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Romantic ideas to celebrate a special occasion during lockdown

Scheduled to hit a relationship milestone in the midst of the lockdown period? Fret not! When it comes to celebrating your special day, a little creative thinking can go a long way. From homemade gifts to memorable experiences, get inspired by these ideas

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Bring a little bit of the outside to your lockdown reality by converting your terrace or balcony space into a cosy date night setup. Set the mood by layering some cushions, lighting some candles or lanterns and decorating with flower pots and plants to enjoy some time together in the open air. Whether you prefer cuddling up together under a blanket of stars or wish to begin your day on a fresh and sunny note with a delicious breakfast spread laid out in the balcony—make use of your snug alfresco space for a romantic celebration. “This March marked our first wedding anniversary, but due to the lockdown all of our plans to take a romantic trip together were foiled. However, that didn’t dampen my spirit to make this day special for my wife,” shares Tanmei Wasudeo (name changed on request). “Since the both of us enjoy being outdoors, I knew I had to take her out in the open air without leaving our apartment. So, I set an early alarm and prepared her favourite breakfast spread and set it up in our apartment balcony. I decorated it minimally with what we have at home—potted plants, a colourful rug and cushions and some framed pictures of us together. My wife was overjoyed with my simple effort and honestly, we couldn’t have had a more intimate, unique and memorable celebration of our special day!” feels Wasudeo.

Here’s to letter days

We spend most of our time during quarantine glued to our laptops, tablets or phone. So, when it comes to a special occasion like an anniversary, consider bringing some old-school romance to the table by writing a love letter to your beloved. Straight from the heart and far more valuable than a text message, a handwritten letter or hand-painted card is sure to sweeten the memory of your special day.

 

Cook of love

Don the chef’s apron and cook your way to your partner’s heart by putting together a meal to mark the occasion. To show them how much you care, create a restaurant-like experience at home by preparing a homemade meal for your significant other. Don’t forget to light some candles, set the table, put together a playlist and get dressed up for your special evening. Go the extra mile and prepare a dessert to end the night on a sweet note!

The sound of music
Speaking of homemade presents, exactly 20 years ago, Chandler Bing gifted Monica Geller a mixed tape. Their evening, however, didn’t turn out quite as they wanted, but yours can! Use your time at home to compile a romantic playlist exclusively for the occasion to show your partner just how much you love them. After a home-cooked dinner, simply dim the lights and waltz the night away.

 

Say spa
In these stressful times, creating an at-home spa-like experience will be cherished like no other gift! Giving and receiving massages are believed to be an effective way to liven up the romance. So, light some scented candles, put on some soothing music and celebrate your momentous occasion by gifting your better half a relaxing, intimate evening.

A virtual toast
Don’t let the quarantine stop your family and friends from joining in on the celebrations.

Schedule a video call with your loved ones to toast the occasion with them. You can even organise a house party—within the rules of social distancing—courtesy the many networking applications that help you gather together in the virtual space.

 

So, there’s no reason to hold off on the celebrations just because you’re in a lockdown. Whether you put together a DIY gift, opt for digital vouchers/gift cards or choose to convert your home into a romantic date night venue—there are plenty of ways to celebrate at home and let your partner know just how much they mean to you.

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