Even if you think Valentine’s Day is a made-up greeting card holiday, it’s still hard to ignore. After a few years of going out and paying too much for a mediocre prix fixe meal I’ve learned my lesson. Save your eating out budget, and time, for another day during the month of February and celebrate Valentines at home with an at-home date night.
The key to a successful at home date night? Mix it up! Most of us eat plenty of meals at home and then we crash in front of the TV, so it’s time to do something different. Dress up. Cook together. Eat dinner in bed. Don’t turn on Netflix.
Whatever is out of the ordinary for you and your partner, do that! The great thing about a date night is that you get to do something fun, and stray from your routine, while spending quality time with your partner. So in order to keep that spirit alive for at home date nights you’ve got to break the mold.
Two big advantages of an at-home date night are that it’s less expensive than going out, and there is very little planning needed. So here are just a few -last minute- ideas to get you started…
Last Minute at Home Date Night Ideas
If you’re like me and do the majority of the cooking, AND don’t really like anyone messing with your space, then find a recipe online or try one of those meal services. It will be a new recipe with all the instructions clearly laid out, so neither one of you has the advantage. Maybe get a little crazy and let your partner take the lead!
Have an indoor picnic
Or “floor picnic” but that sounds dirty and not in a good way. An unrelated note: make sure your floors are super clean before attempting said floor picnic. I get it, you think picnic and you envision soft grass, birds chirping, and the warm sun on your shoulders (or something like that) but it’s winter and it’s cold (for some of us). An indoor picnic can add a little more intimacy to your meal, you can sit together for one thing, so pull all the pillows off the couch and snuggle up. Don’t forget to light the fireplace or a few candles to set the mood.
Play a game
When we visit with my side of the family every night turns into game night, and it’s such a blast! For some reason we rarely think of doing it with just the two of us but there are plenty of games out there that can be entertaining for just two. Rummikub is one of my absolute favorites, but card games are also easy and don’t require you to store any big board games. You could even add a little wager to whatever game you choose, I mean a little competition never hurt anyone!
Put on your cocktail best and meet up at the table for a candle lit dinner (even if it’s just take-out pizza!). It might seem silly but putting in that extra effort -while not required- can bump your date up to the next level. It’s like when you have a cold but you also have to go to work so you put on your favorite outfit and spend a little more time getting ready, and somehow, someway, that extra effort makes you actually feel better? Same thing applies here; feeling good about yourself puts you in a better mood which is guaranteed to make your at-home date a success.
Need help with your menu for this fun date night you’re planning? My favorite is to put together a meat & cheese & extras plate to enjoy at home. Super simple and super satisfying. Click on over to see how to easily put yours together!
Now send your partner a text or leave them a note that date night is on the calendar, whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or any given Tuesday.