Glitter Guide contributor, Kara Stout, encourages our reader couples to get creative this cold-weather season with eight at-home date night ideas below!
Let’s be honest: staying in is the new going out. No complaints here, as I love staying in after a long week to relax and unwind with a glass of wine. Usually a good movie or a Netflix binge is what we go for, but we’ve been wanting to change it up a bit and add some new fun date nights we can do in the comfort of our own home.
During the winter, though, when the weather isn’t always ideal, it can be a bit difficult coming up with date night ideas. So, to help you get creative with your cold-season dating and to fully embrace this new style of “going out,” here are eight winter at-home date night ideas to try!
- Make a homemade themed dinner together: Pick a type of cuisine and make a night of it! Think: not just main course, but also appetizer, cocktail and dessert, too. For example, a Mexican food night starts with chips and fresh guacamole and salsa, then enjoy tacos with some margaritas and end the night with baked churros or spicy Mexican brownies for dessert. Another great example is sushi night. Start with edamame and miso soup, then make some sushi rolls (you can YouTube how to make them!), enjoy a sake cocktail and end with mochi ice cream.
- Start a gratitude jar together: Purchase a jar and keep it somewhere you’ll see every day. You can either decorate it or just buy a pretty one that goes with your home décor. Buy small pieces of paper to have on-hand, as you’ll want to write down what you are thankful for each day. At the end of the year, you will have collected lots of happy memories. This will help you both get in the habit of ending each day focused on gratitude. Don’t forget to include the date on each piece of paper! During this date night, try each adding three pieces to start the jar, and then get into the habit of adding to it daily.
- Reflect on 2016 and share 2017 dreams and goals: This is a great way to simply sit and talk with each other. There are so many distractions in this world that quality time spent talking with our significant others often gets pushed to the wayside. This is a great way to encourage, support and root each other on.
- Game night: Pick some of your favorite games—both new and old—that you both enjoy. I have to admit here that my personal favorite game is Sweet Valley High—does that give away my age? Luckily, my husband will play this game with me, and I do actually think he enjoys it! Some other great games for two are Monopoly, The Game of Life, Battleship, Guess Who?, Jenga, Scrabble and chess/checkers.
- Movie and popcorn night: This is always a good idea in my book. You can either pick a theme (like an ’80s movie night) or simply choose movies each of you wants to see.
- Fireside picnic: Pack a picnic with a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers, salads, sandwiches and fruit and enjoy by the fire. If you don’t have a fireplace, there’s always that fireplace channel on your TV! Don’t forget blankets, too.
- Make chocolate fondue: This is one of my favorites. Simply melt dark chocolate (opt for at least 70 percent, which makes it healthier) in a fondue pot, add your favorite fruit and berries to a platter, dip and enjoy!
- Indoor treasure hunt: Pick a theme, put together the treasure, write out your clues, place the clues around the house and then send him/her on the hunt! This is a fun activity and a creative way to surprise your significant other with a sweet gift.