7 at-home Valentine’s day ideas for couples

18 Nov 2020


Struggling to find romantic ideas? We’ve got you covered

Valentine’s Day – the most romantic day of the year and quite possibly the most stressful. From cards sent by secret admirers to bouquets sent by spouses of fifty years, there’s something magical about this day imbued with romance. However, a lack of Valentine’s day ideas can cause undue worry. What should you buy your beloved and what cute activities will make the day special?

Don’t worry – we’re here to help. We may be slightly biased, but when it comes to heartfelt gifts, we believe that chocolate is the key to anyone’s heart, so look no further than our Valentine’s chocolate and gifts selection when you’re looking for the perfect present.

However, coming up with Valentine’s day ideas isn’t quite as simple, but don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a whole list of wonderful at-home Valentine’s Day ideas. From fondues to films, you’ll find something perfect for you and your partner here.

1. Chocolate fondue and prosecco evening

This might be our favourite in this list of Valentine’s day ideas! Add some European luxury to your Valentine’s Day with an indulgent chocolate fondue and prosecco evening. Melting chocolate and dipping in your favourite sweet treats is always exciting, so unleash your inner child and have a chocolatey giggle together.

Making your own chocolate fondue can be a little tricky and messy, but it doesn’t have to be. Avoid the preparation and focus on the romance this Valentine’s Day with our mini chocolate dipping adventure for two. A fondue set featuring a milk chocolate pot, a white chocolate pot, marshmallows, nuts, and biscuits, this selection has everything you need for an easy, fun, and tasty fondue experience.

Hotel Chocolat Dipping adventure
No more mess: Our ready-to-go Chocolate Dipping Adventure

The only thing that’ll make your fondue evening better is prosecco, so make sure you wash your chocolate treats down with a glass (or three), because such a successful Valentine’s Day certainly calls for celebration.

2. Gin cocktail making

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to have some tipsy fun together, so a gin cocktail making evening is a fantastic romantic choice. It’s also super simple to plan – you just need two cocktail glasses, a few alcoholic and juice mixers, and, most importantly, a nice bottle of gin. When it comes to buying the gin, look no further than our Cocoa Gin. A distilled London gin infused with cocoa shells, this tipple adds a dash of unique excitement to any drink.

Gin is a classic component to countless cocktails so you certainly won’t run out of fun recipes to try. Get yourself a bottle of vermouth and lemons to rustle up some martinis, mix your gin with lemon juice, sugar, and ice to get fizzy with a gin fizz, or add some cherry brandy, Angostura bitters, pineapple and lime juice for an irresistibly fruity Singapore Sling. You should also make sure you have some tonic water in the fridge in case you fancy a classic G&T. This will really allow you to taste and savour the delicious hints of cocoa in the gin.

3. Hot chocolate & marshmallows

Wanting a wholesome, cosy Valentine’s day idea> Then a hot chocolate and marshmallow evening is perfect. The hot chocolate will be the star of the show, so make sure it’s rich and smooth with our Velvetiser. An in-home hot chocolate machine imagined and brought to you by a chocolatier, this clever device will make your evening deliciously magical – the most velvety Valentine’s Day ever.

cosy valentine's day ideas - hot chocolate mugs

All our hot chocolates are designed to be made in the Velvetiser, and we have an exceptional collection to choose from. We offer classic varieties such milk hot chocolate, dark hot chocolate, and white hot chocolate, as well as exciting flavours such as salted caramel and dark with mint. Choose one, or choose a variety pack; find your favourite!

Make sure you have lots of marshmallows, biscuits, and grated chocolate on hand for a fully-loaded hot chocolate experience.

4. Romcom movie marathon

Nothing says cosy night in like a movie marathon and on Valentine’s Day, these movies just have to be rom coms. From 13 Going on 30 to When Harry Met Sally, there are countless fluffy rom coms that are perfect for creating a cosy romantic vibe, so turn on Netflix and escape into an enchanting love story together.

Couple watching a movie with popcorn

A film may be enjoyable but chowing down on movie snacks is quite possibly the best part about a movie marathon, and these should be carefully curated on Valentine’s Day. Popcorn is obviously essential, and the way to add an exciting edge to your big bowl of popped yumminess? Chocolate. Mixing crunchiness with smoothness and saltiness with sweetness, popcorn and chocolate is an underrated pairing that is sure to make your Valentine’s movie marathon even more special. We recommend keeping it simple with some chocolate buttons or adding some extra creaminess with our salted caramel chocolates. Yum!

5. Romantic dinner date

They say that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and this is never truer than on Valentine’s Day. A classic romantic evening, you can’t go wrong with a candle-lit dinner date. Scatter some rose petals on your table, play some ambient music, and put your gladrags on to enjoy 5* glamour in the comfort of your own dining room.

Couple holding hands at a table

When it comes to the Valentine’s Day menu, something classic and easy like risotto is a failsafe option and for dessert, there’s nothing that will beat chocolate. From chocolate mousse to molten chocolate cake, there’s something undeniably enticing about a cocoa-rich final flourish. Take a look at our recipes for inspiration and dazzle your loved one with a perfect dessert.

6. Home spa experience

A spa day is always romantic, so plan a cocoa-infused home spa experience and prepare to feel pampered. Although you may get the professional results you’re used to if you’re a regular spa-goer, a home spa experience will be so much more intimate and fun because it’ll just be the two of you – an ideal at-home Valentine’s Day date.

The best way to get this right is to create a relaxing atmosphere. Candles are key – try to get some with scents such as clary sage, lavender or bergamot for ultimate relaxation. You could also get an essential oils diffuser to fill your room with a soothing scent and make a playlist of your favourite calming tunes to make sure your home spa has an appropriate soundtrack. You could also indulge in some classic spa fun by donning fluffy robes and slippers and placing some cucumber slices over your eyes.

valentine's day spa day at home

Why not treat yourself to some of our cocoa-inspired beauty products at Rabot 1745? Grab one of our sustainable Body Scrubs and exfoliate the stress of the day away. Or, go for a self-heating Kaolin Clay Body Mask for something that will soothe you even further; the clay revitalises circulation and helps clear clogged pores. Then, finish off with a cacao-rich body butter that will lock in moisture and keep your skin looking radiant and feeling velvety-soft.

7. Games night

Ignite a little competition and let sparks fly with a games night. If you and your loved one want to keep things simple and achieve a vintage vibe, board games are perfect. Spell out L-O-V-E and R-O-M-A-N-C-E with a cute game of scrabble, follow clues to your beloved’s heart with Cluedo, or test your partner’s knowledge with Trivial Pursuit.

scrabble with romantic message - gaming valentine's day ideas

If you’re into games that are a bit more modern, you may like to pass the night with your X-Box or Playstation, adding some fun competition and excitement to your Valentine’s Day. It may not be a traditional Valentine’s Day idea, but it’s perfect for any gamer couples.

Valentine’s Day ideas

So there you go, plenty of Valentine’s day ideas to help you plan a perfect day. Commit to one or mix and match (spa afternoon, followed by a candlelit dinner, followed by gin cocktails? Yes please!) to create the perfect at-home Valentine’s Day for you and your loved one. Have lots of fun and thank us later.