36 at-home date night ideas to beat the winter blues


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Are you searching for stay at home date night ideas for couples? Here are 36 fantastic things you can do as a couple without leaving the house!

Even though we don’t have kids, it can be challenging to free up the time to go on a date night. There is often not enough time or energy to go on a fancy date night between side hustles and full-time jobs. 

That’s why date night ideas at home can be such a great alternative. For starters, it costs less money and less energy. 

We have come up with a ton of fun stay at home date ideas for couples. The majority of them are super budget-friendly.


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Stay At Home Date Night Ideas With Food Or Drinks

Here are the best date ideas for couples that you can try tonight without having to go out. Whether this is your first date with that special someone or you want to have some romantic ideas for a date with your significant other, this is for you! 

Let’s start by listing all the food and drink options since most dates are about that (let’s be honest). 

1. Have A Themed Dinner For Your Stay At Home Date Night

Pick a country that you’re both loving and make dinner together inspired by that country. It can make things a little better when you can’t travel, and you’re missing all the great food. 

You can try countries like:

  • Japan: Make sushi together.
  • Italy: Make pasta or pizza together. You can choose the difficulty by either buying the dough in the store or making it yourself.
  • Mexico: Make your own nachos, tacos or burritos. My personal favorite is making nachos with guacamole. Put the nachos in the oven to melt the cheese and enjoy!
  • France: You can make a platter of different cheeses and serve it with some French bread. Open up a French bottle of wine, and you’re good to go!

2. Have A Tasting Party

We all love food and drinks, right? Having a tasting party might just be what you need. 

Pick any food or drinks category that you like. You can choose beer, wine, or whiskey, but also chocolate, cheese or ice cream. 

Taste it and rank it on a piece of paper. You can compare with what you like the best, what tastes you enjoy, and you may be surprised by some things you like (or dislike).

3. Have A Picnic

It’s fun to throw out your blanket anywhere you want around the house and have a picnic lunch or dinner. You can do it inside when it is cold outside or when you live on the 3rd floor without a garden like me. 

If you have a garden or a patio, see if the weather allows you to go outside and have a picnic there. 

When you’re sitting in the backyard and have a great view, you may even see the sun setting. That is a romantic evening for sure!

4. Have A Cook-Off

Spice things up and challenge each other to a cook-off. Getting in a little friendly competition can boost energy both in your evening and the relationship. 

While it’s great to cook for each other, making it a game will make it more fun. Choose who creates which course or both make the same course (like dessert or main dish) and see who does it better. 

When you want to make it a fair competition, you can choose to use one key ingredient and create a dish around that. For example, you want to incorporate avocado in some way. It means that you each make a dish that includes avocado, or you can make dinner with several courses that all contain avocado. 

It will make for a lot of fun for sure!

5. Make S’Mores

When I was studying in the U.S., s’mores were on my list of foods I wanted to try. Get some chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows. 

It’s easy to make s’mores at home. It can be a romantic date at the fireplace and making s’mores after. Or you can simply use the over or gas stovetop, which we’ve also done. 

They also sell s’mores kits, to make this even quicker!

6. Make A Dessert Bar

Are you a fan of dessert? My partner and I are loving them. Get your favorite ice cream, make some brownies, or get your favorite treats from the bakery. 

You can decide to buy the desserts or make them together, depending on your mood and the time you have. 

The best thing? You can buy anything you want! To prevent getting more than you can eat, don’t go shopping hungry!

7. Have An At-Home Wine Tasting

Wine tastings are fun, plus they’re not difficult to organize yourself. Having a wine tasting as a stay at home date idea for couples is simple. It is also not too expensive and will make for an entire evening of fun.

When you want to up your game, you can invite other couples to join you and make it a double date at home. Get some wine, some cheese and you’re good to go!

8. Make Your Favorite Drinks

Get your favorite drinks and install yourself on the couch. If the weather is good, you can also sit outside and chat. Sit back, relax and enjoy a good conversation. 

