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How Can I Make A Romantic Date At Home?

It's not too late to get something special organised for a romantic night tonight. If you want to celebrate Valentine's Day, but you don't want to fork out for a fancy restaurant, here are a few ideas for at-home dates. Perfect if you have kids, if you're on a budget, or you don't want to give Valentine's Day too much air time.

Whether it's a night at the movies or a delicious dinner at your favourite restaurant, going out on a date is a great excuse to get dressed up and do a little romancing. But making special memories together doesn't always involve leaving the house. A date night at home presents plenty of opportunities to have fun. 

Couple Time Ideas

Dinner Date

Pick a night of the week that works for both of you and create your dinner date at home! Sounds simple enough, but we often push fun things aside to catch up on work, do life admin or do other housework. So pop your dinner date in the calendar and treat it like a real appointment you have to commit to. It might not sound very romantic, but it's more romantic than never doing it! 

Sit down at the dinner table and enjoy a lovely meal together — order takeaway, use a meal kit delivery box or cook something delicious from scratch. Maybe you could be in charge of the first dinner, and your partner can do it next time. Watch a movie, share a bottle of wine and be together sans phones and other distractions. 

Themed Night

You all know how much we love a theme, so why not try this for your date night at home. For example, an Italian themed night could include watching a great foreign film, trying a selection of Italian foods and drinks (Aperol Spritz, anyone?!), playing some Italian games (Briscola and Bocce spring to mind) or even dressing the room (or yourselves!) in an Italian-inspired way. There's no limit to the fun you can have on a themed night, and you can be as creative as you like. 

Indoor Picnic

Ever planned a wonderful picnic only to have it ruined by weather?! Well, why not make a foolproof plan and organise an indoor picnic for another stay at home date night idea? Choose a spot to throw down some rugs and lots of comfy cushions. Add a few blankets, light some candles and dim the lights to set the mood. Prepare picnic foods like delicious bread and crackers, dips, cheeses, olives and all your other fave nibblies. Yum! This is also a fun one to do with the kids for something a little different. You don't have to go to the park to enjoy a picnic with your favourite date. Why not have a candlelight picnic in the lounge room. Spread out your favourite quilt on the floor — move some furniture back if you need to make room. Prepare a picnic basket with an array of your favourite delights: Cured meats, stinky cheeses, briny olives, roasted almonds, dates, grapes, peaches — whatever you enjoy. Get comfy, open a bottle of wine, and press play of your Spotify playlist. Enjoy the vista out the living room window as you engage in stimulating conversation and nosh on exotic snacks — all without stepping foot outside.

Indoor Date Ideas You and Your Partner Will Love

  • Cook a Restaurant-Quality Meal.
  • Go Indoor Camping
  • Game Night.
  • At-Home Casino.
  • Play "Would You Rather?"
  • Read a Book Together
  • Make Your Photo Booth
  • Set Up a Beer or Wine Tasting.

Dinner for Two. A romantic dinner is always popular and very effective at creating romance.

  • Slow Dance to Your Favorite Love Songs. Gather all of your CDs to make the ultimate love song CD.
  • Enjoy a Romantic Movie. Source.
  • Sit by the Fire.
  • Enjoy Some Wine.
  • A Backyard Getaway.
  • Take a Bath Together.
  • Share a Massage.

Methods To Decorate The Room

Method 1: Candles. Candles add a sense of calm and excite a person romantically.

Method 2: Aromatic oils

Method 3: Music

Method 4: Flowers

Method 5: Rose petals and lighting

  • Step 1: Clean Your Room and Change the Sheets
  • Step 2: Fix the Lights
  • Step 3: Light Candles and Use Essential Oils.

A good date is usually engaging, relaxed. A cooking class, paint and sip, etc., sounds super fun. But, it's just about having fun with someone, relaxing and getting to know each other if it's a first date or a hundredth date.

FAQs About A Romantic Date At Home

Get Your (Video) Game On

A competitive video game tournament is an engaging way for gaming couples to have some at-home date night fun. Ask your friends to join online for a bigger tournament that involves stakes like dinner out or a week of lawn mowing services. Whether you play against each other or work as a team to defeat your friends, it will be a raucous, rollicking time, so fuel up with tasty, mess-free snacks that you can eat fast between plays — think cheese or sausages on toothpicks, grapes, pretzels, and baby carrots with dip.

