Inside: Discover unique stay–at-home date ideas to help you and your spouse keep the spark alive without ever having to leave the house!
Welcome to the time of at-home date nights.
50+ Inexpensive Date Ideas is still one of The Happy Healthy Family’s most popular posts to date.
And, it’s not hard to see why!
When you’re in the thick of parenting, it’s no longer about candle-lit dinners at 5-star restaurants or a front-row seat at the latest concert.
After a busy week of playing personal chef, mom taxi, housekeeper, boo-boo kisser, and so much more, you are mentally and physically spent by the time Friday night rolls around.
What you want most?
Time with your better half to connect, reflect and recharge. After all, it feels like you haven’t seen each other all week. Even though you’ve both been there, going through the motions of what needs to get done.
The dinner time conversation?
Well, sometimes you manage to finish a question or thought. But are mostly just sidetracked by the sweet ramblings and interruptions from the littles. “Mommy! Look at the zoo animal I made with my mashed potatoes!”
You just want a one on one date with your spouse…but it’s going to be a while longer before that simple request can be filled in our new normal of social distancing.
Besides, the restaurants are closed for dine-in anyway. (On the upside, there’s still take-out!) But—yes, we’re in the middle of a nationwide quarantine. The first of its kind in our lifetime—and our parents’ parents’ lifetime for that matter.
This new way of living presents unique gifts… and unique challenges.
Have these thoughts crossed your mind lately?
“We need quality time, but how can we date when we can’t even get out of the house?”
“Every day feels the same! How can we keep the spark when I can’t even think of new things to talk about?!”
All valid questions…so right now, we’re going to talk about how to do just that.
Simple, stay-at-home date ideas that will bring back the spark and deepen your connection in these unusual times.
Stay-at-Home Date Ideas for the Great Indoors
Cook Dinner Together
Remember those early days of dating and marriage? The ones where you couldn’t wait for an excuse to just be together doing anything?
Something as simple as cooking dinner together somehow also managed to be romantic. It was a time when we put our phones aside and, instead, chose to flirt and get to know each other better as we prepped a great meal.
If you have older kids, let them watch a movie or play outside.
For younger kids, try finding an activity within your line of vision. Buy them a new toy or set of blocks. Or maybe some special time with their friends the Bubble Guppies or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse will keep their attention.
This at-home-date night idea may be the perfect way to add a little romance to your day.
Play a Board Game
Board games are such simple delights. And, I don’t know about you—but I all too often deny myself of this simple pleasure! Some of the classics you can play are:
Or, check out some newer, top-rated games on Amazon:
Another idea? Check out these popular game subscription boxes for your at-home date night:
- Escape the Crate. A bi-monthly escape room style box filled with puzzles & mysteries to solve.
- Crated with Love. A monthly box filled with unique themes and challenges to help keep the spark alive.
- Night in Boxes. The ultimate solution to enjoy an experience with a loved one from the comfort of your home.
Bring the Movie Theatre Home
But don’t just plop down to watch a movie!
Set out to make it an experience. These days, you can literally bring the movie theatre to your home with newly released movies being offered as an at-home purchase.
Bring the concession stand home.
Now for snacks!
Pop some movie theatre-style popcorn and a bottle of bubbly. Beforehand, go to the Dollar Store and stock up on your favorite movie theatre style boxes of candy too! (Is it just me, or is their candy the freshest around?!)
Create a Spa Experience
Okay, before this one sends your husband running for the hills… let him know that spa time is more than froo-froo face masks and painting toenails. (Although he’s sure to enjoy a great face mask.)
A spa night can be so many things. Chose your favorites from the list below and have some fun pampering each other. Then give your hubby a pat on the back if he ventured a little outside of his comfort zone. After all, the comfort of your own home is the best place for it!
- Light some candles and draw a bubble bath.
- Diffuse your favorite relaxing essential oils.
- Indulge in an exfoliating foot scrub and/or peppermint foot soak.
- Apply a detoxifying face mask that smells as good as it works. (My favorite: Purify by EVER.)
- Give each other a back rub using a relaxing massage oil.
- Put on great spa music or relaxation playlist.
- Do some light yoga.
Related Post: Low-cost Alternatives to Pampering Yourself
Indulge in a Decadent Dessert by Candlelight
Want to get naughty?
(In a totally G-rated way of course because this is a family-friendly blog!) Order your favorite, most indulgent dessert for take-out. Hide it in the special spot in the fridge and have it there waiting until the kids go to bed.
Make it romantic by sharing your favorite dessert by candle light.
Note: If you have ANY type of mom guilt for not sharing something so tasty with your kids, just grab a cookie for them to enjoy tomorrow. (You’re welcome!)
Start a Weekly Planning Session
Okay..so this one isn’t romantic in the conventional sense.
But you know what is romantic?
The sense of partnership it fosters through teamwork and communication on things you didn’t even know you needed (or wanted) to talk about.
Plan to get together one evening after the kids are in bed, or even after breakfast in the a.m. one weekend morning.
This is a great way to sync up on your weekly plans, brainstorm fun family activities to look forward, and discuss meal ideas. If you do a monthly budget, now is the perfect time to review it together.
Starting a weekly planning date with my hubby has been such a game-changer for us. It feels like we’re in this thing called life together and managing it with intentionality.
Stay-at-Home Date Ideas Outdoors
When was the last time you lost yourself in the Universe? Better yet, when was the last time you and your spouse lost yourselves together in the Universe?
Talk about an incredibly romantic stay–at-home date idea. It’s filled with depth even without a ton of conversation. Get lost in the wonder and aw together after the kids are asleep.
Create a Fire Pit in Your Backyard
Spring is here…giving us the perfect cool crisp nights for a fire pit. Grab a cold bottle of wine, or your favorite hot drink, and head outside to snuggle next to the soft glow of a fire.
Play a simple, silly game like eye spy or grab The Book of Questions for some thought-provoking conversation starters!
Side note: Just add s’mores and this is a great family activity for another time!
Watch the Sunrise (or Sunset)
Few things are truly as miraculous as being fully present for a sunrise or sunset. Taking the time to simply sit and watch this true gift of a new day, or setting day, is the perfect time to reflect and count the blessings it provided.
Grab a rich and delicious cup of coffee and sneak outside before the kids are awake to watch the sunrise.
If it’s hard to get a good view of the sunrise or sunset from where you are, watch live feed of one happening in a gorgeous nearby town.
We’re 20 minutes from the ocean, but it can be a challenge to get there so early in the morning.
One of my favorite things to do is to catch the live feed of the sun rising on the beach in Sandbridge, VA. Even though I’m watching it through a screen it is so therapeutic to see the sunrise in such a serene and beautiful setting.
Click here to check out the Sandbridge Sunrise Facebook Page.
This time that we’ve been given with each other?
It’s bittersweet. We’re social distancing in order to keep our loved ones and the loved ones of others healthy and safe from a virus that’s ravaging the world.
But—I urge you to see the beauty in it.
To rise to the challenges of finding new and unique ways to bond with your loved ones. Cherish the open schedule and the need to be nowhere except exactly where you are. And to create memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.