Stay At Home Date Night Ideas

Dated: 05/20/2020

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Stay At Home Date Night Ideas

Just because you and your partner are hunkered down at home right now doesn't mean date night is off the table!

On the contrary, taking time to really connect with each other and just have fun is perhaps more important now than ever. Strengthening your relationship can help you both feel more grounded and secure in the face of uncertainty, and getting those feel-good hormones like oxytocin (from touch) and endorphins (from laughter) flowing can help quell stress and anxiety.

Here are a few stay-at-home date-night ideas couples can enjoy together. Just remember: Because we're all spending so much more time at home these days, it's important to really make your at-home dates feel distinct and special. So consider actually taking off those sweatpants, getting pretty, turning on some music, and breaking open that nice bottle of wine (or afternoon mimosas) to really set the mood.

1. Have a Wine Tasting

Bring Napa Valley to you with a DIY wine tasting. Keep it simple by sampling a few local wines, or get more detailed with cheese or even chocolate pairings. Make it extra special by creating cards for the titles or origins of each wine, and the different notes in each sample (if you want to get extra bougie). Discuss which wine is your favorite, and you might just find your new favorite wine as a couple! If beer or whiskey is more your style, make a sampling of a few different types.

2. Have a Game Night

Even if you’re in a romantic rut, a little friendly competition can really get sparks flying. Bring out Farkle, stack your Jenga, and get your monopoly on. You can stick to one game, or make a whole tournament with a variety of two-person games to see who is the ultimate champion.

3. Eat Takeout by Candlelight

Get your favorite go to tale-out food, or mix it up by ordering a few different kinds of food for a buffet of all your favorites (pizza and a spicy tuna roll, anyone?). Rather than a normal night in, turn it into date night by lighting candles to create a romantic atmosphere. Make it extra special by wearing fancy clothes. You’ll feel like you’re at a fancy restaurant, but without the expensive prices and sometimes weird food.

4. Ask each other the 36 questions.

You’ve probably seen the famous 36 questions that make you fall in love being passed around the internet before. They’re based on the research of psychologist Arther Aron, Ph.D., and popularized by a viral essay in the New York Times; these questions are intended to accelerate the process of creating intimacy between two strangers- but they’re also really fascinating questions to ask a person you’re already with. 

Spending a night taking turns asking each other questions, and end the session with four minutes of eye-gazing.(Don’t skip that part - it’s where the love magic supposedly happens!) 

5. Cook Together

It’s probably only one of you cooking dinner each night (likely the one who got home earlier that day), but cooking together turns dinner into quality time. Put your partner on grilling duty for a fancy steak dinner, or roll out dough together for homemade pasta. If cooking isn’t one (or both) of your styles, order-in and bake a dessert. Even making a simple batch of brownies or delicious crème brûlée (for the seasoned baker) will be fun for you two to do together.

6. Have a Picnic

If it’s warm outside, enjoy the weather by spreading a picnic blanket in the backyard and enjoy your dinner (or a bottle of wine) sitting under the stars. If it’s too cold outside or you don’t have a yard, DIY your own picnic by lying a blanket on the floor in the living room. Make it extra cozy by lighting a fire (or lighting candles), and enjoy a romantic evening that’s simple to create, but feels more special than your average night in.

7. Create Your Own Spa Experience

Who needs to go to a spa for a couple’s massage when you have each other? Get a nice massage oil (or add a few drops of lavender oil into your favorite body lotion for a DIY), and take turns treating each other. You can also make a nice bubble bath with special salts and fancy bath oils for a luxurious spa-like experience without the high prices of spas.

8. Make Fondue

Fondue restaurants are classic date-night restaurants. Maybe it’s the fact that you have to share your food, or maybe it’s because it’s so damn delicious, but either way, there’s something incredibly romantic about fondue. Get yourself a fondue pot for a date-night you’ll want to have over and over again, or just make the recipe over the stove. Cut up veggies, meats, and bread to dip in a cheese fondue, and cut up fruits, cakes, and cookies to dip in a chocolate fondue—easiest fancy date night, ever!

9. Have a Movie Marathon

Don’t just settle on the same old Netflix show every night. Switch it up by planning a special movie marathon. Watch as many movies as you can get through of your favorite franchise like Harry Potter or Star Wars, or pick a genre the two of you love (’80s teen movies or historical dramas are both classic choices). Pop the popcorn, put your phones away, and snuggle up for your own movie marathon. Who needs to go to the theater!?

10. Create a “Theme Night”

Remember those really fun theme parties in college? Make the idea work for your own at-home date night by picking a theme and coordinating everything from outfits, to food, to movies to match the theme. Don’t overthink it! Make it a ’50s night by wearing pearls and a midi skirt, playing some OG Elvis records, or watching Singin’ in the Rain. If you’ve been dying to go on a European vacation but just haven’t been able to go, make some pasta, open a bottle of red wine, and watch Under the Tuscan Sun. Whatever “theme” you want to go for, think of creative ways to apply it to your date night.

11. Have Breakfast in Bed

Sure, breakfast in bed is typically reserved for mornings, but why not make it a night-time thing (since your kids are in bed)? Breakfast for dinner is always fun (waffles, anyone?) and having it in bed (maybe with a mimosa or two), will remind you of the days before kids when the two of you actually could stay in bed after 7am. Plus, why dress up and go out for date night when you could relax in pajamas and eat pancakes? Now that’s my kind of date night.

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Crystal Hart

My name is Crystal Hart, I am a Colorado Native! I grew up in the San Luis Valley, located in south central Colorado, and have lived in the Denver Metro Area since 2000. I have over 20 years of experi....

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