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9 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without Leaving your Home

Have you tried planning for Valentine’s Day with your significant other only to find that you are unable to make a reservation anywhere because they are all booked up? Never mind the fact that you could spend a tiny fortune anywhere you go. Then factor in the cold or snowy weather and you will soon realize you can spend this season of love at home, in a special setting of your creation, with people you love.

Stay warm and cozy, stay out of traffic, and try these ideas for more fun and romance than you can ever have by going out. They are sure to please and send Cupid’s magical dart right through the heart of your Valentine.

Valentine's Day at Home

1. Set the Perfect Mood with Special Lighting

Changing the lighting in your home is an easy way to create a special ambience. Nothing says romance more than lighting candles to soften your space, so turn out the lights in most of your home and surround yourself with lit candles. Just don’t forget to blow them out before you call it a night.

Same goes for string lights—hang them throughout your home for sensual relaxation that helps set the mood for this special night. If you have a fireplace, celebrating Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to use it. The flickering flames and the warmth of the fire will surely set the stage for a romantic evening!

2. Decorate for Love 💕

There are so many ways to decorate your home that will reinforce those feelings of LOVE.

  • Decorating your fireplace mantel is an excellent place to start when deciding on Valentine decorations. It can truly anchor the visual theme of your space. Check Pinterest out for some fireplace mantel decoration ideas.
  • Been so busy that you still have your Christmas tree up? No worries—transform it into a Valentine’s Day Tree!! Click here for Valentine’s Day tree ideas.
  • Creating Valentine wreaths are fun and also make excellent decorations—and you can get some great ideas for wreath designs here.
  • Decorating the tabletop is a surefire way to create a romantic atmosphere to share a special meal, and you can find some table decor ideas here.
  • Hanging art on the wall that speaks to love in the air can create a setting that is unforgettable.

There are many fun themes that go along with Valentine’s Day that your Valentine will be sure to appreciate -- flowers, teddy bears, scattered rose petals, hearts, lips, kisses, glitter, Cupid and word art with words about love and romance. All of these ideas will set your home up for love to be shared.

Decorate for Valentine's Day

3. Sound the Love Music 💖

Music is a great way to experience love within your home. Classical music, instrumental music, music with words of love; artists like Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Lionel Richie, Maxwell and many more can help you create the right mood. Whatever speaks love to you, make a playlist and impress your significant other with the effort you have put in to make this so special for them, and let the music fill the air of your home!

4. Colors of Romance

Color is a huge factor when determine the mood inside of a space. Different colors and hues trigger different emotions. Red is the symbol of love… but what other colors make for a loving environment? White and pink are pretty popular… but why follow the crowd? Metallic colors like rose gold have made a huge comeback, along with teal, lavender and burgundy. They all can change the mood of your space. Be creative!

5. The Feeling of Love

Another way to bring love into your home is with textures. Certain textures will make you feel certain ways. The heaviness of certain blankets, your velvet couch, the sequin pillow or the comfort of cotton linens can all evoke different emotions. Silks and satins can add a sensual texture that creates a luxurious and romantic vibe.

6. Love is in the Air 💞

Fragrance is another way to invite love into your home. It’s a powerful way to express our emotions. And certain smells can really take us to another place when it taps into our memories.

Chocolate and flowers for Valentine's day

Popular scents for Valentine’s Day include: chocolate, strawberries, cherries or other fruits, roses or other flower scents, honey, cocoa butter, vanilla, anything sweet or even earthy scents like sandalwood.

Each person responds to scents in unique ways so experimenting beforehand helps you find the right scent for Valentine’s night. You can disperse these scents through candles, real flowers around your home, sprays, essential oil diffusers, or even by cooking!

7. Dress to Impress

You will be surprised how dressing up will set the occasion even within your home. Wear your fanciest clothes, jewelry and shoes -- and spray your favorite perfume. If you put real effort into getting all dressed up for your significant other on this special day, you will be sure to put a smile on their face.

