8 of The Best Date-Night-In Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Make Valentine’s Memories With The Perfect At-Home Date

It’s that time of year again – pink and red candies have been cropping up in every store, and thoughts of Cupid are and his magical heart-shaped bow are in the air.

Of course, the expectations for St. Valentine’s Day can come with quite the hefty price tag. According to CNN, it’s estimated that US Valentine’s Day spending hit nearly $20 billion dollars last year – including everything from chocolates to roses, stuffed teddy bears to valentine’s date-night-outs.

If you’re not traveling to a romantic location (or just looking to make some unique memories with your SO), we’ve compiled some of our very favorite date-night-in ideas that’ll make this Valentine’s Day your very best yet for both you and your wallet!

1. Make Your Own Pizza

Both fun and delicious, make-your-own pizza is a great way to kick off an at-home date night! Challenge each other to come up with the most creative pizzas with categories like “most heart-shaped pizza”. Even if it doesn’t turn out quite right, it’ll still be delicious!

2. Bob Ross Wine and Painting Night

There’s nothing quite like sharing the magic of painting genius Bob Ross with your loved one. Step it up with a glass of wine and some paint of your own. You’ll both have the perfect date night, as well as some art to show for it!

3. Enjoy takeout-by-candlelight

Who said candlelit dinner had to be fancy? Have fun ordering your very favorite takeout meals and setting a romantic scene with candles galore.

4. Have a super yummy fondue night

We’re of the opinion that one can never have too much chocolate (or cheese, if you and your Valentine are more into cheese fondue). Sweeten up your date night with some dippable fresh fruit or pound cake. Just remember to buy the right melting chocolate!

5. Breakfast for dinner in bed

Make an already pretty romantic gesture even better by having breakfast in bed… for valentine’s day dinner! While we could go on forever about how wonderful breakfast food is, the real win is getting to share your favorite breakfast foods with your loved one without having to leave the comfort of your bed.

6. Play cooperative games

For couples looking to do a little team building, there’s nothing better than a good cooperative game! Work together with your SO to solve problems, save kingdoms, and set high score records. Of course, if you’re more of a competitive couple, there’s always potential relationship-enders like Monopoly or Mario Party.

7. Set up an in-home picnic

While it might be a little cold for a picnic in the heart of February, it’s never too cold to set up a little picnic spot in the living room! Grab your favorite picnic blanket, a basket full of goodies, and a bottle of your favorite beverage to create a super romantic evening without ever having to go outside.

8. Build an epic fort together

When is the last time you built a fort? Not some wimpy one-blanket contraption – a serious, every-single-pillow-in-the-house kind of fort? Relive childhood dreams with your Valentine by making the most epic blanket and pillow fort in the comfort of your living room!

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8 of the most iconic homes from 80s Film and TV

Which iconic 80s home is your favorite?

In celebrating #throwbackthursdays today and every day (who doesn’t love a good throwback?) we’ve collected some of our all-time-favorite iconic homes from films and TV of the 80s.

Jules’ Apartment in ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’

Who could forget the Jules’ iconic apartment from St. Elmo’s Fire? Jules, played by Demi Moore, had quite the eclectic taste in decor – from the bubblegum pink walls to the neon-accented Billy Idol mural.

Josh Baskin’s Apartment in ‘Big’

After Josh gets his wish to “be big” granted by Zoltar, he realizes that while being an adult might seem cool, it’s not always all it’s cracked up to be. Determined to get his childhood back, Josh follows Zoltair to Manhattan, where he gets a job at MacMillan Toys that pays him enough to rent an absolutely gorgeous (if not pretty empty) SoHo loft apartment. After Josh fills it with epic toys and games, the space truly is an 80s kid’s dream home.

Don Barrett’s Apartment in ‘Ghostbusters’

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters, and whoever can find us an apartment with a view like that! This seminal 80s classic features seriously fun ghost-fighting adventures and interior design that makes it one of our favorites!

‘The Wonder Years’ Home

Though it’s never quite made clear where The Wonder Years takes place, it was shot entirely in Southern California. This particular home struck producers as the kind of house that could be found in 1960s Anytown, USA, making it the perfect spot for the nostalgic series.

The ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ home

When this memorable horror movie staple went on sale, the public’s response was a resounding “thank you, next”. While the exterior of this lovely home looks pleasant enough, fans of the 1984 film know all to well not to judge this home by its siding. Though the home is no longer for sale, it clocks in at a cool $2,297,669 market value.

Brad & Stacey’s House in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’

Filmed throughout the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High became one of the most iconic films of the early 80s. The 1982 film, based off writer Cameron Crowe’s 1981 book of the same title, explored a school year in the lives of Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner (Brian Backer), as well as their older friends. Stacy’s house, one of the main shooting locations for the film, can be found in the West Hills.

Ferris Bueller’s Home from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

The tricks Ferris pulled to get out of – and stay out of – both school and trouble are some of the most exciting in film history. A high schooler’s dream day, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off features Ferris, played by a young Matthew Brodrick, finding ever creative ways to make what would otherwise be a regular school day into one of the most memorable.

The ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ Home

There’s nothing like a little holiday decor to get us in the spirit of the season. That being said, this absolute… beacon of Christmas spirit might just be a little too much. Is it epic and memorable? Yes. Will it run your electric bill up like nobody’s business? Probably.

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