With so many people working from home, it’s trickled into how we do other things in life for which we used to go out. Over 80% of meals are prepared at home for the first time in nearly sixty years. And, it’s not just food; people are homeschooling their children more than ever and even staying in for dates. Whether you just started seeing someone or have been married for twenty years, at-home date nights are an affordable way to reconnect and enjoy one another. Keep reading if you’re looking for ways to create the perfect night for you and your partner.
Nothing sets the tone for a successful date night like the right lighting. Romantic restaurants or other venues are typically dimly lit, and you can easily recreate this at home. Hanging twinkle lights in the living room and lighting a few candles can set the stage for a cozy night with your sweetheart.
In the same way lighting can impact the date’s tone, sometimes music has an even more profound effect. While cozying up to watch a movie is always fun, you want this date to be different and special. Set your turntable up and pull out the classics like Otis Redding, Etta James, and any other records you two can have softly in the background while you chat and reconnect. Plan to ask your partner to dance and have an area cleared out where you two can dance together. Music can affect our mood and emotion in various ways, so selecting the type of music that pairs with your dates are essential. You can even make your significant other a playlist to treasure after the date has ended.
For most people, you just want to lay on the couch and zone out after you’ve had a heavy meal. Keep your food choices light for the date night. A beautiful charcuterie board not only provides a lot of options for your partner but taking the time to create one shows how much you care. Visit a local bakery or chocolate shop to pick up their favorite dessert to have on hand. Making a beautiful spread doesn’t have to break the bank; make sure it’s all their favorites to show them how well you know them and how much you care.
Dress to Impress
Just because you’re having a date night at home doesn’t mean you should show up in loungewear. Plenty of couples get stuck in ruts where they’re lounging on the couch in sweats binge watching their favorite shows. While that’s great to feel so comfortable around each other, differentiate between a typical night and your date by dressing to impress. Sure, a suit may not be comfortable to wear while sitting on a floor pillow, but putting effort into appearance never goes unnoticed.
Hire a Sitter
If you are a parent, ensure this date is about you and your partner. Hiring a sitter for the date’s duration or dropping the kids off at their grandparents can ensure you can give one another your undivided attention. Not only that, it means that your date will go completely uninterrupted, which can feel like a true luxury for busy parents.
No one wants to play games when you’re dating or in a relationship. But, when it comes to date nights, games are always a hit. Studies have shown that playing board games can calm people down and make them less nervous. Competition is also an easy way to make things spicy on your date! In addition to competition and nerve reduction, games force you to interact and have a common goal, which keeps the conversation flowing. Lastly, planning a fun activity shows your partner you’re taking the date seriously by giving it some thought.
Date nights can be a simple night of watching a shared favorite movie or something more elaborate. The key to a successful date night is making it stand out as different from a typical night in. Adding the above-mentioned elements to your date night plans guarantees you will knock it out of the park. No matter how long you’ve been together, you and your partner can always use some “you” time. Enjoy!