4 Covid Friendly Date Ideas For Valentine's Day

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If you’re feeling a little blue about another low key pandemic Valentine’s Day, we totally get it. When every night is spent at home, yet another night on the couch probably doesn’t seem especially romantic. But nothing is more loving than keeping our families and neighbors safe, and the future will be full of opportunities for bougie prix fixe dinners and nights on the town. So we put our heads together here at HTCI HQ and came up with some creative ideas to make your Valentine’s Day at home special and memorable. So here are some fun options, whether you’re a sappy romantic who wants to pull out all the stops for your sweetheart or are pulling a Leslie Knope and celebrating Galentines with your roommates. 

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  • Breakfast in bed may seem a little cliche, but for good reason. Waking up to a delicious breakfast and enjoying it in your cozy blankets is peak relaxation- and if you can’t enjoy a morning in a luxury hotel, bring the luxury to you! If you’re making breakfast for someone with a sweet tooth, our Mega Breakfast Cake recipe combines a bunch of breakfast faves including cinnamon rolls, waffles, and blueberry muffin cakes. Set up a tray with breakfast, coffee, mimosas, juice, whatever makes you feel like you’re getting room service. 


    Complete the vibe with a marathon of classic RomComs (anything involving Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is usually a good bet) or a new romantic comedy series (we love Starstruck on HBO Max- it’s like a modern Notting Hill and so freaking funny).

  • Nothing is more romantic than treats dipped in chocolate. It’s a fact. If you have a ton of time you can whip up macarons and meringues and cookies from scratch to dip, if you’re short on time use store bought treats like pretzels and strawberries. Or go all out and do a combination! You can always rent or buy a chocolate fountain for a grand gesture, but any fondue set should do the trick. To play up the Valentine’s Day theme, color white chocolate with a few drops of vibrant pink and red gel colors. Swoon, much?

  • If you’ve watched a single romantic comedy or Hallmark movie in your life, you know baking together is a shortcut to cute moments and flirty banter. Taking a baking class is a great way for you and your boo to spend quality time together anddddd enjoy a delicious treat at the end. Obviously a crowded class isn’t the most pandemic-friendly date, but thankfully live virtual classes are just as fun and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own kitchen! 


    The amazing Sheldon Taylor-Timothy (aka @babycakesbakeryyy on IG) is teaching a Cascading Hearts Cake Tutorial this February 14th that would make for a perfect date night in. This can be done with a long distance partner, and is also a great option if you’re not big on chocolate everything- the recipes we’ll be making include vanilla cake, Swiss meringue buttercream, lemon curd, and a cookie crumble.

  • Even if we’re not going on a romantic getaway, simply getting out of the house can be a great change of pace, even if it’s just to your backyard or balcony. 


    Depending on where you live, this may seem like a bit of a ridiculous pitch. But even if you’re in a cold, wintery place (we’re based in Toronto, trust us, we get it) an outside date is totally possible! Make some cozy drinks like hot chocolate or Irish coffee and a warm batch of cookies or bars fresh out of the oven (or warmed up in the microwave. You do you)! Bundle up in sweaters and scarves (not to brag but we’ve got some incredibly warm and cozy sweaters and hoodies that would do quite nicely), grab a blanket or two and enjoy a little fresh air. 

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