An At-Home Valentine’s Day for the Familyby Elizabeth MacDonald
If you aren’t making a reservation for a fancy, romantic dinner out this year, you aren’t alone. Most couples will be cozying up together this Valentine’s Day and celebrating their love fireside. Whether you are expecting an additional little Valentine or already have a few underfoot, there are several ways to make this year’s Day of Love special, memorable, and fun!
You will want to make sure that your Valentine’s Day isn’t just on par with every other Friday night pizza and a movie you’ve found comfort in recently. Take some time to plan out a day (or weekend) with activities, meals, and extra snuggles.
An At-Home Valentine’s Day for the Family
Decorate with Handmade Crafts
Paper heart chains, tissue paper flowers, and baby cupids can hang from the ceiling. If homemade crafting is not your thing, head over to the nearest party store for curbside pickup. You may to add balloons because balloons make everything more fun.
Buy Houseplants Instead of Flowers
Easy to care for plants will bring you much more joy than an overpriced bouquet of flowers. Filling your living space with plants helps purify the air, relieve stress, and makes the home feel lived in.
Hot chocolate with marshmallows tastes even better with a side of chocolate covered fruit. But, instead of bringing home expensive prepackaged desserts, set up a few messy options to make together!
Hand dip strawberries in warm chocolate and roll them in crushed nuts. Slice bananas and top with peanut butter before covering in chocolate and freezing. Apple slices, orange pieces, even fresh cut mangoes pair perfectly with chocolate.
Play a Game
Turn off the TV and pull out a game. Candyland is obviously a perfect pick for Valentine’s Day; however, a good card game or round of checkers works too.
Spend Time Outside
Go for a walk together and hold hands. You can bring a lunch picnic or go on a long hike, but exploring nature at a slow pace can have grounding effects and will leave you feeling at peace.
Log Off Social Media
Put away the devices that only trigger you to judge your Valentine’s Day instead of enjoying it. The social platforms will still be there on Monday; enjoy the time reconnecting with your family.
Splurge on Recreating a Nice Meal (or pick it up curbside)
If you don’t feel like cooking, pick up the phone and order in; however, spending time in the kitchen and cooking with love can really solidify this Valentine’s Day. Copycat recipes to your favorite meals can be found with the click of a button. Jump right in and have fun recreating at home.
Gift Matching Socks
The snuggle is real this year, and socks will make the perfect matching gift. Get a pair for every family member and kick those tired piggies up while patting yourself on the back for pulling off the best Valentine’s Day yet.