We can all agree that being a parent is hard. Trying to keep a relationship alive and thriving while raising kids can be even harder. Need a break from the kids? Desperate for some adult conversation? Then give one of these awesome at home date night ideas for parents a try!
I’m the first to admit I often come up with every excuse for why we can’t have a date night; I’m too tired, it’s too expensive, there’s not enough time, or we have no childcare. Sound familiar?
While many of these reasons are valid, it’s important to remember that making time for your partner is extremely important. It also sets a great example for your kids as to what a healthy relationship should look like.
My husband and I love to get out of the house once a month for date night. That obviously can’t happen weekly, so we try our best to have a few at home date nights a month, too. We put our phones away, block out the distractions of work and the kids and spend some time just being a couple.
Benefits of Having An At Home Date Night
While a night out on the town can be fun, sometimes a night in can be just as special. Here are some benefits of having a date night at home:
- You can save money by staying in and avoiding pricey restaurant bills and costly babysitters.
- You can have fun and get creative with your at-home dates.
- You can wear whatever you want! No need to stress about what to wear when you’re spending time at home. Pajamas, comfortable clothes, or even no clothes at all – it’s totally up to you!
- Have kids? No problem! Kids love at-home date nights too. They can join in on the fun or go to bed at their usual bedtime while you enjoy some quality time together.
So go ahead and turn off your phones, light some candles, and have a fun night in! Here are some great at home date night ideas for parents.
Food Related Date Night Ideas
Fancy Dinner– For a romantic dinner date at home, why not try something a little fancier than your usual quick meal? Set the mood with some candles and soft music, and get dressed in your nicest outfit. Whether it’s a home-cooked meal or something you’ve picked up from a local restaurant, pour some wine and enjoy a fancy dinner at home with your partner.
S’mores Night– S’mores night is the best night. Sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting around a campfire, making s’mores, and telling stories. It’s the perfect way to relax and escape the everyday grind. Don’t have the space to build a fire? This indoor electric s’mores maker is the perfect alternative!
Homemade Pizza– Why order out when you can make your own pizza at home? It’s the perfect activity for date night. Just roll out the dough, add your favorite toppings, and bake. Looking for a good recipe, this is my favorite!
Breakfast (for Dinner) in Bed– We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what about breakfast for dinner? So for your next at home date night forget about dinner and go straight for breakfast in bed.
Takeout or Delivery– Not sure what to cook for date night? Skip the hassle and order in! Pick a restaurant you both love (or alternate who picks their favorite) and get a nice meal delivered to your door.
Sushi Night– Sushi night is the perfect opportunity to try something new. Grab a kit or take out from your favorite local restaurant and have some fun. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite sushi roll!
Bake Off– It’s time to put your baking skills to the test! The bake-off is about to begin. Who will come out on top? We can’t wait to find out!
Cook a New Recipe Together– Why not cook up something new together? Trying out a new recipe can be a fun way to bond and make some great memories. Plus, who knows? You might just discover your new favorite dish.
Wine and Whiskey Tasting– Are you a wine or whiskey lover? Why choose between the two? Let each person pick a few of their favorites. You can try a little bit of both and see which one you like best.
Fondu Night– Fondu night is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some delicious melted cheese. (or chocolate). Gather around the fondue pot and dip bread, veggies, or fruit into the gooey goodness. It’s a fun and unique way to spend an evening together!
Blindfolded Food Tasting– If you’re looking for a unique way to spice up your next at home date night, why not try a blindfolded food tasting? This top-secret way of eating is sure to add some intrigue (and maybe a few laughs) to your evening.
Romantic At Home Date Night Ideas
Stargazing– A stargazing date is a perfect way to spend some quality time with your special someone. But what if you don’t have a telescope? No problem! Grab a blanket, find a spot in your backyard, and enjoy the show.
Organize Old Photos– Organizing your photos can be a fun, creative way to spend an evening with your partner. You can do it digitally or in an album, whichever you prefer. You can take a walk down memory lane by looking at all the good times you’ve had as a family. Bonus points for checking off an organizational task!
Re-Write Your Marriage Vows-Use your creativity to craft vows that truly represent how you feel about each other years later. Take this opportunity to really express your love and commitment to each other. There’s no need to be too serious – have fun with it!
Spa Night– What better way to unwind than a spa night with your partner? Who doesn’t love a good massage? Alternate treating each other to some well-deserved pampering or hire someone to come to your house. Run the bath, light some candles, and enjoy some quality time with your loved one!
Watch the Sun Rise with Coffee– who says dates have to be at night? Wake up early and catch the first light of day with your partner. Enjoy a peaceful sunrise, while sipping freshly brewed coffee and talking while the world is still quiet.
Relationship Building Date Night Ideas
Create a Bucket List– Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut, just going through the motions day after day? If so, it might be time to spice up your life and create a bucket list with your partner. Think about all the things you want to do together. Make a list of all the places you want to go and adventures you want to take. Work on it together and add to it as you think of new things. Check things off as you do them. And don’t forget to have fun along the way!
