Romantic Ideas for a Stay-at-Home Date Night

Without a doubt, married couples tend to have overloaded schedules. Between working full-time and taking care of the kids, who are now stuck at home too, you barely find time for each other. Now really is the time to develop cooking skills, and possibly have a dining area makeover to make meals a part of the day you anticipate for.

Indulge in unique, refreshing and fun dining experiences to keep the spark alive. If you have youngsters at home, it would be best to take them for a play date so that you have the house all to yourselves. We don’t want them to come between the fun, do we?

A date night doesn’t have to be extravagant to make a point to your partner. Call it cliché, but it’s the little things that matter most. Below are creative ideas for an at-home date night that you and hubby can indulge in to kindle the romance- no special occasion required:

  • Have a Cook-off

There are a variety of great tutorials on delectable recipes that you and your partner can try out on various online platforms such as YouTube. Brainstorm on your favorite cuisines and decide which meals you’d want to cook for each other. A cook-off challenge adds some fun and playful competition as you experiment with different cooking techniques and ingredients. When done fixing each other a plate, beautifully set up the dinner table with a lovely tablecloth and matching napkins, an alluring centerpiece, and the locked up fine china you barely use.

  • Balcony, Backyard or Garden Dinner Set-up

Take advantage of your outdoor space and make the most of it by creating an intimate, enchanting, captivating oasis of relaxation and enjoyment. Enjoy the sunset and later chatter away the night under the stars as you reminisce about the good times. Have warm blankets, some wine or hot drinks to chase away the cold.

  • Indoor Campout

Revisit one of your favorite childhood projects- the blanket fort, by simply constructing a “den” indoors. All you need is draping sheets, blankets, a rug, pillows, pegs, and minimalistic lights. This space is perfect for chilly nights accompanied by cozy recipes. Get cuddly, chatty, or even play a film underneath if you please. Not too sappy, I hope?

  • Movie Night

Snuggle up with your partner as you binge-watch shows online over finger-licking food or snacks and drinks. Create a movie theatre atmosphere in your living room by dimming the lights and placing scented candles. Keep it dark, intimate, elegant and tasteful as you possibly can. Whether you’re into comedy, horror, action, or fantasy films- make it worth your while. Don’t forget the popcorn!

  • Game Night

Break away from the monotony of a long week by pulling out a deck of cards; playing board games; charades; scrabble; having head-to-head Play Station games or even play the classic Truth or Dare for an epic game night. Choose the right games, themes and rules that work for the two of you. Don’t forget to prepare scrumptious finger foods, and refreshing drinks to get you through the night.

  • Spa Time

Without a doubt, a massage is rejuvenating and relaxing, but you should sometimes skip the expensive spa day appointment and let your partner do the rubbing. Couples can experience so many benefits from giving and receiving massages at home, including forming deeper connections both physically and emotionally.

Play some soothing music as you massage each other in turns to mellow out, release tension and connect more as a couple. Pick the best spot, and massage oils as you knead those knots away. Communicate verbally (or-non verbally) to be certain you’re hitting the right tight spots, and at the right pressure. A rubdown so good can lead to great things.


No matter what you choose to do with your significant other, the idea of the date nights is to connect, and somehow make it special and memorable while of course; mitigating on costs. Although it can be fun and worthwhile to go out once in a while, you can also stay in and enjoy all the benefits of a regular date night with your loved one. Plan for that date night soon and stoke the flames of desire!

Written by Janet Ayara

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