Makeshift Moonlight Cinema

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If you have a backyard, balcony or patio, why not turn it into a romantic moonlight cinema for two? Load your laptop with a couple of good movies and snuggle down for your own private double feature picture show. Don't forget to make popcorn and have ice cream sundaes. Perhaps order takeaway for dinner, so you don't have to cook.

Make Beautiful Music Together With A Karaoke Machine. 

If you like to belt out your favourite tunes in the shower and the car, an at-home karaoke date night is probably right up your alley. No Karaoke machine!… search for "hire karaoke machine", and bam – this barrier is no longer. If you can go to another level by having a stage and spotlight to add to the atmosphere – all the better, and after each song, you must have the virtual crowd pumping out their support for you! So put on your rocker outfits, program a killer playlist — or put the machine on shuffle for a bigger challenge — and give it you're all. Be sure to include a couple of romantic duets that you can sing while staring deeply into each other's eyes.

Concoct Your Cocktails 

Get creative with the spirits and try out some new cocktails for date night at home. If you have a home bar, take stock to see what you have on hand and what you'll need to pick up at the store. Look for interesting recipes that sound good, or learn to make the classics, like martinis, cosmopolitans, and old-fashioned favourites. Have plenty to nibble on as you shake and stir — simple snacks like nuts, pretzels, and popcorn keep it casual, while more elaborate hors d'oeuvres like baked brie and apricot jam, garlic- or jalapeno-stuffed olives, or old-fashioned fondue give date night a more romantic edge.

Family Ideas

Backyard Movie Night

Keep this one for you and your partner, or make it a family stay at home date night idea. Set up a projector and screen, create a comfy seating area, add ambient lighting and don't forget the snacks before getting ready to sit back enjoy a movie on the big screen in the privacy of your backyard. It's easier than it looks to turn your backyard into an outdoor cinema.

Games Party

Bring back old fashioned family time with a board game or puzzle. This idea is fun for all ages. Either work together as a family to tackle a puzzle or create teams to compete in a game.

Virtual Parties

If you're separated from loved ones, it can be incredibly hard to keep a sense of connection. We love how easy it is to video call these days, but too many can give you a bit of fatigue. Why not combine a few chats and organise a group video party! Blow up some balloons, put on fun music, get the kids to burn off some of that endless energy with silly dance moves and shake it off. If that's not your thing and you'd like something a little more low-key, how about a bottle of wine, beer or cheese tasting party (or whatever strikes your fancy)? Organise with family or friends to buy the same item to taste or drink. Then, set up your computer, get comfy and enjoy their (virtual) company. =

Escape With A Dinner And A Movie Theme Night.

Put the lust in wanderlust with a sexy dinner and movie pairing that lets you "travel" without ever leaving the house. Feast on Mediterranean dishes like stuffed grape leaves, lamb kebobs and Greek salad, screen the Santorini-set Mamma Mia or Greek isle romance Before Midnight. Chow down on baked ziti and tiramisu while you say "Ciao!" to classic dramas like The Godfather or The Italian Job. Or fire up some dumplings as a prelude to Crazy Rich Asians…you get the idea—take it from here!

Recreate A Favourite Meal At Home.

The kids can keep their mac 'n cheese with peas. Tonight, you and your partner are going to whip up the home version of a memorable meal…together! Maybe it's that mushroom risotto from your favourite date-night restaurant or a grilled salmon that reminds you of your wedding night. Cooking together is a feast for the senses and a tasty way to reconnect!

Set up a spa.

Draw a bubbly scented bath for two and surround it with candles for a soothing soak. Afterwards, don your fluffiest robes and bust out the massage oil for some spa-worthy rubdowns. Enjoy the relaxing, calming feeling of going to a spa — without going to a spa. Indulge in a warm, candlelit bubble bath, and play your favourite calming sounds. Small tub? No problem. Pour a couple of cocktails, or make a batch of hot cocoa, and do a couple's facial mask while simultaneously soaking your feet. Go to the full hog, add some essential oils, and then relax and de-stress while sipping your drinks. After the foot soak, continue with the spa treatment with a pedicure and foot massage – if not your thing, it is then time to snuggle up for some serious binge-watching. Have a spa day at least once a month to keep that couple's self-care momentum going.

