With the doors of nonessential businesses still shuttered in many states, date night traditions in many households have fallen by the wayside. While the country slowly reopens as the COVID-19 curve continues to flatten, some couples are desperately in need of some meaningful alone time. For this reason, we thought it would be the perfect time to share ten fun and inexpensive date quarantine night ideas that can take place from the comfort of your home.
Dinner and a movie
So simple that any couple could pull it off, dinner and a movie is a quick and easy way for couples to infuse the excitement into their lives and escape the monotony of quarantine life. To make this night special, it’s best to preplan and not leave things up to chance. A few days prior to the date, determine which movies you’ll be showing and what’s on the menu.
Wine, refreshments, and watercolor paint are the perfect combination for a night of intimacy and unwinding. Not to worry if you and your partner are not artistically inclined, there are a variety of paint night kits for beginners with clear directions available.
Picnic or BBQ under the stars
As the weather warms up, you may be wanting to spend more time outdoors. While quarantine orders instruct us to practice social distancing, it doesn’t mean that we have to remain confined to our homes. If you have a backyard, front yard, porch, or balcony available, consider having a picnic or BBQ for two beneath the stars.
Spice things up with a little friendly competition by holding a game night. To keep it interesting, consider incorporating a variety of games including board games, computer games, card games, and video games. If there are no games that both you and your partner know how to play, use this as an opportunity to teach one another something new.
Put your culinary skills to the test by testing out a new recipe. Preparing a meal together is fun and can act as a bonding experience. Similar to dinner and a movie night, this will require some planning, which includes agreeing on a meal ahead of time and checking to ensure that you have all of the required ingredients.
You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to host a wine tasting from the comfort of your home. Similar to paint night, there are a variety of wine tasting kits that you can order online. Some kits come complete with wine and tasting supplies, while others will require the purchase of some additional supplies.
Breakfast or brunch in bed
Start your morning off on a high note with breakfast or brunch in bed. Of course, this will require some preparation ahead of time. Also, considering that the allure of breakfast in bed is being able to stay in bed, you may want to order takeout from your favorite diner and having it delivered instead of preparing the food yourself.
At-home spa day
Treat yourselves to an at-home spa day full with massages, exfoliants, face masks, body oil, and bubble baths. You may choose to use pampering products that you already own or you may want to order a DIY spa kit from an online retailer. Whatever you decide, this activity is sure to provide some much-needed relaxation in stressful times.
Backyard movie night
If your yard has the space and you have a few coins to spare, consider hosting a backyard movie night using an outdoor projector and screen. This is a cool way to spend more time outdoors, get a change of scenery, and continue practicing social distancing.
DIY pizza night
Another way to work on your culinary skills while spending quality time with your partner is to plan a DIY pizza night. You have the option of purchasing premade pizza crusts but if you’re feeling extra daring, you may want to try baking your own crust from scratch.