Valentine’s Day celebrations during COVID-19

Mackenzie Bookamer, Arcade Editor

two females have masks on and are looking towards each other with a heart in between them with a red background
COVID-19 has changed the way Valentine’s Day usually looks, but you can still celebrate the love. (Gabe Darley)

While Valentine’s Day will certainly look different this year, there are still ways to celebrate it in a way that is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Below are just a few ideas of how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a COVID-19-friendly way. 

Picnic in the Park

Spending time outdoors has cured a lot of the “cabin fever” that has ensued from multiple COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, and a picnic just adds an extra special touch. Grab a picnic blanket, order a charcuterie board from local shops like NOLA Charcuterie or Keife & Co., and spend the afternoon enjoying the scenery in one of New Orleans’ many parks (Audubon or City Park especially). This is also a great way to celebrate Galentine’s Day if you find yourself without a partner this Valentine’s Day. 

Home Cooking

Staying in for the day might appeal more to you, and this could be a great time to try out some new recipes. With Fat Tuesday only two days after Valentine’s Day, cooking some traditional New Orleans inspired dishes will help you get in the Mardi Gras spirit as well. Taste of Home rounded up 55 dishes sure to make you feel right at home in New Orleans, and the recipes range from gumbo and jambalaya to beignets and king cake, so every palate is sure to be satisfied. 

Order In

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many local restaurants to operate and adapt to new restrictions, such as limited in-person dining capacity. This increase in restrictions has caused some restaurants to come on hard times, so supporting local New Orleans restaurants by ordering take-out allows you to celebrate Valentine’s Day while also staying COVID-19 safe. Order from Vincent’s if you want to have high-class Italian food, Kindred if you want to have vegan food or Green Olives Cafe if you’re hoping to keep the day more casual.  

Paint at Home

For those who have a more creative side and would like to create something to commemorate this Valentine’s Day, there are many New Orleans businesses that are offering take-home kits for a variety of art projects. Paint and Jrink, a sip-and-paint-based company, is offering paint at home kits you can order in advance.