Valentine’s Day: Date Night In Ideas


Valentine’s Day date night OUT is just not something I’m interested in! I’m a homebody by nature and with little ones, my husband and I don’t get out much for date nights alone. We started getting creative with our nights at home and trying some new things!

Below are a few of our favorite at-home date night suggestions to try while staying in on Valentine’s Day this year or for any at-home date night.

Date Night in a Box Subscription:

I ordered our first date night in a box through Date Night In Box Home, when my son was born three years ago. Knowing it would be hard for us to get out of the house with a newborn and a toddler I wanted to have something for us to look forward to that would create an easy connection between us. Each box is themed with activities and interactive snacks to pair with the activities. It was perfect for the sleep-deprived moments of life because we didn’t need to plan anything. All we had to do was open the box and read the instructions to have a fun night in.

Hunt a Killer Subscription:

My husband surprised me with the Hunt a Killer subscription a few months into the pandemic. I love a good murder mystery and getting into the details of a who-dun-it. Each box we received had new clues and goals to achieve to get closer to the killer. We had fun combing through all the clues each night a new box came and working together to solve the crime. Check out Hunt A Killer – Do You Have What It Takes?, to view the options available for the month.

Sweets From a Local Bakery:

If keeping it simple is more your style, check out a local bakery and some of the exciting ways to eat your way through Valentine’s Day. Sugar Rush Columbus – Bakery, Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes is always offerng something festive for the holidays! Angie’s Rainbow Cookies is offering some Valentine’s day options that look savory and will deliver for a small fee. Need a Gluten free option? Check out: HOME | bake-me-happy.

DIY Options:

Feeling creative or want to contribute something more specialized for an at-home Valentine’s Day celebration? Try to make your own heart-shaped crush box. Buy a mold on Amazon here: 3D Diamond Heart Shape Silicone Cake Mold Trays. Create the shell with melted chocolate and fill it with your favorite candies. Then, take turns using the wooden hammer “crushing” it open.

Or you could try a take-home Valentine’s Day craft kit at AR Workshops around town. Check out Valentine’s Day Custom Kits for some cool festive and decorative options.

Beer and Sweets Pairings:

One of our favorite at-home date nights recently was a take-home beer and donut pairing. We ordered a beer-tasting kit from a local brewery that also included local donut pairings. It was a unique way to try local and enjoy an easy, safe date night at home. You can choose your own favorite local brewery to get beer from as well donuts- maybe Destination Donuts, Buckeye Donuts, or Peace Love and Little Donuts to name a few!

Valentine's Day at homeDinner and Show:

If all else fails, a dinner and a show at home is a classic spin on a great date night. Many local restaurants are available for delivery on your favorite delivery app. Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar and Cap City Fine Diner are a few of my suggestions for a celebratory night in, like Valentine’s Day.

Sitting through a whole movie after a long day of parenting may seem like a commitment, but a bingeworthy show is totally doable. Here are a few of my favorite shows, I suggest watching as a couple on Valentine’s Day: Normal People on Hulu, The Undoing on HBO, Bloodline on Netflix, The Marvelous Mrs. Mazel on Amazon, The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix, Perry Mason on HBO, The Stranger on Netflix, Riviera on AMC+ or Sundance, This Much Is True on HBO, Love Craft Country on HBO and The Queens Gambit on Netflix.

Or if you are looking for a romantic series, check out these options- Netflix Favorites: Romance Edition.

We all know that quality time with our partner is important and I hope some of these suggestions make your Valentine’s Day, or any date night memorable, even if you are stuck at home!

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Shaina Uehlin
Shaina is a stay at home mom of two active littles, aged four and two. She is a Columbus native, OSU alumni and lives on the east side with her husband of six years. You can catch Shaina running around town wearing yoga pants. You may think she is on her way to a beloved yoga class, or glistening with sweat on her way home, but she’s most likely running errands with her kids in tow. Shaina enjoys fantasizing about tasting wine and cheese at local wineries. Mostly, Shaina spends her time cleaning up around the house, grocery shopping, meal prepping, searching for serenity, watching bingeworthy shows with her husband and counting her blessings.