Stay Home Date Night Ideas for Valentines Day

I’ve never really enjoyed going out for Valentine’s Day, and it’s not because I’m old, even though I am old. When I was dating in my late teens or twenties occasionally I would find myself out for February 14th and it just wasn’t that fun. It was hard to get reservations, prices were sky high and restaurants were packed! One time our table was close to the other tables around us I thought we were on a group date, it was so awkward. I had friends who forgot to make a reservation once and they spent the whole night driving around to different restaurants and ended up eating very late at McDonald’s. It’s funny to look back and laugh now, but one thing I’ve learned over the years is it’s better to just stay home or pick a different weekend to go out and celebrate.

Stay Home Date Night Ideas

Staying home doesn’t have to be boring though! Here’s a few fun ideas to celebrate with your husband or even let the kids join in too and make it a family affair until they head off to bed.

Have a Picnic in the Living Room

– Spread out a blanket and surprise your loved ones with a picnic in the living room. Try fondue or finger foods and roast marshmallows over the fire.

Play Board Games

-If a game night is long overdue, pick out a few of your favourite board games, set out some bowls of candy and have some fun.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

-Pull out the old wedding albums or DVD and reminisce about the day you got married. The kids will love seeing how young all their relatives looked! lol

Take it Outside

-Winter doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Grab some blankets, cuddle around a fire, bring out the hot chocolate and star gaze.

Go Fancy

-If dressing up is something you never get to do, go ahead and make a fancy affair! Put your good linens on the dining room table, light some candles, make a restaurant worthy meal together and dress to the nines!

Whether you have the kids join you or are enjoying a romantic night together, I hope this gives you a few ideas on how to make your night at home just as special as going out. 

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  1. We celebrate Valentines Day by making everyone’s favourite dinner at home together. Going out is overrated. Restaurants try to rush you through your meal so we would rather celebrate at home.

  2. Usually a nice dinner at home, and sometimes we exchange cards.

  3. Amy Heffernan says:

    We usually just stay at home and order in! 🙂 Thanks!

  4. We just have a nice dinner together.I usually make an extra special dessert for dinner and then we just watch a movie together.My husband usually buys me a bottle of wine and believe it or not I get him some chocolate because I know he loves it!!

  5. We usually have a nice dinner and sometimes go to the show.

  6. Tara Betterley says:

    We usually don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day but, my hubby surprised me today with an orchid to say that he loved me and appreciated me.

  7. Gillian Morgan says:

    I usually celebrate by babysitting for my brother and sister-in-law as I don’t believe in Valentines day.

  8. Melinda Jana says:

    with home cooked meals and lots of hugs and kisses

  9. We celebrate with a dinner night out!

  10. Rosanne Robinson says:

    We celebrate by going out for a nice dinner, followed by a night cap at home.

  11. Wendy hutton says:

    I don’t celebrate as I am single

  12. We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day.

  13. I usually celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special meal and evening spent with my family.

  14. Going out for dinner and relaxing at home.

  15. Usually working, tonight is no exception! Bummer. Sometimes a nice dinner out!

  16. Karla Sceviour says:

    We don`t celebrate Valentines day.

  17. I go to dinner with my hubby!

  18. Marilyn Legault says:

    Usually have dinner out with my husband, then a beer and a movie.

  19. we love a quiet evening together in our favourite restaurant. thanks

  20. Louise Gilbert says:

    usually a quiet evening at home -dinner and a movie

  21. We don’t usually do anything special. I look at it more as a fun kid’s holiday so I always give them a special treat.

  22. Jeannie Lam says:

    We usually celebrate as a family with dinner and movie.

  23. Jennifer P. says:

    We usually don’t do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day – just a card and some treats (chocolates this year).

  24. We don’t waste our time “celebrating” Valentines Day

  25. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’m retired and am single so I just curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee. 🙂

  26. sherry moffitt says:

    Usually just a nice night in and a wonderful dinner.

  27. Florence Cochrane says:

    We celebrate with a dinner at home.

  28. Irene Eichler says:

    We really do not do Valentines day .. a hug and a kiss and dinner . Kind of like any other day !