9. Get Takeout Or Delivery

When you’re not feeling like cooking tonight but want an at-home date night with your partner, get takeout or delivery. It can be as easy as ordering pizza or checking if your favorite restaurant has an option to take out or deliver. 

Fun Date Ideas When At Home

Do you just want to spend time together and have fun? Here are the best date night ideas for that!

10. Game Night During Your Stay At Home Date Night

We are a fan of game nights! It’s one of our favorite stay at home date ideas. Open a bottle of wine, make some snacks, and play board games together. 

We love games like the Stone Age, but recently we’ve been into playing cards. We can play games for hours, and it’s so fun. 

Want to spice it up? Invite friends over for a double date, and have a fantastic at-home date night!

Boardgame ideas for stay at home date ideas for couples:

  • Couples Trivia Games
  • Adult board games
  • Uno
  • Scrabble
  • Ticket to Ride

11. Transform Your Bedroom Into A Hotel

You know the feeling when you’re staying at a hotel? The luxury feel is something you want all day, every day. You can create that for you and your partner too. 

Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • Put a cold bottle of champagne near the bed.
  • Order in from your favorite restaurant and eat it in bed.
  • Light a couple of candles.
  • Dinner and a movie in bed, perhaps even with some popcorn. 

12. Indoor Camping

Besides transforming your bedroom into a hotel, going camping inside is a great indoor date night idea. Simply set up a tent in the living room and enjoy it. 

This one is about connecting. You probably want to have a good chat, take some time to relax, play a card game or watch a movie online.

13. No Electricity Night

Another fun date idea may be to have a no electricity night. Turn off the light, phones and the TV. You can only use candles and a flashlight. Stay away from electric devices. 

14. Play Trivia As A Stay At Home Date Idea

Playing different kinds of trivia games as a couple gets to know a whole other side of the person. After we’ve been together for five years, it’s fun for games like this to have a different conversation and learn something new about each other. 

It’s simple to make your own trivia game, where you write down your questions. You can write down the answers & have fun with it. 

To take it to the next level, you can guess the answers the other person wrote down. I assure you will have lots of fun!

Some questions you can ask each other are:

  • What is your favorite thing about your partner?
  • Who would be more likely to _____? (Fill in the blank with things like bungee jump, become a millionaire or other things). 
  • What is your biggest dream?
  • What is your biggest fear?

15. Do A Puzzle

Do you already have a puzzle in your house? Doing a puzzle together can be a lot of fun. If you don’t have puzzles at home, check out thrift stores or secondhand websites. 

16. Watch A Concert At Home

Going to a concert or a show can be a great date idea in and of itself. However, there are lots of people, and it can be expensive. A great alternative would be to watch a concert at home. 

Search YouTube for your favorite band and the words “full concert.” You’ll probably find something you like. If you have a specific show you’re searching for, chances are you can find it online.

17. Watch A Movie

If you have a subscription to Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime, you have thousands of movies available for you to watch. If you don’t have such a subscription, check if you have any DVDs lying around that would be fun to watch. 

A movie date night is accessible, fun and easy to do. You can snuggle up on the couch and cuddle while you watch your favorite movies. If you want to go for a movie night XL, have a movie marathon while you’re at it. If you’re looking for more creative and fun dating ideas, continue reading!

18. Decorate For A Holiday

Is there any holiday coming up? Take out the holiday decoration and decorate the house. Holidays are a great time to have some quality time together. Setting up your home for the holidays can do the same thing.

19. Plan Your Dream Vacation

Traveling is something that I enjoy. While you can’t travel year-round, it is great to plan your dream vacation. Check out Pinterest or Google for the best vacation spots. 

You can make it a game, where each of you can come up with a different vacation. If you want to check your vacation together, it will be fun to see yourself vacationing together in the same spot. 

20. Play Video Games During Your At-Home Date Night

My partner and I love to play video games together. It is such a fun at-home date night idea. You can spend hours challenging each other or playing a multiplayer game together. We love games like Mario Party, Mario Kart or Zelda. 

If one of you doesn’t know a game, let the other person teach you. It is fun learning new things together, and teaching each other is a great way to connect.

