Whether you’ve got a little one or not, going out for date night can be tricky. Maybe you don’t have a babysitter, maybe you had a long week at work, or maybe you’re on a tight budget this month. Whatever the case may be, date night goes to the wayside…again.
But let’s not accept defeat so easily! Investing in your marriage is so important. Without intimacy, your relational flame will dwindle. You may even feel like it’s blown out altogether. But there are ways to keep your spark alive! Some good, old-fashioned quality time may be just what the Love Doctor ordered. 😉 So here are six stay-at-home date night ideas that will help put the pep back into your marital step!
1. Drinks By the Fire
I don’t know about you, but firepits make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The flicker of the flames, the sound of crackling wood, the smell of campfire on your sweater. Mmmmmm. Add a glass of wine and my honey, and the scene is set for the perfect evening! (Coffee, tea, or hot cocoa also make perfect campfire sips.)
Enjoy the peace and quiet just being close to each other. Relax, you deserve it.
2. Board Games
Come on… give board games a chance. See the above image for a clue to what I’m talking about. Hahah! I seriously just cracked myself up. (I don’t get out much.) Board games are an awesome way to connect. A little healthy competition is great between couples. Personally, we tend to take the competition to an extreme. And when I say “we,” I mean “me.” 😉 But we still have a great time.
One of our favorite games to play together is Gin Rummy. It’s a card game, so it takes up minimal space and is super easy to clean up! A win win! If you’ve never played Gin, you can check out the rules here.
3. Take Personality Tests and Compare Your Results
This is a fun one! It may sound a little weird, but give it a try. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised to discover new things about your spouse or significant other.
Ryan and I both took this free test based on Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ personality type theory. It was really cool to compare our personalities and see where we work well together and where we might clash a bit.
4. Make Milkshakes or Sundaes Togehter
Myyyyyyy milkshakes bring all the kids to the yard, but they’re asleep! So the shakes are all ours… *mom dance for the win.*
You really can’t go wrong with ice cream! Unless you’re lactose intolerant… then this could really ruin your night…
But for the rest of you this takes the cake! Take a trip to the grocery store and load up on all your favorite ice cream, toppings, and cookies, then come home and GO NUTS! This is a NO SHAME date night. Throw caution to the wind and eat away all the stress of the week.
If you’re up for a challenge, try out a milkshake recipe. We love Oreo’s in our house, so this would be our go-to recipe.
5. Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
This one’s my favorite and we do it often. I absolutely love looking through our old pictures together and hearing Ryan tell me how he remembers the moments. Even though I’ve heard the stories a hundred times, for some reason, hearing him tell them again and again never gets old.
Talk about a way to rekindle some love. 🙂
6. Take-Out By Candlelight
There’s only one thing better than a romantic, candle-lit dinner at home, and that’s a romantic, candle-lit dinner at home you didn’t have to make! So have fun dressing up your table. Grab any candles you’ve got lying around the house, pull out your wedding china (or even some cute paper plates for easier clean-up) and order your favorite take-out.
We’ve found “favorites” to be a fun conversation topic. We’ve been married for almost 5 years now, but sometimes it’s fun to get back to the basics with questions like, “What’s your favorite color?” “What’s your favorite song? “What’s your favorite Bible verse?” Ryan started asking me all these and more today while we were on our way to lunch. It feels so nice to have your spouse interested in your likes and dislikes.
I hope something here has sparked your interest! Date night should be a priority and hopefully, this makes it seem a little more possible. God loves marriage and wants to see yours thrive. Don’t let this busy life go too fast. Cherish the time you have with your spouse once your kids are down for the night. Don’t let yourself get wrapped up in tomorrow’s to-do list, the bills that need to be paid, or the groceries that need to be purchased. Just be present.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite “night in” looks like!
For a regular dose of inspiration, creativity and joy, subscribe to our mailing list and become a member of The Pack.