They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day!
On the hunt for stay at home date night ideas? We’ve got you covered with 7 all-star ideas that are way better than yet another Netflix marathon. Bonus, almost all of these stay at home date night ideas are super budget friendly!
1) Take a Virtual Cooking Class Together
It’s probably only one of you cooking dinner each night (likely the one who got home earlier that day), but cooking together turns dinner into quality time. Thanks to Masterclass, you can whip up dinner with Gordon Ramsay, learn the art of French pastry from Dominique Ansel or shake up fancy cocktails with Lynnette Marrero and Ryan Chetiyawardana. Or scan Pinterest or your favorite food blog, find something neither of you have made before, and try it out!
Then set the table with the good china, candles, and even a tablecloth. Put some soft background music on and have an evening of wining and dining – at home!
2) Take Dinner and a Movie up a Notch
Dinner and a movie is a classic date-night combo for a reason. But instead of making one of your go-to dishes, why not switch things up by matching your dinner (or drinks) to your movie's theme? For example, pour a glass of wine, make an Italian feast and eat your way through Italy with Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love. Or shake up martinis and watch James Bond.
Or mix up your usual routine of parking yourself on the couch in front of the TV, by bringing your movie watching outside. Set up a sheet, projector, and some chairs. Pop a big bowl of popcorn, get in your pajamas, and enjoy a fresh air flick.
3) Game Night
Who says games are for kids? Pick up a nostalgic board game like Monopoly. Play a trivia game. Open a bottle of wine, set out a cheese board, and challenge each other to a bet. Or challenge yourselves to a huge puzzle and see if you can figure it out in one night. Need some suggestions for good games to play? Check out this list of the Best Board Games for Couples.
4) Pamper Each Other with a Spa Night
Pamper your partner to feel closer together. Slip into comfy spa style robes and slippers. Slather on some soothing face masks. Draw a bath for 2 and drop in a nice bath bomb. Fill a pitcher of water and infuse it with cucumbers and mint or other infusions. And who needs to go to a spa for a couple’s massage when you have each other? Warm up some massage oil and and take turns treating each other.
5) Go “Camping”
Camp out in your backyard. Enjoy all the excitement of a couples camping trip without leaving home. Set up your tent, erect a fire pit, and roast smores. Isn’t it awesome to have an adventure in your own backyard? Make sure you make time for some romantic stargazing.
Don’t have a tent? There are definitely ways to get around this. If you’ve got a screened porch, you might consider setting up a comfy air mattress there for a camping-like experience. Or grab hammocks or sleeping bags and sleep out in the open air.
Too cold outside? Make a Pillow Fort in the living room. Just make sure you have plenty of pillows and blankets - all of the cozy surroundings practically beg for some snuggling. Turn off all of the lights, surround yourself with candles.
6) Have a Pizza Night
Step away from the takeout menu and put down that phone: Make your own pizza. If you're feeling ambitious, make your own dough, or pick up a pre-made one from your local grocery store. Top it with all of your favorite fixings or make two personal-sized pies if your tastes are totally different. Bonus points if you open a bottle of wine and play some music while you cook together.
7) Bake a Sweet Treat
For those of us with a serious sweet tooth, baking together has a double benefit: It engages the two of you in an activity you probably don't do that often, and you get to enjoy something delicious afterward. Make an especially decadent dessert if you're feeling ambitious, or simply break out a boxed mix if you're short on time — or baking skills.
Or Make ice cream sundaes. Turn your kitchen into an ice cream parlor with different types of ice cream flavors and toppings to place on top of the towering sundae creations you concoct.