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12 Ways To Make The Most Out Of An At Home Date Night

06 Jun 2018

Whether you’re a parent or not, it can be challenging to find the time, money, and energy to get all dressed up and have a “proper” date night out. That’s why we’ve put some thought into how to make the most out of an at-home date night – to ensure you and your partner can connect and take time to enjoy the place you call home.  

Check out our top twelve ideas:

A mature couple enjoys dinner in their backyard

1. Wine Tasting Under The Stars

First things first: if you have kids, send them out for a sleepover! Then, head over to the LCBO and grab two bottles of wine that you’re both drawn to (one pick per person). 

Next, head back home, pull out your best wine glasses, find a comfortable spot to sit in your backyard, and taste test both of your picks. 

Whose bottle wins for best taste? Best smell? Best bottle design? Give it a score and compare answers.

Enjoy each other’s company, some great kid-free conversation, and a nice starry night. You may even discover your new favourite wine! 

2. Projector Movie Night 

Do you have a projector or know someone you could borrow one from? If so, pick out your favourite movie, pop the popcorn, set up your laptop, hang up a white sheet, and settle in for movie night with a big screen. 

If you can’t get a babysitter, invite the kids to join and enjoy the first movie as a family. Once they grow tired, put them to bed and enjoy a second movie just for two. 

To get cozy, lay some blankets and pillows on the floor or on your lawn (outdoor movies are awesome) and experience your own at-home “drive-in”.  

3. Candlelit Delivery Dinner

Are you tired of making dinner every night? Pick one night a week (or a month) where you and your partner order your favourite Chinese food, sushi, Thai, pizza, or Mediterranean. 

Not only will anticipation build to indulge in some delicious food, but by having it delivered just in time for some quiet one on one time, you’ll be able to focus on your partner – without needing to worry about cooking and cleaning. 

Want to take things to the next level? Set some candles and turn your takeout into a classy meal. The little things can go a long way! 

A man holds a tray of freshly baked muffins. There is a woman in the background opening an oven

4. Baking Goodies 

Get a little messy (while having a lot of fun) by baking together. Need some ideas?Check out the following delicious recipes by the Food Network: 

Not much of a baker? Don’t worry; regular, at-home s’mores count too! Simply grab chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. You can cook them on the stove, over an outdoor fire, or even in the microwave! 

A young couple plays backgammon on the floor

5. One on One Game Night

Whether you’re card players, video game experts, or board game lovers, a little healthy competition can make for an awesome date night. 

Want to take the gaming outdoors? Design your own mini-golf tournament, play some one-on-one soccer, or get a game of badminton going. Winner gets bragging rights (and maybe also doesn’t have to wash any dishes for the week). 

6. Deck or Porch Drinks 

What’s your drink of choice? Grab your partner, a portable speaker, an “adult beverage,” and set up on your back deck or front porch – to just sit back, breathe, and relax. 

This might not sound like a fancy date night, but after a long and stressful workweek, there’s nothing like doing, well, nothing! 

If you have kids, let them play in the yard, set up a sleepover at Grandma’s, or wait until they’re off to bed. When was the last time you and your partner got some fresh air, enjoyed a good drink, and had a really great rest?

7. Trying a New Recipe 

There are few things more romantic than cooking a flavourful meal with the person you love. For some at-home dinner inspiration, check out these easy-to-make recipes by Jamie Oliver:

Look up recipes together, narrow down your list of what to try, and choose a night to get creative in the kitchen.

Which will you try tonight?

8. DIY Craft Night 

Are you a crafty couple? We suggest creating a ‘Date Jar’which is essentially a mason jar full of Popsicle sticks with date ideas written on them. 

The idea is to work together to come up with all sorts of great date ideas, to write them down on the sticks, to place each of them in the jar, and then to pick a stick from the jar when you’re in need of another fun night together. 

9. Garden Party for Two 

Have you been putting off your garden work? Why not make landscaping fun by getting a little messy and gardening as a team? 

Head to the garden centre and pick out your flowers. Then, turn on some music and dig in. The job will go by faster with four hands, and when it’s all done, you can chill out, share some snacks, and enjoy a beautiful garden view.  

A couple looks at a passport and map

10. Plan a Trip

Have you both been itching to travel? Take a date night at home to research and plan an exciting adventure together!  

Your plan could take you as far as Japan, or as close to home as a weekend getaway in Toronto! Either way, create a “bucket list” of places you both want to see over the next month, year, or five years. Then, as you travel, you’ll be able to cross each place off the list! 

11. Dusk Block Walk 

When the weather is just right, we know you can’t help but want to spend as much time outside as possible. So, if you want to get out of the house for a bit, but still want to stay close to home and budget-friendly, go for a dusk walk around the block. Hand in hand, a slow and romantic walk can turn into a peaceful, relaxing, mini-date. 

Two young couples enjoying a meal outside

12. Neighbour Double Date 

Are you good friends with another couple in your neighbourhood? If not, would you like to be? If you’d like to break the ice with new neighbours or want to connect with friends you haven’t seen in a while, invite them over to join you for any of the above date ideas! 

The more, the merrier!