Social distancing, lockdowns and self-isolation have put date night out the window for many. If it feels that life has become nothing but work, house chores and getting on each other’s nerves, then it’s time to rekindle the love. We’ve got 10 ways you can have the perfect date night, whether you are at home together or living apart.
Picnic in the Garden
What better way to enjoy a sunny winter day than to have a picnic in your very own back garden? You’ll need a large blanket, some classic picnic food, oh, and don’t forget a nice bottle of wine! If you have any lawn games lying around, such as croquet or giant Jenga, why not extend the time outside and have some fun after your meal?! For an evening picnic, light some candles, snuggle in a blanket and watch the stars come out.
If you and your partner live apart, this is a perfect date for you to be together but socially distanced. Just follow your government guidelines and ensure you are outside.
The Ultimate Games Night
Dig out those board games and card games at the back of your cupboard, grab some snacks, and get playing! Why not make this date night extra fun by making up a scoreboard with your partner, and have each game as a different round. Think of it like the board game ‘Olympics’!
Video Game Tournament
For those of you who prefer video games to board games, why not get your other half to join in a multiplayer game with you? You might just find one of you is much better at the game than you thought. If you live apart, this could also be a great virtual date. It’s also a great opportunity to try out a virtual double date with another couple!
Go for a Romantic Sunset Walk
If you’re allowed out for a daily walk near your home, why not go out during ‘golden hour’ (an hour before sunset) to enjoy the beautiful sun rays as they start to set. There’s nothing more romantic than watching the sunset together, hand-in-hand. Plus, it’s a gorgeous time to take photos. Whether you want to take pictures of your partner or your natural surroundings, take advantage of the lovely lighting.
Again, if you live apart, this is an ideal date for the two of you while you need to be socially distanced.
Bake Something Delicious
Maybe you’re an excellent baker, or perhaps not so much! Either way, why not try your hand at baking something with your partner? You could try making some chewy oatmeal cookies, a lemon drizzle cake, or some gooey chocolate brownies. And if you end up covered in flour, laughing at your sunken mess… well, that’s the fun of it!
If you live apart, you could set yourselves a bake-off challenge. A competition of who could make the recipe best. You could then meet outside with a picnic and decide on who did the best job.
With so many streaming services available, the choice of films to watch is endless! Why not make your movie date night at home feel just like the real cinema? Try making your own paper ‘cinema tickets’, get a proper popcorn holder and fill it to the brim with movie snacks, dim the lights, switch off your phones and enjoy the peace.
If you live apart, why not take advantage of Netflix Party? You and your partner can watch the same show at exactly the same time and chat to each other about what’s going on by using the chat feature.
Are you the more adventurous type? Why not get back to nature by hiking, doing watersports, or even a treetop adventure at Go Ape. This is a fantastic date idea because whether you live together or not, you can swing from the treetops, have a laugh, and enjoy each other’s company in the great outdoors.
Plan a Future Trip
Although you may not be able to travel with the current situation, there is no harm in getting travel inspiration for future holidays and honeymoons. Research different countries, look at hotel options and sightseeing opportunities. When the time comes to be able to jet off, you’ll be much more prepared! This can easily be done over a video call too for those of you who live apart.
Order a Takeaway
Why not support your local businesses at this time and order a delicious takeaway for your date night? You could even try an ‘around the world’ date, by picking a country (say, Italy) and ordering all the national cuisine. Pizza, pasta, garlic bread, gelato… and don’t forget making your own Aperol spritz!
If you live apart, why not order a takeaway for each other? You could have dinner over video call and order your other half a secret menu. It would be hilarious to see the combinations you come up with and what a great way to get them to try something new!
Have Breakfast in Bed
Technically more of a ‘date morning’ than a ‘date night’, but who doesn’t love breakfast in bed? Why not stack up some pancakes with fresh fruit and maple syrup and enjoy a lie-in. Treat it as if you had room service in a fancy hotel on your honeymoon abroad!
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