Making date night special at home

Seven ways to spend date night at home

With these romantic ideas, staying in is the new going out (with each other)


When you have young children, date night often needs to be run like a military operation. In fact, with a mere trip to the cinema involving babysitters, tearful goodbyes and having to actually get dressed and leave the house, it can be tempting to forgo date night altogether.

But reserving a regular night for just the two of you is vital to keeping the spark in your relationship. And the simple solution is to enjoy your date night at home.

The trick here is to really be together – engaged in a shared activity, not just sitting side-by-side staring at the same screen in parallel. So how about getting the kids to bed early, then switching off the telly and tuning into each other instead?

Here are some simple but effective date ideas to try.

1. Reinvent dinner

For your evening meal, try something you can share, like a fondue perhaps. Or make an indoor picnic with a platter of cold meats, interesting cheeses and some really good bread. Another option is to order in from your favourite take-away – but only choose dishes that you’ve never tried before, and share them between you.

You could make an extra effort by dressing up as if you’re going out for dinner, playing music, lighting candles and eating across from each other at the table so you can play footsie!

For inspiration on what to wear, see our article Dress to impress on date night.

2. Play some games

It doesn’t matter if it’s chess or Charades, laughing over a silly game or chatting over a deck of cards is a great way to get better connected.

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3. Plan a trip

Think about the places you would like to go ‘if only…’ Then consider ways to make it happen. Get online and do a little research. Perhaps the dream is more affordable and child-friendly than you think?

4. Go stargazing

On a cloudless night, wrap up warm, grab a blanket and sit in your garden under the stars. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and if you’re lucky enough to have a fire pit, get it going. There’s little more romantic than snuggling up under the night sky together.

5. Enjoy a spa session

Even if your other half is an alpha male, none of us can resist an indulgent massage. Whether you simply rub each other’s feet while talking about your day or whack out the oils and take turns for a full body massage, it’s a lovely – and relaxing – way to reconnect.

6. Make a personal playlist

Make a list of songs that remind you of each other, or a special memory you shared. You might be surprised at what your partner remembers that you don’t! Once you’ve made the songs into a playlist, you can play it on future date nights, too.

7. Take a dance class

Perhaps the thought of dancing in front of others embarrasses you, or you don’t have the money for lessons – as well as a babysitter. Well the answer lies in YouTube. There are plenty of channels that break down simple dance routines for you to learn at home – try Addicted2Salsa or Anderson Moore Dance, for example. Clear a space in the front room and get moving.

For more low-budget date ideas, click here.

Do you have any date ideas for nights in with your partner? Let us know in the comments section below.

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We've been doing this for a while, particularly in winter because we have a real fire and THAT helps set the scene! ;-)

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