Valentine’s Day. It’s all about romantic dinners in restaurants and fancy getaways, right? Not necessarily. There are plenty of ways to enjoy an intimate evening without splashing the cash.
After all, it is supposed to be ‘the day of love’ so why not get creative and take note of one of these thrifty romantic ideas at home instead?
Ok, so the words ‘romantic’ and ‘takeaway’ might not seem like they go together but hear us out. With the invention of takeaway services, such as Deliveroo, your next delivery doesn’t have to be that cheap Chinese meal on a Saturday night.
Not only might that fancy restaurant you were considering going to deliver straight to your door, but you can even pick up a cocktail or two.
Candle light dinner
This idea’s a classic and for good reason.
Whatever you choose to make for dinner make sure you have it by candlelight; it’s romantic and never fails to create the perfect atmosphere in the living room.
Meal for two offer
Alternatively, why not pick up a special Valentine’s meal at your local supermarket? It’s a fantastic way to enjoy a great meal at a budget price point. Many stores put together Valentine’s offers consisting of a meal for two and with wine included. Delicious.
Be it wine or cheese, beer or chocolate, or all of the above.
Wedding video night
It is always nice to reminisces and go back to the happiest day of your relationship. Why not slap in your wedding video and re-watch all the best moments from your big day?
Clear out an evening for the latest release or that series you’ve been meaning to get to. Pass the popcorn for a delicious Netflix binge.
Even if you don’t have a fondue machine you can still enjoy all the delights of this Swedish pastime. Melt cheese, chocolate or other dipping sauces on the stove and go wild.
Go all out on a stunning spread.
Raid your nearest Italian deli for an impressive selection of sandwiches, charcuterie, crusty bread, olives, wine and more. Roll out a picnic blanket and voilà.
Hire a chef
Believe it or not, but you can actually hire a chef for a day.
Perfect for those who want to spend more time together than in the kitchen, a quick search online will provide you with local services to hire.
Plan a holiday
For a scientifically guaranteed boost of happiness, plan a holiday together.
If you’re feeling the bite of the travel bug, you’re halfway there. How? A study from the Netherlands found that people felt happiest before their trips.
Mark down an evening to jump head first into books, films, and blogs of your dream destination; Pinterest your hearts away with your partner.
Date on the roof
A romantic roof date for two sounds downright dreamy.
If you’re lucky to have a (safely) accessible roof, imagine surprising your partner to a makeshift date al fresco. A few candles, blankets and a simple meal are all you’ll need.
Plan for a clear night and print out a map of the night sky for a super romantic date night at home.
Themed dinner and movie
Pick your favourite theme and centre everything on the night around it.
For example, a Spanish theme – you could eat tapas, drink sangria and then watch a movie like Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Want more ideas? Here’s even more jumping off points:
- Steak frites, Cabernet Sauvignon and Amélie
- Homemade pizzas, Sangiovese and The Godfather
- Lamb Tagine and Casablanca
Play an album that means something to you both all the way through and chat the night away.
Finger foods only night
Don’t bother with all that cooking prep that includes detailed recipes, go simple with finger foods. It is simple, easy and gives you plenty of time for other fun.
Put together a puzzle
Put your heads together and feel super accomplished when it’s complete.
Brunch in bed
Steaming cups of fresh coffee, eggs just how you like ’em, your favourite newspaper and magazines — you can do brunch at home and still sleep in.
Grab a can of chalkboard spray and glass or a board of wood for a handy home DIY.
Play video games
The couple that wins together stays together.
Forget making the same dishes you have had on rotation forever, try something new.
Dust down those cookbooks and find something new and adventurous. Tackle something new in the kitchen or try your hand at your favourite restaurant meal.
Watch a game
Cheer for your team together and make bets. Top it off with your favourite beer and pub snacks.
Enjoy a bath and massage
There’s no finer way to relax than with your partner by your side practicing massage techniques.
Read aloud from books
Experience romance the old fashioned way. If you love nothing more than a good book, why not snuggle up and enjoy your favourite tale?
By the Inspiralist Team