While we are still full of vaccine hope, Covid continues to rage and command our lives so we must remain vigilant. Now is not the time to get lax. We have to stay home, wear (2) masks when it’s necessary to go out in public, keep a safe distance from those not in our bubble and frequently wash/sanitize our hands. We also have to still finds ways to enjoy life and celebrate occasions. Just as we were able to celebrate Christmas in quarantine, Valentine’s Day is no different. Granted it may look a little different, but that’s doesn’t mean it has to be bad or cancelled. Whether you are planning Valentine’s with your partner, Galentine’s with your gal-pals or Palentine’s with your friends and/or family, these tips for a Happy Quarantine Valentine’s Day will help you create the ultimate celebration.
Rules for planning a Happy Quarantine Valentine’s Day
- Go as over the top as possible. Regardless of which of these tips you decide to incorporate into your celebrations, go all in.
- The more thought and planning you put into the celebration, the better.
- Remember, Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic partners. Galentine’s Day and Palentine’s Day is for celebrating with those you love sharing life’s journey with. It’s a time to celebrate anyone who makes life better and you can’t imagine living without. In-person or virtually.
- Keep these rules in mind as you read the tips below and decide which ones will work best.
Tips for a Happy Quarantine Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s or Palentine’s Day)
Decorating and/or Theme:
- You can purchase decorations like balloons, garlands and signs or you can DIY them with these great projects:
- Conversation Heart Banner with free printables.
- Wear matching outfits. For example, you can plan to wear black lounge pants with red t-shirts or sweatshirts. You can also buy fabric markers or paints and design your own shirts or do each others.
- Have a Costume Party or commit to wearing a theme outfit. You can have different looks as the day progresses. You can even dress as each other 😊
- Recreate your first date or a special day/night/event/moment you shared. It can be as simple as recreating a great meal at a restaurant by making the décor as similar as possible, creating menus, and wearing similar clothes.
- Create a Playlist of songs that have meaning in your shared life or an event or songs that you just know they’ll love.
Note: You will have to adjust these tips to suit your specific preferences.
Food and Drink:
- Share breakfast or brunch in bed together or via Zoom if they are remote. Plan a special (decadent) morning meal and take your time savouring it together regardless if it’s in person or virtually.
- Have an Indoor Picnic. You can pack a basket with some food and wine/beer, lay a blanket on the floor, play nature sounds and pretend you’re at the park (minus the bugs).
- Make a charcuterie board. Go all out. Charcuterie boards can include meats, cheeses, breads, crackers, crudités, dips, pickled vegetables, fruit, chocolates and other sweets. Customize it to everything you both love and keep it accessible for nibbling all day/night.
- Recreate a special meal you shared or make their favourite meal even if it’s outside your comfort zone. We’re going over the top remember?
- If you want a break from cooking, order food from your favourite local restaurant or one you’ve never tried, and dessert from a local bakery. Set the table with your best dishes and shakes those linen napkins out.
- Pop some champagne or Prosecco. If 2020 and 2021 have taught us anything, it’s been to celebrate the small moments just as you would the large…they all count. Know that if you don’t drink you can still get some amazing nonalcoholic champagne.
- Have a pizza bar full of all your favourite toppings and a few you’ve never tried. You can make a bunch of personal pizzas and experiment with different toppings.
- Plan a cheese and/or chocolate fondue night. You can never go wrong when cheese and/or chocolate get melted. For dipping in the cheese fondue, you can lightly steam broccoli and cauliflower along with fresh veggies and breads/crackers/chips. For the chocolate fondue, you can cut up pound cake, croissants, panettone, cookies, fruit and marshmallows. Heck you can serve them alongside your charcuterie board.
- Make special cocktails and create your own happy hour. Have you seen Stanley Tucci make a Negroni? Watch it below.
- Stream a Virtual Concert, Comedy Show, or Broadway production. You could also, take a virtual museum tour. Dress in the same clothes you would normally wear to these events for added oomph.
- Plan a binge-worthy comedy, drama, or romantic TV night. Grab a comfy blanket, pop some popcorn and get ready to laugh or cry.
- Host a virtual party with your friends or have a party with those in your bubble. You can:
- Have a photo booth.
- Do karaoke.
- Hold a Variety show – all talents count.
- Create a playlist and make it a dance party.
- Play Let’s Mingle or other board games.
- Open pop-up spa services in your living room and give each other DIY spa services. You can decide the services that are offered.
- Build a fort or put up a tent and camp indoors. If you have a fireplace or firepit outdoors you can roast marshmallows or just sit by the fire.
- Have you always wanted to do an online wine tasting? Seems like a good time to give it a go.
- Read Shakespeare or any play to each other with each assuming different roles.
- Write letters to the special people in your life: love letter or letter of appreciation.
- Volunteer for a cause that means something to you – if it’s safe for you to do so.
- Unplug for the day and embrace silence and nothingness.
- It doesn’t have to be a lovey-dovey, sentimental gift. My favourite thing to do is buy people super-posh versions of stuff they use every day. Like if you know someone who loves lip balm, you can buy them the La Mer lip balm. Or if they like honey, you can buy them a Grade 1 Manuka honey. These are just examples but you get the idea.
- Buy their favourite chocolate – even if it’s a Kit Kat bar. Buy them a dozen Kit Kats bars. Chocolate is generally a must on Valentine’s day.
- Give the gift of MasterClass online lessons – it can be in mixology, oil painting, interior design, cooking, baking…you name it. They have hundreds of courses taught by the world’s best. It will truly be the gift that keeps on giving.
- Make cards. Buy everything you need to make cards by hand and put some thought in it. You can add photos, and lyrics to their favourite song or poem.
With a little advanced planning and preparation, anything is possible. So, don’t waste time thinking about how bad quarantine Valentine’s Day is going to be. Instead, spend time trying to figure out which of these tips for a happy quarantine Valentine’s Day you’re going to fit into one day (or weekend).
What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day? Let us know which of these tips you are going to incorporate. We’d love to hear your ideas too in the comments below.
Stay safe and take care of yourself and others.