By Sami Wunder

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Image courtesy of Pixabay

For many of us the pandemic means we’re not able to spend this Valentine’s day like we usually would - whether that be at our favourite restaurant, going to see a movie, or visiting the place you first met your partner.Although Covid has dictated what we are and aren’t able to do this year - Valentine’s Day romance doesn't have to completely disappear just because you're stuck at home. There are plenty of ways you can keep the spark alive with your partner without leaving the house.Here are my top lockdown date night ideas to keep the romance alive at home:

Make a fancy breakfast in the morning

Cooking a restaurant style breakfast at home is a great way to start the day, make the most of your morning by cooking a show stopper meal with your partner. Breakfast is usually a stressful time when you’re rushing to get out of the house and get started for the day. Skip the routine hubbub for a day by taking the time to cook your favourite food together with your partner - eggs benedict, American style pancakes, breakfast tacos or even pastries if you’re feeling extra confident in the kitchen. To make it as stress free as possible - order in a meal kit from somewhere nearby to help support local businesses in this tough time.

Prep for a picnic

Give your partner your undivided attention for a romantic picnic on a blanket. Picnic in your garden for the most authentic feel, but if you don’t have one - the living room floor or your bed will do just fine. Bring the energy of undivided attention, presence, and listening to your picnic date to create intimacy and romantic interaction.

Create a home cinema

Planning a movie night is a great low cost, and safe way to spend your Valentine’s evening this year. If you usually spend time watching the TV with your partner, make this time extra special by pulling out all the stops - try making your own popcorn, blacking out the room, or setting up a surround sound system - these little touches make it just like the real thing. Make it feel different by having intention and purpose. This may seem a little dramatic, but as we’ve become accustomed to being stuck at home we need a little exaggeration to differentiate this particular night from others.

Throw A Fancy Drinks Party (for yourselves)

Honor the occasion with a fancy formal drinks party for you and your partner where you make creative cocktails with whatever you've left in the cupboards. It’s way too tempting to spend all day in comfy loungewear when stuck at home, but remind your partner of how well you scrub up by throwing on your swankiest dress or suit. It's important to break your usual routine to keep the spark alive - so you don't want to spoil the occasion by showing up in your pyjamas or t-shirt. Make the extra effort by spraying some perfume, straightening or curling your hair, and smelling good. Being present in the moment by putting your phone away also makes it really special.

Sami Wunder is an internationally-recognized dating and relationship expert who specializes in working with high-achieving women to attract their dream man and create a deeply intimate and deeply connected relationship. Find out more at

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