I don’t know about you, but I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually been out on Valentine’s Eve. Sure, yes, when I was in my twenties with no kids, maybe I might have ventured out, but more often than not, home is where I wanted to be. Why deal with busy restaurants, cold food, and harried servers when you can have a romantic Valentine’s date night at home?
And now, as a woman of a certain age (ahem), nothing has changed. I like being home on Valentine’s Eve, pandemic or not. It’s cozy, safe, and romantic – if you make a little effort. And when you’re with the right person, does it really matter where you are?
Date Night at Home Ideas
Sharing with you a short little round-up of some fab ideas I’ve found online to celebrate Valentine’s Day -both during the day and at night, with the one you love during this funky, funky time. And I’ve got some suggestions too if you are solo right now. Been there, done that. A little self-love is always good for the soul. Also, keep in mind, these suggestions are good for date nights all year long, my sweet friends – not just on Valentine’s Day.
(Valentine) Date Night at Home Ideas
35 Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas That Go Way Beyond Dinner and a Movie
Writer for The Oprah Magazine, Brigitt Earley, has 35 suggestions for a date night – or day – with your significant other, and these are all fabulous suggestions – pandemic or not, Valentine’s Day or not. Again, depends on where you are in your life. At this point, hubs and I aren’t going to get couples massages during a pandemic, or go out to a museum (staying safe for grandson Jack!), but, we love the playlist idea, planning a French night, biking, and quite a few other of Brigitt’s suggestions. Nice list, Brigitt! (In my twenties or with no kids to worry about – I’d be at the museum, and take an in-person cooking class – although taking it virtually is perfect for now!)
10 Date-Night Menus
Cooking at Home? Need Romantic Dinner Ideas? Here Are 10 Date-Night Menus from Food52.com, compiled by Emma Laperruque, that look delicious. Emma’s rounded up some of the tastiest dinners from an impressive selection of chefs, including everything from this vegetarian option – Creamy Lemon Spaghetti with Crunchy Breadcrumbs recipe by Jo Thrasher (easy peasy), to a hearty Steak Au Poivre by Merrill Stubbs that looks to die for. Yum!
32 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas That Are Anything But Cheesy
I love the idea of taking a virtual cocktail class from the comfort of home or an at-home poetry night. Why not pen something about your feelings for one another right then and there while enjoying cocktails and charcuterie? Lindsay Geller and Alexis Jones include these suggestions and more in a terrific list in Women’s Health. And again, while our new grandparent status during a pandemic has us shying away from some of the suggestions, there are plenty of ideas we can choose from this detailed list.
14 Things to Do Alone on Valentine’s Day
I’ve been there – alone on Valentine’s Day. Or how about that time I was dumped the day before Valentine’s Day? My boyfriend decided to go back to his ex-wife. Great timing, right? Mr. Sensitivity still sent me flowers. Gee, what a guy!
Am I digressing? The point I’m making is there are plenty of things to do for yourself if you’re alone on Valentine’s Day – whether it’s your choice or not, and yes, one idea is to spoil yourself in a bubble bath and do the home spa thing. Why not? You deserve it!
When you’re done with your pampering, here are some other fabulous suggestions for a solo Valentine’s Day. Pop Sugar’s Nicole Yi has put together some lovely ideas, such as buying some of your favorite magazines and enjoying the quiet time to read them, and treating yourself to a nice dinner – perfect while watching a movie at home – which YOU get to choose. Check out her list.
What to Wear for a Cozy Valentine Date Night at Home? Lounging Pajamas!
And why not? Lounging pajamas like these are always a good idea. Perfect for changing into after dinner, when it’s time to watch a movie. And what could be better than chocolates – leftover from the holidays, to nibble on while watching that flick. And speaking of watching flicks – romantic ones at that, Elena Nicolaou from Oprah Magazine has put together a list of 35 of the Most Irresistible Romantic Movies to Watch Now. It’s a fab list, with something for everyone – I guarantee it.
What’s that? You’re wondering what I’m actually wearing for dinner? Not really sure, but maybe something like this:
Valentine Date Night at Home Dinner Outfit
Even though we’ll be at home, I still like to get a little dressed in something besides a t-shirt. I think it shows I made an effort, don’t you? I mean, as I said, we’ll be married four years this March, and maybe by the time we’ve been married twenty years, I’ll go straight to the lounging pajamas (nahhh), but for now, I still like to spruce myself up for hubs. My blouse from Zara is from last year, but there are plenty of red shirts still available for Valentine’s Eve, and the faux fur vest is an old Betsy Johnson. How cute is the leopard lining? Of course, everyone and their mom owns a pair of Spanx faux leather leggings!
My Own Sunny Valentine
This will be my fifth Valentine’s Day with my one true Valentine. We’ll be married four years this coming March. And yes, we’ll be home. Maybe bring in some stone crabs or grill steaks, but as always, there’s no place I’d rather be on Valentine’s Eve (or any night) than at home with my wonderful hubby.
Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day and/or Eve, I hope it’s filled with love, laughter, and delicious food. And again, if you’re solo, enjoy your alone time. Take that bath, choose your own movie, and enjoy a delish dinner. Then, here it comes… Why not go shopping from the comfort of your own couch?!? Here are some of my favorites from Shopping with Gigi, and with every order, you might find an extra little gift in your package, as my way of saying thank you!
Want to See What Some of My Fabulous Friends are Doing and Wearing for Their Date Nights?
Nina – Sharing a Journey – Wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day this year? I’ve got you covered with a two-part series! Last Friday, I created a whole post about what to do for Valentine’s Day 2021, and today I’m sharing some great outfits to go with a variety of possible dates!
Amy – Amy’s Creative Pursuits – A date night outfit to wear at home has to be comfortable and cozy, yet pretty and romantic at the same time. This black floral kimono was a gift to me from my husband. I love to wear it on our home date nights with a romantic camisole. I completed the “Comfy & Cozy” requirement with a pair of soft joggers.
Nancy – Nancy’s Fashion Style – “For A date night at home, I let Gerben choose his favorite outfit on me! Can it be any more boring? In my eyes, I don’t even like black and white together. And although he said that I have a lot of beautiful dresses, he likes a black pencil skirt, a simple white blouse, and classic pumps. A few simple gold jewelry and, and that is what he likes the most, of course…..my black stockings! Oh, men…..”
Julie – Fashion Trends and Friends – Mr. FTF and I are pretty boring when it comes to at-home dates. We like keeping it simple. For us, a good time date night at home includes carryout (I don’t cook!), Netflix, maybe a bowl of popcorn or some type of dessert, and LAUGHS always lots of laughs! I’m usually dressed super casual – think sweatshirts and sweatpants (I do have the cutest Valentine’s set!)! However, since it is the week of LOVE, I’m sharing all of my Valentine’s looks – many can actually be worn year-round. By the way, we love to go out and do so at least once a week. Illinois is back open for indoor dining, so we have reservations at our favorite restaurant for Valentine’s Day! I hope you feel all the LOVE this week and have many reasons to LOVE BIG!
Andy – Pearls and Pantsuits – “The hubs and I enjoy date nights at home every Sunday night, and they rock for me because he usually does all the cooking! He also mixes up one heck of a cocktail. I found this beautiful rose top at Target, styled it with my favorite jeans and booties, added my Mom’s pearl necklace, and felt super fancy! Pop on over for all the deets on my outfit, and that cocktail recipe you are NOT going to want to miss!”
Nicole – High Latitude Style – “Date night means dancing for us. Then a sleek fit-and-flare dress is a Must. This dress has too much cleavage for my taste but works well for layering with a half-tee underneath. In Interior Alaska, date night can also be early in the morning. In winter, it’s dark until late in the morning (only 3.5 h of daylight at the winter solstice. And in the summer, there is daylight 24/7 for 84 days. More on Alaska lifestyle on the blog.
Shelbee – Shelbee on the Edge – This date night at home theme was announced just before my scheduled date night at home for our 11th wedding anniversary. While I had plans to dress up a bit for our special night, my hormones decided otherwise and slammed me with debilitating cramps all night long. And so I ended up spending our date night in my coziest things curled up on the couch!
But if I had been able to dress up, I would have worn this comfy black velvet pantsuit that is a recent thrift shop acquisition. I love the pants’ elastic waistband and wide legs, making them feel more like pajamas than dress pants. I layered a cowl neck sweater under the velvet cardigan and slipped my cold tootsies into some furry line rose gold mules. A simple tassel necklace and earrings in gold and rose gold completed my look. All set for date night 2021-style!
Suzanne – Ask Suzanne Bell – Like many moms, I don’t remember the last time I went out on Valentine’s Day with just my husband. But that doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate with a bottle of wine and usually steamed mussels for the 4 of us, and of course a yummy dessert! Jennafer Grace makes the most beautiful, old Hollywood style comfortable pieces – like this 2-piece shimmer set – perfect for lounging in style at home. Today I’m sharing how I style a few of my Jennafer Grace favorites, along with a recipe for my favorite cocktail. Cheers!
Emma – The Style Splash – “We don’t usually go out for Valentine’s Day – and we certainly won’t be this year – but I welcome the excuse to wear red! The rainbow striped sweater with the word “amour” on it (French for love, of course) seems very appropriate.”
Michele – On Instagram as Seechele_styles – “Wore this thrifted blue and white heart sweater to date night last weekend paired with my vintage Levi’s jeans and pop of red handbag and fun sneakers with red shoelaces.”
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RenaFebruary 8, 2021 at 1:33 am
Pajamas would be my speed for Valentine’s Day evening because my husband and I typically stay at home, pandemic or not. From experience, restaurants are way too crowded that evening.
Gwen GottliebFebruary 8, 2021 at 8:07 am
Totalla agree, Rena! We typically go out the following weekend, if at all.
