The concept of the at-home date is simple: if you can’t go out on the town, get creative and adaptable and come up with a fun, one-on-one activity you can do with your significant other without having to leave the house. Below are 13 ideas for enjoyable, easy-to-plan, inexpensive at-home dates you can try.
1. Play a Board / Card Game
Break out Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly or Scrabble. Play some Gin Rummy or War. A little friendly competition is always healthy for any relationship.
2. Put Together a Puzzle
Like playing a board game, putting together a jigsaw puzzle together is a relaxing activity that helps you have good conversation while relaxing.
3. Make Dinner Together
Cooking a meal together is always a ton of fun and a great way to reconnect. Get adventurous and try making something new.
4. Dine By Candlelight
Light some candles, turn on some music, and really take the time to talk. It’s amazing what a little change in atmosphere can do to transform a normally ho-hum experience into something special.
5. Have an Backyard Picnic
Spread a quilt out on the grass, make some sandwiches, grab some wine and enjoy the great outdoors.
6. Have a Tasting Night
Pick a poison of choice and set up a mini-tasting night at home. Whisky, tequila, wines, vodka, they all work.
7. Make Some Cocktails
Gives yourselves a crash course in mixology and try your hand at some saucy elixirs. Choose your favorite alcohol as the base and then you just need a variety of mixers and exotic fruits.
8. Have a Movie Marathon
What better way is there to spend a few hours together, cozying up on the couch? Pop some popcorn, pull out a comforter and settle in for a themed movie marathon.
Do a good deed and offer to give a friend a night off from their kids and spend your night playing house. If real children seem like too much responsibility, try dog-sitting.
10. Have a Theme Night
This is a great twist on the typical dinner-and-a-movie cliché. A “Night in Italy’ theme might include making lasagna, drinking Chianti, and watching Roman Holiday or The Italian Job.
11. Take a Bubble Bath
Take a break, slow things down, and get romantic by lighting up some candles and soaking in a relaxing bubble bath with your significant other.
12. Ask Each Other Questions
Asking interesting question prompts can get you laughing, conversing, and learning new things about each other again.
13. Give Each Other Massages
This one needs no explanation.