Guide to a Valentine’s night in

By: Tana Burkhart
Entertainment Editor

Here is a list of activities you can do in the comfort of your own home, along with some dinner ideas as well.


  • Play “Would you rather?”- A good way to learn more about the one you love.valentines night in pic
  • Give each other massages – Make your honey feel good…and earn yourself some brownie points.
  • Have a video game night – This can be enjoyed together or alone.
  • Have a theme night – Pick a theme and let that help you decide your menu, movie, games, etc…
  • Host a book club for two – If you and your sweetie happen to be readers, discuss a good book you’ve both recently read.
  • Get the Nerf or marshmallow guns out – Have a good-hearted, competitive war.
  • Attempt to break a record – Find a world record you think you could break and go for it.
  • Watch Netflix, Hulu or YouTube videos all night – a list of what’s available and recommended for Valentine’s Day is provided on this page.
  • Have a camp out in your living room – Build a fort or a pallet and cozy up.
  • Take some online personality quizzes – Compare/contrast your results to your significant others.
  • Play Twister- Get all tangled up…
  • Pull out some old board games – Game nights can be a fun way to spend an evening with someone special.
  • Karaoke night – This a great way to show off your skills and enjoy the evening.
  • Make lists – One fun idea is your dream vacation(s) list, where money is NO limit.

Dinner Ideas

  • Do “finger foods”- Anything from popcorn to celery sticks, and everything in between.
  • Make homemade sweet treats – Lots of awesome cookie, doughnut, cake and pie recipes can be found online.
  • Cook a fancy dinner and eat by candle light.
  • Make your Valentine a homemade pizza (or make it together).
  • Have breakfast in bed…yes, for dinner.
  • Hot chocolate, tea or coffee – For an after-dinner treat, make some yummy warm drinks to snuggle up with. If the weather permits, enjoy your hot drinks on the porch.
  • Order in- A list of ideas and restaurants in the area are provided on this page.


  • Papa Murphy’s will offer its signature large take-and-bake heart-shaped pizza for $8. (Carry-out)
  • Pizza Hut will offer a medium heart-shaped pie along with a dessert starting at $17.99. ( Delivery or carry-out)
  • Hardee’s has multiple $5 meals which are shareable; along with a lot of other coupons and specials. (Carry-out)
  • Papa John’s and Domino’s will have coupons available. (Delivery or carry- out)
  • Chinese – (carry-out available from all local restaurants and delivery available in Joplin)


  • She’s All That
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • 50 First Dates
  • Mystic Pizza
  • Mermaids
  • Punch Drunk Love
  • 40 Days and 40 Nights
  • My Boss’s Daughter
  • Sabrina
  • Much Ado about Nothing


  • Love Actually
  • Sing Street
  • Must Love Dogs
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • Definitely Maybe
  • 13 Going on 30
  • Hitch
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Safe Haven

For those who are looking for a little less sap and romance, there are plenty of comedies available on Netflix and Hulu to enjoy…or you can just turn on reruns of The Office for the umpteenth time.