How to make Valentine’s Day a family celebration
Posted on February 01 2021
Valentine’s Day normally means date night with our other halves; with the kids at home with a babysitter and a whole evening to wine, dine and not to have to think about homework, bath time, or cooking your own dinner.
But, with lockdown in place, February 14 is shaping up to be very different this year and chances are you’ll be spending it with your entire household rather than just your partner. Not the romantic day you probably had in mind! But why not lean in to it, and use your at-home Valentine’s celebration as an opportunity to have some fun with your entire household?
Here are our ideas for Valentine’s Day during lockdown...
Lockdown Valentine’s Day meals
First off, the food. Put some calls in to your local restaurants to see if they are doing deliveries or home dinner kits (when the food arrives part prepared). Homeslice is offering nationwide delivery on their pizza-at-home kit, as well as a live virtual masterclass on how to make pizza (and cocktails for the adults). The Restaurant Kits UK website lists all the places doing deliveries this year, including cult spots such as Flesh & Buns and Mac & Wild. If you’re feeling brave, you could also suggest that your family makes their own pizza. Pizza dough is easy to make and kids love slathering on tomato sauce and adding toppings of their choice. Here’s a straightforward recipe from Sainsbury’s.
Valentine’s Day games
Kids love a treasure hunt, so why not use our Valentine’s Treasure Hunt kit for an extra special one? Set up clues around the house or in the garden or your local park. You could add some chocolates or sweets to the clue envelopes for little treats along the way. For an appropriately heart-felt activity (particularly helpful amid home-school tensions!) go for our Reasons Why I Love You jar. The pack contains one glass jar and 50 scratch-to-reveal cards and stickers. Simply get the family together and write down reasons why you love each other on the heart-shaped cards, cover with the scratch-to-reveal sticker and pop into the jar for you all to pick out and read to each other. You could include lovely notes about family members that aren’t with you, such as aunties, uncles and grandparents, and ask them to join you on Zoom to hear them read out.
Virtual family activities
If you fancy doing something a bit different with your family, you could book a virtual experience for them as a Valentine’s Day surprise. With so many talented people stuck at home, there is plenty to choose from: Airbnb hosts are offering live music sessions and virtual city tours (Paris would be a good one for the day of love), or go wild with Exotic Explorers’s ‘zoo by zoom’ sessions where you can watch and learn about your choice of their exotic birds and mammals.
At-home cinema night
A film night is a great way to round off Valentine’s Day, and you could even make it a family tradition in the years ahead. The kids could create cosy cinema with blankets and cushions, plus make tickets and show you to your seats before the film starts. Picking a film you all agree on might be the tricky part, but choose a family classic like Lady and The Tramp, Shrek or Princess and The Frog and you won’t go far wrong. You can’t have film night without some snacks, of course. Get some popcorn in and some of our popcorn or party treat boxes for that proper cinema experience. For more ideas for planning an ultimate at-home cinema experience, go here.
As we all know, home is where the heart is, and when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s with your household, you can make that abundantly clear by brightening up your four walls with a selection of bold and sparkly decorations. Balloons are a must, so go for these heart foil balloons with stickers or these gorgeous heart confetti balloons. Heart-shaped confetti for the dining table will be a sweet touch, as will this rose gold heart bunting. A gold heart backdrop will add a glitzy flourish - and it will be perfect for your Zoom backdrop for any other virtual parties that you have got coming up.
Bake heart-shaped biscuits
Baking is a great way for everyone to get stuck in to an activity together, and with delicious results! Go here for our easy recipe for heart-shaped Valentine’s biscuits. Once you have baked your biccies, why not share the love by packaging some up and delivering them to people in your street, particularly those shielding or living alone?
For our top tips on having a romantic Valentine’s night at home, go here
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