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:
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.
Don’t have a dining room table? Use your coffee table to create a dinner table-like feel.2. Cooking Date:
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.3. Backyard/Outdoor Date:
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.
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.4. Movie Night Date:
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.
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:
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:
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.
Try these 7 easy ideas today! You can also implement one of these ideas for Valentine’s Day!