You don’t need a night on the town to rekindle the romance.
Whether you’re trying to save money, can’t find a babysitter, or simply can’t face the hassle, there are plenty of ways to have a romantic evening in the comfort of your own home. You just need to get creative, so you don’t end up in the same old Netflix and takeaway routine.
Here are just a few inspiring ideas for how to enjoy a date night at home.
Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can be a great way to have fun and learn something new with your partner.
Dust off your recipe books and find something a little bit special to make together, and don’t take it too seriously. Put on some music and pour yourself a glass of something to sip on while you chop, mix, and boil. If you make a mess, that’s part of the fun, and there’s always that bag of pasta in the back of the cupboard if it’s a complete disaster.
Speaking of delicious things, why not skip the food altogether and make wine the star of your date night?
Splurge on a couple of different makes and see what you think. Discuss the differences between a French white and a South African white, or a fruity New Zealand vintage and a full-bodied Italian red. You could even cover the labels and make a guessing game of it, trying to work out which is the oldest and most expensive.
If you want to try something unique, consider organic wines. These wines are made from grapes grown without pesticides or herbicides. They’re delicious and come with a much smaller carbon footprint, meaning you’ll feel slightly less hangover guilt the next morning.
Video games are great ways to relax after a long day. If you’re an avid gamer, invite your partner to enjoy your hobby with you, teaming up to complete a mission or level together, or competing against each other for bragging rights.
Or, if you have more classic tastes, dig out one of those old board games from the top of the cupboard. Only the strongest of bonds can survive a game of Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit.
A great way to spice up the old routine is to add a theme, and no theme is more fun for a date night than retro.
Pick a decade and build your entire evening around it. Dress up, get vintage snacks, listen to the music and watch the old movies. It might be groovy 70s, awesome 80s or grungy 90s, either way you’ll have a blast visiting the past together.
Start a book club
Reading the same book gives you something to talk about outside of work, the kids, and who has to put the bin out this week. It’s pure escapism, and a chance to see each other’s intellectual side.
You don’t even have to like the book you’ve read. In fact, some of the best discussions come from (friendly) disagreement, or better yet, mutual loathing.
Light some candles, find some moisturiser, face masks, and a soothing playlist, and sink into a state of pampered bliss together.
If you really want to heighten the romance, you could share a bath, or give each other massages.
Go through old photos
When all else fails, it’s time to remind yourselves of why you fell in love in the first place, by going through old photos.
You can grow wistful over photos of your first dates, your wedding, and old houses, or make each other laugh by sharing stories of your childhood.
Whatever you choose to do, use your at-home date night to rediscover the romance in your relationship.