Taste A Flight Of Wine

Sampling a group of wines from the same region or varietal is a fun way to improve your wine knowledge and the perfect accompaniment to a cheese platter or antipasto plate. Yum! Please take it to the next level by blindfolding each other and trying to guess what you're drinking. Pregnant or breastfeeding? Skip the vino and create a tasting of gourmet chocolates, olive oils or pastries instead.

Make It A Game Night.

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Put the kids—and the Candyland—to bed and bust out the more adult games you never get to play, from Backgammon to Trivial Pursuit. Need some suggestions for games couples to rave about? Try Codenames, Fog of Love, Never Have I Ever, and Freedom of Speech. (And remember, the "strip" version of any game is always an option.)

May I Have This Dance?

Do you know what's even more romantic than slow dancing together? Slow dancing at home in front of a roaring fire or outside on the deck, under the stars. Take your time creating a playlist of favourite slow songs—the ones with all the special memories attached—then twirl and dip to your heart's content. Talk about dancing like nobody's watching!

Work Out Together.

It's always more fun—and motivating—when you exercise with a buddy, so why not turn it into a date night? First, get your blood pumping with a YouTube fitness video or yoga class. Next, share a shower after your sweat session, then enjoy a well-deserved meal.

Turn Your Bedroom Into A Boudoir.

Why is that a hotel room always seems sexier than your bedroom? Maybe it's the soft lighting, the slick décor, the total lack of clutter…or all of the above. Start by ridding your bedroom of any kids' paraphernalia because nobody needs those reminders on date night. Next, spend a few minutes giving your bedroom the Marie Kondo treatment—even if that means hiding the laundry and magazines in the closet for the night. Then, make the bed with fresh linens, adding a furry or velvet throw. Light scented candles and dim the lamps. Finally, crank some tunes and consider the scene set for romance.

Have A Slumber Party.

Mix up your usual routine by camping out in the living room as though you're teens at a birthday party. Grab cosy bedding or sleeping bags, make popcorn, turn out the lights and cue up some non-animated movies for a change, maybe even R-rated ones! Of course, if you run out of things to do, you can always play Truth or Dare.

Eat Dinner In Bed.

Who has time for breakfast in bed when you're a parent? Instead, prep a tray of tasty small plates and drinks to enjoy decadently under the covers with a movie or conversation. Spread a picnic blanket out to catch the cracker crumbs, and you're good!

Create A Comedy Club.

Laughing together is a bonding experience, so get a little help from the latest Netflix comedy special (think Ali Wong, Kevin Hart, or John Mulaney). And don't forget the two-drink minimum! Instead, try a new recipe for cocktails or mocktails and garnish with fruit, herbs, and cocktail umbrellas for the full effect.

Have A Fancy Feast.

Even if you have nowhere to go, you can still get all dressed up! Don cocktail attire or those costumes you wore to that 1920's party. Then bust out the good china and the ice bucket—you know, all those wedding gifts you never use. Finally, it's candlelit dinner time! (And it's perfectly okay if that dinner is takeout.

Have A Homemade Pizza Party 

Have a romantic pizza party date at home — but make your pizzas from scratch. It's easy to make your pizza crust, and from there, the only limits are your imagination. Toppings, Toppings, and more must be ready to go — including your top 3-pizza combination… is it the Aussie, Pepperoni, Margherita, or "one with the lot". Why not go outside your comfort zone and try an Octopus, Avocado and Honeyed-Ham pizza or an Almond-Citrus Seafood pizza? After making your selection, include a simple side salad, crack open a bottle of red, and turn on your playlist. Bonus points if you have a red checkerboard tablecloth and red candle holders.

Conclusion:

Stepping out on the town in your best attire is a fun way to enjoy a date night together, but you shouldn't feel like you have to leave the house to be on a date. An at-home date is less expensive than dinner and a movie, and it gives you lots of opportunities to try something new together. From virtual cooking classes to stargazing in the backyard, at-home date night activities will create fond memories and bring you closer together.

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