I have to be honest and give a statement before I even write out this post: My husband and I are homebodies. After being forced to have date nights at home a few times due to not having a sitter or lack of extra spending money, we realized that date nights at home were a lot more fun and relaxed than going somewhere. This is actually our preferred way to spend a date night together now… Though that’s not to say we don’t enjoy escaping the mad house from time to time to engage a little with society. 😉
At home date nights definitely take a lot more time/creativity to plan. Well, scratch that, not all of them. There’s always old faithful of dinner or a snack while watching a movie or playing a board game snuggled on the couch. But if you want to do something out of the ordinary, it can become a vortex… sucking up all of your time and boosting your excitement. So beware, you might have too much fun doing this and neglect everything else going on in your life. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, it can be even more fun! Start out by making a list of things you don’t want to forget. Are there certain snacks or items you want to be sure to remember? Outfit you need to remember to clean? Shopping list that needs to be purchased?
Once the kids are in bed, it’s time to turn a small area of your home into a “date night stage”. You’ll want to do this quickly so that you both aren’t too tired to even spend time together by the time you are done. If you plan to have dinner without the kids, prepare it before they go to bed so that you can start your date right on time. If you change clothes, do it quickly. Plan the day out ahead of time to make the most of your alone time together.
So, now for some quick ideas that didn’t take a lot of prep or creativity that my hubby and I have enjoyed:
- Improvised Game Night – Okay, this is a fun one that doesn’t take a lot of work… And it’s literally what it says. Make up a game of your own. We’ve played “name that recording artist” by playing youtube videos of songs and having the other one guess who sang it. Another fun one was Scrabble where I declared that the only words we could use were words that pertained to our relationship. KEEP SCORE! A little competitive edge will add a flare of flirtiness… But don’t go overboard. 😉
- Bring The Vacation To You – Turn a room in your home into a beach scene or mountain cabin escape. Play some music or scenic sounds to make you feel more like you are really there. Use an air spray or fragrance that will make the room even smell like you are there. Dress like you are there. Eat like you are there. Everything, like you are there. If you turn the lights off and use little light then you won’t need much scenery to make this happen. And while it sounds corny, our favorite date nights have probably been the ones where we did just this.
- Write Out Your Love Story – Someday your kids are going to ask how you two met. Might as well have it ready for them. Besides, writing it all out reminds you of all those fun giddy feelings you had for each other in the beginning. What’s more romantic than reliving the romance? Add photos, memorabilia (Ticket stubs, etc.), and make it all look nice… This is your fairy tale, after all. Package it up that way as well. When we did ours, we did it as a “He said, She said” format. Neither of us could see the others story until we were both done. Gotta love mystery!
- Scavenger Hunt – Send him on the search for his gift. Make some little notes or pick up some little things at the dollar store to hide along the way. Keep it light, fun, and be sure to be really flirty, aiming to build up excitement.
- Dress Up With No Where To Go – Well, as much as you can in 20 minutes after the kids are in bed. Grab your fanciest glasses and drink out of them. Even if all you’re drinking is apple juice, you’ll both feel like it’s a special occasion. Turn on some music and dance together as though you were on a real dance floor. Eat a dessert that you both like but rarely have. Go. All. Out.
- Movie Theme Night – Pick a movie. Any movie. Theme everything around it, kind of like the vacation night. For example, if you watch an 80’s movie, dress like they did and eat what they do in the movie, etc. And while we won’t all judge you if you choose Star Wars… We are going to laugh at you. Sorry. That’s just the way it is. 😉
- Video Games – Okay, not really too creative… And really similar to the improvised game night. But playing a game where you are on the same team against something else can be REALLY fun. One of our favorites is Rock Band. Only thing is that “somebody” broke the drums when he got way too into it, and we haven’t replace them yet. For shame…
- Make Something Together – Create something from start to finish together. My husband does woodwork & crafts and I sew/paper craft. We will sit down, draw up plans, and create a little decor for our home sometimes as a date night. This is SUPER fun! However, if you’re not into these things and you’re not sure of what you’re doing you’ll probably hate it…
There are so many more ideas, but these were just the ones that were on the top of my head. What things have you done for Valentine’s Day at home a regular at home date night? Any new ideas you haven’t done yet? I’d love to hear about them. I’m always looking for more ideas!
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