Most of us are stuck home right now due to COVID-19. Like many, my husband and I have been missing our date nights. We don’t get them a whole lot because of the kids but boy, we sure do miss them.
So what are some good ideas for date night? I’ve come up with 19 at home date night ideas that won’t break the bank!
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Even once quarantine ends, these at home date night ideas are still fun! Maybe you’re new parents and just want to have a mini date night when you put the baby to sleep. Maybe it’s freezing out and you don’t want to leave the house. Either way, these ideas are great for any time you’re either stuck at home or just prefer to be at home.
So what can couples do when bored at home? Let’s get into this list of 21 at home date night ideas!
21 Cheap At Home Date Night Ideas
1.) Have a movie night
If you’re a fan of the classic movie night there are TONS of great movies available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. We like to use Amazon Video a lot because the options are almost endless, plus you can stream anywhere. Grab a popcorn maker and you’re set!
If you prefer tv series over movies here are a few current popular ones:
- Breaking Bad
- Outer Banks
- Schitt’s Creek
- Stranger Things
- Save The Last Dance
2.) Play Board Games
Board games to play on your next at home date night
If it’s nice outside and you want to play connect 4, check out this oversized version that is not only great for a date night but also a great game to have when you host parties.
There are SO MANY fun board games. Just find one that fits your personality and you’ll have hours of fun lined up.
3.) Make Cocktails
If you download the DrinkAR app, you can learn how to make EASY cocktails in your kitchen! Neither of us knows how to make drinks so this was a fun way to not screw it up. The ingredients were minimal and the sangria we made was DELICIOUS.
Here’s the simple recipe we used to create our white sangria:
- 6 strawberries
- 2 peaches
- 1/2 of an orange
- Orange Liqueur
We let it sit overnight and had it the next day. It was out of this world! I highly recommend giving this recipe a try.
4.) Have a picnic
At home date nights don’t have to be fancy. Have dinner under the stars at night or even just grab some coffee and snacks for some mid-day fun. If you want to bring wine out on your picnic, check out these silicone wine glasses. They’re unbreakable, silicone-free, and dishwasher safe.
Take these glasses with your blanket and basket and you’ve got yourself the perfect at home date night idea right in your own backyard.
5.) Have a spa night
This one is great because not only is it good as an at home date night idea, but it works for a fun night with friends! Face masks, nail tools, and foot scrubs are all great for a nice night of pampering.
Fill up a pretty pitcher with some cucumber-infused water, test out some luxurious skincare products and you’ve got yourself a sleek and sophisticated spa night at home.
6.) Cook Dinner Together
If you’ve asked yourself “how can I make a romantic night at home?”, this is a great option. Maybe you’re not a great cook, that’s ok. You don’t have to whip up a fancy meal. Spaghetti and pre-made meatballs work well too 🙂 Just enjoying each other in the kitchen is most important!
If you DO like to cook, maybe try something you’ve never had before. Places like Hello Fresh & Blue Apron have really yummy meals that often combine ingredients/foods in ways you may have never had before.
7.) Try an at home date night box
The Crafted With Love Date Night Box comes once per month and each month has a new theme. Included are 4-5 games that will make you laugh and themed Spotify playlists to accompany your date!
8.) Get crafty
By now I’m sure you’ve at least heard of “wine and paint” parties. Why not bring the party home? Grab a kit like this one so you can create your very own paint party. It includes 2 canvases, easy-to-follow instructions, and all the supplies to make your at home date night a fun one!
If you like wine, grab your favorite bottle and find a comfortable place to get your paint on!
9.) Create a scrapbook or Shadowbox
This is such a fun way to reminisce on memories! Pull together movie tickets, photos, birthday cards, anything you have that brings back a happy memory of you together. Make a shadowbox or scrapbook to look back on down the road.
10.) Learn To Dance
Youtube is a wonderful thing. Why not put on some music and learn some new moves? It’s definitely a budget-friendly way to have some fun while letting loose!
Maybe jazz and ballroom dancing isn’t up your alley. But have you ever heard of Zumba? Zumba offers a full workout that incorporates dance styles such as reggaeton, merengue, mambo, cumbia, salsa, and so much more.
If you want to turn your at home date night into a dance party/fitness session be sure to check out Zumba. Not only is Zumba fun and easy to follow, but it’s also a great way to torch some serious calories.
The moves in Zumba tend to be fun and the routines often bring lots of laughs. This is a great way to have fun together while getting fit.
11.) Finish A Project
Re-doing a bedroom? Updating your kitchen? Throw on some good music, layout some snacks, and just enjoy each other’s time while finishing something that’s been on your to-do list.
12.) Make Tik Tok Videos
Ok, this might not sound like your thing if you’re over 20 but I promise, it can be a lot of fun. It is time-consuming so if you have a few hours, this is a great way to laugh and spend time together.
Looking for some rainy day date ideas at home? If exercise is your thing, try a partner workout. It’s a great way to turn your workout into fun rather than something you dread. It also makes the time go by much quicker when you have someone to make you laugh and push you through.
These inexpensive fitness items are great to have at home and can easily turn your date night into a calorie-torcher.
14.) Bake goodies
You don’t have to be a pastry chef to whip up some yummy baked goods. Scoop up a baking book that offers quick and easy recipes with minimal ingredients. Baking generally takes less time than cooking a full meal, so if the kitchen isn’t your specialty, baking might be the way to go.
