They’re great for keeping couples connected, but with a nation on lockdown, they’re about as scarce as a bag of flour!
Enter, the ‘stay-at-home’ date night!
We could all do with a little fun after hours – especially after months of homeschooling – so relax, turn off the TV, and try something a little different!
1. Enjoy a romantic meal in👩❤️💋👩👩❤️💋👩👩❤️💋👩
So we can’t escape to our favourite restaurants – but a romantic meal at home when the kids are in bed would be just the ticket! Take a night off from cooking and order a hot meal for delivery (we’ve listed lots of companies delivering cooked food here).
You could even pretend you are in a restaurant, set the table, light some candles, pop open some wine and enjoy!
2. Treat yourself to a home pamper night 💅💅💅
Pampering yourselves at home might not be the same as the real thing, but it will certainly be cheaper! It is also a great excuse (if you needed one!) to get into your dressing gown and slippers early!
You could try making your own homemade beauty treatments, and enjoy a relaxing facial mask or conditioning hair treatment from ingredients you already have in the kitchen.
3. Discover your creative side!🎨🎨🎨
We don’t always have time to do something creative with our partners, but now is the perfect time to try. You could try painting on canvas, or paint some pottery! Hippopottery is selling lockdown pottery boxes for delivery/collection, containing everything you need to create the perfect piece at home!
It is a brilliant way to have a fun, creative evening and support a local business while you’re at it.
4. Enjoy a pub quiz at home 🍺🍺🍺
Do you and your partner enjoy quizzes? Compete against each other at home – you could crack open a beer for an authentic experience, and have a prize for the winner! There are lots of live quizzes happening all the time – we’ve listed a few below.
Sit down together and go through old holiday photos or videos, or perhaps your wedding photos or DVD?
Put on some music that reminds you of a favourite holiday, and recreate that dream holiday cocktail or dessert.
Now might be a good time to read through your wedding guestbook, or remember a funny memory from your pre-kid days. Whatever you decide to do, sit down together and have a good laugh!
6. Games night
Not just for the kids! Dig out your favourite board games or card games and have a competition together.
You could even try and learn a new card game or two.
Open some wine, get the snacks lined up and get playing!
7. Food or wine tasting night
Support a local business by ordering some of their delicious products to sample at home.
Pride & Provenance delivers wine, cheese and charcuterie. Or, you could create your own type of tasting night! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – you could have a theme of crisps, chocolate or biscuits. Buy a few different types, taste them all, then rate and rank them!
8. Cook a travel-inspired meal
Pick a place you really want to travel to – or have already been to – and cook a meal together inspired by that country. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and you could add a few decorations if you like.
Ideas include a French-themed cheese and wine platter, Greek meze feast, homemade pizza, a Mexican nachos tray or Thai street food….
9. Visit a museum online
Following on from the travel-inspired meal and going through old holiday photos, why not take a virtual trip somewhere in the world? There are LOADS of online tours available and they might give you a few ideas for your next holiday!
When lockdown is over, where do you want to go? Plan your ultimate date night bucket list, with everywhere you want to eat, travel to, experiences you want to have together and things you want to learn.
Even if you never get to do them all, it will be fun talking and dreaming about them!
We hope we’ve given you some good ideas to have a great night in… and if all else fails, there is still plenty to watch on the TV 📺😂📺