I’m sure when you and your significant other talk about what to do for “date night,” it typically involves going out (and probably spending more money than anticipated). While I’m the first to admit that I LOVE getting dolled up for a night on the town with my fiancé, sometimes we just don’t want to leave the house. I’m here to tell you the best of both worlds is possible! Simply by creating your ideal date night atmosphere in the comfort of your own home! If you’re stuck on how to accomplish this, check out this list of some great at-home date ideas.
Cook a Romantic Meal Together
Who says you can’t have a restaurant quality meal in the comfort of your own home? While you may not be a professional chef, engaging in the process of making a meal can bring two people together and be a whole lot of fun. If you really want to spice things up, try taking an online cook class from Cozymeal. Together, you can learn to make handmade ravioli, sushi or even take a chocolate-making class. It’s a simple way to sharpen your skills and connect with each other.
Retro Board Game Night
There’s nothing like a bit of nostalgia and perhaps a touch of competition to bring a couple together. So grab your favorite childhood game (may I suggest Guess Who or Sorry), throw on some tunes, pour that glass of wine and get to playing!
Enjoying the great outdoors with your other half, soaking in the sun, or moonlight, makes for a great, simple date idea. If you don’t know where to start, pick up your favorite snacks (may I suggest an assortment of cheese and crackers), grab a 6-pack of your neighborhood brew, find the biggest beach towel you have and voila! You’re on the way to making some great memories!
Home Spa Day
I know almost all my ladies would jump at the chance for a spa day. While spending it at your favorite luxe spa would be nice, why not make it an at-home spa date and share the relaxation with your significant other. Light a couple candles, throw on a facemask and get those relaxing tunes going!
I know, watching a movie with your special someone is very commonplace. What I’m suggesting is to really make it feel like you’re at the movie theater in the comfort of your sweatpants! Make that jumbo bucket of popcorn, splurge on the candy you only buy at the theater, dim the lights and most importantly put those phones in the other room to ensure zero distractions!
Now this is my type of date! An at-home wine tasting is pretty easy to accomplish, grab an assortment of miniature bottles of varying blends from your local wine outlet, or maybe there’s a shipment of wine coming to your doorstep monthly with a subscription service. If you’re like me, you also have more wine glasses than necessary so it’s easy to set up your flight. And to make it feel like an actual wine tasting date, throw on your best sundress or button up!
Create Your 5-Year Plan
This might be a bit of a stretch for “date night,” but hear me out! Sitting down with your partner, communicating your dreams and vision for the future can really bring two people together. If you need help getting a plan started, you can find resources for your specific needs. If it’s financial planning you’re looking for, see what the personal finance experts at Get Rich Slowly suggest for setting shared goals. If you’re looking to improve your relationship, The Couples Institute has a vision setting outline to help you set a positive direction for your future. Perhaps you find out your dreams are closely intertwined or perhaps you have different ideas that could use more discussion. Either way, truly listening and setting a plan for the future can make for a night of wonder.
Date Night Subscription Box
It seems like nowadays there is a subscription box for everything. So of course there are plenty of “date night” boxes for you and your boo to have a fun night of activities. One in particular that stands out is Date Box Club. Your box will come with everything you need for a night full of laughs and making memories with the additional options of adding even more games!
Shaker & Spoon
You don’t have to go out to enjoy a great cocktail — with Shaker & Spoon, you and bae can dabble in DIY-drinks with a boozy box delivered to your doorstep. You don’t have to be an aspiring bartender or cocktail aficionado to make great drinks at home. Shaker & Spoon can teach you how to step up your drink technique while learning other creations to make with your favorite spirits. You and your boo will be shaking up bar-worthy cocktails long after last call.
Plan Your Next Getaway
While the best part about vacation is actually being on vacation, there is something about planning your next romantic getaway that makes for the perfect excuse to stay in. Are you two city slickers or outdoor adventurers? Prefer 5-star accommodations or a secluded cabin in the woods? Planning a vacation is a great way to get to know your partner even better than you did before!
Netflix & Chill
Think back to one of the first times you and your special someone cozied up on the couch and binged your first t.v. show together. No matter how long you’ve been together it’s important to never lose that first date feeling. While it’s iconically known as “netflix and chill” there are just SO many streaming services to choose from. Hulu, Disney+ and HBO Max just to name a few. So pick a new show, grab some snacks and get to watching!
Paint & Wine Night
You’ve probably heard of those places where you bring a bottle of wine (or 2) and follow along as an instructor takes you step-by-step to paint a mediocre masterpiece painting. Well you can (more or less) recreate this while staying cozy at home with a paint by numbers kit, your favorite bottle of wine and an outfit you aren’t afraid to get a little paint on!