AD | If you’re in a long term relationship you may find yourselves getting into a routine. Get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, relax, and then its off to bed; sound familiar? You may find there aren’t enough hours in the day and struggle to spend time together.
But, you should try to make time. Its true that date nights (or days) with your partner can not only strengthen your relationship but help you discover new things about each other. While allowing you to take a step back, relax and remember who you are as a couple, and that you’re more than just roommates or caregivers.
This year my boyfriend Aaron and I have agreed to spend at least one evening a week together. Just the two of us. And by that I mean no phones, no laptops, no social media. Basically, no distractions.
So, as we’re both on a budget (while trying to save for a deposit on a house), we’ve come up with some stay at home date night ideas that we’d like to try out. All of these are great low cost options for any stage of your relationship.
Stay at Home Date Night Ideas
1. Dinner and a movie
Ah, the classic date night. But why not take it one step further and try a themed movie night? By simply matching your choice of movie to your dish, for example, Italian food while watching The Godfather.
2. Spa evening
There are so many options here from face masks, to giving each other massages, or enjoying a relaxing bubble bath together. But no matter what you choose for your pamper session, the key thing to remember is getting some much needed R&R.
3. Breakfast in bed
Either draw straws to see who grabs breakfast from the kitchen, 😉 or better yet, make breakfast together and bring a tray of food back to the bedroom with you.
4. Games night
Whether you love traditional board games, video games or even card games, a games night can be a great way to spend a night in, while showing your competitive side. Winner cooks dinner?
5. Have an indoor picnic
Grab some snacks and have a picnic in front of your tv or fireplace. Bonus points if you lay a blanket on the floor and have your picnic on it.
6. Enjoy a fondue night
Whether it’s chocolate or cheese a fondue night can be a fun, sometimes messy, idea for your evening in.
7. Plan your next vacation
Even if you don’t have the budget for it right now, planning your next (or dream) vacation, can give you both something great to look forward to.
8. Watch a concert on YouTube
Tight budget? Missed out on tickets? Try searching for the concert on YouTube and watch it together. 😊 We’ve done this a few times when we haven’t been able to make it to Download Festival.
9. Cook together
This could either be one of your favourite meals or something new you’ve always wanted to try.
10. Share your hobbies
Whether you love to paint, bake, play Dungeons and Dragons, video games, or something else, take some time out to share your hobbies with your partner.
What if you’re single?
If you’re single and looking for someone to spend time with, then online dating could be worth a try. Especially if you’re nervous about meeting new people. Its doesn’t have to cost anything either, a free dating website* can be a great way to meet like minded people, and there are plenty of options available. Like Match Me Happy* in the UK where you can search for people in your local area.
But what if I don’t want a relationship?
That’s perfectly OK too! What’s great about these ideas is they can also be experienced alone or with friends, or family.
What are your favourite stay at home date ideas? Any I’ve missed? Have you set any relationship goals this year?