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Safe Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in 2021

ValentinesThis Valentine’s Day, love is in the air…but so is COVID-19. While typical date ideas like eating at a restaurant and going to the movies might be off the table for some couples, there are still plenty of ways to safely celebrate with your significant other this year.

1- Make a home-cooked meal. Nothing says “romance” more than spicing up the kitchen with your favorite person. You can try out new recipes, pop a bottle of champagne (if you’re of age), and celebrate the national day of love. Rather than sitting inside a restaurant, you and your partner can remain safe while enjoying dinner in a more intimate setting that consists of just the two of you.

2- Go ice skating. This is a super fun winter activity that is perfect for beginners and skilled skaters alike. Holding hands as you glide across the rink can be a safe, romantic way to spend the day with your partner if you are looking to avoid large crowds.

3- Go on an ice cream date. Who said this sweet treat can only be enjoyed in the summer? Many beloved ice cream shops in Monmouth County are open all year around, such as Jersey Freeze in Freehold, Hoffman’s Ice Cream in Long Branch, and Coney Waffle in Red Bank. This can be the cherry on top of your perfect Valentine’s Day.

4- Have a movie night. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to cozy up with your significant other and watch your favorite rom-com (with some popcorn, of course). You can always switch on the classics like Sixteen Candles or Pretty in Pink. Or, you can browse through Netflix’s new releases such as To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You, The Kissing Booth 2, or The Prom.

5- Have a game night. Get competitive this Valentine’s Day with board games, card games, or video games for a playful evening with your significant other.

6- Do some arts and crafts. Tap into your artistic side this Feb. 14 with some crafts such as painting, scrapbooking, or crocheting, which makes for a perfect low-key date.

7- Enjoy the outdoors. Take advantage of the great outdoors for a safe date amid the pandemic. Bundling up and going for a hike together can rejuvenate your spirits this Valentine’s Day.

8- Exchange gifts. Of course, you can’t end the day without exchanging gifts with your significant other. There’s always the classic chocolate, roses, and teddy bears, but there are also unique ways to tell your partner how much they mean to you. This can be a handwritten letter or a music box that plays the song that reminds you of them.

Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or even met during the pandemic, these safe date ideas can set the scene for a night of romance this Valentine’s Day and beyond.

 

GRAPHIC MADE by Angela Mascia

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