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This is the last post in our Date Night Series!
We have talked about the importance of dating, and we have discussed different ideas for free dates and group dates. There are seasons in your life where going out just isn’t possible. Maybe you just moved to a new town and you have no one you can trust to keep your children. There could be an illness and you find yourself stuck at home, unable to leave, or maybe you have babies and young children that you just can’t leave.
Do not fret! My husband and I have experienced all of these scenarios. We have had to come up with some creative ways to have date nights here at the house. Some of these are very simple and even spontaneous. Others take a little more planning. The sky is the limit!
Here are our 10 Favorite Date Nights at Home:
1. Board Game Night
When we were first married we used to play games all the time. It’s fun to break out the old games and some junk food and laugh and play through the night.
2. Movie Night
This is an easy one. We like to put the kids to bed early, pop some popcorn and put our jammies on. Then we cuddle on the couch and watch a movie we have been wanting to see.
3. Dance on the back porch.
It is nice to sit outside under the stars and enjoy the quiet. There are many times where we have brought a baby monitor outback, lit some candles or lawn torches and turned on music. You can talk and cuddle under the stars or dance together right on the back porch.
4. Play Video Games
I have to admit, there are have been some really fun nights together where we broke out the kids’ video game systems and had video game battles together.
5. Watch funny you tube videos
There are have been many nights that we just sat around watching countless funny videos together. Sometimes it is nice to not plan anything, and just be spontaneous and silly. It’s great to laugh together and not have to think about anything important sometimes.
6. Romantic Date at Home
There was one year we just couldn’t get out for our anniversary. We fed the kids pizza that night and put them to bed early. We bought expensive steaks and sides and cooked a fancy meal together. I decorated our table all nice with candles and china and linens. Then we got all dressed up and sat and ate dinner and dessert together like we were in a fancy restaurant.
7. Cook Together
I do most of the cooking around here, but my husband has been wanting to learn and cook more in our home. Some of the best dates we have had are just spent in the kitchen chopping veggies and making a meal together. Making desserts are a lot of fun too!
8. Netflix or DVR Binge night
We rarely watch tv. We are just so busy with work and home life that we never seem to have time to sit down and watch a show together. This is something we used to love to do when we only had one or two children and they all went to bed at the same time. Plan a night or a couple nights into your week where you binge watch a series you have been wanting to catch up on.
9. Couples Massage
Sometimes you just need some relaxation together. Giving each other a massage is a great way to end a long day and spend time together.
10. Reminisce Together
We love pulling out old photo albums and looking through old home videos. It brings back so many memories of our lives together and our families and it reminds of us of how far we have come!
What are some of YOUR favorite Date Nights at Home?