Before the pandemic, date night at home ideas weren’t something we considered. Dating used to be an adventure full of travel and exploration, and often crowds. Truth be told, as our last New Year’s resolution, Mr. Wonderful and I had made a deal that we would take turns planning dates every month for the whole year.
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It ended up being the best year! We explored Asheville, we went to shows in Gatlinburg, we took classes, frequented the shooting range, and even the local rollerskating rink. And we ate a lot. We tried restaurants featuring different international flavors. We had a blast! But this year, the pandemic really put a damper on our dating adventures.
Rather than cry about it, (which I totally could), I am putting together this collection of genuinely fun home date ideas for couples like us who really miss date nights! Enjoy!
At-Home Date Night Ideas
Have a Picnic
Depending on the weather, this could be in your backyard or it could be in your living room. Either way, make sure you have prepared a delicious picnic, complete with wine and cheese. If you need some inspiration check out these Romantic Picnic Ideas from Zestful Kitchen.
Have a Video Game Night
So I admit before the Stay At Home orders were issued last March, I hadn’t played a video game since my Mario Brothers days back in the early nineties. Mr. Wonderful loves video games and he always tried to get me to play. I never could drive the guys across the board. The fact I said things like, ‘drive the guys’ and referred to the map as a ‘board’ are proof positive of how far away from becoming a gamer I was.
All that has changed. Now, we play together a lot. It’s one of our favorite date night ideas. We really like to play Rust, especially the servers that have zombies. But we eased me into gaming with some puzzle games like House Of Da Vinci. If I can play, anyone can play!
Visit A Museum – Virtually
In our homeschool, we have done a ton of these virtual museum tours and some are far better than others. Our favorite to play with is The British Museum. The interface itself is rather addictive. But we also recommend The Guggenheim Museum, Art Institute Chicago, and the Benaki Museum virtual tours. Here is a great list of The Top Ten Virtual Museum Tours. To make this a full date night, grab some wine and follow up with a movie night. Check out this collection from BFI of movies that are set in museums.
Card Night Date Night At Home
Play Cards – It can be poker, Rook, cribbage, or Uno. Set up a good charcuterie board (meats, cheeses, nuts, olives, pickles, dried fruit, grapes, etc), or go simple with chips and dip or chips and salsa, and also fix some strong drinks. Here are some 9 Easy Three Ingredient Mixed Drinks To Make At Home from Liquor.com.
Game Night Date Night At Home
Have a Board Game Night – I still recommend the charcuterie board and mixed drinks for this date night but you can change it up by pulling out Sherlock Holmes – The Thames Murder or maybe Parks (Awesome 2 player games)! Or you could haul out the chessboard or some Trivial Pursuit. Check out this post from Games Radar for more ideas – Best Board Games for Two Players.
Play Indoor Golf
Putt-putt golf is a classic date night idea and it really does make for a fun date night at home. You can get a really cool set for less than a hundred dollars. Check out this 4 Fun Cosmic Mini Golf – 5 Hole Set. Or for about $30 you can get the Franklin Sports Spin N Putt Golf Game.
Pizza and Bowling
Put together a pizza bar, include dough kits, or Naan, or flatbread, as well as a lot of topping and cheese options! Once the pizza is finished, grab some drinks and head to the hallway or the backyard for some bowling. This little indoor/outdoor bowling set should do the trick.
Have A Wine and Paint Night
Paint and Sips are common date night destinations. There is no reason you can’t pull this off in your own home. Check out this oil painting or this acrylic paint by number set which would be perfect for your date night. If you prefer to find an online tutorial and go that route, then do it. Whatever suits you. Now, all you need is wine, an appetizer, and a sweet soundtrack.
Learn Something New
Take A Class Together: You can learn anything together these days. I personally love to cook so I have been eyeing the Gordon Ramsey Masterclass. I think this would make for many fun and delicious date nights. It’s about $100 for just his Masterclass or you can get unlimited access for just under $200. Our local in-person cooking classes are usually about $50 a person (but they include the ingredients). So, if we use the classes multiple times it would be worth it.
If you are looking for some free online cooking classes Mashable has a list! Don’t want to cook, why not learn to dance or paint or do a magic trick? The choices are endless really.
Plan A Trip Together
Call up the library and request a curbside book bundle of travel destinations. Spend some time researching the places you both want to visit. Then plan it out. Figure costs, where to stay, where to play, where to eat, what to see, and experience. Even if you can’t book it you are a lot closer to getting there.
Follow up with a future date night by watching a movie located in that place or eating food that has to do with the destination. Get creative.
See A Show
We are partial to a good comedy show! Fix some wings or pretzels and cheese, grab some good drinks, and settle in to watch your favorite comedian. If you prefer you can watch concerts, musicals, plays and more online. Check out The Shows Must Go Online: 12 Ways to Stream the Stage from Observer for some great options.
Give Each Other A Massage
For a romantic date night at home give each other a massage. Add in candles and oils and you have everything you need for a perfect romantic date night. If you have no idea how to give a massage, no worries, there are a ton of instructional videos that can teach you how to give a great massage. Check out this one- Back Massage – Best Techniques from a Massage Therapist from Carrington College.
Bubble Bath for Two!
Candles, music, bubble bath, steam…
Dinner and Dancing
For a DIY romantic date night at home, get dressed up, and run out to grab some curbside pickup from your favorite restaurant. Take it home and plate it beautifully. Pour the wine, light the candles, eat well. Follow up with some dancing in the dining room. Here’s a video to teach you how to tango. See where the mood takes you.
These are some of the best at-home date night ideas I could think of. But every couple is different so get creative with the things you most enjoy doing. And share your ideas with us! If you know the perfect date night at home idea, please tell us in the comments section below. We want to hear it. Thanks for visiting with us!
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