24 Amazing Ideas to Celebrate a Virtual and Quarantine Valentine’s Day
|A virtual date with your bae is a good idea for Valentine's Day. Photo: Hinh Anh Dep
Having spent more than a year dealing with covid, perhaps we should get some experience to prepare a meaningful virtual Valentine's Day with your lover when social distancing continues to be tightly restricted. Below are 24 ideal suggestions for you:
#1. Make breakfast in bed.
There's no better way to start the day than with breakfast in bed. Put a tray together for your partner — and don't forget to include as many heart-shaped food items as possible. It's a simple way to say "I love you" before your partner even takes a sip of their coffee, as cited by Good House Keeping.
#2. Have an indoor picnic
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Spread out on the living room floor with a gourmet spread (we like this lobster roll and sea salt brownies kit from Maine) and some bottles of bubbles, Town & Country Magazine cites. Make sure to set the scene with a cheerful picnic blanket and pack a basket—they are worthwhile purchases if you don't already have them.
#3. Become mixology masters
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Sign up for a cocktail-making class with James Beard honoree Lynnette Marrero and Ryan Chetiyawardana, the founder of Dandelyan, named the world’s best bar at MasterClass. (Bonus, the subscription includes classes from Margaret Atwood, Dr. Jane Goodall, and other amazing celebrities.) Or, just tune in to Stanley Tucci. For those who prefer alcohol-free festivities, try making a new recipe from Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You're Not Drinking for Whatever Reason.
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Make your home a romantic oasis by decking it out with sweet heart-shaped items. We love this donut peg wall — treats + decor = double win! — but there are so many incredible DIY Valentines' Day decorations that you can whip up in no time.
#5. Make a charcuterie board
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There's no better snack to nibble on all day than a charcuterie board. Add whichever treats you like, and don't forget to pair your cheeses and jams with the perfect wines. Not a fan of cheese and crackers? Try a different type of charcuterie board, like one made with candy or desserts.
#6. Dip everything in chocolate
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The problem with a fondue night is that when it is over, you are left with a fondue kit that will likely never get used again. That's why these stoneware pots of Belgian chocolate are so genius. Heat them up in the microwave and dip away; no cleanup or storage required.
#7. Make a photo book.
Sure, a photo book makes a great Valentine's Day gift. But putting one together also makes a great Valentine's Day activity. Grab your sweetie and compile all your favorite photos. You'll have so much fun reminiscing on your favorite memories.
#8. The space between us
Take your quarantine love story to new heights by spending the evening in space! Try a virtual tour about the women of NASA at the National Women’s History Museum or prepare for a digital launch with the Space Center Houston app. You can even take a tour of the International Space Station with this NASA tour.
#9. Music and lyrics
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Some say that exchanging music to a new beau is a new and beautiful type of love language! If you and your match want to get to know each other on a deeper level via musical tastes, have them send you their favorite album and send them your favorite. Listen to it throughout the workday and then swap notes when you meet up online!
#10. Recreate your first date
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Here's an opportunity to go all out: recreate your first date — at home. If you went to a coffee shop, whip up some artisanal coffees. If you went to a romantic restaurant, print the menu and try to make one of the dishes in your kitchen. If you went to the zoo, print pictures of the animals you saw and put them in frames around the living room. Get creative and remember to tell your partner everything you loved about them on that very first day.
#11. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
This Valentine’s Day, take your date to a deeper level! Originally published in 2015, “36 Questions That Lead to Love” is one of the best conversational tools to use on your virtual date. Find out their most treasured memory and get ready to envision what your relationship may look like in the future.
#12. Quiz yourselves for trivia night
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Perk up your Valentine's Day dinner conversation by busting out this quiz book—it is always fun and surprising to learn new things about your partner. Or, organize a virtual date night and team up against other couples with virtual Jeopardy. Have everyone contribute to a winner's pot to amp up the friendly competition.
#13. Cook a romantic dinner
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You might not be able to go out to the hottest restaurant in town this year, but that doesn't mean you can't indulge in a delicious dinner. Prepare something decadent that the two of you love, and dress up as if you're going out. If you're celebrating Valentine's Day on Zoom, prepare the same meal and eat it together. You can compare notes on recipes.
#14. La La Land
Nothing is more classic than a good old fashioned movie night! Grab your favorite pillows and blankets and create a Netflix Party that enables synchronized video viewing and has a live chat window where you can message each other your reactions.
#15. Bundle up in the backyard
February might still be chilly, but make the most of it by dressing up in your warmest coats and building a fire. Bring out a bottle of good wine, toast some oversize marshmallows, play an outdoor game, and enjoy the outdoors during the time of year we are usually inside.
#16. Plan a fakecation
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Still, crushed over your lost vacation this year? Plan a “fakecation” with your sweetie with Virtual Vacation! From there, you can take virtual walking and driving tours of some faraway cities or see live cam footage of some globally renowned monuments, as cited by Parade.
#17. Send a Valentine
If you can't be with your sweetie in person this year, then you might as well send them something sweet in the mail. This chic set from Godiva includes three chocolate truffle flavors: milk chocolate, milk chocolate caramel, and dark chocolate strawberry.
#18. Virtual Valentine’s Day bingo
Remote Bingo is a fun way to warm up an online crowd, kick-off an online meeting, and foster interaction between video call attendees, Team Buiding cites. First, send participants Bingo boards. Players mark off squares by chatting with other guests. When attendees find other squares that describe other players, they write the name in the box. The first player to mark five consecutive squares wins.
We made a Virtual Valentine’s Day Bingo card for you to download and use. Feel free to add your own clues!
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#19. Valentines ecards
Last Valentine’s Day, I arrived at the office to find a card on my keyboard that read, “Valentine, you are Dino-mite,” with a stegosaurus pin. Adults do not tire of receiving Valentines after grade school. Receiving a fun and kind word from a colleague brightens an employees’ day, and virtual Valentine's ecards can help remote workers feel less lonely and disconnected from peers.
To send virtual Valentines, use a program like Canva to create personalized cards, or send pre-made ecards from sites like American Greetings or Hallmark, or you can find some here.
#20. Relax for a spa day
If a spa weekend isn't in the cards, pamper yourselves at home. Trade-off giving each other massages with stress-relieving oil, take a long bubble bath, and if you haven't gotten, ahem, distracted yet, chill out with hydrating face masks. One way or another, you'll end the day with a serious Valentine's Day glow.
#21. Have a Karaoke night
Have a Karaoke night with everyone in the family! Karaoke is a great bonding experience with your partner and all the members of the family, as cited by Fun With Kids In LA. Purchase this bestselling karaoke microphone and enjoy singing your favorite love songs!
#22. Ask conversation starters
Sure, you and your partner have incredible conversations all the time — but that doesn't mean you can't benefit from a little inspiration on special occasions. This conversation-starter set includes 135 questions, from "what song reminds you of a romantic time that we spent together?" to "if we were a superhero tag-team what would our powers be?"
#23. Write a love letter
Whether you're seeing your partner in person or celebrating from afar, there's nothing more romantic than sending them a love letter. Make your letter personal: include all the reasons you love them or list all your favorite memories. It'll be a keepsake they save for years to come.
#24. Wear matching outfits
The easiest way to make any holiday even more festive is by wearing matching outfits. These heart shirts are oh-so-cute — but really, any pink or red getups will do.
For more meaningful activities, ideas, ecards, or some suggestions for your romantic Valentine's Day 2021, check out here!
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