How to plan the perfect date night at home

When you’re spending every waking minute together, keeping the romance alive calls for a little extra creativity. But as time goes on, even our special date nights at home are starting to look a bit samey. Dinner for two at the Restaurant a la Kitchen? Done that. Cocktails in Bar Lounge? Done that. Movie night courtesy of Netflix On The Sofa? Done that every weekend for the last four weeks.

It’s so hard to come up with a date night idea that’s truly Val’s Day-worthy when you’ve already exhausted all your at-home options. But with a little help from Pour Moi, you can transform yet another cosy evening indoors into a sparkling event you’ll both treasure forever.

First Valentine’s Day together? Our incredibly romantic lockdown ideas are here to fan the flames of love and keep that spark well and truly lit. Spent more February 14ths in each other’s company than you care to recall? These extra special date night plans will help you discover exactly what you liked about each other in the first place...

Eat in to help out

With Valentine’s night being one of the biggest events of the year, some of the UK’s finest restaurants have been forced to pivot. Even top eateries are now offering Valentine’s Day takeaway deliveries or cook-at-home meal kits filled with goodies to sweep you both off your feet.

To really push the boat out, try the OXO Tower Restaurant Valentine’s Day five-course menu for two. Priced at £150 and delivered nationwide in time for the big day, this romantic feast has a choice of mains, vegetarian options and dessert and it’s all made with natural aphrodisiacal ingredients to get you both in the mood.

For something less pricey but no less romantic, take a look at Pasta Evangelist’s Valentine’s Day dine in for two sharing box. At just £35, each one contains enough fresh pasta, sauces and garnishes for two, plus a charcuterie sharing platter. Just add wine!

Fancy a meal you don’t have to cook? Then why not share the love by supporting a hospitality business in your area? For extra romance points, try somewhere that holds special memories, like that little seafood place you went to on your first date.

Turn your drinks into a date-night experience

Whether you’re partial to something grapey, fruity or bubbly, there’s nothing like a sip of your favourite drink to get your Valentine’s night fizzing. But don’t just pour them. Turn what’s in your glass into the evening’s entertainment.

Get your Valentine’s present and your evening sorted with a virtual wine tasting tour. Partners In Vine have selected four of their most passionate wines for you to try and their experts will tell you the romantic secrets that go into every bottle. For £60 the wines are delivered to your door (along with some yummy handmade fudge) and you get a Zoom link 48 hours before the event.

If you’re missing fancy cocktail bars where barmen whip up creative concoctions, there are plenty of companies who’ll help you recreate the magic at home. For example, master gin makers Sipsmith are running a cocktail masterclass this Valentine’s Day. Priced at £40 for two people, you’ll get everything you need to make two love-themed cocktails and a Zoom link so you can follow along with their expert mixologists.

If your other half is a real Champagne connoisseur, take them on a private virtual tour of the region. Although it’s pricey at 100 euros (and you’ll have to provide the bubbly), A La Francaise will bring the vineyard to you and give you an exclusive glimpse of a family-run winery and cellar.

Dress to thrill

What did you wear for your last date night at home? Whether it was luxe loungewear or just jeans and a nice top, it’s time to take your style up a notch - it is Valentine’s Day after all. The more thought you put into creating a killer outfit, the more invested you are in the date and the more likely it is that you’ll have a good time.

Start with the essentials first - and by that we mean the lingerie that makes you feel confident and sensual. Our Valentine’s collection has a selection of beautifully made lingerie sets to choose from and, because it’s Pour Moi, you know they’ll be as comfortable and supportive as they are pretty. Or try a body or a basque so you get lingerie and a date-night worthy top you can wear with satin midi.

Otherwise, you can’t beat a pretty dress for Valentine’s Day. For extra romance, think about the fabrics that’ll feel delicious to wear, like slinky satin and luxurious lace. Or go for a lurex with added shine to give you a little instant glow-up.

Create an ambience

Forget sitting in the full glare of the kitchen spotlights with talk radio playing in the background. Some little extras that help you set the scene will get you both in the mood for love.

Break out your very best tableware and light candles, scatter rose petals and place a vase of pretty blooms in the centre. Not got anything suitable? Try Not On The High Street’s Valentine’s table decor package. From a dusky pink runner to a selection of printed napkins, this romantic set also includes personalised biscuits you can use as cute place settings.

Make a Spotify playlist full of special songs, like the one you danced to at your wedding or on your first date. Running out of ideas? Our list of sexy songs for saucy nights in will set both of your hearts (and possibly other areas) a-flutter.

Have fun with each other

For one night only, put your phones away and turn off the TV. Part of the joy of Valentine’s Day is that you’re completely focused on the other person, something that’s just not possible if one of you is posting a selfie on Instagram.

Of course that doesn’t mean you have to spend the evening staring into each other’s eyes if that’s just not you. The couple that plays together, stays together, so whip out the old Twister board or whatever other board games you may have lying around. Or try a little at-home karaoke! The Lucky Voice karaoke app has everything you need to sing your hearts out.

But what could be more sexy than you and your partner trapped in a room together, unable to get out? Trapped In The Web have a number of online escape room events that will have you working together to solve clues, rated from beginner to genius.

Turn your home into a movie theatre

If every night is movie night these days, you’ll have to pull out the stops to make it feel extra special for Valentine’s Day. Less than £100 can buy you a WiFi mini projector that lets you watch a movie wherever you’ve got a big white wall - even snuggled up outside in your garden in front of a roaring campfire.

Invest in a gourmet popcorn selection box (or just make your own in the microwave), then pop on a romantic film. Make sure you don’t spend two hours arguing over what to watch by selecting something in advance from IMDB’s top 50 romance movies.

Get an early night

What’s better than a final glass of champagne and a rich dessert? Enjoying both of those things while relaxing in the bath together. Light some candles, add gorgeous-smelling products to the warm, enticing water then enjoy indulging all your senses.

Once you’re both suitably relaxed, it’s time for bed. We dare you not to feel at your confident best in the Sensation body. Lightly padded and underwired for a sensational silhouette, it also has a cheeky thong back. Not quite your style? Our Valentine’s sexy lingerie edit is packed with ideas.

We hope we’ve given you lots of tips to make your lockdown Valentine’s a night to remember. And after all that hard work you deserve a treat! From nightwear to lingerie, find styles to fall in love with in our Valentine’s Edit.

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