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 40 different stay-at-home date ideas for couples. Whether you want a romantic or fun evening, there is something for you. You may be looking for something to do on a Friday night or looking for stay-at-home anniversary ideas, and you’ll find plenty of possibilities. 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 (or you can spend as much or as little as you want).
At the end of the article, you can download a free printable checklist with all of the ideas. Thanks to the checklist, you’ll always be able some great options whenever you have time together.
Date Night Ideas at Home Involving Food or Drinks
Most dates involve dinner and/or drinks, and there are plenty of ways to incorporate this into your stay-at-home dates too.
1. Make Dinner Together
Many dates involve eating dinner, but how about making dinner together as well? Make one of your favorite meals or try something new. There are so many recipes available online that there will always be countless options.
Are there any meals that you’ve been wanting to try but you always feel so rushed to make something quickly? This is the perfect time to pick a meal that may not be so fast to prepare or cook. Block off the time and make an evening of it.
2. Have a Picnic
Enjoy a picnic on your deck or 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.
And if the weather isn’t ideal, or if you have no yard or outdoor space, feel free to make it an inside picnic. Through a blanket on the floor and you can have a picnic without even going outside.
3. 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. You can even order from a few different places and make it a buffet.
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4. 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. There are endless possibilities!
5. Make Fondue
Fondue can be a great meal, but it takes a lot of time. Everyday life is probably too hectic for fondue to be practical, 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. Make S’mores
Buy some chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows and make s’mores at home. You can use a fireplace, gas stovetop, oven, or get a smores kit that makes it easy.