10 Date Night Ideas At Your Home
An at-home date night is a great idea; every couple needs that special time of physical, emotional, social togetherness in order to keep the relationship responsive, close, and interactive. It is all too easy to let this slide so that before long you are just two strangers who happen to dwell in the same house. Don’t let this happen; plan for special at-home date nights and you will reap the benefits over time.
1. Board games
You may not have a log-fire or thick rug or alpine view. However, there are few things that are as romantic as playing chess, face to face, while gazing into one another’s eyes. Chess isn’t the only option; Monopoly, Scrabble, Boggle, even Connect 4 can all be great choices, depending on your mood and temperament. You are forced to be interactive, to look at each other and have fun. It can be a great way to break out of the ‘office mode’ you have been in all week.
2. Candles rule
There’s something so intimate about a candle-lit dinner. The food is really of secondary importance; what really matters is the mood achieved with a perfect wine temperature and dimmed lights. Candlelight also flatters one’s complexion and skin tone, so you’ll both be looking extra special in the other’s eyes.
It’s not all about the conversation. Doing a jigsaw puzzle together can be surprisingly therapeutic. It is literally the process of constructing things to make a whole; perhaps it is even metaphorical for building up or constructing your relationship. You don’t need to be uber ambitious; a 200 to 300-piece jigsaw should do.
4. Watch a movie outside
What better thing could they be to do on a sultry summer’s evening than watch a movie outdoors, with the help of a mini projector or regular projector. By projecting it onto a relevant space on your garage or outdoor wall, you could even create a ‘drive-in theater’ experience whereby you sit, hand in hand, and watch a tear-jerking film of choice, just as they did more often in times gone by.
5. Bubble bath
The sensuous, relaxing, and exotic feel that a bubble bath can bring is only heightened when the bubble bath is for two, not just one. If you combine that with scented candles dotted around the bathroom area then you really could be onto something. The sense of touch is so often neglected in this fast-paced world of imagery, screens, and buttons. Bubble baths are just one great way of reclaiming this lost sense.
6. Vinyl vibe
Talking of nostalgia, the music you both loved when growing up sounds so much better on vinyl than it does on CD. During an at-home date night, consider spinning some vinyl records of old classics. The ambient crackle and sense of raw energy combined with old record sleeves can bring you back down memory lane. There are many vinyl stores popping up all over the place, these days, to cater to this trend.
7. Bucket list
A bucket list can get you dreaming again, after many years of drifting upon the currents of commuting, mortgage-payments, and other necessary duties. There’s no harm in rekindling old dreams; perhaps both of you will decide on planning to fulfill one of them together in the year to come.
Doing arts and crafts is not just for children but can be a very healthy and positive thing for adults. Quite a romantic thing to do is to paint each other’s portraits. This involves quite a lot of intense gazing and an appreciation of one another from an aesthetic point of view; looking at ways in which hidden beauty can be drawn out. If you are a woeful artist then it could either look strikingly postmodern or perhaps be a source of much-needed hilarity when you do the big reveal.
In this year of Covid, with its seemingly endless restrictions, consider setting up some tours of world-famous museums from the comfort of your own living room. The Dali Theater in Spain, the Louvre Museum in Paris, or the British Museum of London all have excellent online tour options. You can have conversations about things you never usually discuss whilst sipping a Spanish or French wine to enhance the sense of being there in spirit if not in body.
10. Love letters
Why should love letters be reserved solely for Valentine’s Day or anniversaries? They are an excellent and very romantic way of showing how much you love each other and, more specifically, what it is you love about each other. They can rekindle long-forgotten memories and stir up older emotions and feelings. The power of words is not to be underestimated, so why not sit down during one date night and put pen to paper; perhaps after a lovely candlelit dinner.