At this time of year, it always seems like there are two different types of people. Those who hate Valentine’s Day and those who love it. If you love romance, fun, good food and all things Valentine, this article is right up your alley. If you’re in the other camp, keep reading – some of this can apply to you too.
This year, Valentine’s Day will look a little different and we’re sharing some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day while respecting social distancing. Modify the activities depending on whether you live with your Valentine or if you’re still in the stay-two-metres-apart stage of the relationship. If you don’t have a Valentine this year, you can enjoy these activities with your roommate, family member or even alone!
Get outside for a socially distanced date
Many people celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant. But wouldn’t it be better to save money, wear something comfortable and just have fun? Take the restrictions in place as an opportunity to do something completely different!
Pull your snow pants out of the closet, grab a toboggan, crazy carpet or sled and find the steepest hill in your neighbourhood! If this is your first date, it’s easy to keep two metres apart outside. It’s also a great date idea for long-term partners. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate and you’ll forget all about the fancy dinner.
If hurtling down a hill isn’t your idea of a good time, there are lots of other outdoor winter options. You could go skating, snowshoeing or hiking. You can even build a snowman or have a snowball fight! Let your inner kid out and have some fun in the snow.
Showcase your smarts
Trivia is a classic date night activity. While you might not be able to go to your favourite bar right now, you can still have fun playing trivia! Lots of folks are hosting trivia nights online. You can make a night of it with your spouse. Pick up beer from a local brewery and make some classic bar snacks like nachos. If your Valentine lives under a different roof, have a video or phone call while answering trivia.
Check out Another Round Trivia on Twitch for trivia that streams live every Thursday at 7:30 pm EST. You simply fill out your answers via Google Sheets and you can even win prizes!
Valentine’s dinner date classic, 2021
The most classic Valentine’s Day date is a romantic dinner at a nice restaurant. For most of us, this isn’t possible in 2021. So why not make dinner at home a little more special this Valentine’s day? Splurge on a fancy meal you wouldn’t normally make. Many restaurants offer multi-course meals you can pre-order and pick up – some even offer wine to complement the dishes.
If you and your partner like to cook, spend the day making something more elaborate, like birria tacos, a dish that recently exploded in popularity thanks to a few viral videos on social media.
If your Valentine lives in a different household, you can still have a dinner date. Order a special dinner to be delivered to both homes or pick the same recipe and cook it together over a video call! This is a time to be creative and food is a fantastic medium to work with.
36 questions that can lead to love
More than 20 years ago, psychologist Arthur Aron published a now famous study about a successful experiment he conducted, related to falling in love. In the study, a man and woman who never met before sat face to face in a laboratory setting, and asked each other 36 questions, which became increasingly personal. The participants in the study actually fell in love and got married six months later!
The study has been the subject of many articles over the years, including a New York Times article that went viral, written by author Mandy Len Catron, who applied the questions on a first date with great success!
Want to give it a try? You can find all 36 questions on the New York Times website. They start out easy: “If you could have anyone in the world as a dinner guest, who would it be?” and get harder: “When did you last cry in front of another person?”
Whether you have a new love interest or a long-term relationship, it’s a great way to spend some quality time together. And, if you’re single, do this with a friend just for fun.
Take in a comedy show
Most of us could use a good laugh right now! Even though live shows aren’t possible, comedians have adapted and turned to online shows and performances that you and your Valentine can enjoy. For example:
- Toronto-based Bad Dog Theatre is known for its hilarious live improv shows. They have pivoted to online, and host live YouTube shows throughout the week. Check out their channel and tune in for some laughs!
- Nowhere Comedy is the world’s first digital comedy club! They started as a response to COVID-19. Once you buy a ticket, you’ll get a Zoom link that allows you to watch a show from the comfort of your own home. They book hilarious comedians you might have heard of like Nikki Glaser and Mike Birbiglia. Check out their schedule on the Nowhere Comedy website.
- Check to see if the comedy club in your town has any virtual shows coming up. Live venues have been hit hard by the pandemic and need our support! Visit your local Eventbrite or Facebook Events page to see if there is anything local you can support.
Spend it your way
This year’s Valentine’s Day will be a little different. Try to see it as an opportunity to spend some quality time with your Valentine. Who knows, you might start a new tradition! Let us know if you try any of our ideas.