Date Night: 7 At-Home Date Ideas

Last night I asked my boyfriend if he wanted to join me for a dinner date.  Naturally, his next question was, “Where?”  My response? The house.  It’s so easy to leave out + go to a restaurant, but sometimes you can create an equally romantic experience in the house.  It’s more intimate + a time to reconnect with your partner.  And it saves money!  Dining out can get expensive, especially in DC!  Implement a ‘no phone’ rule during your date so that you have your partner’s undivided attention.  After dinner we decided that we needed to date each other at home more often.  Thus, I’m sharing 7 ways that you can have a romantic date night right at home.

1.  Intimate Dinner Date:

table scape

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Intimate dinners are easy to create at home.  To transform your dining room table into a beautiful tablescape, dress your table with flowers, candles and wine glasses.  Add a tablecloth, mats, real silverware (no plastic) and set the table with plates, bowls + table napkins.  Spice up the evening by preparing dinner at home using ingredients in your freezer, refrigerator and cabinets.  Try out a new recipe or opt for take out.  As long as it’s plated nicely, your partner will appreciate the gesture.


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Don’t have a dining room table?  Use your coffee table to create a dinner table-like feel.


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2.  Cooking Date:


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Make your at-home date interactive by cooking together in the kitchen.  Look up recipes on Pinterest or AllRecipes + select a dish to prepare.  Split up responsibilities such as chopping, measuring or seasoning the food.  It’s a great way to add some spice in + out of the kitchen.  Plus, if your partner never cooks, it’s a great way to get them involved.


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3.  Backyard/Outdoor Date:


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Make use of your space + good weather by taking your date outside.  Set up an intimate dinner outside using candles to create a romantic atmosphere.  If you don’t have a backyard, you can have dinner outside on your balcony or patio.


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Have a fire pit?  Create a romantic setting by lighting it + sitting next to the fire.  Bring a bottle of wine with you outside, along with chocolate, sweets or desserts.  Or make s’mores in the fire pit.  I’m sure things will heat up quickly.


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4.  Movie Night Date:


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Pick up a movie from the Redbox or scan Netflix, Amazon Prime or On-Demand for a flick.  Head to the grocery store to pick up popcorn + your favorite movie candy.


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Instead of sitting on the couch, create a little at-home theater.  Turn off the lights and layer comforters/blankets on the floor with pillows to make a comfortable place to sit.  Since you’re at home, mix up a cocktail or get a nice bottle of wine for you both to enjoy.

5.  Picnic Date: 


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Skip the dining room table + use the floor to create a picnic at home.  Lay down a blanket + create a spread of small bites to eat.  Dress your blanket with flowers (or petals), an ice bucket to chill wine or champagne in + tea light candles to set the mood.  Opt for foods that you can feed to your partner such as strawberries to dip in a chocolate sauce, grapes or other sensual bites.

6.  Game Night Date:


It’s always fun to play games at home with your partner!  Pull out childhood favorites such as Uno, Monopoly, Life, Sorry, or traditional playing cards.  Choose your favorite game + play for shots, or dares.  Or opt for adult games to get your partner in the mood.

7.  Spa Date:


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You don’t have to go to the spa to pamper your mate.  Be each other’s masseuse + give sensual back, shoulder, foot or hand massages to one another.  You can also draw a warm bath + add petals in the water to bathe with your partner.  If you’re good at doing manicures, give your partner a manicure.  Or you can give each other facials using household ingredients such as brown sugar, olive oil, milk + more.  The key is to create a relaxing + zen environment for you + your partner.


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Try these 7 easy ideas today!  You can also implement one of these ideas for Valentine’s Day!


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