Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love for your significant other. Going out to a restaurant for a romantic meal, holding hands in the back of a cinema… one thing is for sure, Valentine’s Day 2021 is going to be like none before.
This year, with the nation being in lockdown, the Valentine’s Day hotspots are shut. With no restaurants, cinemas or even really being able to meet up with one another, we are set to face the most romantic day of the year in a digital format. Do not fear, however, as here at Radar we have compiled a list of ideas so you can still have a delightful day with your special someone.
Rom-Com Movie Marathon
We all know the plotlines of most rom-coms, usually consisting of some ups and downs but after a chase to get to the other character (who’s usually away to board a plane) they manage to confess their love and live happily ever after. It’s cheesy, we know, but on Valentine’s Day we can be as cheesy as a margherita pizza.
Over the course of lockdown you’ve probably heard of the term NetflixParty, now TeleParty. It’s been adapted as the go-to for lockdown movie nights and Amazon and Disney+ have followed suit, releasing their own versions on their platforms. This means that you can watch most movies together, even from separate locations (whether it’s different rooms, different cities or even different countries).
For a Valentine’s-themed movie marathon we recommend any film by Richard Curtis. Offering feel-good love stories (most of the time) with quintessential British humour, there are many fantastically soppy films to choose from.
Candlelit Dinner (at home)
Cook-alongs can be done through video calls if you don’t live with your Valentine’s. Choose to make your Valentine’s favourite dish or, perhaps, a recipe from a country you’ve always wanted to visit together. You can even play some music from the country to truly feel like you are there. Set your place with candles (do remember fire safety instructions) and enjoy a romantic meal, albeit a little different.
An alternative to cooking is, of course, drinking. Mix up some cocktails (or mocktails) and turn up your music for a socially-distanced, video-call party. In true Valentine’s Day style make some red and pink drinks. For instance a (virgin) strawberry daiquiri is a perfect shade of pink for a Valentine’s Night in.
We hope that these ideas inspire you for your stay-at-home Valentine’s Day. However, do remember that the point of Valentine’s Day is to show your love for your significant other. Even if it’s just a phone call to say those three special words, it is truly the thought that counts.
Last, but not least, here at Radar, we wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.