  29. Juliee Fitze says:

    Usually just stay home for dinner but last night served to a lot of couples at a dinner.

  30. Anu Chopra says:

    We usually go out for dinner and a movie if there is time otherwise just a nice quiet night at home.

  31. We usually celebrate with a nice family dinner full of cuteness.

  32. We usually don’t do anything for Valentine’s Day

  33. We just have dinner at home

  34. We don’t really do anything for Valentine’s Day here, I did cook hubby ones of the meals he really enjoys but that is it.

  35. Usually nice dinner at home, sometimes takeout pizza & some wine.

  36. kathy downey says:

    We celebrate Valentines Day with a nice dinner and a game night with family and frineds

  37. No real celebration here for Valentine’s Day

  38. SweetPanda says:

    Not much of a celebration. We simply go out for dinner. That’s all

  39. We do a family Valentines.

  40. crafts with the kids, dinner and a movie at home!

  41. Doris Humber says:

    We celebrate with dinner and a movie.

  42. We don’t! Far less stressful 😉

  43. Valentines day is usually quiet – just a night in!

  44. We usually celebrate with a nice dinner and a movie.

  45. We usually stay in, have an easy dinner, cozy night.

  46. I don’t usually celebrate

  47. Usually stay home and ave a nice quiet dinner

  48. Patrick Siu says:

    We go out for dinner

  49. lori butler says:

    usually at home with take out watching a movie

  50. Carol Denny says:

    Dinner at home and a movie.

  51. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    I make a fancy dinner for my family.

  52. Wendy Jensen says:

    We usually celebrate Valentine’s day by having a special meal with wine at home.

  53. Victoria Ess says:

    We usually go out and find some sort of fun activity to do together.

  54. We don’t usually do anything for Valentine’s Day. I’m working night shifts so I slept most of the day this year. We did exchange chocolate and I gave some chocolate to the kids in the morning before school.

  55. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    we usually go out for dinner

  56. Movie night in!

  57. ivy pluchinsky says:

    Usually celebrate it by going out for dinner.

  58. Caroline M. says:

    we reminisce on our big move across the country years ago, which took place on valentine’s day, and appreciate where we’re at now.

  59. Shannon Gnocato says:

    We went for a lovely walk as a family, exchanged homemade valentines and had Chinese take out. Perfect day actually!

  60. sarah alexis says:

    Always with my kids – I make them heart food all day long!

  61. a nice supper out if in the city otherwise we stay home and I decorate the table with red hearts, white
    table cloth, etc.

  62. My hubby usually cooks me a romantic dinner at home.

  63. We don’t celebrate for the same reasons you don’t. Too much stress and its better to do something we both like.

  64. Our preference is to stay in, watch a hockey game or a movie

  65. Shelley Butcher says:

    I usually just spend it with my grandkids.

  66. It’s just a normal night for us!

  67. Cheryl MacPhail says:

    We just have a special dinner at home with the kids 🙂

  68. We usually go out for dinner

  69. Usually movie, dinner, flowers and chocolates !

  70. sabina Edwards says:

    Well it wasn’t on a weekend so we didn’t do anything but go to work. That might have even been the day I got home after 10pm so he was already in bed asleep. (I did , however get up at 6am the next mornning just to have coffee with him and to say hi, even though I work a noon shift) We do spend time together on weekends though and ours is a more spontaneous date…we don’t plan stuff, we just DO stuff together and enjoy the time we have

  71. Jenny Major says:

    dinner and a movie

  72. dinner out and a movie at home.

  73. Caryn Coates says:

    Hubby and I usually do dinner and movie but this year he was sick so we are going to celebrate in a few weeks

  74. Diana Powell says:

    With a special dinner either at home or out.

  75. We got to dinner and a movie for Valentines day

  76. Ann Fantom says:

    We don’t usually do anything real special for Valentine’s day. We exchange Valentine’s gifts, and I make nice dinner for my husband and daughter.

  77. We exchange cards, hugs and kisses.

  78. Stephanie Liske says:

    I usually do my normal day to day activities.

  79. Danielle Day says:

    stay at home.

