With our busy modern lives, scheduling regular date nights can easily fall by the wayside. But, according to the Marriage Foundation, spending quality time with our partners boosts our relationship in a range of positive ways.
A date night doesn’t have to mean going out on the town or going on long holidays without the kids. It can be as simple as a stay at home date, where you take time out to focus solely on each other.
Date night checklist – some ideas for your next stay at home date…
Create a stay at home date night playlist
Creating a date night playlist provides a great backdrop for your stay at home date. Here’s our Date Night Playlist on Spotify. Whether you opt for romantic jazz alongside a meal for two, or some chilled acoustic, you can’t go wrong with a ready-made date night playlist.
Play date night games
Did you know that playing board games with your partner releases oxytocin, the happy hormone? Whether you relive your childhood or play something spicy, games are an essential part of your date night checklist.
Plan a stay at home date night menu
How often do you and your partner get the time to sit and have a three-course meal together? Chances are, not very often. Use your date night as an opportunity to connect over the shared experience of great food. Plan your menu in advance, and don’t forget to write a shopping list!
Plan your drinks menu for your stay at home date night
It’s no secret that a tipple can make us feel more relaxed, helping us to let our barriers down. When you’ve got your menu sorted, think about complementing drinks. Whether you go classic with a Vodka Sunrise or choose a rum vibe with a Tropical Spiced Rum, your stay at home date night offers the perfect opportunity to push the boat out.
Don’t forget the ice!
Obviously we’re biased, but this definitely deserves a point all of its own on your date night checklist. Whatever you do, do not forget the ice! While it might seem like an odd one to include here, no one likes a warm drink – trust us. If you are in a rush to pick up the drinks on the way home, our Polar Cube Ice can be found in most convenience stores so you’re never without.
Make the food and drink together
Doing activities together can help us bond with our partner, and preparing food and drink is no different. Try and make dishes that you can prepare and cook together, before sharing over candlelight with a gorgeous drink in hand.
Recreate your first date for your stay at home date night
Many of us remember our first ever date with our partner. If you do, recapture the magic by recreating the date at home. You could even wear a similar outfit and create a playlist to get all nostalgic.
Have a stay at home date spa night
Sharing a spa night together offers the perfect way to relax and unwind together, without the high price tag. If you want to add this to your date night checklist, you’ll need to do some minor preparation, like gathering slippers, robes, fancy candles and spa products.
Have a stay at home picnic
Having a stay at home picnic is one of our favourite stay at home date night ideas. Set up a picnic blanket in the garden, and cosy down, before bonding over shared picnic food and drink. Or if it’s a nice evening and your local to Yorkshire, here are some of our favourite picnic spots to visit in Yorkshire.
Have a karaoke night
Sing your heart out with your other half with a stay at home date night karaoke session! You don’t have to have an expensive karaoke machine to do this, a YouTube video with lyrics will do the job just as well!
What else would you add to your date night checklist?
What appeals to one couple might not appeal to another, so naturally you’ll tailor these ideas to your own stay at home date night. There are plenty of ideas out there, the difficulty is choosing one! What are your favourite stay at home date night ideas?
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