I love date nights. Work, children and life generally get in the way though and now with COVID restrictions and places local to us closing by 9 pm, date night has been a thing of the past. Just because life is busy it doesn’t mean that you can’t spend time with your spouse at home with these at home date night ideas.
The best part about this list, is that they can all be done in the comfort of your own home. You may have to prepare by getting something ahead of time but if you want to show up in your living room in sweatpants, you can do so or it may even be fun to get a little bit dressed up. So if you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or just a regular old date night; here are some ideas for you to do so at home. If you do want to get out check out my post on Inexpensive Date night Ideas.
At Home Date Night Ideas
Cook a meal together
Sure cooking a meal is an everyday thing but have you really actually taken the time to cook and enjoy a meal with your partner? Usually it is one of us frantically cooking while the other wrangles the kids and then eating together as a family and all the chaos that follows.
Take the time to cook a meal just you and your spouse. You can find tons of recipes online or grab a meal kit such as Hello Fresh or Every Plate. If you chose Hello Fresh, you can use the code CHAOTICMOMMY80 to get $80 off across 5 boxes so perfect for many at home date nights!
Pick out your favorite movies, pop some popcorn and cozy up on the couch for a movie night. Make sure that you pick movies you both will like and not just action movies.
My husband and I love going to local breweries for date night but sometimes this isn’t possible to do for others. So grab some various beers and wines and do an at home beer tasting. Bonus points if you have never tried them before!
Picnic under the stars
Put together a picnic and head out to your backyard to have a picnic under the stars. Have a backyard fire and make sure to bring a blanket to have something to sit on to make it more comfortable.
Whether it be two player card games like rummy, war and blackjack or board games such as chess, scrabble and monopoly if you are feeling really adventurous. Another fun game to plat is Jenga. To make it even more about getting to know each other write questions on different Jenga blocks and answer them as you pull them out.
Some ideas to get you started:
What is your greatest fear?
Least favorite food?
What is the nicest compliment you have ever received?
Who is the most irritating person you know?
Where do you want to travel most?
There are also couple trivia games that can be easy to do to really see how well you know each other! Check out The Ultimate game for Couples, Battle of the Sexes, and I Should have Known that for at home couple trivia type games. If any of these games fail, play Twister.
Take a virtual class
There are so many virtual classes being offered currently. Anything from learning to cook, mastering Spanish or even learning how to knit. There are so many different classes out there that you can now take virtually, learning something together has never been easier.
Go outside and take a walk around your neighborhood, plant some trees, find the constellations and build a snowman or have a fun snowball fight (winter months only) are just a few ideas. If you have kids and need to stay close to home, utilize those yards to get in some outdoor together time.
Make a desert charcuterie board
Even if you can’t pronounce it, making it is super easy. I could just skip meals and eat desert and if you are like me this is a fun idea for a date night at home.
Create a Bucket List
Sit down together and create your own bucket list and then compare. It’s fun to see what everyone wants to accomplish while they are on this earth and a great way to learn more about your partner.
Plan a dream trip
Plan your next dream trip together. Even if you can’t afford it or travel right now, planning the entire trip can be just as fun and something to look forward to in the future. Or think back on past trips that you have taken and talk about what you enjoyed, what you didn’t to help you plan out your next big vacation.
Photo of one of our favorite trips last year on our Carnival cruise with a stop in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Bubble bath for 2
Our bathtub is tiny and both my husband and I are tall so this isn’t really an option for us in our current home but if you both can fit go ahead and have a bubble bath for two! Light some candles, grab some wine and jump in.
Learn your love languages
Apparently there is this thing called love languages. I honestly don’t know much about them or even what type of love language I have. If you want to learn more about what love languages are and what your particular love language is head HERE.
Video game play off
We have an Xbox in our household. I catch Aaron sneaking in playing every now and then so obviously it is something he enjoys doing. Challenge your spouse to a video game playoff. Find a game you both might like. I know I will probable loose at this one since I think the last time I played a video game was on the old school Nintendo. You know the one where you inserted the game into the top of the console. Despite that, challenging each other in this could be fun and bring you that much closer as a couple.