If you’re anything like me, you can easily get into a comfortable rut of doing the same activities (or not really any) with your partner. Particularly during the winter, it can be more difficult to find or think of activities to do as a date or as quality time together. This can be especially challenging if you have children and would have to find a sitter before you go out.
Here are a few ideas for date nights IN – no going out in the cold, or hiring a sitter!
Dinner and a Movie
Pick, prepare, and share a nice out-of-the-ordinary dinner together, and pair it with a tasty dessert! As simple as a box of brownie mix, or technical as a homemade lemon meringue pie… whatever challenge you two are up for. And if it doesn’t turn out like the recipe photo on Pinterest, at least you had fun.
For your movie, there are lots of options! RedBox, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, your DVD collection, or the library’s picks… Find something you want to see, and then make it a theater experience. Pop some popcorn, and turn all the lights off.
For even tastier and movie-theater-like popcorn, I highly recommend Kernel Season’s popcorn seasoning, especially the white cheddar. (Available at most grocery stores)
This can be a great date night for two, or for a group!
If you’ve invited some friends or other couples over, great group games are Hollywood Game Night, Newlywed Game, Scattergories, Catch Phrase, Scene It, or Apples to Apples/Cards Against Humanity (depending on your sensitivities and sense of humor). To go deeper than standard party games, my current top games for about 4-6 people include Libertalia, Dead of Winter, Pandemic, Lords of Vegas, Betrayal at House on the Hill, and Code Names.
For just two, this article has some great recommendations of fun options. When in doubt, you can also bust out the playing cards for some epic thrown downs of War or Rummy.
WHAT? You’re crazy!
Actually, I’ve learned over the years that this is more fun with a partner, married or not. Put on some music, pop open your favorite beverages, and get it done! My husband and I have had more fun than you would imagine cleaning out our attic.
Whether you live together or not, your partner can help you with cleaning and organizing tasks. It helps to have moral support, another pair of hands, and a second opinion on what you should keep or get rid of.
In a similar vein to cleaning and organizing, decorating can be a blast! One of my favorite early dates with my husband was spent going to Target, picking out Christmas ornaments, décor, and a tree, then putting them up and decorating at his apartment.
Even when it’s not Christmas season, that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your home! You may need to pick up a few things out at stores, or find them online and wait for them to arrive, but it will be fun to decorate and rearrange with your partner. Hanging pictures is MUCH easier with two! And painting is much less daunting.
“California dreaming, on such a winter’s day…”
There’s snow on the ground. It’s cold. What better time to make plans for a future trip or vacation to someplace fun and warm? Spend an imaginary warm evening together planning a trip – dates, travel, activities, accommodations… There’s so much to consider! This may mean a significant portion of the evening in front of a computer looking at destination websites, but the dreaming and anticipation can be so much fun.
Whatever activity you choose to do at home, remember that food, drinks, music, and attitude make the evening! (And if you DO feel like venturing out, don’t miss our list of 20+ Hot Winter Date Ideas. Wanna include the kids? We’ve got some recommendations for planning a family game night, too!)