How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day During the Pandemic
Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and as with all recent holidays, it’s going to look a little different this year because of the pandemic. Are you wondering how to celebrate Valentine’s Day during a pandemic? If so, we can help! These are some ideas for safe and healthy Valentine’s Day celebrations for people of all ages.
Valentine’s Day Celebrations with Children
- Make Valentines: This is the same as previous years. You can either buy some premade valentines or make them yourself using art supplies. The difference, of course, is how you deliver them. Since many schools are closed, you might need to send them through the mail. You could also drive them around if you know where people live. Also, consider making Valentine’s Day cards for lonely senior citizens that are currently isolated in elder care homes.
- Make homemade Valentine’s Day cookies or cupcakes: Who doesn’t enjoy making and decorating homemade cookies or cupcakes? Much like Christmas cookies, make different colored icings (red and pink are common for Valentine’s Day, but any color is acceptable) and have your kids decorate until they’re tired. Then, eat them yourself or again, safely deliver them around and bring joy to others.
- Scavenger hunt: Come up with a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt for your kids. A scavenger hunt involves clues that lead to a particular item where there is another clue. At the end, hide a valentine’s Day related prize, like some candy or a stuffed animal. Get creative and maybe even include outdoor hiding places if the weather allows.
- Celebrate Your Love by looking through old scrapbooks or photos: Looking at old photos gives kids a sense of self and family history. You can make it more fun by creating a Valentine’s Day-themed album that shows the most loving memories from years past. If you don’t have enough photos to work with, make a dream board instead. Cut out pictures of things you want to do someday with your kids.
Valentine’s Day Celebrations for Romantic Partners
If you’re looking for a pandemic safe way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your partner, here are some ideas:
- Take-a-way food picnic: Set up a romantic picnic inside your house with your favorite take-a-way foods. Set out a pretty blanket, light some candles, play some soft music and have fresh flowers as a centerpiece. Relax and enjoy the moment.
- Make your own romantic meal: Get creative and cook up something spectacular! Either cook it together or surprise your partner with their favorite foods. Set a romantic table setting, arrange for a baby sitter, and celebrate your love over candlelight.
- Make your own Valentines: Making handmade Valentine’s Day cards isn’t just for kids. Making your own Valentine’s Day card shows extra effort. Take your time and maybe try your skill at poetry. Even if it ends up looking like your first-grader did it, it will make you laugh and become a treasured memory.
- Romantic get-a-way: If you’ve been putting off a romantic get-a-way because of the pandemic, think again. Many bed and breakfast places and even hotel chains have invested considerable money in making a stay at their establishment safe for all. COVID-related safety protocols are in place, and they are desperate for business.
- Relive your first date: Take a trip back to memory lane. Maybe you can go back to where you first met or even just look at old photographs from your earliest memories together. Try to rekindle those special moments of a budding romance. What did you do then that you have forgotten about?
Now that you have some ideas for how to celebrate Valentine’s Day during a pandemic, it’s time to think ahead and get organized. Don’t get caught off-guard and forget about your special day. Remember, it’s not just a commercialized holiday. It’s an opportunity to do something unique and celebrate LOVE! Make the most of it, and have fun!