In a perfect world, married couples would be able to get away together for a night or two of romance on a regular basis, out-of-the-house date nights would be a regular occurrence, and even the occasional lunch date would show up on their calendars.
But you know how it is: babies are born, money gets tight and couples tired, and so arrive seasons when it simply doesn’t happen. But while that may be regrettable (depending upon the couple and their preferences), it need not spell the end of romance.
Bring on the glorious Stay-at-Home Date Night!
With a little creativity, stay-at-home date nights can be just as fun–if not more so–than your average night on the town.
Here are a few budget-friendly ideas to get your creative juices flowing…
- Fill up the backyard baby pool, pour a couple of drinks and soak under the starry night sky.
- Dress to the nines, light candles, turn on Sinatra and enjoy on a romantic candlelight dinner for two.
- Pull the mattress off your bed and into the t.v. room, pile it high with your softest pillows and blankets, pull on your pajamas, grab two spoons and your favorite dessert and snuggle in front of a movie.
- Pitch a tent in the backyard, build a bonfire and roast marshmallows.
- Take turns asking one another questions. No matter how long you’ve been married there is always more to be learned about your better half. Don’t worry too much about the quality of the question. Even the most mundane of questions has been known to spark fascinating conversations in our house.
- Make your bedroom into a love nest. I purchased a bed canopy years ago. Occasionally I’ll pull it out, dust it off and put it up for the night. Then I fill the room with candlelight and other sundry romantic items and pretend that Dan and I are tucked away in a sumptuous hotel room or cottage somewhere.
- Play a board game. A little lighthearted competition can make for a very playful date night, indeed. If you’re feeling especially competitive put a little something on the line. I’ll leave the specifics up to you (wink, wink).
- Purchase this DVD (or something similar), clear away the furniture and dance the night away.
- Spend a night in Italy. Rent Roman Holiday, eat pizza, sip wine and enjoy a bit of gelato. (Or substitute the country of your choice and make the necessary adjustments.)
- Make playlists for one another and spend time listening to your favorite, romantic songs. Be sure to throw in a few memory-jogging selections!
Help me add to the list, won’t you? What is your favorite Stay-at-Home Date Night activity? (Besides that one. Really, girls! Wink, wink.)
P.S. For more ideas, download my free e-Booklet, 52 Simple Stay-at-Home Date Night Ideas!