Going Out While Staying In

Getting Started

Many routines from before the pandemic have changed. And date night may feel like a thing of the past. Date night may need to change slightly to adapt to the pandemic—but that doesn't mean it will be any less fun. Try these tips for going on date night without leaving your home.

  • If you have kids, find time to be alone.

    For example, take advantage of early bedtimes. Whether you have 20 minutes or 2 hours, use this time for the two of you.

  • Have a movie night at home.

    Do you have a movie that you or your partner has somehow never seen? Or is there a favorite that neither of you has seen in a while? Choose your movie, or make a list if you can't decide on just one. Then pile onto the couch, or put cushions and pillows on the floor. And pop plenty of popcorn. The smell of freshly popped popcorn alone can make it feel like you're at the theater.

  • Bring in your "dinner out."

    Order take-out, and create the feel of a restaurant in your own home. You can set the table and even light a candle. Getting dressed up can also help you feel more like you're on a traditional date.

  • Try cooking together.
    • Find recipes online. There are many websites, blogs, and other free sources for a variety of recipes. See if you can recreate your favorite dishes at home.
    • Try cooking something new. In a way, you can "visit" the places you've always wanted to by cooking their food. Try to find a show or documentary about where your recipe came from. You can learn about a new culture while you taste its flavors.
    • Take an online cooking class. In some classes you make multi-course meals, while others teach you how to use a kitchen knife with confidence. And there are even some classes that show you how to cook with what you have on hand, without a recipe.
  • Have a game night—in person or virtually.

    Virtual game night can be as fun as the real thing. Many games have apps or websites that make online play easier for a double-date. Try playing something new or a familiar favorite with friends you enjoy. You can also video call while you play.

  • Try something new.

    What's something you've always wanted to do but never have? Or what just sounds fun? Here are some ideas to get you started:

    • Plan a surprise. It can be anything. But it will be special because it's a surprise. Try surprising your partner with their favorite take-out or a movie that they love.
    • Have a dance party.
    • Camp in the living room. Set up your tent and sleeping bags! And light a candle for your "campfire." You can even bake s'mores in the oven if the mood strikes.

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