This Valentine’s Day we wanted to remind you that all you need for the perfect date night is a little imagination! You don’t need to buy an expensive gift, book a table at a fancy restaurant, or even leave the house to enjoy a special date night. In fact, you don’t even need a partner, all you need is love!
Whether you’re in an exciting new relationship, a long-term partnership, or your other half is your best friend, February 14th is a day for celebrating the person (or people) you love the most. It’s an opportunity to share some quality time together, and an excellent reminder to show just how much you care, with a gesture from the heart.
Not that you needed an excuse, but if you did, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to shake up your relationship’s routine, be it a romantic or a platonic one! You might have an exciting recipe you’re desperate to show off, a fancy bottle of wine you’ve been waiting for a special occasion to open, or you might simply be looking forward to enjoying a memorable night free from distractions! How you go about planning it is up to you, but we’ve got a few ideas to help you create an unforgettable date night setting, all from the comfort of home!
Date Idea #1: A Pillow-Perfect Picnic
Picture this: your home is tidy (maybe even spotless), your schedule is clear, and you’re all ready to unwind - a refreshment in hand. In front of you, a delicious charcuterie board or favourite take-out; next to you, is that special someone; and around you both, a landscape of cozy pillows, cushions and blankets. A winning formula for a night of pure relaxation!
What you need:
A soft layer for the floor, this is your “picnic rug”
Our tip: If you have hard floors, you might choose a thicker layer to offer extra padding. We used a lightly quilted style with its fill layer offering comfort and insulation. A duvet could also work, with the added bonus of duvet covers being so easy to wash!
Pillows and cushions
Our tip: Create a coordinated look by choosing styles with a similar colour scheme. If you’re feeling uncertain, we wrote this guide to styling decorative cushions.
Snacks and drinks
Our tip: Charcuterie boards are a perfect prelude to dinner, or can even replace this meal entirely, saving you the hassle of cooking and cleaning up afterwards (no fun on date night). With the advantage of variety, these customizable appetizers are ideal for hosting a guest whose preferences you may not be overly familiar with. A secret weapon for anyone still in the courting phase of a relationship!
Products we used:
Rest upon a soft cotton surface with our elegant Cavell Quilt Set (picured above) and feel like you’re on cloud 9! Should you be worried about spills, try a darker option like our Lattice Ruby Quilt Set.
Our Round Mandarin Velvet Cushions come pre-filled, in a range of colours to suit your style (Black pictured above).
Our novelty range of Pillow Talk Pillowcases are super fun and make great gifts! Our new Paper Planes style pictured above, sold as a set of 2!
Date Idea #2: A Palentine's Gathering
Single and ready to mingle? This one’s for you! Gather your friends and plan a good old-fashioned night in with the special people in your life. This is also a fun idea for kids! No matter your relationship status or household members, all you really need is good company, and a few simple supplies.
Take this as your sign to plan an evening with some people you don’t see as often as you’d like, it doesn’t even have to fall on Valentine’s Day. Maybe this is the year for starting a new tradition, whether that’s yearly, or more often!
What you need:
Enough space and seating for your guests
Our tip: Use blankets, cushions, and pillows to create a comfy setting in the living room for your group. Design your space so that your guests are sat in a circle around a low table - this is conducive to conversation and easy access to snacks and drinks!
Funny games, a groovy playlist, or something to watch!
Our tip: Depending on your group, you might bond over some reality TV binge-watching, or perhaps listening to an artist you’ve all seen performing live. We always recommend planning ahead and having some entertainment options up your sleeve to help you get the most of your evening!
Sweet treats and sips
Our tip: Purchase an assortment of sweet and savory snacks - think chips and salsa, cheese and dips, chocolate and pastries. Try whipping up a cocktail or mocktail, this is definitely a perfect occasion to indulge, and a fancy drink goes a long way in making the night memorable.
Products we used:
Set the tone for the evening with a patterned makeshift rug, like our Annalise Cotton Quilt Set. We’ve got plenty of printed layers for you to choose from if florals aren’t quite your style. Browse our quilts and coverlets to take your pick!
Decorative cushions add so much visual interest, and double as floor seating. So, you can really never have too many! Try our Ripple Boudoir Pillow Cover or check out our entire range of cushions, pillow shams, and pillow inserts here.
Add an eye-catching pop of colour with our Pin-Tuck Round Corduroy Cushions. Pictured above in Blush and Lavender. Just be prepared for your friends to ask you where you got ‘em.
The shape and size of euro pillows make them an excellent seating option for hosting a larger group. Pictured above is our Waffle Cotton Euro Sham in White (hands for scale), and be sure to buy one of our 5-star rated inserts!
Date Idea #3: A Silky Soirée
This final idea is pretty simple, and it’s all the better for it. Drape your bedroom in silky, soft textures and spend an intimate evening with your person, dressed in matching robes!
What you need:
Your bed, but better
Our tip: Never underestimate the transformative effect of new bedding, not just for aesthetic value, but equally for how it makes you feel! Mulberry silk bedding will make your bedroom feel like a romantic getaway, and you can use it any night of the week to dial up the romance. Our BeechBliss sheets are another silky-soft option for making every moment in bed even better!
Our tip: Candles, a fresh bouquet of flowers, and soft music. Sounds cliché, but that’s no coincidence!
Products we used:
Our skin-smoothing, hair-glossing Mulberry Silk Pillowcases are a gifting bestseller, and can be styled with such a wide variety of bedding looks for an instantly elevated look. Ruby Red and Snow pictured above.
For the silkiest slumber that doubles as a mesmerizing statement piece, our Mulberry Silk Duvet Cover in Snow brings so much wow factor. Made from 19 momme 100% silk to help keep the temperature from getting too hot.
Making an effort will never feel so effortless with the help of our Velveteen Fleece Throws. Available in a range of hues, but for creating a classically romantic vibe, it’s hard to go past the colour red! Rhubarb pictured above.
For a silky surprise, try our Mulberry Silk Fitted Sheet in Snow. Made from naturally temperature-regulating and hypoallergenic 19 momme mulberry silk, these bed sheets are the real deal. They’ll win you over with their luxurious looks, but once you experience sleeping on them, you’ll want to keep them on forever.
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Thanks for reading! For more date inspo, check out our tips for creating the
perfect outdoor picnic, and we’ve also curated some of our staff’s favourite picnic recipe ideas.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, be sure to get your orders in soon! Alternatively, select Same Day Pickup at checkout, or simply come and pay us a visit, we have 77 locations Canada-wide! Find your nearest store.