8. Food - the Fastest Way to Your Love’s Heart

What better way to set the mood and show your love than starting your day with breakfast in bed? Special tip: Don’t forget to place your wedding or a special photograph beside the bed as you wake them up with breakfast in bed. 😊 If your morning doesn't allow for a leisurely breakfast, steal them away from work and have a romantic lunch date for two.

Breakfast in Bed on Valentine's Day

Later that night, you can cook together and share a quiet meal. Whether you are celebrating with other couples at your home, alone with your significant other or making it a family event -- it doesn’t matter as long as you are surrounded by those you love. Make as many heart-shaped foods as you like—pizza, sandwich bites, cookies, etc.

Decorate and set the table. You can use pink colored glasses, decorated napkins, a tablecloth and a beautiful floral centerpiece. Use your best silverware and dishware.

If it’s just you two, consider setting the coffee table instead so you can snuggle up and get cozy on the floor.

There’s many food ideas that whisper thoughts of love. Chocolate covered strawberries, cherries, pretzels or marshmallows happen to be some of the most popular treats. If you aren’t up to cooking, order in. Just be sure to re-plate it onto your favorite dishware so that it reminds you of a home-cooked meal.

9. Now the FUN Part—Things To Do

The best thing about Valentine’s Day is spending it with the one who still melts your heart, so we created a list of things to do right at home that will make this the most unforgettable day of love yet!

  • You could make this day a family event by writing cards to your children and encouraging them to make a gift for your significant other. Share love stories and quality time together. But if you’re up for making this a special occasion for just you and your partner, continue reading.
  • Start your night off with creating fancy drinks to celebrate your love and friendship. Set up a bar and stock it full of your favorite drinks and mixers or have fun creating your own! If you create one you love, don’t forget to write your recipe down so you can drink it for years to come!
  • You can also create a snack bar stocked with your favorite snacks to share to create the same effect.
  • Camp outside in your backyard. Pitch the tent, get the campfire going, bring the champagne and snuggle close under a comfy blanket.
  • If it’s too cold out, bring the romance in to the fireplace in the living room and make a bed out of blankets or even build a love fort.
  • Write a love letter and read it to each other by the fire. Or prior to the evening, start writing love letters and sneak them in their work bag, tape it to the bathroom mirror or put it on the dashboard of their car for an extra element of surprise and anticipation.
  • Read old love letters together from your younger years and look through older photos of you together to reminisce.
  • Get out your Firestick, rent some movies from Redbox or turn on Netflix and stay up all night watching them while snuggling. Don’t just rent any movie though. Make it a romantic movie or one with significant meaning. Maybe you were at the movies when you first held hands or first kissed? Those are the movies you should watch together on this day.
  • Play your favorite music and slow dance in the candlelight.
  • Play games together. Whether it’s a video game, card game or board game, a little rivalry and competition will do your relationship good every once in a while.
  • Have a scavenger hunt by hiding little gifts and cards throughout the house. Give a clue to the first gift, then leave hints that will lead them to the next until they find them all. Have the last clue lead them to you.
  • Have a spa night in. Get out the wine and draw a hot bath with rose petals. Throw in a massage with oils, and maybe even a foot rub, facial, mani or pedi! Have the rose petals lead to the bedroom where you have put new sheets on the bed with a side of chocolate covered strawberries. Don’t forget the scented candles for dim lighting and optimum ambience. And on that note…

Some tips:

  • Turn off the TV, your cell phone and all electronics. Give all attention to your significant other and don’t have anything around that could distract you.
  • Plan ahead so that this day goes off without a hitch. Create some surprises for extra points!
  • Remember, it’s really the small things that mean the most. You don’t have to spend a lot of money as long as you pour your heart into it.
  • And finally, HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS so whatever you plan and do this day, know that there’s no better place to love than at home.

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