One of my goals this year is to start dating my husband again. It’s not always easy to get dressed up and get out of the house, much less finding a babysitter. So I’m coming up with some at-home date night ideas!
Put the kids in bed a little early. Skip the baths (it’s just one night), and give them dinner a little earlier. But keep their bedtime routines as normal as possible. You should absolutely still read stories and cuddle before tucking them in. No need to have upset babies when we’re trying to enjoy a romantic evening. Hello mood killers!
I absolutely love cooking with Hubs, but since we’ve had kids, dinner has turned into one of us cooking while the other wrangles the circus. Can you relate? So for this date cook a special dinner together. Maybe it’s a meal that you save for celebrations (steak!), or just one of your favorites. Maybe try a new recipe. It would also be nice to turn down the lights and eat by candlelight without the fear of a child wanting to play with the pretty candles. Bonus points for getting dressed up.
Clear off the dining table and make room for some fun! Play some card games (poker, hand & foot) or board games (chess, Battleship, Scrabble, Dirty Minds). Clear away all the toys in the living room and play Twister. Winner gets to pick what we play next time.
Have some fun and maybe a little competition with a pub night! Get some wings and beer. If you’re lucky enough to have a dart board, play darts! What guy wouldn’t love this?! If you don’t have darts, turn the tv on and watch a local sports game.
Turn down the lights, light some scented candles, and put on some relaxing music. Grab some oils and take turns giving each other massages.
The first time Hubs and I took a vacation after we had our son, we went to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Hotel and Casino. Let me tell you, it was heaven on earth. To recreate that magic, we’re going to have a Margaritaville night at home. Cheeseburgers and margaritas will be on the menu (of course!). The wonderful music of Jimmy Buffett will be on the stereo. And we might even play some poker.
Wine & Cheese Tasting
Turn down the lights, and set a candlelit table for two. This date is perfect if you don’t want to eat a large meal too late in the evening. Grab a couple bottles of wine and some cheese and crackers. If it’s a nice night out, set up your table outside.
Grab a cooler and fill it with your favorite beverage (i.e. favorite beer!), and sit out back stargazing and listening to country music. Light a fire in the fire pit, and make some s’mores. Perfect for summer nights. This really reminds me of growing up out in the country.
Spend the evening making plans for when you win the lottery. What would your house be like? How many houses would you have? Cars? Where would you want to go on vacation?
Before date night arrives, you both make playlists. Add songs that remind you of your past together. Take turns playing songs, tell each other why you chose each one, and have fun reminiscing! Bonus points if you turn it into a lip sync battle!
Grab a stack of magazines you’ve been wanting to read, and put on some soft music. Make some fancy hot chocolate or (decaf) coffee, and have a nice dessert. These Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Strawberries are perfect for date night! Share your interesting articles and DIY dreams.
Grab a pen and paper and write down everything you want to do as a couple. Do you want to take the kids to Disney World? Travel without them? Buy a home? Figure out what adventures are waiting for you.
Find some online personality quizzes, or “get to know you better” questions, and fire away! It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been married, you’ll always learn something new about your spouse.
Make an At-Home Date Night Jar (Free printable!)
Now that we have all these ideas, we need to do something with them. Grab a jar, decorate it, and leave it somewhere you’ll both see it (on the dresser in your bedroom, kitchen counter, etc.). Print out the page of date night ideas (you can find them on the VIP Perks page!), and cut them out. Fold them up and put them in the jar. Each month draw one out at random a few days before date night. If your date night is during the weekend, think about drawing the Monday before. That gives you plenty of time to prepare, and you’ll have something to look forward to during the week. If you want date nights more than once a month, toss the paper back in the jar, or add in your own ideas.
I’m really looking forward to dating Hubs again. Life has been so hectic lately, and it will be really nice to reconnect without the added stresses of babysitters and everything else.
What’s your favorite at home date night? Tell me below in the comments!