Especially people who work long days away from home, or who travel a lot, will know: sometimes there is nothing quite as magical and wonderful than being home. Safe, warm and cozy in the comfort of your own home. If you´re planning on having a date night with that special somebody in your life, you can most certainly have that without leaving home.
But what do you do? Most of us associate the idea of a date with eating out, going to the movies or some other cultural event, and similar things. So, if you wish to have a date night staying at home with your partner, it takes a little bit of planning ahead to make the most of the night (which, let´s face it, is what most dates are really about anyway!).
Let´s look at some amazing stay at home date night ideas, for those who can´t (or won´t) leave home! (Also, they´re a great way to save money... not every date needs to be expensive). So here´s our top 6 amazing stay at home date night ideas:
#1 Prepare some movies or TV series to watch, prepare pizza for your kids (if you have) and go get takeaway food from local restaurants for yourself and your partner!
This is one of the most simple and yet delightful ways to spend a late night date at home. If you have kids, you can make them happy by preparing a pizza night for them and them have them play or watch their own programs in their room for the rest of the night... while the two of you get some delicious takeaway food from local restaurants near-by (yes, it can be pizza too if you want to!). This will give both of you the chance to spend some quality alone time (technically), while still enjoying the comfort of home, eating good food and enjoying your favorite movies or shows together. This is a great option for those who rarely get to relax at home, don´t really have time to catch up on their TV watching, or are used to having to cook meals every single day. It´s a win-win, basically.
#2 Rekindle your inner children by spending a night home playing games!
Whether it be board games, video games or even the some of the silly games your children might enjoy playing, the fact is most of us do love to play games every now and again. But the hectic demands of modern-day life often make it impossible to really enjoy ourselves doing so. So why not take a night at home with your loved one, put the kids to bed and spend the night having some innocent (or not so innocent, that´s up to you!) fun?
#3 Watch old home movies!
Something as apparently silly as watching some of the good-old home videos you´re bound to have of yourself and your significant other can be endlessly entertaining and endearing! It might feel a bit goofy at times, but that´s really what good memories (and making them) is all about, isn´t it?
#4 Make dinner together, and/or bake something delicious... and eat it, too!
You know how they say you can´t have your cake and eat it too? Well, the wonderful reality is that you can, and you should. At least every now and then. It can be really fun cooking together, too. Something that ordinarily becomes a lonesome repetitive chore to be completed daily, can suddenly turn into a fun time spent together, entertaining and romantic at the same time. Plus you end up with a delicious meal at the end of it, which you can then feast on together! Or if you decided to bake some cookies, cupcakes or whatever your heart desires, well... who doesn´t love freshly baked delicious pastry? It´s even more fun to eat when you made it yourselves! And everything is more fun when done together, anyway.
#5 Build your own little fort, snuggle together inside it and spend the night giggling away while exchanging little love letters and eating your favorite snacks!
This might seem a bit whimsical at first sight... and admittedly it is, for sure. But we can all recall times during our youth when we loved nothing more than building that nigh-impenetrable fortress made of pillows, linens or blankets. And for good reason, too: it´s really fun!
Now imagine how much more fun that becomes when doing it with your beloved, with all the sweet silliness and romantic fun that will no doubt ensue. Complement this with a few quirky love letters, a couple of good snacks and some good-old-fashioned lovestruck giddiness... and you´ve got yourself a winner!
#6 Spend a lovely night snuggled together, reminiscing about your memories together and sharing cute little stories with each other!
Sometimes all it takes is just physically being there, present, together at the same time and the same place. Sharing memories and personal stories is a great way to enhance a relationship, and almost always makes for great quality time spent as a couple. It really doesn´t require much more planning than that, really. But if you do wish to enhance things a little bit, you can try turning the storytelling into a little game, if you like. Or you can always finish off the night with a nice movie with popcorn and soda. That never fails! Also, pizza is your friend. Just saying...
As you probably can gather by now, spending a lovely date night at home with your partner doesn´t need to be complicated or expensive, quite the opposite! Of course, the details and planning are all up to the two of you, so feel free to let your imagination take over and go with what feels right for you.
There are many other ideas you can try, like giving each other massages, have a picnic on your own backyard, engage in some fun DIY project together, watch a TV series marathon of your mutual favorite show, have fun watching Youtube videos, enjoy some sports events... there is literally no end to the possibilities. Keep an open mind and, most importantly, an open heart.
Also, last but least, remember the rules of stay at home date nights: relax, have tons of fun... and ABSOLUTELY no phone calls, tablets or social media activity during that special one-on-one time!