Date Night In

It’s officially February, and with Valentine’s Day coming up, love is certainly in the air. Instead of planning a night out with your special someone, bring romance home and enjoy the comforts of your personal sanctuary. You’ll avoid the cold, the crowds and get more distraction-free time together.

Stay-in dates don’t require a lot of time or money to execute and ultimately, they can make a big impact by rekindling feelings of romance and helping you re-connect in a setting where you can be your authentic self.

Here are some ideas to get the planning started!

DIY PAINT NIGHT
Getting artsy together is a great bonding activity. Pick up some canvases, brushes and paints and a bottle of wine, and see what you can create together.

GAME NIGHT
Learn a new card or board game and get a little friendly competition going. Or invite some other couples over and make it a group date night.

AT HOME SPA NIGHT
Pamper your partner (and yourself) and indulge in some much-needed TLC. Create a clean, serene space by placing aromatherapy candles of various heights around the bathtub, and place fresh out-of-the-dryer warm towels off to the side.

GET SOME FRESH AIR
Bring cushions and blankets out to your patio and do some stargazing. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, head out for a stroll in your community and stop by the nearest park to play on the swings and rediscover your inner child.

FONDUE IT UP
Bring out the fondue set for a different and fun dining experience. Don’t have a fondue pot? No worries! You can melt chocolate or other dipping sauces in a slow cooker or even on your stove top, or cook meat and veggies hot rocks style on a raclette or indoor grill!

LIVING ROOM PICNIC
Lay down a blanket in the living room, add some pillows, light some candles. You can even string some Christmas lights for a little extra ambience. Keep the mood relaxed and consider finger foods which are easier to eat while sitting on the floor.

VIDEO GAME MARATHON
Regardless of your status as an avid player, casual gamer or pure newbie, video games can level up a cozy night in. Take on an immersive game that can be traded back and forth or a more cooperative title that puts your communication skills to the test.

The best rom coms for date night:

  • Serendipity
  • Sleepless In Seattle
  • Valentines Day
  • Notting Hill
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Set It Up
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
  • Crazy Stupid Love
  • Love Actually
  • 50 First Dates

GO ON A MUSEUM TOUR
Did you know that you can visit some museums online? Many museums have an online collection that you can access for free, which is perfect for a couple’s night in! Get your cultural fix and check out one of these museums online: The British Museum in London, The Louvre in Paris, The Dali Theater and Museum in Spain, The Vatican Museums in Vatican City.

MOVIE MARATHON
Pop some popcorn and snuggle up on the couch for a night of flicks. Alternate between each other’s favourites or check out our list of the best rom coms for date night to get some ideas.

Simple dates are the ones you remember and the ones that create the best memories. In the end it’s not about what you do or how much money you spend, but about the person you spend it with and the gift of time that you give to each other. Whichever route you chose to go, make it your own, have fun and enjoy the comfort of being in your own home.