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Valentine’s Day: How to Have a Cozy At-Home Date Night

February 11, 2021

This year, you don't have to go anywhere at all to have a cozy, romantic Valentine's Day.

 

Valentine's Day can be a great excuse to get dressed up and go out for dinner with your special someone. But this year dining out isn't necessarily an option. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many are opting to celebrate Cupid's favorite holiday at home. But that doesn't mean it has to be boring — here are five great Valentine's Day date nights you can do without going anywhere at all.

 

Romantic Movie Night

 

Looking for an excuse to curl up with your loved one? A good old-fashioned movie night may be just what the doctor ordered. First, choose from a wide array of Cox movies On Demand, including romantic flicks like Moonstruck and 500 Days of Summer. Then set the mood by lighting a few candles, or use your Contour voice remote to seamlessly dim the lights. Now all you need is popcorn and your favorite sweet treats…other than each other, of course.

 

Cook Like a Pro

 

Cooking a romantic meal is a great way to spend time with your special someone, but it's also a good excuse to put your culinary skills to the test. Our advice — pick a theme for the night and try cooking something you've never made before. If Italy is a favorite destination, try Osso Buco with saffron risotto, and pair with a fine Italian Brunello. Or go Asian fusion and try your hand at Singaporean crab Legs with spicy roasted bok choy. For a more structured experience, Get Maine Lobster offers online cooking courses and will deliver fresh seafood right to your door.

 

Spa Treatments for 2

 

During the pandemic, it's easy to forget about self-care. Why not use Valentine's Day as an excuse to pamper yourself, and your loved one to boot? Light some candles and trade massages using soothing essential oils. Then enjoy an exfoliating foot mask from the comfort of your sofa. Finish the night off with a relaxing lavender sea salt bath and calming music. Pro-tip — if you're planning to take that champagne into the tub, make sure to use non-breakable glassware!

 

Shaken or Stirred?

 

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to learn to make a proper cocktail. Bonus — you get to drink the results. Cozymeal offers a wide variety of online mixology classes, like Vacation Cocktails and Bourbon Classics. Courses are fully interactive, all you have to do is provide the ingredients. For an all-inclusive experience, City of Cocktail is offering a special Valentine's Mixology class. They'll send a cocktail-making kit ahead of time, so you'll have everything you need to make your boozy love potions a total success.

 

Picnic Indoors

 

Don't feel like cooking a regular meal? Assemble some of your favorite no-hassle foods — try a variety of cheeses, crusty bread, olives, marinated mushrooms and an assortment of fruit and nuts. Get a few pre-made gourmet goodies like pesto pasta salad or antipasti skewers — and don't forget the chocolate covered strawberries. Pick a place in your home that's cozy yet spacious — bonus if you have a working fireplace — then lay out some of your favorite comfy blankets. Have a seat and break out the sparkling water or champagne to toast your loved one.

 

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