3 Ideas for Valentine’s During the Pandemic

Our first Valentine’s during the pandemic is quickly approaching, and you might be feeling a little lost on how to approach it this year during such unprecedented times. If you’re looking for Valentine’s date ideas, below are a few ideas for you that can make this Valentine’s during the pandemic a little more special.

Valentine’s Date Idea #1: Schedule a Mini-Photo Session

Mini-Session with The Whimsy Frame at Erwin Park

A great Valentine’s date idea and great way to support local is by using a photographer in Collin County! Extra kudos points if she’s a Collin County Mom, too! And, if your husband isn’t huge on taking photos, make it a mommy-and-me shoot, like I did. Below are two local photographers that my family has used.

  • The Whimsy Frame: Local to North Texas; you can book via her Instagram or Facebook.
  • Aissa Tendorf Photography: Local to McKinney; you can book via her website here.

Or a great resource is going to one of our local Collin County Moms Facebook pages to see about finding other great local photographers. Not sure which group to check? Take a look at the picture below, then go ahead and join your group!

Valentine’s Date Idea #2: Take a Cooking Class

Cooking classes are a great way to not only learn how to make a new meal, but bond with your significant other or child…unless you are like “old Kara” in the kitchen, when my husband called me The Angry Chef. Granted, that was a good 10 years ago, and I have since elevated my kitchen skills.

Sur La Table | Croissant Class


Below are a list of places in the DFW area that either offer in-store classes or online. I can attest to the Sur La Table croissant-making classes, which is still being offered. My mother and I attended one of the in-person classes over Thanksgiving, and I will never not make homemade croissants for the holidays again. I will forever be dubbed the homemade croissant lady, and impress everyone who takes a scrumptious bite!

Valentine’s Date Idea #3: Virtual Wine Tasting

Are you looking for a more Galentine’s friendly event that you can do with your girlfriends? Look no further than a virtual wine tasting! You can do this in one of two ways.

  1. Host a virtual wine tasting via Local Wine Events. Pick your wine tasting, and let the experts handle the planning and picking of the wine.
  2. Have each of your girlfriends send their favorite wine brand, then order on the Total Wine website for in-store pickup or delivery. Then you and your besties can host a Zoom call and enjoy your wine together!

Or if you’d rather just go to a local winery in Collin County and pick up some wine for your Valentine’s date, check out the list below. My husband’s and my personal favorite is Landon Winery, which has multiple locations.

Not feeling some of the above ideas? How about one of the below Valentine’s date ideas from past Collin County Moms posts!

Know this…if you get to Valentine’s Day, had plans, and now just want to binge watch Bridgerton over a bottle of wine or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy, just know that that is OK, too!

No matter what you, you and your partner, you and your kiddos, or you and your girlfriends decide to do, I hope that you know you are loved!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kara was born in Florida, lived in Washington State and California as a Navy brat, and then settled in Jacksonville, Florida. That was until work moved her to Texas. Her (then) boyfriend followed her out, and there they got engaged, married, and welcomed their son, Mark, in 2016. Then Kara was a surrogate and welcomed her surro-baby in September 2019. Her favorite hobbies including finding adventures (aka free things to do) on weekends with her family around town, spending time at her parents in Oklahoma, fitness and working towards paying off their debt. You can read more about her family, fitness and financial freedom journey on her website - Taking KARA Myself.