The holiday of love is around the corner, and if you haven’t booked a dinner reservation for you and your valentine, it might be time for a backup plan. Or, maybe you have no interest in eating out and choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the most intimate of settings – your home.
Suggesting a romantic night-in to your partner can seem frugal, but if the at-home date night is prepared with TLC, it might be the turning point for more delightful nights at home for two. Instead of your typical movie night, take virtual ballroom dance lessons or follow along with Bob Ross for a paint night.
Here are 5 ideas for staying cozy at home on Valentine’s Day.
Make a cheese board
Sample a few cheeses to ensure your board will have a variety of flavors and textures such as soft, firm and semi-firm. A popular hard cheese is the 18 month-aged gouda named, OG Kristal, from Belgium. Order a Valentine's Day Bag that has five preselected cheeses with an Almond Toffee Chocolate bar; or grab a Sweetheart Cheese Tray for two which includes three cheeses, a small jar of honey, cocoa dusted pecans, Taralli crackers, and almond fig cake.
Pre-ordering a cheese board can be a convenient way to add more flavor to an already planned out evening. But, if the itinerary for the evening is looking sparse, creating one from scratch can make for a tastefully-good time.
Mix fancy cocktails
You don’t need a full bar to make tasty libations at home. In fact, you can pick up pre-made drinks and mixers from Total Wine, as well as stock up on wines and spirits. Get crafty with your partner and learn new spring cocktail recipes for your future spring break gatherings.
Paint along with Bob Ross
If you’ve ever been captivated by the landscape painting skills of Bob Ross, now is your chance to try painting happy little trees and wispy little clouds yourself. Painting along with Bob Ross is now easier than ever thanks to streaming and could be a fun evening for the whole family. Head over to Jerry's Artarama of Houston for all of your paint supply needs.
Bowling in the Hallway
What did one romantic pin say to the other? “Let’s never split.” Make your hallway into a bowling lane by setting up 10 empty plastic bottles as pins and using a tennis ball or one of your furry friend’s chew toys in place of the real thing. Your hallway has never been so fun.
Take an online class
Discover the art of making pizza from scratch or learn to make seafood paella with online cooking classes. Always hosted by a professional chef, Cozymeal has a variety of interactive online classes to take right from home. The price ranges from $29 to $200 per person and the duration of the class is three hours.
Worried about not having the right ingredients or special equipment? No problem. You can filter your options to display classes that match the needs of your kitchen. From 10 ingredients or less to plant-based options online, learning to make a meal with your valentine has never been easier.
With a desktop and decent WiFi, you can learn just about anything online. Take your partner to the dance floor– in other words your living room– and book a class with a Houston-based dance studio. Learn the basic techniques of Flamenco or give ballroom dancing a try. If anything, learning that you both have two left feet will make for a good laugh.
Grab your mats and stretch to new levels of love with partner yoga. Choose from either a live stream or pre-recorded class from a variety of local yoga studios. Virtual fitness classes can be a great way to get the heart pumping, in more than a few ways.
If you and your valentine are looking to step up your wine tasting skills and show off at the next dinner party, Wine.com is a one-stop-shop for all things wine and learning. There are numerous free videos and access to past recorded events, plus you can choose to BYO wine or send curated bottles directly to your home. Say you’ll be wine!