Some yummy and simple baked goods to make for your next at home date night:
5.) fried ice cream
6.) dessert lasagna
7.) oreo truffles
8.) chocolate pudding
9.) ice cream sandwiches
10.) pumpkin cheesecake rolls
|11.) sticky cinnamon buns
12.) no-bake cheesecake
13.) Nutella pops
14.) chocolate-covered strawberries
15.) apple pie
16.) icebox cake
17.) chocolate dipped marshmallows
19.) truffle pie
20.) peanut butter fudge
15.) Breakfast In Bed
Not all dates happen at night! Why not make your favorite breakfast, grab a cup of coffee, curl up in bed, and put the phones away? It’s never a bad idea to start the day with great conversation and your favorite breakfast.
Even better, put on a romantic movie while enjoying your breakfast in bed. It’s not often that we get to just hang out in bed and watch tv so take the opportunity if it arises!
This tray is great for breakfast in bed. I bought it a few years ago and actually use it for my laptop when I work in bed at night, too.
16.) Make a bucket/adventure/travel list
Creating a bucket list as a duo is a great way to build cherished memories together. A bucket list doesn’t have to be full of extravagant adventures or activities. You can make a bucket list that consists of small and more reasonable things. Every week pick one item to accomplish together.
Here’s a fun way to make a bucket list:
- Cut up small pieces of paper
- Write 1 thing you’d love to do or place you’d like to go on each piece of paper
- Fold up each piece of paper and put it into a mason jar
- Each week, pull a new piece of paper and make completing this task your date night!
17.) Take a bubble bath
If you’ve asked yourself “How can I make a romantic date night at home?” this one’s for you! Many people have a bathroom whirlpool/tub that never gets used. Put it to good use for your next romantic at home date night.
Light some candles, put on some soothing music, and just enjoy each other’s company while soaking in the tub. Romantic evening ideas for married couples don’t have to be elaborate or cost a fortune.
18.) Turn your bedroom into a hotel
If you love traveling and staying in luxurious hotels and resorts, create the resort experience right in your own bedroom!
Here are a few ways to turn your bedroom into a resort-style oasis:
- Light some candles to make your room smell fresh
- Order a fancy dinner and eat it in bed
- Pop some champagne and set it up bedside
- Wear your most luxurious robe while and eat on a breakfast tray while watching tv
19.) Bring the bookstore home
Whether you enjoy reading hardcover books, using a Kindle, or reading magazines, there are plenty of ways to read these days.
Set up a cozy corner in your favorite room of the house and turn it into a reading nook. These reading pillows are great (and they work for kids, too!). Set up 2 pillows, grab your favorite reading material, and put together some of your favorite snacks. Voila! Now you’ve got one of the easiest and cheapest at home date night ideas.
Here are some ideas for reading at home:
- Hardcover books – Pick your favorites or start a new series
- Kindle – Read or listen to audiobooks
- Magazines – Read or do some fun quizzes together!
20.) Play A Couples Trivia Game
Couples trivia games are equally fun and humorous. There are tons of these games out there but Amazon is home to some of the most popular and affordable. Here are a few to think about for your next at home date night:
Couple’s games are great relationship strengtheners and can even help you to reconnect with each other. Whether you ask each other questions or just create thought-provoking conversation, it’s a great way to enjoy your at home date night in a new and exciting way.
21.) Do a puzzle
Looking to fill a couple of hours? Grab a puzzle with 1,000 or more pieces and spend some time getting in some good conversation while you work together to complete it. If you want an easier puzzle that you could complete while eating dinner and dessert, look for one with 100-300 pieces.
No matter what you enjoy, there are plenty of puzzles to choose from to fit your interests. Here are a few that are great for an at home date night:
1,000+ pieces puzzles
100-300 piece puzzles
Since affordable fashion is one of my specialties, you know I can’t leave you without the perfect outfits for an at home date night. Here are a few great options for whatever it is you decide to do during your time together.
At Home Date Night Outfits For Her
- Loungewear – Loungewear is my go-to when home, whether it’s date night or not. You might think of loungewear as being too sloppy or not attractive, but loungewear has come a long way! Nowadays there are sets as well as separates that are not only comfortable but also super cute and even sexy.
2. A Maxi Dress – A maxi dress is a great way to dress comfortably without being too casual. Maxi dresses are easy to accessorize and practical for situations where you’ll be sitting in comfy positions. Here are a few super cute and affordable styles:
3. Leggings & a Tee – Some date nights might call for getting a bit more dressed, however, if you’re planning a spa night or some dancing, it’s best to be comfortable. Here are a few legging and t-shirt options that are cute but still practical for more active/messy activities:
4.) Pajama Set – Pajamas don’t have to be boring and frumpy! With all the options out there these days, you’re bound to find something you love that can be sexy and still comfortable. Here are a few options to choose from below:
At Home Date Night Outfits For Him
- Joggers & a tee – Joggers have come a long way. Many joggers now come in a tapered style, which makes them much more suitable for wearing them out and about. They’re just a little bit more put together than a pair of regular old sweatpants.
With plenty of color options, they’re a great choice for both staying in and going out. I recently bought my husband 2 pairs of these and it’s all he wears now.
2. Pajama Set – If you’re going to wear pajamas, he may as well too, right? These pajama sets are simple and practical, making them perfect for an at home date night.
3. Track Suit – Tracksuits are back and I’m here for it. These track-suits make you look well put together and can easily work for a weekend out as well.
So there you have it! 21 cheap date night ideas at home. Don’t let being on a budget (or quarantine) stop you from enjoying each other’s company!
Do you have any other at home date night ideas that aren’t listed here? If so, drop a comment and let me know. I’d be happy to add them to the list!
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