When is the last time you had a date night? Can’t remember? Well, it is time to change that!
Date nights are so important to help marriage thrive. Life gets busy and you never should allow your marriage to take a back seat to a busy schedule.
One common complaint is that date nights are just not in the budget. If money is tight or you can’t find a babysitter, then turn your date night out into a “date night in!”
Your relationship needs time, attention and is worth the effort to schedule time together as a couple. We searched the internet for some fun ideas that are both fun and frugal.
You can have a blast and never even leave your home. Grab a calendar and start penciling a few at home date nights in with these great ideas.
25 Date Night Ideas:
1. Theme Night
Pick a theme and center your evening around it. You could choose a food, movie, ballgame and even your outfit that would convey your theme. For example, dress in your favorite sports team gear, watching a game at home and make ballpark food to enjoy in your living room.
2. Photo Shoot
Use a tripod and take pictures that you’ve been meaning to take over the last year. How about try to perfect the art of the selfie? That could be both amusing and a lot of fun.
3. Sunset Time
Get outside and watch the sunset together. Take the time to share the things you appreciate most about each other. Pair this moment with your drink of choice and perhaps an appetizer so you can linger a little as you enjoy the pretty scenery.
4. Getting Crafty
Build, create or make a craft together. This would be a great time to make something for each other and yet do it together. Maybe you could make some homemade Christmas ornaments or presents to give as gifts.
5. Board Games
Break out the board games and have a blast. You could even pick prizes for the winner like a back rub or breakfast in bed on Saturday.
6. Play “I Wish”
Use index cards and write: At the end of the night, I wish to ______. Get 3 to 5 index cards for each of you and fill them in as your evening continues. I bet you’ll end up with a fun finale!
7. Spa Night
Create the atmosphere of a spa by using oils, bubble bath, candlelight, soft music and take turns giving each other a massage.
8. Taste Test
Consider a wine, cheese or chocolate tasting for the two of you to enjoy right from your kitchen table.
9. Backyard Camping
Pitch a tent, make smores, star gaze and get some coffee brewing. Enjoy a night of camping out in your backyard and if that won’t work then consider your living room too.
10. Truth or Dare
Play this old game and enjoy learning more about each other.
11. Dance Fever
Make a playlist of your favorite songs and have your own dance party. Living room dancing means anything goes. Enjoy!
12. Dessert Faves
Bake each other’s favorite dessert and decide which one turns out the best. Winner gets a prize!
13. Card Games
There are plenty of fun card games to play. Never underestimate the fun that could follow a game of strip poker…
14. Picnic Options
Make your favorite finger foods, sandwiches and appetizers for a fun picnic. You can do this on your living room floor or backyard.
15. Sports Night
Consider playing basketball in your driveway or even try a sports night without clothes…best in your living room for this one!
Who cooks the best in your relationship? Maybe have a contest for best dish and set a timer too. Then enjoy your meal as a couple.
17. Play Bartender
Take turns making fun new drinks together. You can turn your kitchen island into a lounge. Enjoy great conversation and drinks too.
18. Read Together
Pick something to learn about together and enjoy looking up info for a project, recipe or something you want to endeavor as a couple.
19. Comedy Night
YouTube is a great place to get you going and have your own comedy night at home. You’ll have each other laughing so hard and have fun too.
20. Movie Marathon
Spend all evening watching your favorite movies that have 2 and 3 sequels. Pop popcorn, grab some drinks and just relax on the couch for a fun movie night.
21. Enjoy the Weather
Build a snowman together. Jump in the leavesand rake them up again. Sunbathe with a cool drink. Whatever the weather, enjoy it as a couple from your backyard.
22. Formal Attire
Get all dressed up and have a fancy, romantic dinner at home. Use candles and consider champagne!
23. Sushi Anyone?
Learn to make sushi at home. While you have a good time, you’ll learn something new and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.
24. Twenty Questions
Play 20 Questions and enjoy what you find out about each other. You may be surprised and enjoy so laughs too!
25. Lingering Project
Do a mini home improvement project that seems to linger and never get done! You’ll feel efficient and enjoy the time together too.
Enjoy a date night in and you’ll be able to invest in your relationship while not breaking your budget. Talk about a win-win. The bottom line is that you want to help your marriage thrive and date nights are a great way to do just that.