8 Ideas for a Lockdown Valentine’s Day
With the 5km limit in place, your usual candlelit dinner, spa day or overnight stay is out of the question for Valentine’s Day. Hopefully, these ideas will help you come up with a creative way to celebrate despite the circumstances.
1. Send a Valentine
Put pen to paper or card. In this unprecedented situation, sending a handwritten note is far better than a text, whether it’s to your closest girlfriends or someone important in your life. Handmade is best! Although it requires a bit of preparation, the gift of time is the most precious of all. If you really want to go the extra step for that special someone then why not send your Valentine one of our limited edition Valentine's Gift Packs with Charbonnel et Walker Truffles?
2. Make a Couples Brunch
After a lie-in, start your lazy Sunday with a prosecco brunch. There’s nothing like being woken up to the smell of fresh coffee brewed by your other half. Take a look at our article ‘5 ways to supercharge your Brunch’ for some extra tips on what to include. But whatever you rustle up, don’t forget to add that extra touch with some flowers and a cocktail. We think you should attempt the Fox Force 75.
3. Bake Something Sweet
The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Decorate some biscuits with red and pink icing, however they turn out it’s the sweet thought that counts. Don’t limit yourself to biscuits, any baked good goes down a treat. If your skills do not lie in baking – we suggest you follow this recipe from one of the all-time greats, Nigella Lawson.
4. Take a Virtual Tour
There’s nothing wrong with planning for the future and doing a little daydreaming. Although we can’t escape the British winter now, scanning the internet for your next holiday destination can be quite exciting. Besides holidays, you can take a virtual trip through some of the world’s best art collections. Our favourites are the virtual tour of the Louvre (found here) and the Pablo Picasso Museum (found here).
5. Mix Cocktails
Bring the bar to you with a cocktail making evening with your friends. If you cannot be together physically, arrange a zoom, send each other a cocktail kit (find our Wild Strawberry Cocktail Kit here) and have fun seeing what you create. It also gives you a good opportunity for a laugh and a catch up on what can be a polarizing holiday.
6. Play Games
Diving into a long round of scrabble or a game of your choice besides a warm log fire is really romantic. If you need a fresh suggestion, the purpose of the card game ‘We’re Not Really Strangers’ is to develop deeper connections and comes with the warning that feelings may arise. A lovely pastime for most, many popular games can now be played online, making them an easy way to connect with a long-distance partner.
7. Have a Movie Night
A tried and tested favourite for Valentine’s evening is watching a heart-warming romantic comedy with your friends. This one also works if you are apart via the new Netflix Party and other shared streaming services. So, grab a drink, some popcorn, a blanket, and settle down for a couple of hours. Additionally, you can quite easily purchase a projector these days for the full cinema experience.
8. Make a Romantic DinnerKeep your evening simple and fancy! Pretend you are at a romantic restaurant. Even though we all love our pyjamas, spend a bit of time getting dressed up to the nines. You will definitely impress your other half with a bottle of Pale Fox to toast the occasion and their favourite dish. Not confident in the kitchen? Sometimes ordering in is less stressful. Whatever you decide, the decoration is key to a memorable night; fairy lights, candles and rose petals will create an intimate atmosphere.