Five ways to spice up date night at home
You and your partner may have adhered to a rather steady routine since the start of the lockdown, but once in a while, you can throw in some spontaneity with a date night. Your options for going out may be limited, but you can easily spice things up by putting together an activity you will both enjoy. Take things to the next level by following our suggestions on the ‘Perfect Date Night Dresses from the High Street’, and make an effort to change out of your sweats and into something that you’d save for a special occasion. This is just the first step of starting your date night and making it feel like an occasion in itself – albeit indoors.
Here are some ideas for getting started:
Cook a romantic meal together
Since your date night is at home, you don’t have to break the bank for a romantic meal. Imitate the atmosphere of your favourite restaurant by turning down the lights and lighting some candles. BBC Good Food has a host of options for crafting a romantic dinner for two for you to choose from. You can turn the whole cooking process into a bonding activity. Spend some time crafting a menu, shopping or ordering the groceries, and preparing the whole meal together. It will even be more rewarding when you get to eat something delicious and made with love.
Collaborate on a playlist and throw a dance party
You can throw a dance party by collaborating on a special playlist. Include songs from milestones you’ve had together, tunes from the decade you met, or any other music-related memories you both share, like your first concert. Make sure there’s a variation of fast and slow songs so you can let loose and show off your moves, and then wind things down by slow dancing together. To mix things up, you can even turn your dance party into a karaoke night and belt out songs together.
Have a games night
There aren’t many options to dress up and hit the town, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in the virtual world instead. Spice up your date night by starting a new campaign together or competing against each other on some of the best online games. If you have a VR headset, games console, or even just a smart TV there are numerous titles that will allow you and your partner to escape your living room for an hour or two. Whether you are transporting yourselves to race tracks, dystopian wastelands or the criminal underworld, once you get into the games you will forget you’re even in your living room. The industry is so advanced that graphics are often shockingly realistic: Gala Spins details how online slots are almost identical to their physical counterparts in terms of design and gameplay. This means that whatever title you land on, you can create an atmospheric night of home entertainment.
Plant individual scavenger hunts
The Spruce listed some birthday party ideas for your partner – but you don’t have to wait until then to follow the suggestions. You can each plan a simple scavenger hunt with clues filled with inside jokes that your partner will pick up on. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, and you can have some fun with creating the riddles. Hide some tokens around the house and make them personalised so that your partner is sure to follow. You can take turns doing this so that each of you is in for a treat.
Camp out and have an adult sleepover
Who says camping out is not an adult’s activity? You can pitch a tent in your garden, or even build a blanket fort in your living room for a cosier effect. Toast some marshmallows, bring in the snacks, have a movie marathon or stay up all night talking. This is sure to change things up from your usual Netflix-before-bed routine, and it’s destined to be a night you’ll want to repeat time and time again.
With these tips up your sleeve, you’ll definitely want to plan date nights at home more often!
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