Having a date night out is expensive, so we have cheap, romantic date night ideas at home often. We like to get creative with them and have some fun with our stay in dates. Most of the time, you can even pull it off without any planning or even leaving the house to go to the store. I’ve included some great ideas beyond the typical romantic dinner at home that I hope you will enjoy.
Set up a wine tasting night
Gather several wines and find out what pairs well with them (I’m thinking meats, cheese and chocolate). You can look up the tasting notes and go from white to red. And have a great conversation while you are at it. I paired Josh Cellars wines and Ghirardelli chocolates that I found at Walmart for a great after dinner tasting.
Strip poker / trivia
Have a hot game night while challenging each other to get a question or a hand of cards wrong. If you do trivia, make the questions steamy. If you get it wrong or lose a hand, an article of clothing must come off.
Fancy it up
Put on your fanciest and finest clothes, put out some candles and have a romantic dinner in. Pro-tip: Those fancy restaurants that take reservations will likely be happy to do a pick-up order for you so you don’t even have to cook. But, do get out that wedding china that you likely never ever use. We are being fancy after all, right? And, it’s totally okay if those dishes don’t get cleaned until the morning.
Dance it out
Make a play list of your favorite tunes (think back to your wedding if you need ideas) and dance it out. Do some slow songs and some fast ones; some old ones and some new ones. Not only will you have fun, but you will burn some calories, too. Want to start silly, pull out your Just Dance game and have a friendly dance competition with your gaming system.
Plan your dream vacation
Your next vacation might not be too close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a great getaway and where you would love to visit. Decide on stops along the way and places to see. Pull out all the stops and do it up in only a way you can imagine. Since it is only a hypothetical vacation, there isn’t a budget. There also isn’t a time limit, so you don’t have to worry about vacation days or babysitters.
Make a Bedroom Oasis
Turn your bedroom into an oasis of love. Flower petals, massage oils, candles and maybe a bubble bath and sensual smells are all great ways to make your bedroom extra special. Everybody’s idea of an oasis is likely a little different, so make it work for you. I’m sure bonus points will be awarded for a perfectly selected “outfit” as well.
Double Feature Movie Night
Pop some popcorn, grab a chocolatey snack and you each pick a movie. Flip a coin to decide which movie you watch first and hunker in for your movie marathon. We always cozy up on the couch and end up sharing a blanket. You can also sneak in a foot or hand massage while watching the movies.
Yes. Massage. With amazing sensual massage oils. Light some candles or get some flameless candles and activate them. I don’t think I need to say more. We are all adults here.
Build a fire
Build a fire in an outdoor pit or your fireplace. Turn off the electronics, cozy up and enjoy the warmth. It you are outside, relax and take in the world. Sitting outside this past weekend with a glass of wine, we slowed our brains, and really spent time with each other because there weren’t any distractions. It’s amazing how peaceful the sound of a crackling fire can be.
Go star gazing
If it’s warm enough, or grab a jacket, and head out into your back or front yard with a blanket and lay down under the stars. The calm, quiet and peace is something you probably haven’t had in a while. If you are really patient, I bet you will see a falling star. Take in the sounds of the crickets and birds, too.
Chocolate your meals
See if you can include chocolate in every one of the courses in your dinner for the evening…yes, after the kids go to bed so you don’t have to share. Try out some new Ghirardelli chocolates in your recipes. Don’t forget to include it in appetizers, the entree, sides and desserts. Oh the desserts. But, there are some good ones out there for the main course, too that will surprise you.
Camp out in your living room
Get out the sleeping bags and flashlights or lanterns and camp in your living room. Start that fire in the fireplace if you have one. If you have a tent, that could be fun to set up as well. I would get out S’more fixings and roast some marshmallows, too because that’s what you do when you are camping. (Although, I admit after camping for a while, I’d probably find my way to my bed and bedroom because I like my bed!)
Write out your bucket list
Each take some time to write out your bucket list aka things you want to do before you “kick the bucket” and compare. Do you want to skydive? Bungee jump? Go on a zip-line across a jungle? Or maybe you want to go on a 10 day cruise or see a new continent (I’m looking at you Australia). What things can you plan to do together? Get them on the calendar and make it happen.
There are so many great cheap and romantic date night ideas that you can accomplish at home and this just scratches the surface. I imagine you all are very creative and come up with even more amazing ideas for taking advantage of your time together and not spending a lot of money. I imagine some of these could easily be pulled off for “free” if you already have everything at home!
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