Plan Your Dream Vacation– Start planning your dream vacation with your partner on date night. Get creative and visualize where you’d both like to go and what you’d like to do. It’ll be a fun bonding experience – and who knows, maybe you’ll get closer to booking that dream trip.
Design Your Future Home– What better way to spend a date night than by designing your future home together? You can get creative, share your ideas, and plan for a happy future. Remember it’s just for fun so be as imaginative as your want.
Dream about the Future– Dream about the future with your partner, and discuss what you both want. Talk about where you see yourselves in five years, ten years, and even twenty years. Make plans together and enjoy the process of dreaming about what could be.
Learn More About One Another– Are you curious about how your loved ones see the world? Have you ever wondered what makes them tick? Do you want to know more about them? Then this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your partner! Take turns asking each other questions. Consider learning more about love languages or the enneagram. You’ll be amazed at how many new things you can learn about one another.
Learn Something New– Why not learn something new on date night? It could be fun! Cook a new recipe, try a new workout, a new activity, or even a new game. There are so many possibilities! Who knows, you may even discover a new favorite thing to do together.
Fun at Home Date Night Ideas
Dance Lesson– Who needs a traditional date night when you can have a Youtube dance lesson date night? Just put on your favorite tunes, follow along with a dance tutorial, and let the magic happen. You might not be able to sway like a professional dancer, but that’s half the fun. Just let loose, enjoy the moment, and create some new memories with your partner.
Karaoke– What’s better than a karaoke date night? A karaoke date night at home! There’s no need to leave the comfort of your own home when you can sing your heart out right in your living room.
Camp Out in the Living Room– For a fun and unique date night, how about camping out in the living room? Spread a few blankets on the floor, make some popcorn, and enjoy each other’s company in the comfort of your own home.
Movie Marathon– What could be more romantic than cozying up with your partner for a marathon of your favorite movies? Whether it’s cuddling up on the couch or snuggling in bed, spending some quality time together while enjoying a good film is the perfect way to show your affection.
Netflix and Chill– Sometimes there’s nothing better than settling down with your partner for a little Netflix marathon. Binge-watching a show together is the perfect way to relax and bond with your boo. So grab some snacks, queue up your favorite series, and snuggle up with your cutie for some quality downtime.
Sports Night- How about a sports night date night at home? You can tune in to a game, set up a concession stand, and enjoy a fun evening cheering on your favorite team.
Zoom Double Date– Zoom is the new way to date! Now you can double date without even leaving your house. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection. So call up some friends who you rarely get to see and get ready for a night of fun!
Game Night– Up for some fun? Try an at-home game night! Play some of your favorite games and compete against each other. The winner gets to choose the movie you watch afterward. Here are some great game ideas:
DIY Night– Looking for a fun and unique way to spend some time with your partner? Try a DIY night! Choose a project you can work on together, gather your materials, and get started. You’ll have a blast working on something together, and you’ll end up with a finished product that’s uniquely yours. Plus, it’s a great way to bond and get creative.
Comedy Night– Why go out for a night of laughs when you can have one at home? Comedy night with your partner is the perfect way to spend an evening. Take turns picking out your favorite stand-up comedy routines, prepare your favorite snacks and drinks and enjoy a night of laughter together. You may even find that you’re the funniest couple around!
Painting and Wine Night– Whether you’re a professional artist or a novice, painting and sipping on some wine is a great way to spend quality time with your partner. Grab a painting kit and youtube some step-by-step videos. You’ll be painting like Picasso in no time!
Exercise– Want to double up on the benefits of working out? Turns out, that exercising with your partner can also be a great way to spend some quality time together. So ditch the Netflix and chill tonight in favor of getting sweaty with the one you love.
Date Night Boxes
Looking for a quick and easy way to do date night with no thought involved? Here are some fun date night boxes that you are sure to love:
What to do with the kids during date night?
Depending on the age of your kids you may have to figure out a way to keep them occupied while you and your partner grab a few hours of quality time together. Here are a few suggestions for what to do with the kids during date night:
- Wait until the kids are quietly tucked into bed sleeping before starting your date night festivities.
- Create a “sleepover” style night for your kids- put out pillows and blankets, turn on a movie and pass out the snacks.
- Send them to grandma’s or a friend’s house- you can even switch off with another couple you are close with so you can both reap the benefits and enjoy date nights.
- Get the kids involved- have them participate in your special night. it’s so important to show your kids that you still “date” and are more than just mom and dad.
While it’s so easy to get wrapped up in your normal day-to-day activities and focus solely on the kids, you need to also make time for your partner. One of the best ways to show your partner that you care is by taking some time for yourselves and enjoying a date night at home.
Don’t wait until life slows down because it never will. Pick one of these at home date night ideas for parents out and put it on the calendar today! Make it a weekly or bi-monthly routine and start enjoying more quality time with your better half.
What’s your go-to at-home date? Let us know in the comments!
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