Suzanne BellFebruary 8, 2021 at 2:07 am
Wow! What a round up of fabulous suggestions- you’ve truly got something for everyone here. I’m going to scroll back up and click around some more! And I love your lounging pajamas. I’m all about glam pajamas- why not?
Enjoy Valentine’s Day with your Valentine. You guys are so sweet together!
Gwen GottliebFebruary 8, 2021 at 8:06 am
Thanks Suzanne! Comfy pjs can still be cute, right? Enjoy your Valentine’s Day as well!
LovelyFebruary 8, 2021 at 3:54 am
Thanks for these V-day ideas! You look lovely in red.
Gwen GottliebFebruary 8, 2021 at 8:05 am
Thank you, Lovely! And thanks for reading!
Sherri PrestonFebruary 8, 2021 at 7:50 am
Wow Gwen, I think you and these other ladies have covered it all, some great ideas and links…And love the red lounge wear, checking that link out today!
Gwen GottliebFebruary 8, 2021 at 8:04 am
Thanks so much Sherri! Enjoy your beautiful snow!
NancyFebruary 8, 2021 at 11:28 am
I never had a Valentine date, lol. It’s not such a big deal here in the Netherlands. But I love your ideas!
Gwen GottliebFebruary 9, 2021 at 3:34 pm
Thanks, Nancy! Maybe we should live in the Netherlands!
Julie AugustynFebruary 8, 2021 at 8:07 am
Lots of great suggestions for Valentine’s in! You’ve got the cutest loungewear set! No matter how you spend Valentine’s Day wishes you lots of LOVE!
Gwen GottliebFebruary 8, 2021 at 8:10 am
Yes, loved all of these rounded up suggestions. I love the writing poems, idea. I have to admit that comes easy for me! Wishing you lots of love, too! xo
Shelbee on the EdgeFebruary 8, 2021 at 8:15 am
Gwen, this was such a great post! I have to go clicking on some of the links you shared for date night ideas and movies to watch, etc! I really like your festive red and black outfit and how cute is the leopard lining in your vest! Your red pajamas are so totally adorable, too! And I really liked seeing photos of you and your Valentine! You are a very handsome couple indeed!
Gwen GottliebFebruary 8, 2021 at 8:56 am
Hi Shelbee! Thanks so much for your sweet words! I do love the color red! And yes, there are some terrific suggestions in those linked articles. Definitely something for everyone! Have a sweet Valentine’s Day! xo
mireilleFebruary 8, 2021 at 9:28 am
Steaks with the hubby is my plan and having the kids go entertain themselves upstairs so we can eat in peace and quiet! I probably will put on something cute but comfy.
Gwen GottliebFebruary 8, 2021 at 10:28 am
Steaks sound perfect! Love that you’re sending the kids upstairs! yay, you! And comfy always wins!
Amy JohnsonFebruary 8, 2021 at 9:51 am
Oh I love your lounge pjs! They are so cute. Such a great post.
Gwen GottliebFebruary 9, 2021 at 3:27 pm
Cute and comfy for the win!!
Michele LintonFebruary 8, 2021 at 12:28 pm
Such a fun collab! I also prefer to do Valentine’s Day at home. Then we celebrate Valentine’s and my birthday the following weekend with no crowds!
Gwen GottliebFebruary 9, 2021 at 3:33 pm
That’s the way to do it, Michele! Happy almost birthday! xo
Rosemary DavisFebruary 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm
This is one amazing post, Gwen!
You have covered the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration for everyone in almost all stages of life.
Gwen GottliebFebruary 9, 2021 at 3:32 pm
Thanks, Rosemary! That’s what I was going for! xo
Heike YatesFebruary 11, 2021 at 11:18 am
Stay at home date night on Valentine’s day is what we’ve done for years. My husband cooks and I drink wine but I got inspired by this post to dress up a bit. Thanks.
Gwen GottliebFebruary 11, 2021 at 2:42 pm
Hubby cooks while you drink wine? That sounds like THE PERFECT Valentine’s date!! Yay, you!
Nancy WeisxFebruary 11, 2021 at 12:23 pm
Great suggestions, I’d say we went out throughout our marriage into our forties, after that we started shifting to more simple ideas to avoid crowds and over priced menus. I like this much better and your stay at home style is really cute 🥰
Happy Valentine’s day
Gwen GottliebFebruary 11, 2021 at 2:41 pm
Another great idea is to go out for lunch and be home for dinner. Lunchtime seems to be less crowded. Happy Valentine’s Day! xo
MaureenFebruary 16, 2021 at 7:57 pm
What a fun post and cute outfit! Love your look. We stay in for Valentines Day too and this year was no different. We supported our local business and ordered in. I hope you had a great long weekend and happy Tuesday!
Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com
Gwen GottliebFebruary 17, 2021 at 5:38 pm
Thank you so much, Maureen! We love supporting local!! Hope your Valentine’s Day was wonderful!
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