What do you get when you combine cask wine, a movie under the stars and the company of your favourite person?
The perfect at-home date night!
We’ve rounded up five creative at-home date night ideas you’ll want to keep on rotation. So, say goodbye to binging Netflix on the couch and hello to spicing up your relationship.
Cook a meal together
There’s a reason why many date nights include dining out at a restaurant—dim lights, fine wine, and a decadent meal. There’s something utterly romantic about it, but with a little effort, you can easily replicate the experience at home and have lots of fun while you’re at it.
Decide on a dish you want to cook together—you can stick with something simple like taleggio and thyme pizza, or go gourmet with baked tomato and provola risotto. Then, pair your meal with a glass of Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon or another favourite pour. Don’t forget to set the mood by lighting a few candles and turning on music. And to make your date night even more special, ditch the PJ’s and slip into something a little dressier!
Sweat it out together
If you and your partner like working out, then who says you can’t turn your sweat session into a date? Keep up with your fitness goals and stay connected at the same time by signing up for an online workout program or a virtual yoga class. Both of you will feel closer after completing something together.
If you’re not into lifting weights or practicing your tree pose, skip the workout routine altogether and go for a run around your neighbourhood or favourite park. No matter what you choose, exercising side-by-side can put some steam back into your relationship.
Take a virtual tour of a famous museum
Have you ever wanted to take a trip to visit the British Museum in London, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, or the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam? While the pandemic has made it tough to travel, hundreds of museums and galleries across the globe have opened their doors to visitors—virtually, of course!
We get it; nothing beats the real thing. But thanks to Google Arts & Culture’s collection, you can now “stroll” through the halls of the most famous sites in the world without ever having to leave your house. Imagine cosying up next to your partner in bed with a glass of your favourite red wine, and getting a close-up (well, as much as possible) of the infamous Rosetta Stone or Tiny Dancer sculpture. Sounds pretty great, right?
Unplug for game night
Anyone else guilty of spending way too much time on your computer or phone since quarantine began? Because there are very few places to go, it’s easy to get caught up scrolling through the ‘gram hours on end. Unplug for a few hours by putting your phone away and grabbing a board game or two.
Pour a glass of cask wine, set out a cheese board, and break out your competitive side. If it’s been a while since you’ve cracked open a board game, you can play a few classics, including Monopoly, Cards Against Humanity, or Yahtzee. If you have a deck of cards, you can compete in poker, gin, or blackjack.
Create your own outdoor cinema
Now that spring is here, it’s time to take advantage of the warmer weather by creating your own drive-in movie experience right in your backyard. You don’t need a fancy projector or big set-up to make your movie night a romantic evening.
All you need to do is gather a few blankets and pillows—if you have an air mattress, even better—and throw them in a pile on your patio or yard. Bring your laptop, snacks, and anything else you need to make it as cosy as possible. After your movie is over, you can continue the outing by stargazing or camping out.
Tell us, what are some at-home date night ideas you’ve tried lately? We’d love to hear from you!