Looking forward to an at-home date night? What could be more exhilarating yet nerve-racking? Exciting because the potential fun and possibilities fill you with beautiful imaginations. Nerve-racking because you don’t want to mess this up: you need to get it right so you and your date can have one of the best nights of your lives.
Planning a cozy and enjoyable at-home date night can involve a variety of items and programs to create a romantic and entertaining atmosphere. And here are 8 suggestions to create the perfect at-home date night your partner will love:
Set the mood with soft, dim lighting by placing candles strategically around the room. Opt for scented candles to enhance the ambiance. They should be up and running before your partner arrives.
Create a playlist of your favorite romantic songs, or choose a streaming service that offers curated romantic playlists. Soft, calm music is ideal for your date night; nothing too loud or energetic. Calm music can help set the tone and create a romantic atmosphere for your at-home date night.
3. Cooking or baking together
This isn’t necessary, especially when you don’t want to stress your partner. But if they’re in for it, cooking together can be romantic, memorable, and fun, a beautiful shared experience. You want to choose a recipe you both love and isn’t time-consuming.
4. Movies or TV shows
Netflix and chill with a movie or series you both love. It’s best to download the movie prior so you don’t suffer hitches like network disruptions while watching, as that can ruin the mood.
If you’re using a Macbook, remember that you can’t download Netflix movies as you would on iOS or Windows. Here’s how to download Netflix movies on Mac using Airplay and screen mirroring. Choose something romantic, lighthearted, or nostalgic to enhance the date night experience.
5. Picnic-style setup
To create a more romantic aura while Netflix-and-chilling, arrange a cozy indoor picnic by spreading a blanket on the floor and setting up a basket with finger foods, snacks, and a bottle of wine or champagne. This relaxed setting can create an intimate and romantic ambiance.
6. Board games or card games
After your movie, engage in some friendly competition and enjoy each other’s company with board or card games.
Choose games that encourage conversation and interaction, such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess, or a deck of cards.
7. DIY spa night
Create a spa-like atmosphere by preparing a DIY spa after the movie and games, just before going to bed. Set up a designated area with scented candles, soft towels, bathrobes, and soothing music.
Take turns giving each other massages or facials, or simply enjoy a relaxing bath together.
Bonus: Add a surprise element
Want to take things up a notch? Add an element of surprise to your date night by planning a surprise activity or creating a themed evening, such as a “movie under the stars” with a projector and a sheet, or a “backyard campout” complete with a tent, snacks, and stargazing. Or anything you know will personally appeal to your partner.
Remember, the most important aspect of an at-home date night is to spend quality time together and create an atmosphere that allows you to connect and enjoy each other’s company. Feel free to customize these suggestions based on your preferences and interests as a couple.