  80. Daniela Plume says:

    Hubby and I usually stay home, curl up and watch a movie

  81. Kathleen Roffey says:

    A family dinner at home

  82. Morgan Stewart says:

    I celebrate by staying in and watching a movie together!

  83. we stay in and have a nice dinner and play scrabble 🙂 haven’t won yet…

  84. We usually do dinner and a movie – sometimes dinner at home, sometimes out.

  85. Erica Seaman says:

    I’m a Valentine Birthday girl so we usually have dinner,cake & roses.

  86. Anne Derkat says:

    I make a nice dinner and hubby buys me chocolates.

  87. We like to do something fun but still romantic. This year we went snowshoeing on the frozen lake, in the moonlight. We had wine and cheese by the fire after. It was really nice!

  88. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I like to celebrate at home with my husband. Usually we exchange romantic cards, have a nice meal together, and celebrate!

  89. We just try to get some time alone, however that works out. LOL

  90. Kathy Hanley says:

    We usually go out to dinner or have steak on the grill at home with an awesome dessert!

  91. usually dinner out

  92. Marlene V. says:

    A date night without the kids! or a weekend getaway.

  93. Kim Keithline says:

    We usually have a nice dinner and watch a movie

  94. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    dinner and a show

  95. Mary Warner says:

    Movie and chick wings. Somretimes home, sometimes out.

  96. no

  97. A quiet night at home with dinner

  98. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    We celebrate with a dinner and a movie.

  99. order in and watch a nice movie

  100. Quiet night at home for me

  101. We have a special dinner at home.

  102. Jaclyn Paige says:

    I don’t celebrate vday

  103. we always go out to dinner and exchange cards

  104. Nicole Jubleew says:

    We usually go out for dinner.

  105. we celebrate as a family and either order in or i make something fancy

  106. Denae Boucher says:

    We just make a nice meal at home!

  107. We stay home and have a nice dinner, and give each other chocolates and a card. We eat out another night, when it’s not so busy!

  108. we usually stay in and watch a movie 🙂

  109. Clare O'Brien says:

    I am single so I watch Netflix and treat myself to some cashew ice cream.

  110. Karin Dollery says:

    I usually spend it at home with a special dinner and great company.

  111. Linda Svarovsky says:

    We order takeout

  112. Honestly I spend it trying to forget that it is Valentines Day…not a good day to be single.

  113. We usually go out to an extra nice restaurant.

  114. Kim Hamilton says:

    we are pretty boring, usually just ordering takeout and watching a bad movie

  115. We usually have a home cooked meal at home but this year we went out for dinner and it was really fun

  116. We just have a night in, eat junk food and enjoy a movie together

  117. Valentines day is my dad’s birthday and my brother-in-law’s birthday so we celebrate birthdays on Valentines. However, many years ago my (now) husband asked me to be his girlfriend at the end of February so we have a romantic date then.

  118. It’s not very often we’re together but he always sends flowers and i hide a card and some chocolate in his bag before he leaves.

  119. Lisa Rumolo says:

    I don’t celebrate valentine’s day.

  120. I send my daughter a card

  121. My husband and I usually just go out for dinner on Valentine’s.

  122. Jenn Beckett says:

    I eat all the chocolates my hubby brings me! <3

  123. Corrina Paisley says:

    We exchange romantic cards that are full of sentimental writings from our own hand, and go out for dinner for a romantic dinner away from the roommates and the pups. 🙂

  124. Josee carpentier says:

    Going to a restaurant

  125. Scott MacMillan says:

    With a fine dinner and roses for my lady.

  126. Since we had kids, stay in and order food and watch tv. 🙂

  127. Brenda Penton says:

    We celebrate it as a family. We have a nice supper followed by a Valentine’s Day themed dessert.

  128. nicolthepickle says:

    We usually have a special meal and roses for everyone.

  129. A dinner out, then a movie IN.

  130. We usually have a nice dinner and then go to see a movie

  131. we make a nice dinner together!

  132. Out for dinner

  133. Stay in with my 3 sons!

  134. cheese fondue

  135. Rhonda W G. says:

    We have a nice dinner and be in the moment.

  136. With dinner with my family

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