tasting box. Many wineries offer virtual tastings with both expert-led and self-led options, so you can choose the tasting experience that works best for you.
Set up an area in your home with a fresh tablecloth, floral arrangements, and wine glasses – a dining room table or even outdoor dining area works great. Once you have your wines, complete the experience by creating a delicious and Instagram-worthy charcuterie board. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or not, this at-home Valentine’s Day idea is guaranteed to be a hit.
5) Organize an intimate dinner in your backyard
Take your Valentine’s Day dinner to the next level by transforming your backyard into the perfect retreat for an outdoor date night. Take some time to clean off your outdoor dining area and set it up with a tablecloth, floral arrangements, and candles. If you don’t have outdoor furniture – don’t worry. You can repurpose an indoor table or even use a foldable table that you have tucked away in your garage. Whether you live in Detroit or Phoenix, it’s a good idea to have cozy throw blankets and heaters set up. Finally, hang string lights across the top of your patio to instantly add an aesthetic glow to your outdoor space and add the perfect ambient lighting.
6) Classic Valentine’s Day ideas with a twist: bring the movie theater to you
Create a cozy night in by transforming a spare room in your home with a projector and speakers to create an at-home theater. A projector is a great way to turn any space in your home into a theater – all you need is a blank wall. Complete the experience by adding plenty of warm throw blankets and pillows to keep you cozy as you watch your favorite movies or shows.
7) Create a cozy reading nook
Use this sweet holiday to transform additional or unused space into the perfect reading nook ideal for curling up with your favorite read. Nothing says “cozy” more than a comfy chair, extra pillows, and a soft chenille throw. When deciding on the type of seating you want to use, consider how much space you have in your nook and the surrounding furnishings. Floor pillows or beanbag chairs create a homey, inviting feel ideal for nooks with limited spacing, while a chaise lounge or fluffy armchair will create a luxurious feel in bigger spaces.
8) Enjoy a workout class without leaving home
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day ideas that’ll get your endorphins flowing, sign up for a virtual workout class. Setting up a home gym or designating a space in your home as your workout spot is one of the first steps to make sure you get the most out of your at-home workout. Adding small touches such as an essential oil diffuser to create a relaxing atmosphere for a yoga session or setting up speakers to play your favorite music to stay motivated are great ways to personalize your workout space.
9) Have a game night in
Break out your favorite board games and have an at-home game night. Simple touches like lighting a scented candle, having plenty of blankets and floor pillows for seating, and ample lighting are great ways to bring a festive yet homey atmosphere to your Valentine’s Day game night. And if you’re playing more interactive games, you can also easily rearrange your furniture to make sure you have enough space to move around. Furniture pieces that are portable, such as ottomans or stools, can double as extra seating.
10) Shower your home with love by adding floral arrangements
Extend the life of your Valentine’s Day bouquets by showering your home in gorgeous floral arrangements. Adding fresh flowers can instantly brighten and breathe new life into your home, and are the perfect way to add a finishing touch to your home decor. The great news is, you can find beautiful and unique arrangements from your local florist, or if you’re feeling crafty, you can purchase a variety of flowers to create your own.