Celebrating doesn’t have to stop if you’re staying Home for the Holidays! In this series, we share the positives of celebrating virtually, tips on keeping your traditions alive, and creative decorating ideas to bring some holiday cheer home. These at-home date ideas come from Sierra Castellano, Harry & David’s Director of Merchandising. After over 20 years at Harry & David, it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about the sweetest ways to celebrate. With a few key tips and some advance planning, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend long!
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to involve a restaurant dining experience or an exotic getaway. The most important part of the holiday is spending time with the one you love, and that can happen right in your home. With a little advanced planning, it’s easy to create a memorable and romantic weekend with the one who matters the most. Since Valentine’s Day is on Sunday this year, you have extra time to make them feel extra-special.
Harry & David’s Director of Merchandising Sierra Castellano gave us her unique take on how sweethearts can celebrate all weekend this year. Borrowing from her own plans, she told us, “Honestly, the real key here is to plan ahead. Think about the little moments that would surprise and delight your significant other. Focus on things you can do together.” Here are Sierra’s top tips for planning a meaningful weekend at home.
Set the Mood with Dreamy Décor
Create a romantic ambiance with items that double as decoration and gifts. A fresh bouquet of roses or your sweetheart’s favorite flowers is not only a thoughtful surprise but can double as a stunning centerpiece.
Create a Dessert Board for Snacking on
Gather your partner’s favorite treats and arrange a dessert board for your evening in. Grab the chocolate or their favorite candy, or bake their favorite kind of cookies. If they’re more of a savory person, you can also build a charcuterie board with a variety of meats and cheeses.
Watch a Rom-Com and Chill
There’s nothing more relaxing than an evening in cuddling on the couch and watching your favorite romantic flick. You can even download a film ahead of time from Universal Pictures. Bring the dessert board along, or keep the snack board theme going with a movie night popcorn board.
Put Away the Phones and Laptops
Rather than getting caught up in social media or catching up on work emails, spend some time going through old family photographs, a wedding album, or photos from your first couple of dates. You can also plan an old-fashioned game night with a deck of cards or your favorite board games.
Arrange a Dinner Date in
A romantic dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. Try planning a menu that requires minimal effort or that you two can make together, like slow cooker enchiladas. Or, order a fully prepared gourmet meal and skip the time in the kitchen entirely. You can complement the meal with a fun, pink cocktail or sweet dessert like chocolate lava cake.
Cozy up with Breakfast in Bed
Start Valentine’s Day with sleeping in and a cozy breakfast in bed. Pull together all your favorites into a decadent breakfast board. Or, serve something simple but delicious like a French toast bake that you can prepare the night before and then pop in the oven in the morning.
“The options for creating an unforgettable romantic Valentine’s Day weekend in the comfort of home are as endless as your imagination,” Sierra says. With a little extra planning, these at-home date ideas can create a cozy and romantic getaway without leaving the house!