21. Redo Your Favorite Date Night

Do you have a favorite date night that you want to relive? Think about what unique date night you’ve had together that you would like to recreate. 

Cheap At Home Date Night Ideas

Do you want to stay at home and have some frugal fun? No need to live stingily or take under the table jobs. Here are the best cheap date ideas, perfect for if you’re looking for activities you can do with no money and don’t want to break the bank. 

22. Have A Karaoke Night

Karaoke is super fun. Sing your heart out with your partner, and you will have a great time!

If you want to go professionally, you can go to the Singstar route. Get your Singstar mics out, and let the fun begin. I know I have a couple of friends who have loads of Singstar CDs, making borrowing a very economical option. 

If you want to have a couple of hours of fun with Youtube, you can search for the karaoke version of songs you love and go for it. 

23. Have A Dance Party

If you’re getting a sore throat from singing, have a dance party and dance to all your favorite songs. Put on a playlist with all your favorite songs and play them all night. Alternatively, you can DJ yourself and put on the songs you like!

24. Redesign A Room In Your House

With this budget-friendly at home date night idea, you will have an evening of fun without it costing you much. 

Simply pick a room in your house and see how you would change that. Move some things around and check if you like it. 

If an entire room is too overwhelming for you, start with a corner. You will be surprised by the effects of moving some things around. 

25. Get Artistic

Do you want to have some creative date ideas? Get some painting brushes, some canvas, and start painting. There are dozens of artistic activities you can do from the comfort of your home. 

26. Talk About Your Future

It sounds cheesy, and it is, but talk about your future together. Talk about your plans for the rest of your lives and what you want to accomplish. It can be anything you want to do. From searching for your dream home to talking about where you want to live, to what your dream job would be. 

27. Make A Travel List

When you’ve finished talking about your future, you can make a list of all the places that you want to visit. You don’t need to plan anything, but just talk about which places you would like to see. 

When you want to plan your next vacation, you can pull out this list and simply pick a place. 

28. Make A Bucket List

Talk about all the dreams and plans you have for the rest of your lives, and create the ultimate bucket list together. While travel will be a part of the list, there will be dozens of other things you can do. 

Making a bucket list shows what type of things you want to do. Plus, you can make a plan to cross one (or a couple of them) off the list already. 

29. Write A Love Letter

How romantic is it when you write a love letter for each other? You can make them beforehand and share them on your date night. If you would prefer to take the time to write love letters simultaneously, you can read them on a future date. 

30. Visit A Museum Online

Many museums have a collection that you can visit online, for free. It makes visiting a museum the perfect cheap date idea! 

Which museums can you visit online? Some include:

  • The British Museum in London
  • The Louvre in Paris
  • The Dali Theater and Museum in Spain
  • The Vatican Museums in Vatican City

31. Take A Walk

While this date night idea is not technically inside your house, you don’t need to take the car to visit another place. Taking a stroll around your area can be the perfect date night. When you are walking, you often get into deep and personal conversations. That’s why walking is such a great date night idea. 

32. Play Would You Rather

There are dozens of platforms online that provide you with funny ‘Would You Rather’ questions. A couple of these platforms are Either and Would You Rather

33. Make A (Bubble) Bath For Two

Taking a bubble bath together is a fun way of spending a date night. You pop open the optional bottle of wine and simply relax. Many people have an unused bathtub or even a jacuzzi in their homes. Enjoy it and relax together!

34. Trade Massages

Trade massages with your partner during your date night. Massages are 100% free, which makes it the perfect date night idea. If you want to make it unique, put on some relaxing music and some candles. 

35. Take A Personality Test

While you already know each other pretty well, it’s always great to get to know each other even better. Take a personality test and compare the results you got. These are the ones that I love:

36. Research Ways To Practice Kindness

Especially in these times, it is vital to be kind to one another. People in your own community can probably use help. Do some research to find out how you can make a difference at an organization you love. 

Give what you can to those in need, practice these acts of kindness, and you will have an evening of fun and meaning. 

Did you find any stay at home date night ideas that you like? 

This article originally appeared on RadicalFire.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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