When you’re looking for the wow factor for Valentine’s Day, dressing up and going to dinner at a fancy restaurant can do the trick. But it can also be overpriced, overly crowded and overall disappointing. No one wants to be rushed through their meal because they’re turning tables as fast as they can to stay on schedule.
But you can still have an intimate meal for two with these alternatives to restaurant Valentine’s Day dinners that your S.O. is sure to love.
- Make an at-home meal kit - Cooking is always more fun when you’re in the kitchen together and a meal kit makes it easy by mapping out every step, so even a beginner can whip up something impressive.
- Dinner inside the movies - There’s no need to waste time doing two separate things when you have a movie theater that offers a dine-in experience. At some cinemas you can get cocktails, dinner and dessert, all while watching a film on the big screen.
- Make a charcuterie board - Load it up with all your favorites and the ones your Valentine loves, too and spend your evening grazing to your heart’s content.
- Hire a chef - If you don’t mind being a little bougie, hire a chef to come and cook for you. Prices range a great deal, so do your research to find the pro that fits your budget.
- Sign up for a cooking class together - You’ll be guided by a real pro as you whip up something delicious and you can even find one online so you can keep things cozy at home.
- Do a wine tasting and pairing - See what your local wineries or wine stores have for Valentine’s Day options or find a virtual pairing class to do at home.
- Order delivery - For one of the easiest options, just order whatever you want to eat and have it delivered right to your door. No reservations, shopping or dressing up required.