Well, here we are. In the midst of a global pandemic, there is a lot of new stuff to figure out. How do we grocery shop? How do we stay in touch with our family? How do we work? And for some of us, how do we date?
Luckily, we are in an age of creativity and innovation. There are plenty of ways to have a date night at home during a quarantine. Sure, it won’t be quite the same as having a romantic night out at your favorite restaurant. But these days, we’re finding new ways to connect, to feel special, and to be in love.
Here are 8 of the best date night at home ideas:
Well, duh, but you can eat in and make it feel special. Instead of routinely making dinner and eating it while watching TV, make it extra nice. Turn off the television and put your phones away. Don’t talk about COVID-19. Make the dinner you had on your first date. Light some candles. Put on something other than sweats. Have wine. Have dessert. Sure, we all miss our favorite restaurants, but you can have a nice dinner inside too.
- Grab takeout
Not all date ideas are about food, but the best ones are. If it feels safe and you are able, order your favorite food for takeout or delivery. Many restaurants are still operating and rely on community support. You can shop local while also having a date night at home!
- Go to a virtual museum
Inspired by one couple’s quarantine date night in The New York Times, why not check your resources? In 2013, Soomin Dancyger, 32, and Lilly Dancyger, 31, of Manhattan had their first date at the Museum of Modern Art and vowed to celebrate every future anniversary at a different museum in New York. This month, the married couple of five years kept up tradition while also following the city’s stay-at-home orders, thanks to virtual tours being offered by museums worldwide. Check out some of these museums offering virtual tours for your next date night at home.
- Host a game night
This one has a lot of different options. You can play an old-fashioned board game at home. If you have a deck of cards or a chessboard, there’s always that. Or you can hop online and play a virtual game against one another. There are virtual trivia nights hosted all over the internet. And, of course, you can always get into Animal Crossing. There’re many options to cater to your different preferences.
- Learn something new
A date night at home can also mean a new hobby or interest! If you miss academics, or just want to connect to your partner in a new way, take a class together. There is an array of options, with sites like Udemy and Coursera offering many online courses for free during this time. One of the most popular recent highlights Talia Goldstein told to HuffPost is Yale offering its most popular class for free online, ‘The Science of Wellbeing.’ But it doesn’t have to be academic – take an art or cooking class online – try something creative and learn together!
- Work out together
Maybe it’s not for everyone, but a night of yoga makes for a great date night at home. Or for something more clearly romantic, take an online dance class together! Moving your bodies and working out gets the romance stakes up and is great for your physical and mental health!
- Double date
Zoom, Google, FaceTime, Join.Me – there are so many different video platforms out there for you to communicate with. If you’re missing some time with your best friends, why not host a double date night? Everyone can order a pizza, or decide on a meal beforehand, so you’re all eating the same thing. Open your separate bottles of wine, and just have fun reconnecting with your friends, virtually! If you and your partner are used to double dating, you might find that you’ve been missing it quite a bit. The virtual option is a great one for a date night at home.
- Read together
Maybe you like to read physical books and your partner reads long-form articles on his phone. It doesn’t matter! A reading night is a great way to connect and also have your space. Light some candles, make some tea, and have a nice night of reading together. A date night at home doesn’t require much!
If you currently live with your partner, you’re likely feeling a bit stuck on new ideas. It’s tough to not be able to head out to your local down the street. It’s tough to be home all day with each other, working or not working. But there’s a way to make this unique time a little easier.
Trying new things and having fun together will freshen up your week. Cook in and replicate your first date. Grab takeout and have a movie night. Exercise, read, talk to friends! It’s a tough time, but don’t forget to date your partner through it all. It can make both of you stronger, happier, closer – now and in the long run.