As Valentine’s day fast approaches, who would have thought we’d be asked to stay home in the middle of a global pandemic. Not me. So, what does this mean for the holiday of love? Do we curl up on the sofa with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and Bridget Jones on repeat or a bottle of whisky going through your ex’s Facebook page. Let’s not forget those who chose to boycott this special day and brand it a commercial holiday. Well, not this year, this year more than ever we all need things to look forward to because let’s face it, 2020 was a little thin on the good times. Since we can’t celebrate in true Original Dating style with our huge Valentine’s Lock & Key Party or our special edition events like Fortnum & Mason’s last year, we’ve put together some extra special events for you to enjoy. How about some potential ideas for a virtual Valentine's day date with someone special? As my mum always says, where there’s a will there’s a way!
It’s been a hard year for meeting new people with all chance encounters few and far between (at least two meters between) so the chances are most people won’t be bubbling up with someone on Feb 14th. Which means the only way to meet someone new is really online, which granted takes many forms but none of which compare to virtual speed dating. You could be texting someone anytime, you want to make it special for Valentine’s and virtual speed dating is the closest to the real thing. So, to keep up with demand we’ve put some extra special events on leading up to and on February 14th. And not just for London, we’re all over the UK now so use our filter menu to find events near you. Check them out here.
Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones and you met someone at one of our virtual speed dating events last week. You chatted over our messenger, you’ve had a wee chin wag over the phone and had your first 1-on-1 zoom date. Now you want to do something a bit special for them, surprise them this Valentine’s day but taking them to their favourite restaurant is out of the question. So, what do you do? Well, last year has seen companies get super creative to find ways around reaching their customers in and out of lockdowns and social distancing. We’ve now got tons of IRL products we can get delivered to your door, why not order a selection of cocktails for them to enjoy over a facetime or treat them to a gift voucher for their favourite local takeaway. There are tons of fun ideas out there, order a after dinner icebreaker card set for some fun questions to answer or a fun game that can be played over video chat. Really commit to it, light some candles, get dressed up and make an effort. It might not sound like a big deal but these small things make a huge difference.
Let’s make the world’s first virtual Valentine’s day one to remember. If anything it will be a fun story for the grand kids or just a pleasant way to spend lockdown. Either way, there’s no excuses and maybe putting yourself out there will be just what the doctor ordered. Here’s to finding love in lockdown.