As much as we’d love to imagine otherwise, Valentine’s Day might look a little different this year. It’s still too early to tell what the COVID-19 landscape will be like, and the rules are always changing, but either way – it’s time to think of some ways to truly wow your partner while still sticking to restrictions and social distancing rules.
So forget the usual dinner-and-a-movie, here are some fresh new ideas to treat your lover to a memorable and COVID-19 friendly Valentine’s Day this 2021. There’ll be no kissing with masks on, we promise.
Valentine’s Day dinner ideas
Whether there are restrictions in place or not, it may be difficult to secure reservations at your favourite restaurant this Valentine’s Day. But don’t let that discourage you – there are plenty of more exciting Valentine’s Day dinner ideas that don’t involve wearing a mask or being out in public. Here are just some of our favourites.
Your own private pop-up restaurant by the beach
Picture this: You take your loved one on a walk around Mosman (or some other picturesque beachside suburb), stop by a secret beach, and there you find your own pop-up private restaurant set up on the sand. There’s a table, candles, a bouquet of roses, and your own personal chef ready to serve you a 3-course gourmet meal by the water. Pop open a bottle of champagne and watch the sunset as you and your sweetheart dine in the privacy of your own beachside restaurant. If this isn’t a memorable, one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day dinner then we don’t know what is.
Be the chef – or hire a chef
If you can’t get a hold of reservations at your favourite restaurant, then bring the restaurant to your home! Contrary to popular belief, at-home dining doesn’t have to be casual and signal a lack of effort – in fact, it requires even more effort and that’s what makes it more special. So don a chef’s hat, look up some gourmet recipes from your favourite chefs or restaurants, and get cooking!
One way to quickly elevate a homemade meal is by specifically choosing recipes you wouldn’t cook on an average day. So forget about BBQs, roasts, and stir fries – start thinking more along the lines of confit duck, ceviche, souffle, veloute, or even a charcuterie and cheese board complete with expensive cheeses, pates, and dried fruits. The point is to go beyond the norm and show your partner that they’re worth the extra effort.
Don’t trust yourself to cook a gourmet meal? Give yourself a pat on the back for honesty and hire a private chef instead – the five star service will add an extra ‘wow’ factor and you’ll have more time to tend to your loved one.
Take a cooking class together
This is a fun and interactive way to enjoy Valentine’s Day dinner together, if you’re looking for something different from the norm. Skip eating out and let a private chef lead you and your sweetheart through a fun-packed, mouth-watering cooking class. Choose your favourite cuisine and be guided through a series of lessons and recipes to hone your gourmet cooking skills – pizza, pasta, sushi, tacos, the choice is yours.
Spice up your cooking class by turning it into a cooking challenge and compete with your lover for the best tasting dish – but all in good fun, of course! Judge each other’s dishes in good humour and after the fun and games, you can cuddle up and enjoy your freshly made meal together. Cooking is an adventure, you’re guaranteed to feel closer after your little kitchen battles!
Have an at-home gourmet degustation
The pinnacle of dining is a degustation, and there isn’t a more luxurious way to treat your Valentine than with a multi-course degustation cooked right in the privacy of your own home. To truly spoil your sweetheart this Valentine’s, let us set up and decorate an elegant dinner table in your home, complete with candles, roses, music, and champagne, and hire one of our private chefs to serve a 12-course degustation. For an extra dose of entertainment, your private chef can cook the meal in your very own kitchen.
Just some examples of what could be on your Valentine’s degustation menu include entrees of crab mousse, quail egg, caviar, sashimi, or a mini lobster slider; mains of salmon, sea urchin, wagyu ribeye, duck mole, or slow roasted lamb, and for dessert? We’ll keep that a surprise.
Valentine’s Day activity ideas
Want to share more memories than just a meal? Here are a couple of unique ideas for Valentine’s Day bonding activities that are a little different from the norm. You and your sweetheart will be reconnecting like it’s your first date all over again.
Step out into nature
If your partner is more into camping than coq au vin, spend your day immersed in Australia’s quiet wilderness, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and in your own private glamping tent. Let the location be a secret, and surprise your loved one with a gorgeous camping set up complete with fairy lights, comfy bed linen, and all the luxuries of a five star hotel. We can take care of the campfire and the cooking while you and your sweetheart can go for quiet bushwalks or explore nearby growers and wineries. Fall asleep under the stars and, in the morning, wake up to a gourmet breakfast hamper before going on more activities like horse riding, swimming, or quad biking for the adventurous!
Treat yourself to an at-home spa day
For some people, the most romantic thought is the idea of doing nothing at all. So pamper your loved one with an at-home spa day, complete with facials, couple’s massage, and a cocktail or two. If you’re feeling generous, you can be the one to spoil your sweetheart, but if you’d rather get some pampering yourself then let us organise a romantic couple’s package on your behalf. We’ll send over masseuses, decorate your abode with rose petals, provide French champagne for after the pampering, and we can even include a 3-course chef-made meal if you don’t feel like leaving your home afterwards.
Let us plan your Valentine’s Day
Too busy to plan the Valentine’s Day your partner deserves? Or maybe you don’t trust yourself to come up with all the creative details that really make a moment special. Let us help! We’ve been organising incredible couple’s dates and romantic dinners for years, and we know all the best secret spots where you can relax in privacy. Get in touch with our team and tell us your ideas and a little bit about your partner, and we’ll help you plan the ultimate Valentine’s Day this 2021 – complete with sensational food, champagne, and – of course – bouquets of roses.