Valentine’s Day 2021 will be a homey affair this year. With restaurants closed, except for take-out, and events, theatres, and festivals canceled due to COVID-19, we’ll all be huddling up inside to celebrate Cupid’s day. That doesn’t have to be such a bad thing…think of the dollars you’ll save lol! Seriously, Valentine’s Day at home can be a lot of fun. Below are Valentine’s Day ideas to celebrate the day at home during the pandemic:
Watch a Romantic Movie
It might be corny or cliché, but Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to watch a romantic movie whether you’re with your romantic partner or you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day with your gal pal. Here are several great romantic movies to watch with a friend or your loved one!
Make a Delicious Homemade Meal
This is the night to pull out all the stops and make a fancier meal than usual. I’m talking about Seafood Paella, Salmon Fillets with Cauliflower Rice and Spinach, Beef Bourguignon, or this spectacular Vegan Spiral Tart. Of course, you’ll want to include your partner in the preparation of this meal since four hands make quick work.
Play a Board Game
Since many families will be together on Valentine’s Day, you might need a family-friendly activity for Valentine’s Day. Choose your family’s favourite board game. Some new popular board games, which, I’ll be honest, I have never played include (surprise, surprise!) Pandemic, Betrayal at House on the Hill, and Villainous. If you’re like me and like old-school games, pull out Trivial Pursuit, Clue, Monopoly, or Scrabble for logophiles.
Whether it’s just you and your partner or the whole family, celebrate Valentine’s Day by having your own Paint Night. You can get your paint supplies at your local dollar store (which are still open during lockdown because they sell food) and then watch one of the many paint instruction videos on YouTube. Here are a few of my favourite YouTube painting instructors.
This might be difficult to arrange since City of Toronto skating rinks currently permit a maximum of 25 skaters to allow for social distancing. You will have to register for a spot on the ice rink in advance so if you are thinking of skating on Valentine’s Day, I suggest you book a week or two before the day.
Learn a New Skill Together with MasterClass
MasterClass is a collection of online instruction given by leaders in their field. I received a subscription to MasterClass for Christmas and I have watched Malcolm Gladwell discuss writing and am now watching Margaret Atwood’s writing classes. Watch these classes together and learn something new! Other classes include:
- Bobbi Brown, Makeup and Beauty
- Annie Leibowitz, Photography
- Steve Martin, Comedy
- Gordon Ramsay, Restaurant Recipes at Home
- James Suckling, Wine Appreciation
- Diane von Furstenberg, Building a Fashion Brand
- Serena Williams, Tennis
- Daniel Sedaris, Storytelling and Humour
- RuPaul, Self Expression and Authenticity
- Christina Aguilera, Singing
- Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriting
- Chris Hadfield, Space Exploration
I hope you enjoy these Valentine’s Day ideas during COVID. Stay home and stay safe!