Celebrating Valentine's Day During COVID

Depending on where you are geographically located, your celebration options may be limited. Outside dining or activities may not be a viable option. 

Are you planning a family friendly event or a private romantic evening with your loved one?

For many, a romantic evening out to dinner has been what both partners looked forward to all year. Depending on the phase of reopening for your area, dinner out may not be an option this year. If partial occupancy is occurring, make your reservation now!

Many of us are not willing to dine out even with partial occupancy due to our personal risk factors. If this is the case for you, a memorable Valentine’s Day celebration can still happen.

For the family celebrating together:

  1. Have your kids make Valentine cards for extended family and friends and mail. Everyone gets excited to receive something special in the mail.
  1. Plan your meal and entertainment in advance, so you can have the necessary supplies and groceries available for the entire family to        participate. 
  1. Plan a game for the family, with prizes hidden for the winner to find. (Make sure to have special treats and notes for all family members!)
  1. If you are planning to end your evening with a movie marathon, remember to include the choices of the ENTIRE family. 
  1. A virtual Valentine’s get together for your children and their friends can be fun with games included.  Prizes may need to be delivered or mailed.
  1. Another fun option for the kiddos would be personalized Valentine cards delivered to the mailboxes of classmates if the kids are not back to in- person classes.
  1. If your kids want to do something charitable, homemade cards delivered to a local senior facility would be heartfelt and appreciated. 

If a romantic evening at home is the plan for 2021, here are a few ideas to make for a memorable evening:

If the kids will be home, schedule a virtual sitter to occupy the kids while you and your loved one celebrate an evening together. Many couples have had no alone time since the pandemic started. We still need to nurture and show appreciation to our spouse to maintain our connection with each other. 

If it is just the two of you, the evening can be planned to not cost anything except time and creativity. In most instances, the best gifts come from the heart. Material things are wonderful, but when my husband takes the initiative and does something thoughtful, I remember those times vividly.

If the weather outside is not cooperating, bring the outside picnic in. Spread a blanket in the living room, pack all of your favorites, light candles and picnic inside!

Handwriting your own creative card is something that will be remembered forever.

Rather than purchasing an expensive gift, try purchasing a special massage oil and commit to giving each other a massage as part of each others gift. Taking a bath together afterward with candles and chocolate are a great idea as well.

Ordering out can be enjoyable, but cooking something together is a wonderful idea to spending a special evening together. A healthy competition with a preset prize in place (a special sexual favor always works) can lend excitement to the entire evening.

If an evening of movies is in order, snuggling and setting the stage with candles, snacks and a favorite cocktail (alcohol or non-alcohol) will provide the perfect setting for a very special evening.

If the two of you have talked about things you would like to do together and have not found the time, you can dedicate your day to beginning something new. 

My husband and I play scrabble together on the tablet almost every night. We are both highly competitive, and have tremendous fun together being sore winners and sore losers. (all in fun of course!) No one says you cannot change up the usual rules for the winner/loser on Valentine’s Day!

Since we have not been getting out like we are accustomed to, we have been frequently going out together for leisurely drives. It is an opportune time to connect with each other and just talk. One rule. Turn off your phone for uninterrupted conversation.

Try to incorporate some of the things you know your partner enjoys for this special day. Break out a favorite outfit whether it be lingerie or, something that he compliments you on. Make the effort to look your best even if you are staying home. Workout clothes are not allowed, unless that is a part of your Valentine’s Day together.

Do not allow a stressed financial situation during this pandemic to stop you from having a wonderful and memorable Valentine’s Day. The most important gifts do not cost a penny. These gifts come from the heart, with intention and creativity being your primary motivation. Something as simple as a collage of photos of some of your best times together demonstrate your love in a special way.

Even if you have the means to buy an extravagant gift, stop yourself and think whether or not that is an easy way out of an obligatory gift. If so, flip the script and create a new tradition. 

It is easy to believe that you are not the creative partner in your relationship. Creativity takes many forms. You do not have to do anything elaborate. Just design whatever you decide to do to bring happiness to your partner. The appreciation for your gesture will be returned to you in unpredicted ways.

Fact Retriever has graciously allowed us to share these 6 Lovely Valentine’s Day Facts with you:

  • The symbol of the ribbon, which often adorns modern-day Valentines, is rooted in the Middle Ages. When knights competed in tournaments, their sweethearts often gave them ribbons for good luck. 
  • Lace is often used on Valentine decorations. The word “lace” comes from the Latin laques, meaning “to snare or net,” as in to catch a person’s heart.
  • Groundhog Day was originally observed on February 14th.
  • A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.
  • Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years.
  • Anthophobia is the fear of flowers.