The usual dinner date night is a classic for a good reason, but it can be a bit repetitive especially if you have been a couple for a long time. Creating new and exciting date ideas can be a fun way to enjoy each other’s company as well as learn new things about one another.
With the cost of living increasing and the recent increase in energy bills, spending money on date night may not be at the top of your list. Instead, a stay at home date night can be a fun and romantic alternative.
Don’t let having a date night become a challenge. If you are looking for stay at home date night ideas, I’ve got 21 of these ideas for couples that are not just a movie night!
So, whatever the reason, I am sharing a variety of cute date ideas at home. In addition, the ‘stay at home date night’ ideas are super budget friendly!
These are 21 stay at home date night ideas for you and your partner to try:
1. Visit a museum online
Due to Covid, a lot of museums offered an online experience, so people wouldn’t miss out on visiting the museum. Learn and discover new things together. Choose something that speaks to you, so you can feel like you’ve taken a trip without leaving the house. Not only do some of the world’s biggest museums offer livestream events, but so do some aquariums and zoos.
2. Have a cook off
Getting a bit competitive can be a great boost and add some fun to your relationship. You could pick a specific course to create starters, mains or desserts, or even choose a particular ingredient that you have to create a dish around. You could even suggest that the winner gets a prize.
3. Set up a home spa
Indulging in a home spa evening can be a great way to pamper your partner, practise self-care and even turn up the heat between the two of you! You could warm up some massage oil, put on a cleansing face mask or soothing foot mask, run a bubble bath or enjoy a steamy shower. Not only can evenings like this bring you closer together, but it can be a great way to relax after a hard day.
4. Games night
Trivia nights are great for at home date nights that help you get to know each other more and have different conversation topics. You can find fun and interesting questions online, make up your own questions or purchase a trivia game.
If trivia games aren’t for you and your partner, you can play board games like Monopoly or Cluedo. You could even have a look on Amazon for something new that you could learn to play together!
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5. Make an ice cream sundae bar
Fancy making a fun and delicious sundae together? Why not pick up your favourite tubs of ice cream and a whole slew of sweet toppings? Being creative with your ice cream can be a fun way to enjoy your evening – even better in the summer months.
6. Make your bedroom into a fancy hotel room
Staying in a fancy hotel always feels special and luxurious. But if you are on a budget, or you cannot have time away, you can bring the hotel experience to your home. This can be a great way to make your evening extra luxe and romantic.
You could pick up sample products at certain stores or purchase travel-sized products from Superdrug or Boots and leave them in your bathroom. Light a couple of candles, have an ice bucket with champagne or your favourite soft drink. Then, order your favourite take away and watch some of your favourite TV shows or movies. This can be a romantic way to spend time together.
7. Write a couples bucket list
Sitting and designing your own bucket list and sharing them with one another cannot only be fun to read them, but you can learn more about each other. You can instead create a couples bucket list of things that you would like to achieve or activities you wish to do together.
8. Get crafty
Spending time in the evening creating things can be a fun way to release the stress after a busy day. Crafting can be a great self-care activity, but it also gives you the opportunity to slow down and talk about your day and connect with one another. For example, you could make greeting cards for loved ones upcoming birthdays.
9. Plan an adventure day or staycation
Spending time on a date night in, looking at what adventure days you want to do, or planning a staycation (or holiday abroad if restrictions allow) can be exciting and give you both something to look forward to.
10. Exercise together
If you and your partner enjoy exercising then planning a workout session at home together can be a different way to enjoy each other’s company. It can also create a sense of competition that can boost each other’s efforts.
11. Have a movie marathon
Pick your favourite movies or new films that you would like to watch. Get snuggles under a blanket, grab some sweet treats and enjoy. You could also decide to choose some of your childhood films that you enjoyed and share them with your partner.
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12. Go down memory lane and share photographs
Sharing photographs from when you were both little will enable you to learn more about each other’s pasts and experiences. Alternatively, you could look back of photographs of your relationship, old texts or love letters. This can bring back so many romantic and warm memories.
13. Camp out in your living room
Ever wanted to go camping, but never had the chance? Well, now you can from the comfort of your living room! Pop up a tent or even build a fort, get a takeaway or snacks, and snuggle up for the night. I built a fort with my partner and we had a lot of fun!
14. Play video games together
Competing in video games can be a fun way to bring out your competitive side and bring back some fond childhood memories. If only one of you can play the video game console, that person can teach the other how to play and learn a new skill. Learning a new skill together can be a really great way to boost your bond and connection.
15. Travel inspired dinner date
This date idea can upgrade the usual night in. for this idea, you can pick a country you’ve wanted to visit and cook a dinner together inspired by that country. Research together ad tasted new recipes; this can be a fun and exciting way to try new things.
16. Try hallway bowling
You can now bring the bowling lanes to you! All you need are some empty plastic bottles and a soft ball (or you could make one). Then, set up your ‘pins’ and try to get yourself a strike!
17. Recreate your first date at home
Relive some happy memories by holding an ‘at home’ version of either your first or a treasured date. You could cook the same meal that you ate, play the music that you heard or you could order a takeaway from the restaurant where you had a fabulous meal.
18. Enjoy a dessert feast
As a child, having dessert for dinner was something that sounded awesome! You and your partner are adults, so why not have a dessert feast for your date night? You could order a variety of your favourites from a local bakery, ice cream parlour or supermarket. Why not try a blindfolded taste test of all the lovely desserts? Bring the sweetness to your date night!
19. Have a picnic in your living room
Make or buy your favourite picnic food, lay down a comfy blanket, light some candles, or enjoy a glass of bubbly, all from the comfort of your living room with no worries about the weather or the evening getting too dark. This can be a fun way to enjoy dinner.
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20. Tackle a DIY home project
Although a home improvement project could be seen as a boring task, sometimes having the right person and attitude can help you to complete it.
Using the task to take up your date night can enable you to strengthen your relationship; it can also give you both a huge sense of relief to have completed the task. It also means that you can reward yourselves with a takeaway or a glass of wine.
21. Initiate a ‘no touching’ rule
If you want to increase the intimacy in your relationship, then avoid touching each other throughout the evening. You can find other ways to connect with each other and even tease your partner. Spending a couple of hours concentrating on exciting your partner without touching them will definitely spice things up when you do finally touch.
These are some fun and romantic stay at home date night ideas that you can your partner can try. Inject some fun and interesting activities into your date nights.