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Do you have a newborn, or even a toddler or older children, and you have no babysitter and no idea how to celebrate Valentine's Day at home with kids underfoot? Plus, it just goes without saying that you're so exhausted that a date night seems out of reach. Fact: coming up with date night ideas can be overwhelming for new parents (and veteran parents alike), but that doesn't mean you shouldn't set aside some one-on-one time with your partner. Lucky for you, we're here to help with six new parent stay-at-home date night ideas that are perfect for Valentine's Day, but feel free to use them year-round too!
Photo: Pink Berry Vegan Pudding
Homemade Vegan Valentine’s Day Dinner Date
A homemade romantic meal is easy to manage if you keep it simple. Bonus: meals at home are eco-friendly because you’re not driving around, you can go organic and GMO-free plus you save money for your newborn’s college fund! Your partner or you can handle baby duty while the other cooks. Once the meal is ready, pack your little one into bed, sit down, eat, talk (NOT about the baby) and relax. Make your meal super special with some beautiful heart-shaped food and Valentine’s Day inspired vegan and vegetarian meal ideas. Oh, and because we know babies may not sleep through dinner, we’ve included some Valentine’s Day breakfast ideas too.
- Pink Heart Salad: Strawberries + Avocado
- Baby Spinach Salad With Raspberry Vinaigrette
- Vegan Avocado Toast
- Sweet Heart-shaped Artichoke Heart Ravioli
- Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes
- Heart-shaped Vegan Pizza
- Last Minute (and easy) Vegan Valentine’s Day Dinner Plan
- See more Valentine’s Day meal ideas!
No time to cook an actual entire meal? At the very least, whip up a sweet vegan Valentine’s Day treat for your partner, such as…
- Raw Vegan Pink Berry Pudding
- Red Velvet Vegan Cupcakes
- Chocolate Dipped Mint Leaves
- Raw Pink Heart Cookie Sandwiches
Photo by Loving Hut – Meal Examples
Insanely Easy Dinner & Movie
As noted above, cooking a homemade meal is awesome, but if that’s too much to manage, order in! While homemade meals are less expensive and often tastier, the time you save with take out is well worth the price for most new parents. Head out, pick up a Red Box or get a Netflix movie ready, then pick up some food to enjoy while you watch. Many places cater to eco-friendly, vegetarian and vegan tastes nowadays. Check out the take out menus from the following places:
- Loving Hut is fabulous, quick, inexpensive and 100% vegan. Plus they’re popping up all over the country!
- Whole Foods offers tons of awesome, easy meals in their deli area. No Whole Foods? Visit your nearest co-op or natural food grocer.
- A local Chinese place – ALL will have veggie specials.
- Even a regular grocery store with a deli will have salads, fresh bread and often vegetarian sushi.
- Not sure where to order fresh, vegetarian or vegan take-out? Visit Happy Cow, an awesome FREE online online vegetarian restaurant guide, sorted by country and region.
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Have Friends Over
It sounds more romantic to have some one-on-one time with your honey, but honestly, some of the best dates I’ve had include other people, especially when I was a new mama craving some adult company. It’s easy to invite friends over for some wine or beer plus a fun board game or some karaoke. Or just sit around and chat. It’s surprising how refreshed you’ll feel after spending some time with other adults vs. just your newborn and partner. If you do have friends over, keep the following in mind…
- Work with your baby’s schedule. If junior always needs attention at 7 pm – well, clearly plan to have people over at 8.
- DO NOT talk endlessly about the baby. It’s tempting, but unless all your pals are also parents of newborns, try to keep baby talk to a minimum.
- Fight the urge to only have friends over if your house is perfectly clean – as new parents, this won’t ever happen. Trust me, no one cares about your house, your friends miss you and just want to spend time with you.
- Have some drinks and food on hand, but keep it easy such as snacks or order a pizza. If you must cook, try something super simple like pasta, salad and bread. Consider asking your friends to bring the food since you’re hosting.
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