Avoid Valentine’s Day hassles of reservations, crowds and babysitters with a memory-making party for the whole family in the comfort of your own living room. Infuse this day of love with fun activities and new traditions that celebrate your valentines without setting foot outside your cozy home. Snuggle in with your sweeties for a Valentine’s Day to remember!
To create this easy and eye-catching centerpiece, collect fallen branches and paint them white. Assemble the branches in a thrifted, repurposed ceramic jar with stabilizing floral foam at its base and decorative moss at the top. Use this sturdy, homemade tree for any occasion—you can hang just about anything on it.
Create photo ornaments to hang on your Valentine Tree. Cut a heart base from construction paper and glue photos on top. Use a hole punch to create a romantic, lace-like edge. Hang them from the branches with twine. These ornaments can be more than a decoration—organize a Valentine's Day scavenger hunt, listing clues on the back of each heart. Instruct children to find their picture on the tree and follow the clues to a hidden treasure somewhere in the house.
Sweet Treat Table
Surprise your children with a sweet treat table. Create a decorating station where they can top sugar cookies and cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles. Add fresh flowers and dishes of their favorite heart-shaped chocolates and candies for a centerpiece-worthy dessert display.
Romantic Indoor Picnic
Dress up the coffee table in the living room as a casual dinner spot. Layer pillows and cozy blankets on the ground for comfortable seating. Add a tablecloth and a simple floral arrangement as the centerpiece. Achieve a full and textured look by adorning a two-layer serving tray with flowers, stems, grapes and berries. For romantic ambiance, add candlesticks, a bottle of wine for the adults and sparkling juice for the kids. If you are out of time and energy to cook, order your favorite takeout and serve it on dinnerware, or consider one of these simple, stay-at-home dinners:
Fondue for the Crew - Take a dip into sweet chocolate or savory cheese for a throwback dinner option.
Nacho Bar - Build-your-own nacho plates from a buffet of favorite toppings.
Brinner - Breakfast for dinner is a hit with all ages. Consider waffles with syrup, berries and whipped cream.
DIY Lunchables - Craft a charcuterie tray of meat, cheese and crackers. Round out the spread with grapes and crunchy veggies and dip.
Cozy At-Home Date Ideas
Tuck in the kids and enjoy one of these at-home dates with your main squeeze:
Spa Spot - Fire up the scented candles and relax with massages.
Game Night - From Uno to Mario Kart, a little friendly competition is good for every relationship.
Dance Challenge - Master a social media dance and post a video.
Stream a Show - View a movie you enjoyed together during your dating days.
Roll up the rug for a Valentine’s Day dance party in your living room. This curated playlist includes old classics and new artists, the perfect modern-day mix tape, inspired by love and romance.
“Be My Baby” by Bea Miller
“You and I” by Johnnyswim
“How Sweet it Is” by James Taylor
“At Last” by Etta James
“Crazy in Love” by Rio Bossa Trio
“If I Could” by Storyhill
“Last Request” by Paolo Nutini
“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
“Better Together” by Jack Johnson
“All My Love” by George Ezra
“You Send Me” by Sam Cooke
“Stand By My Girl” by Dan Auerbach
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Kina Grannis
“Side by Side” by Jon Foreman + Madison Cunningham
“All You Need is Love” by The Beatles