Every couple needs time together. Date nights can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. Instead of going out, having a stay-at-home date is one way to save money while still having fun and getting quality time together.
In this article, we’ll take a look at more than 30 different stay-at-home date ideas. Whether you want a romantic or fun evening, there is something for you. If you have kids you can either save the date for after the kids are in bed, or get someone to watch the kids for you (preferably someplace else).
With this list of things to do, you’ll never be out of ideas for time with your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend. Most of the ideas are indoor activities, but there are a few outdoor activities as well. Some are free, and many others are cheap.
Date Night Ideas at Home
Ok, here is a list you can use when you’re looking for a fun at-home date idea.
1. Watch a Movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime
If you have a subscription to Netflix and/or Amazon Prime you have plenty of movies and TV shows available any time. It’s not the most creative date night idea, but it is certainly an easy option that most couples will enjoy. If you don’t have a Netflix or Prime subscription, another option is to rent from Redbox.
2. Watch a Game Together
If you enjoy watching sports, you can watch a game together. Even if you’re not a huge fan, you may enjoy watching with your significant other. If you want to watch live sports you’ll be at the mercy of your favorite team’s schedule, but you can always use a DVR or ESPN 3 (now known as WatchESPN).
3. Candlelight Dinner
Enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner in the comfort of your own home. Prepare the dinner yourself or order the food.
4. Make Dinner Together
Many dates involve eating dinner, but how about making the dinner together as well? Make one of your favorite meals or try something new. There are so many recipes available online at sites like AllRecipes that there will always be countless options.
5. Make Fondue
Fondue can be a great meal, but it takes a lot of time. Everyday life is probably too hectic for it, but it’s perfect for when you have a free night and you want to enjoy each other’s company and do something different.
6. Get Takeout or Delivery
Want to have a great dinner at home without doing the work to cook? Ordering takeout or delivery is a great option. It can be something as simple as pizza, or order from a favorite restaurant that you don’t get to very often.
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7. Have a Picnic
Enjoy a picnic on your deck/patio, or just throw a blanket out on the lawn. You can get take out or just eat food you already have at home. If the weather is nice, this can be a great date idea. Depending on your yard and the view, you may be able to watch the sunset during your picnic.
8. Make S’mores
Buy some chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows and make s’mores at home. You can use a fireplace, gas stovetop, or oven.
9. Have a Dessert Bar
Enjoy your favorite desserts any way you like them. Make ice cream sundaes, buy cake or pie, bake some brownies, or whatever you enjoy. You can buy the deserts or make them together.
10. Wine Tasting
Visiting a winery for a wine tasting can be a great idea, but you can basically do the same thing at home if you want to. Simply buy a few bottles of wine (or any type of your favorite drinks) and sample several different kinds. This article has some tips for hosting a wine tasting. Of course, you can adapt those suggestions to have the wine tasting just for two instead of inviting friends.
11. Themed Dinner and a Movie
Instead of just having dinner and watching a movie, you can turn it into a themed night where the dinner and movie correspond with each other somehow. You could make an international dinner and watch a movie set in that country. Or make a meal based on a scene from a movie.
12. Watch a Concert at Home
Going to a concert or show can be a great date, but you have to put up with a lot of other people. How about watching a DVD of a live performance from one of your favorite bands? If you don’t have a live DVD you may be able to find a full concert video on YouTube, or somewhere else online.
13. Watch Home Videos
If you’re like most couples/families you probably have a lot of memories captured on video, but you rarely watch them. Why not take a night to watch some of your favorite videos together (even your wedding video)?
14. Video Game Night
If you have a video game console you could consider having a video game night together.
15. Play Board Games or Card Games
Most of us have some board games and card games in the house, but when was the last time you played a game just the two of you? There are all kinds of options, and you can even get a new game (or pick up a cheap one at a yard sale if you want to save some money).
16. Do a Puzzle
Like games, puzzles can also be a lot of fun and are great for spending time together. And you probably already have a few of them in the house.
17. DIY Photo Booth
Create your own photo book with fun props for an entertaining and memorable evening. Use a tripod and put your camera on a timer to take photos of yourselves. If you don’t have a tripod you can simply use something flat and stable to steady the camera. See this list of DIY photo props, and there are also plenty of ideas that can be found on Pinterest.
18. Create a Photo Book
Go through your photos and create a photo book together. It can be photos from a particular trip or time, or a collection of random photos of your time together. Use an online service like Shutterfly, Mixbook, or Blurb to easily create a beautiful photo book.
19. Look at Old Photos
How often do you go back and look at your old photos? If you’re like me, not very often. Take some time and look at photos of you together as a couple, or look at photos of each of you growing up.
20. Talk About Your Plans and Dreams
Just take some time to talk to each other about your plans and dreams for your together in the near or distant future. It can involve vacations that you’d like to take, plans for your dream house, career aspirations, family plans, or anything else that impacts your lives.
21. Plan a Vacation
Take some time together to plan an upcoming vacation. Planning may not be on everyone’s list of favorite ideas for a date, but some couples will enjoy it. Research some different things to do wherever you’ll be traveling, and find some options that look fun.
22. Make a Travel List
Instead of planning, simply talk about the places you’d like to visit together and make a list. You can use this list to help decide on vacations in the future. Of course, you can always add new places to the list and cross off other places as you visit them.
23. Take a Personality Test or Love Languages Test
Taking a test may not sound like a lot of fun, but how about the type of test that you can’t fail? There are many different personality tests that you can take (see this list of free ones), or you can try the love language test. These tests can actually be fun, and you’ll learn something about each other.
24. Ask Each Other Questions
How about taking time to talk and ask each other questions? If you’re struggling with a lack of ideas pick up a book that includes plenty of questions to get you started.
25. Play Would You Rather
Rrather is a fun, free website that has lots of thought-provoking questions. Go through them together and take turns answering for a fun date.
26. Decorate for a Holiday
If there is a holiday coming up, you can take some time and decorate the house together.
27. Indoor Camping
Set up a tent in the living room. You can bring sleeping bags as well. Use the time to relax and talk, or watch a movie.
28. No Electricity Night
Turn off the lights and pretend the electricity is out. Only candles or flashlights, and no TV.
Have a bonfire in your yard, if you have a safe place for it. Otherwise, you can use a simple fire pit. Enjoy a relaxing evening sitting by the fire.
30. Look at the Stars
On a clear night you can sit or lay outside together and watch the stars. There’s not much that is more relaxing. Of course, the further you live from a city, the better this will be because of light pollution.
31. Walk Around the Neighborhood
Ok, this last one is not for a date in your house, but you won’t need to drive anywhere. If the weather is nice you can simply take a walk together and talk.
Share Your Own Date Ideas in the Comments
Please feel free to leave a comment and tell us about your favorite stay-at-home dates.