10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s at Home

10 Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day At HomeJeremy and I have a little tradition that I don’t think we’ve ever broken. We celebrate Valentine’s at home.

As two introverts who love to eat out, this is the ONE night of the year when we’re sure to stay home. Avoiding crowds is our top priority. Haha! And honestly, it’s been a lot of FUN.

But it’s not just another night at home. Here are ten fun (and slightly random) ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day without a dinner reservation!

1. Re-watch the first movie you ever watched together (no matter how embarrassing it is!).

2. Buy a “grocery store feast.” This is one of our favorite things to do! Go to the grocery store and buy all your favorite guilty pleasure foods for a hilarious junk food buffet.

3. Grab your three favorite records that have romantic meaning (or make a playlist, if you must).

4. Invent a new cocktail together.

5. Cook a recipe together that you would NEVER cook. This is a fun one for us. We’re pretty healthy eaters (at least at home), so an all-carb dinner is a TON of fun to cook and feels very festive.

6. Build a fort with pillows in the living room.

7. Build a fire, sip wine and pretend you’re contestants on The Bachelor.

8. Bake heart-shaped brownies or a pie.

9. Look through old photos from when you first met.

10. Play Scrabble by candlelight (and then make out, duh).

Happy Valentine’s + Galentine’s Day everyone. And for those of you who hate V-day, feel free to take out your anger on us… haha! xx -Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • I love Valentines Day so much. We decided not to do anything this year because we’re taking a weekend getaway to Oklahoma City this weekend but I did go out and buy a fancy bottle of tonic water for my guy so that he can make his favorite Gin and Tonics just a little extra special.

  • I love this! At-home (or vacation in a cabin) dates like this are some of my favorites. But my partner and I had our first date on Valentine’s Day (I KNOW — who does that???) and now he always always wants to celebrate our ValeVersary with dinner out. I love holidays and romance, but I wouldn’t ordinarily be inclined to go to dinner on V Day. But since he’s so sweetly and staunchly romantic about it, it’s super fun. I always wear a red dress, and we’ve found a delicious local restaurant that has become our go-to for Valentine’s Day. Despite the crowds, my long commute, and the expensive prix-fixe, I’ve come to love doing it up for Valentine’s Day out on the town.

  • Such great ideas! My boyfriend and I had already planned to do number 1 & 2 tonight and then go out for dinner and a movie tomorrow! He also volunteered to do diy face masks, such a trooper! 😀

  • Such fun ideas! They all work so well for normal date nights too! I always love your posts. Happy Valentine’s/galentines day!


  • These are such sweet ideas! There’s nothing quite like spending a night in with your partner, doing something you both love and just enjoying each other’s company. 2, 4 and 6 are definitely on my to-do list for upcoming anniversaries and birthdays.

  • I love this! Me and my guy are staying home too. I doubt we do anything crazy but, a night in and his favorite place’s to go Chicken Parm sounds fun.

  • Haha I’m gonna suggest to my other half that we re-watch the first movie we ever watched together, Juno! Or, for him it’ll be his first time, as he spent the whole movie playing with my puppy and basically missed the whole movie haha. That’s how I knew he was a keeper 😉

  • I feel sad that I can’t remember the first film we watched together – I wish I had that memory! Our first date was to the cinema but it was for a screening of Dr Who so that doesn’t really count!

    I love these ideas, I’d much rather stay in on Valentine’s than go out – all about that pizza and wine life!


  • I don’t hate valentine’s day but I haven’t celebrated it…well, pretty much ever (not the traditional way anyway). It seems all the guys I’ve ever been with never had a romantic bone in them. I had a common law partner for 4 years in my early 20s and never got anything from him except on the first year when he brought me some tea and asked me if I needed him to be romantic (like dude, you don’t ask, of course the girl is gonna say “nooo, it’s fine” but really she’d love a special attention here and there). And now it’s my second valentine’s day with my current boyfriend. The first time around he hid chocolate in my sock drawer and I didn’t discover it for a few days (we had literally just started dating then) and now last week he to asked me the dreaded question “do you need me to do anything special for V-day?”……..sigh. And the thing is, I don’t need anything special ever……but I would love to be surprised with any small gesture of romance once in a while. Doesn’t have to be on V-day, doesn’t have to be more than once a year, just something that’s typically romantic you know (could be a single chocolate, could be a pillow fort in the living room, could be a dandelion picked up on the side of the road). Whatever, guess I’ll never know it.

  • I like to play Scrabble by the candlelight and hopefully win again! The list is truly sweet, creative and will evoke some sentiments. Of course, I will not forget those heart-shaped brownies too.

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