Have you ever wanted to have a date night, but didn't want to take your sweatpants off? Have you ever thought that a nice dinner with your significant other sounds fantastic but you don't feel like going outside and dealing with people? Believe it or not, you don't need to move much further than your own home to create a magical date night for you and your partner. There are plenty of ways to manifest romantic ambiance in your home, and realistically you don't need to spend very much money. So here are several ways for all you agoraphobic couples out there to enjoy an intimate date night without leaving your house or apartment.
Games nights aren't just for suburban couples with two and a half kids. You can have just as much fun playing classic games with your own twist to get to know your partner better or to even test how well you know each other.
Truth or Dare is always a fun option. Look to the internet for a list of questions and dares for you and your lover to answer and carry out over dessert and wine.
Better yet take a set of Jenga blocks and write down questions and dares on the pieces. Stack a tower and play the game like you usually would, but in between turns you have to answer the question or do the dare written on the block you pull out. This is a great way to ask questions you've always wanted to know the answer to or throw in some sweet (or sexy) dares. The loser has to answer all the questions and do all the dares in the pile.
Another great game to play is Two Truths and a Lie. Come up with a couple sets consisting of two truths and one lie and see if your partner can guess which is the lie! If they guess wrong, you get a point, and if they guess right, they get a point. Make it a boozy game and every time you get a point they take a shot, and vice-versa! Watch this video by SourceFed to get better idea of how the game works.
If all else fails, you can always play a board game or a card game. Poker, or that of the strip variety, is always a favorite. I would recommend staying away from Monopoly. That game gets hostile.
Cooking dinner sounds mundane but with your significant other it doesn't have to be. Working together in the kitchen to make a favorite recipe can actually be a lot of fun and pretty romantic.
Studies suggest that couples who cook (and do chores together, so clean up after) have better sex and closer relationships. Don't believe me? Huffington Post agrees!
Pour some wine, put on some music, and do some googling and find a recipe you'll both like and get cooking! There are also services that will send you recipes and ingredients to go with them! For Meals for two check out Blue Apron and Plated.
With Turn Table you don't even have to worry about choosing what music you want to listen to. The box comes with recipes, ingredients, and a record to listen to for a unique eating experience. This box is perfect for all you hipster couples out there.
Instead of making a traditional dinner why not make breakfast for dinner? And eat it in bed? Channel your inner child - or inner Leslie Knope - and relive those moments where mom made waffles for dinner instead of meat loaf.
Treating yourself to nostalgia with your partner makes for an entirely intimate date night. Cook together or surprise your significant other!
Snuggle up with some bacon and mimosas to put a grown-up twist on a childhood favorite
Speaking of nostolgia…
Build a pillow fort! Honestly, you can't get much better than a pillow fort. Work together to build your own little secret hideout just like you did when you were little. Prepare to experience some serious nostalgia whilst cuddled up in your fort.
If it's chilly out make some hot chocolate or if it's warm make a pitcher of lemonade to share. Do everything in your fort: eat dinner, watch a movie, eat dessert, do each other…
Keeping with the theme of nostalgia, staging a camp-out in your backyard is another childhood favorite. All you need is a tent, some sleeping bags or blankets, and flashlights - for illuminating your face while you tell scary stories of course.
If you're a city dweller, don't feel left out. You can set up camp on your balcony or in your living room.
You and your significant other will love the closeness that comes with sitting outside, wrapped in a blanket, looking up at the stars. This date satisfies any craving for wanderlust or whimsy you might have.
What's a camp-out without smores? If you're without a fire pit, you can easily make smores in your oven! Check out this recipe for indoor smores and treat yo self.
A spa day at home is the perfect way to relax and unwind with your lover if either of you are feeling particularly stressed. Transform your home into a day spa, pull on a fluffy robe, and pamper each other.
Take a trip to Target and go crazy in the bath section. Stock up on Epsom salts, face and hair masks, lotions and bubble baths. If you're short on money, there are plenty of tutorials online on how to DIY your own scrubs, masks, and other treatments.
Take a bubble bath together and seize the opportunity to love on each other. Give them a massage with lotion you've warmed up over a heater - and don't you dare be afraid of giving foot rubs, people carry a lot of tension there.
Treat yourself to champagne or light refreshing cocktails, or if it's cold outside drink spiced (and/or spiked) cider or hot chocolate as a cozier alternative. Chocolate covered strawberries and desserts of the like fit perfectly into this scenario.
Forget about work or college and let all your worries melt away.
Instead of getting together and just consuming a bunch of food why not create something? Buy two canvases, a set or two of paint, pour some wine - or your favorite beverage - and make art together.
Paint the same object or try to paint each other. The finished project can be a gift to one another or a cool piece of wall art with a cute story that'll make you the envy of all your couple friends.
Try other mediums other than just painting. Try making a collage, mold clay, get some mixed media action going on. Regardless of the outcome, you'll have fun.
If your looking to do something extra special Love is Art Kit! The kit comes with a canvas, a tarp, body friendly paint, and even a loofa to clean up after! The kit comes with a canvas, a tarp, body friendly paint, and even a loofah to clean up after! The goal is to create a one of a kind work of art while loving each other all over the canvas. This is the perfect activity for special occasions or as an intimate surprise.
Another way to get intimate while being intertwined in one another is to do couples yoga. You don't have to do acrobatic yoga to do partner yoga. All you need is a yoga mat or two and to channel every once of flexibility you possess.
You'll get your heart rate up a little while meditating alongside your partner in intimate poses. And if you lose your balance you'll end up in a heap of giggles.
This is a sweet way to get close and be healthy together. Check out these beginner poses and get ready to open up your chakras. Namaste!
If all else fails, you can always plop down on the couch and binge on Netflix together. After a long week, this might be precisely what you and your partner need. Don't be hesitant to do something simple for a date night. It can be just as special as going out to an expensive dinner, and even more intimate.
Go to the dollar store and buy a bunch of candy like you used to do when you were kids going to the movies. Pop some popcorn and snuggle up on the couch. Pick something you both will enjoy watching and just relax.
Or if you'd rather HBO and Bone, why go out when you can stay in and watch all the Game of Thrones or Westworld that you can handle?
The next time you and your partner get together for a date night make the decision to stay inside. Pull an idea - or a few - from this list and enjoy an intimate night in away from all your worries and most importantly away from all other people.