This may be our first pandemic Valentine’s Day, but it’s not the first time that many couples have had to figure out a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home. Maybe a fancy dinner isn’t in the budget or a babysitter isn’t available. Whatever the reason you’re staying in this February 14, here are some creative ways to make it a special day for you and your spouse.
Danielle Bean, Catholic wife, author and speaker, joined Morning Air® to share some of her expertise. As a mom of 8, she has a lot of experience with at-home date nights on evenings when finding or paying a babysitter just wasn’t an option. Here are her ideas for date nights beyond take-out and a movie.
Dinner for Two
Depending on your budget, decide if you’d like to order a meal to-go from your favorite restaurant or make your own meal. Cooking dinner together is a great time to connect and get some quality time with your spouse. Try a new recipe or a special-occasion favorite. Maybe you’d like to make some chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. Even if the meal isn’t fancy, you can make the atmosphere special. Set a picnic in the living room or eat dinner by candlelight. Just focus on enjoying the time together.
Beyond the Screen
After the kids are in bed (or even during naptime), sit down with your spouse for an activity that doesn’t involve staring at a screen. Bean suggests reading a book together.
“Read aloud as a couple and take turns reading one chapter each and then talk about it’s content. The end is limitless on the topics you can take on, to find a book that you both enjoy whether it’s fiction or nonfiction. And that’s really a lovely and intimate way of connecting that’s much different from starting at a screen at the same time,” she said.
Other ideas? Work on a fun DIY project together. No, don’t clean the bathroom. But maybe you want to tackle a small woodworking, painting, or decorating project for the home. This gives you a “shared goal, a sense of teamwork” says Bean.
Remember the Good Ol’ Days
Consider what you used to do together when you first started dating or as newlyweds before you had kids. Then think about how you can recreate that in your home. Here are some ideas:
- Work on a puzzle together
- Play some board games
- Turn on your wedding song and dance around the living room
- Pray together – especially if you don’t regularly make time for prayer together, this is an excellent opportunity to pray a Rosary or any other prayer time with your spouse.
- Learn something new – find a class for free on YouTube! It could be cooking, art, languages, a workout, or a new hobby. “That’s a really fun way to challenge yourself but then just remind yourselves of who you are as individuals and connect in a way with a shared goal that kind of pulls you back to being on the same team together,” says Bean.
Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, don’t get so caught up in the details that you end up stressed and overwhelmed with wanting to make things “perfect.” Think outside the box, keep it simple, and involve your spouse in the planning. It could be as simple as a glass of wine and a conversation about your goals and dreams together.
Focus on giving your spouse an evening of undivided attention and you might be surprised by how much fun you two can have together at home on a budget.
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