Will you be my quarantine?
The pandemic may have impacted our Valentine’s Day plans. But, all is absolutely NOT lost!
And to help, we’ve come up with one or two suggestions to ignite some lockdown love, and turn what might feel like an insignificant Valentine’s Day, into something special and memorable from the comfort of your home.
COVID-19 has put the shackles on day-to-day living, but love really does have no limits, and there’s plenty to spread around.
So, whether you’re on your own, newly “locked in” with your quarantine BAE, or spending more time with your long term partner than planned, here, without further ado, are just some of the ways you can spice up Valentine’s Day during lockdown.
Lockdown “Love” Movie Den
DIY your own romantic blanket fort. It’s all in the preparation and teamwork, you know! If you can spread across two rooms, challenge your partner to see who can make the best “love shack” for the evening. The winner gets, well, we’ll leave that to you…
Separate changing rooms
Before you dim the lights, roll out the canapes and listen to How Deep is Your Love, Perfect, and Because You Loved Me, add a bit of variation and intrigue to your evening by dressing up in separate rooms. Where’s that all important meeting place going to be?
You bring the starter, I’ll bring the Sugar
When it comes to home cooking we love the guys over at MOB Kitchen, which is an online cooking and content platform whose mission is to help people to prepare restaurant-quality meals on a budget and learn more about food and drink culture.
Follow the link and insta below to explore their brilliant recipes - https://www.mobkitchen.co.uk/recipes
Whether your coupled up or single this valentine’s day, Chocolate is always the answer.
MOB’s recipe for Chocolate Tiffin Fridge cake is a certified winner.
Mix up some drinks to complete your romantic meal with some simple Valentine's Day cocktail recipes. There’s plenty to go at online, but this from the lovely Stanley Tucci and James Corden is a great place to start.
Don’t burst my bubble
This year promises to be as challenging as the last, so whatever you do, don’t overcomplicate things by reaching out to your ex!
If you find yourself on your own on the 14th keep dating fun without breaking the rules, and organise a video dinner date or even better, get in touch with that someone you’ve had in mind for a while, but haven’t had chance to get in contact with.
Lockdown love music list
Love music with a classical twist?
Ok, stay with us, because why don’t you wow the neighbours and really make a (kitchen/lounge) entrance, by putting some classic BBC Proms on! It might not be the love song of choice, but this year is different darling!
Oh come on, it only puts back some of the more inevitable sounds for a few minutes.
But anyway, who doesn’t like a list? Here’s our top ten love songs that are guaranteed to pop your cork and make you press repeat!
- “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion
- “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton
- “Your Song” – Elton John
- “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion
- “I Want To Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles
- “Rock with you” – Michael Jackson
- “Endless Love” – Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie
- “Love Of My Life” – Queen
- “Love Me Tender” – Elvis Presley
- “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Bryan Adams
Netflix and Chill
An oldie but goodie, Netflix has something for all your Valentine’s needs. If it’s a new(ish) binge you haven’t seen yet, then tuck into Bridgerton - the raunchy period drama.
As you’d imagine there’s a whole host of films to flick through, but if it’s something slightly more light hearted you’re after then Always Be My Maybe, the film about two former flames who meet again 15 years later, might be for you.
If it’s nothing but pure romance for you and your special someone, nip over to Amazon Prime, and choose between The Notebook, Dear John or P.S. I Love You. That lot should keep you occupied until the early hours.
Valentine’s Day comes with a lot of pressure even if you are single. But, if you are single, try and focus some of that energy on the relationship you have with yourself.
After all, the most important kind of love is self-love, and we all mustn’t forget that you need to learn how to love yourself, before anyone else.
Whether that’s forgiving yourself for losing a piece of you when in another relationship, or continuing to eat and sleep well, ensure that you are accomplishing little tasks that make YOU happy.
To finish things off, spoil yourself with something new, such as candles or some jewellery, and look ahead to what YOU want to achieve personally and professionally this coming year. You never know, next Valentine’s Day might be completely different.