For one reason or another, you and your significant other are stuck at home on a Friday or Saturday night. Whether you are looking to save money or just don’t feel like going out, it can quickly become second nature to just Netflix and chill at home. While binge-watching with your babe or boo is good and all, there is a lot more you can do on a night in together. Here are a few stay-at-home fun, cheap, and cute date night idea that you’ll actually want to try.
1. PAINT AND SIP AN ARTISTIC MASTERPIECE
Paint and sips have been very popular for date nights and group gatherings. Bring this same concept into your home for free by creating your own works of art. You and your partner can paint or sketch still life, from everyday objects that you can find around your home. Take the date night experience to the next level with a life drawing course. Model for one another as you create masterpieces for your homes—or for your own personal collections.
2. SURPRISE THEM WITH A MEAL TO GO
Inspired by a clip that I saw on the hilarious BET+ show “Bigger,” send your significant other a dish from their favorite restaurant. Order dishes from their favorite restaurant(s) and have them delivered contact-free to their home. They will be happy, full, and relieved that you gave them a night off from cooking a homemade meal. Find the best delivery options from local restaurants by checking your favorite delivery-app, through sites like Dining at a Distance, or by visiting the restaurant’s website for the best meal to-go options available.
3. CURATE A MEMORABLE PLAYLIST
Like the mix-tapes of the ’80s or CDs of the ’90s, curate a selection of songs for your significant other using your favorite music app. From your favorite R&B slow jams to your go-to karaoke duet—select a playlist that you can both can enjoy when you are together and when you are apart.
4. CRAFT A SIGNATURE COUPLES COCKTAILS
Craft your signature cocktails using your favorite wines, beers, and spirits during your next date night. Be your own mixologist, as you both construct drinks your signature drinks. Once the drinks are perfect, reveal your signature cocktails to your guests during your next gathering or couples game night. Everyone will be impressed by your new-found bartending skills. Don’t want to leave your house? Grab everything you need to craft the best cocktails at home with local delivery through Drizly. Use the code “DRIZLYDEAL” and receive $5 your first order of $20 or more!
5. BUILD A COMFY FORT
Revert to the days of your youth by building a fort with your partner or spouse during your next at-home date. Use tables, chairs, pillows, blankets, and anything else you can find to build an indoor fortress of your choosing. Once your DIY fort is complete, grab your favorite snacks, put on a movie or music, and enjoy each other’s company as you cuddle in your new comfortable confines. For families, this is an activity that kids of all ages can enjoy. So yes, it’s okay for your kids to crash this date night, just once.
6. DISCOVER YOUR BEST ANGLES WITH A LIVELY PHOTOSHOOT
Add some spice to your next date night at home with a lively photoshoot. You and your partner will select outfits for one another. Once the outfits are selected, take turns taking photos of one another. Get silly or risky—it is totally up to you.
7. PLAN YOUR NEXT EXOTIC VACATION
Plan your next vacation on your next date night. Take the anxiety of planning a trip by preparing for it well in advance. Pick your next destination by using Google or by spinning a classic globe. Research hotels, flights, activities, food-stops, and cultural institutions together, so that you are both on the same page on where you want to go, and how you want to spend your time. Once you have agreed on the perfect destination the only thing left is to set a date.
8. WRITE ONE ANOTHER ROMANTIC LOVE LETTERS
Writing letters is a romantic and cheap date idea that you can easily do at home. During your next date night, take a few minutes to write a romantic love letter to your significant other or spouse. Share your fondest memory, a romantic quote, or whatever is on your hearing. Once the letters are complete, tuck them away and plan to meet up to exchange them in person on a different day. If you do not live with your partner, send them the letter though the mail. They will be surprised and delighted to receive this thoughtful and romantic gesture.
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