Staying at home on Valentine's Day? Make it romantic with these indoor dating ideas
It's finally February and Valentine's Day is just around the corner.
You might be thinking about where else to bring your beau and celebrate romance together but spending the heart's day does not necessarily mean going outside as usual to enjoy.
As settling outdoors for a romantic rendezvous might be effort-costing, PhilStar Life rounded up cute ideas to help you plan an offbeat Valentine's date while at home.
Cook your meal together
Spending Valentine's day with your significant other is not limited to dining outside. Sure, ordering in can be an option but you can show your genuine love by cooking your lover's favorite dinner or cooking it together.
Several Valentine's day-inspired recipes for dinner are available online that you can try learning to cook such as Marry Me Chicken, Creamy Steak Fettuccine, Strip Steak with Lemon Mashed Potatoes, and Sweet-and-Saucy Pork Chop.
If you're planning to make it sweeter, you can labor your love by showing off your inner pastry chef. You may come up with simple yet sweet treats that may not necessarily use ovens or baking tools such as no-bake brownies, cupcakes, or cookies.
A do-it-yourself Breakfast in bed with lots of easy-to-learn recipes can also be your option and help you kick-start your most romantic day.
Set up your dinner
One of the most romantic gestures to do on Valentine's Day is to dine in together and open a conversation under the stars. Remember that creativity is limitless in arranging your dinner table.
You may come up to a little dim place at your home lit with incent candles or LED lights to make the atmosphere more sensual and romantic. If you have a rooftop or backyard, occupy the space and unfold a table or blanket—this will fake out an al fresco dining experience you may wish for while staying at home for a lovely dinner.
Too busy to create your own romantic setup? You can tap party organizers in the Metro who can also arrange a cozy yet awe-inspiring setup or backdrops for your date, like Party Setup & Entertainment Philippines, Crafting Rainbows, and Party Magic.
Go for a movie date night
Other than going out for a dinner, watching a movie in the cinema may also be your usual option. Instead of queueing up in booths, try going in for a movie date with your partner in the comfort of your home.
A romantic setup at home shows effort and thoughtfulness. It gives you autonomy on what film or series to watch together that suits both of your preferences.
Many streaming platforms will let you binge-watch recommended romantic movies like Five Feet Apart, Call me by your Name, Lady Chatterly's Lover, and many more.
Just don't forget to match it with popcorn, fries, or mallows for a complete theater-like experience at home.
Lay down and relax
You may be thinking one reason for staying in on Valentine's day is because you are too busy or occupied to go out. That is why relaxing and enjoying the massages together should be on your to-do list too.
Try proactively pampering your partner with a body massage which you can learn online through massaging courses and they will surely appreciate. Unearthing a few well-placed scented candles and slow music can do wonders for the ambiance at your home spa.
Otherwise, you can opt for at-home body massaging services available online. If you are within Metro Manila, you can book nearby spa services such as Arya Massage and Spa Home Service.
Elevate present that lasts
Gift-giving may be a norm during hearts' day but you can make it more special. Other than flowers, chocolates, or cuddly stuff, we tend to buy presents that are way out of budget. Instead of giving your partner a present they don't have, try considering all the things they need.
You can wisely endow in more important things that show sincerity such as adopting a pet from a local Animal shelter, laying out a future travel plan, or investing in a common interest or skill that you'll surely enjoy.