How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in 2021
We don’t have to tell you that Valentine’s Day 2021 will feel different than in the past. The way you celebrate, the people you celebrate with, it all will be unique. And since every relationship has its own unique story, this year is all about leaving the expected behind and finding new ways to celebrate love with the special people in your life.
We’ve put together some ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day in 2021, no matter if you’re spending a night in (or virtually) with your special someone, hosting Galentine’s Day, or simply treating yourself to some Valentine’s Day goodies. There’s no wrong way to share the love!
Date Night with Your Main Squeeze
Valentine’s Day calls for date night with your special someone, whether it’s a new relationship or years in the making, in person or if you’re keeping a safe distance. There are lots of options for celebrating love on Valentine’s Day.
For a perfect date night in for two, you can’t go wrong with a romantic charcuterie board and wine. Add some Valentine’s Day touches to your board—like fresh berries or pomegranate seeds for color, heart cut-outs, or salami roses if you’re feeling fancy—to make the meat and cheese spread feel more special. Serve alongside a glass of your favorite wine for an elevated flavor experience.
Or, if your sweetheart prefers treats on the sweet side, surprise them with a chocolate-based charcuterie board. Try a mixture of candies, milk and dark chocolate, and fresh fruit so they can sample to their heart’s content. And don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine that will pair well with your chocolate board so you can toast to love!
To take date night virtual, put together a list of suggested meat and cheese pairings to create the perfect platter. You and your main squeeze can each assemble at home, open a bottle of wine, and compare boards and pairing combinations for the perfect Zoom Valentine’s Day date night.
Sharing the Love with Friends
If your Valentine’s Day plans usually mean celebrating with friends, then you’re going to want to stock up on snacks. For a small, in-person gathering, you can choose a theme for your menu that aligns with the types of foods your friends are into.
Chocolate lovers in your friends group? Surprise your guests with a spread of chocolates, candies, and fruit and pair with rosé wine for a super pink, super pretty, Instagram-worthy menu. A candy-and-chocolate theme is perfect for Galentine’s Day, too!
If your friends like to walk on the wild side when it comes to snacks, why not add a little spice? Creating a meat and cheese spread using peppered salami and sausage, jalapeño cheese, and mustards that have a kick will make your heat-loving friends swoon. Add in crackers and spiced nuts for some texture, then serve with an array of their favorite beers to give the gathering a lowkey vibe.
Even if you’re planning a virtual Valentine’s Day so you can include your entire group of friends, a wonderful way to connect is to send snacks they can enjoy when it’s time to hop on Zoom.
Treating Your #1 Valentine: You
When making connections with others in your life on Valentine’s Day, don’t forget that it’s a great opportunity to show a little love to yourself, too!
You can treat yourself to a solo Valentine’s Day date at home. Cozy up on the couch, stream your favorite romantic comedy or tear-jerking love story, and stock up on all your favorite snacks. You can even send yourself a special gift to create a delicious charcuterie board—and don’t forget the wine!
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