If you’re like us, it’s not always easy to plan a romantic getaway. You know what we mean…the kind where you get dressed up, hire a sitter and head out for a night on the town. Rather than throwing your hands-up and declaring that your relationship is doomed until the kids are grown and gone, a little bit of at-home creativity can make for date night any night of the week. Here are 21 Romantic Stay-at-Home Date Night Ideas.
21 Romantic Stay-at-Home Date Night Ideas
1. Eat a Fashionably Late Dinner
Wait until after the kids are in bed and order out or make a candlelight dinner for two. This has been a life-saver in our marriage, particularly when our children were small. Depending on the season and where we are living, we love to eat dinner outside under the stars with dimly lit candles. We’ve had so many wonderful, life-changing conversations during our fashionably late dinners! It’s the perfect time to dream and be close to one another.
2. Movie Night
There are some movies that you just don’t watch with the family. Stay up late to watch that thriller or action-packed film. We both love movie popcorn so we splurge a bit and get the good stuff. We sometimes will also have some diet soda and candy, too (if we are feeling really adventurous…haha). There is nothing like snuggling up to your love and watching a movie together in the comfort of your own home!
3. Picnic in the Backyard
Who knew that your backyard could be perfect for your next date? Pack a picnic and head to the great outdoors. We also love to add music to the mix! We’ve even pitched a tent and stayed up into the wee hours of the night laughing and making the most of our “alone” time in the backyard!
4. Go Through Memory Books/Boxes
Spend time looking through the story of your family. Look through pictures, laugh at the mementos you come across and see how far you’ve come together. We have some small photo boxes where we store all of our memories…a perfect go-to for date night! We don’t do this all the time but try to do it at least twice a year.
5. Break out the Wedding Video
Who doesn’t love to remember that special day? Take the time to enjoy your wedding video together. We don’t know about you, but we find ourselves cracking up at so many of the things captured on film that day. From jokes we told at the altar to family members acting crazy, this is surely a fun time for date night! For a fun twist, feed each other dessert for old time’s sake.
6. Build a Snowman
Remind yourself of this fun winter activity and be a kid again! All you need are materials for your snowman’s face. And let’s face it, this is something that can turn into a snowball fight which is another way to connect with the one you love!
7. Play in the Leaves
This is another way to go back to your childhood. Head outside and enjoy leaping into piles of leaves. It’s when we let go of the “adult” ideas in life that we find we have so much more fun with one another. It’s soothing to the soul to relive some of our childhood fun!