At-home date night ideas for Valentine’s Day

Budgets might still be tight ahead of this coming Valentine’s Day. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the night memorable from the comfort of your very own home.
Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa says that while owning a home can be a weighty financial commitment, homeownership is so much more than a financial investment. “Owning a home allows you a safe space in which to create and share memories for years to come,” he notes.
To help you make memories of your own, RE/MAX of Southern Africa shares a few ideas on how to bring the romance home this Valentine’s Day:
Romantic meal for two
Create a cosy atmosphere with a candlelit dinner. Cook your favourite meal together or order from your favourite restaurant. Set a beautifully decorated table with candles, flowers, and mood music. For those without the garden space, lay out a blanket on the living room floor and have an indoor picnic. Prepare some finger foods, snacks, and your favourite drinks.
Connect through entertainment
Select a series of your favourite movies or choose a theme for a movie marathon. Bring along some popcorn and your favourite snacks and snuggle up on the couch for some cosy quality time. If movies aren’t your thing, then bring out the board games or card games for a playful and competitive evening. For video gamers, download a new multiplayer or collab video game for an action-filled night of fun.
Bond over new experiences
Try something new to spice up your usual routines. Instead of a typical movie night, why not get creative with an art project? This could be painting, drawing, or any other artistic activity. It's a great way to express yourselves and create something meaningful together. You could also cook a dish you both love but have never tried making together. Follow an online cooking class or use a recipe book. It's a fun way to bond and enjoy a delicious meal.
Luxury on a budget
Why not bring luxury experiences into the comfort of your own home? For example, you could pamper each other with a spa night at home. Set up a relaxation area with scented candles, essential oils, soothing music, and give each other massages. For the wine lovers out there, set up a wine and chocolate or a wine and cheese pairing experience just for two.
The key to making any date night special is the effort and creativity you put into making it memorable. Never allow a tight budget to prevent you from taking the time to plan something special for your significant other.