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Cute & Comfy At-Home Date Night Ideas

Cute & Comfy At-Home Date Night Ideas

Date nights can help you stay connected to your partner during busy seasons of life. Instead of going out to a restaurant or the movies, why not relax in your favorite comfy clothes, chill out with your spouse, and create your own experience at home? If you’re looking for at-home date night ideas, we’ve got you covered with cute, cozy, and creative activities that’ll make you want to have date night at home more often.

1

Movie Night In

There’s something nostalgic about a squishy couch, a big bowl of popcorn, and your favorite movie on TV with your sweetheart next to you. Dim the lights and get close as you snuggle up on the couch together, under a fluffy throw blanket with plenty of accent throw pillows in soft, cuddly fabrics such as velvet or wool. You’ll need something to hide behind if you’re watching a horror flick! Textures such as faux fur and handwoven knit add to the comfy aesthetic. Set the mood for a romantic movie by switching on a floor lamp or accent lamp to create a soft glow.

 

Before you press “play,” turn your coffee table into a buffet of classic movie snacks so you can stay cuddled up during the film — lay out hot, buttery popcorn, nachos served on a chip and dip set, and a chilled cocktail in a drinks pitcher.  Toast to a relaxing night in with matching tumblers. Instead of balancing your snacks on your lap, designate space for drinks and bowls of popcorn — choose a classic snack table that folds away once date night’s over. A padded ottoman also works well and doubles up as somewhere to put your feet when you’ve finished all your snacks in the opening credits.

 

Now all that’s left to do is figure out whose favorite movie you’ll watch first.

2

Light a Fire & Watch the Stars

A crackling fire and gooey s’mores make date night at home instantly more romantic. Take this date to the backyard for an evening under the stars. Pull two chairs up to a low-slung fire pit so you can rest a marshmallow stick on the edge — the heat from the fire will warm you up when the chilly night air sets in. Electric or propane-powered fire pits look just as romantic as wood or charcoal-fuelled fire pits, but they save on messy cleanup that could otherwise interrupt your date night.

 

Choose solar-powered white string lights draped around your patio or decking area to create a whimsical, romantic ambience that flickers on as soon as the sun goes down. Once the fire dies down, cuddle up under a thick sherpa or wool blanket on a cozy loveseat so there’s just enough room for two to gaze up at the stars. See who can spot the most constellations — or just embrace each other in a comfortable silence as you cherish your intimate evening together.

3

Video Game Party for Two

Laugh and rematch your way to a fun and refreshing date night. Break out a video game console in your living or entertainment room for the night and challenge each other on your favorite games. Time flies when you’re having fun, so stay comfy with a supportive gaming chair — look for high-backed seating that offers a headrest pillow and sectional back support to stay supported between turns.

 

It doesn’t hurt to keep all your games on display with an entertainment unit that makes choosing the next game easier. Opt for a shelving unit that stashes your game cases around your TV with space to display your console so everything is ready to go for future date nights. The winner gets to pick what to play next time!

4

Board & Card Games Night

If you want to steer clear of the TV for a fun date night, bust out the board games or a deck of cards. You don’t need a dedicated rec room to have fun — get comfy on the living room rug, or set up at a dining table that boasts a built-in cupboard or shelving storage space to store your favorite board games. Choose a short-pile rug so you don’t lose your game pieces and create a seating area with floor throw pillows in soft, comfy fabrics like velvet or cotton. Pretend the cable’s out and enjoy Monopoly or a jigsaw puzzle instead. All you need is music, snacks, and each other to make this an indoor date night that’s a little different.

 

Play games late into the night by setting out plenty of bright lighting that makes it easy to see the board or cards. A swing-arm floor lamp works well over your rug setup so you can position it where you need to, and a ceiling light with a pendant shade aims the light directly over your dining table. Kick the challenge up a level by betting on who will win. The loser does the dishes or cooks dinner for a week.

5

Cook & Share a Meal Together

If your go-to date is a reservation at a fancy restaurant, switch things up and cook together at home instead. Add an element of intimacy by recreating a favorite restaurant meal you had in the past or what you ate on your first date. Show off your culinary skills — cook a show stopping steak in a cast iron skillet or go retro with a cheese fondue set to share right at the table.

 

When food’s ready to serve, bring the restaurant feeling home to make your date feel extra special. Choose a linen tablecloth in a classy white or cream color, elegant cloth napkins, and a hurricane lamp, so it feels like you’re eating in a fancy bistro. Create a  formal place setting using flatware sets and modern dinnerware sets; they ensure that each piece is perfectly matched.

 

If cooking isn’t your strong suit, there’s nothing wrong with takeout, but elevate the experience by decanting your food into serving bowls instead of eating out of the containers. Generously filled wine glasses and a few taper candles turn a to-go meal into a special event.

6

Turn Your Bedroom Into a Five-Star Stay

Set the scene for a secluded at-home getaway. Swap out your usual bed sheets with hotel-style bed linen in luxury Egyptian cotton, and create relaxing, romantic lighting with pillar candles dotted around the room. Scents such as lavender, ylang ylang and bergamot evoke tranquility, so using an aromatherapy diffuser can transform the mundane into a special slice of heaven for the evening. Soothing colors like lavender, sage, and pale gray help give your bedroom a relaxing, five-star ambience.

 

Surprise your partner with breakfast in bed the next morning. There’s nothing quite as special as freshly-ground brewed coffee from a coffee maker or a mimosa served in champagne flutes; serve your selection of beverages alongside a sky-high stack of pancakes that you’ve griddled to perfection on a special serving tray.