Regular date nights are a great way for couples to spend quality time together, even when you both have other commitments and responsibilities that take up large portions of your week. It’s a way to make sure you get some much needed one on one time, no matter how hectic your lives are.
But sometimes you don’t want to get dressed up, make reservations, or come up with a big plan, and all you want is to have a night in together. But watching a movie and getting takeout can become stale too. What else is there to do?
Play a game of course!
Here are a few of the best games play as a couple on date night:
This or that?
This is just another name for the game “Would you rather?” where you each take turns asking each other questions where they have to decide between two things. The game usually begins quite innocently, and can get pretty steamy depending on which direction you take it.
It’s also a great way to learn more about each other, share funny or embarrassing experiences, and flirt, no matter how long you’ve been in a relationship for.
There are plenty of ready-made quizzes online that you can download and print off, and then take turns answering. This is another relaxing way to spend your date night, cozied up on the sofa, and getting to know each other on a whole other level.
In this card game, the aim is to create the most dazzling firework display you can imagine. The twist is, you’re not allowed to look at your cards! Each player must hold them backwards, meaning only your partner can see them. You can give each other clues about your hands, so whoever is best at interpreting those hints will win.
This one’s a trip back to your high school days, and usually involves some drinking, but it can still be a really fun way to get to know your partner more, and share some secrets you might not know about each other.
Each of you takes turns saying “I’ve never…” and complete it by saying something you’ve never done that you want to find out if the other person has done. If they have done the said thing, they must take a swig of their drink.
This is quite possibly the cutest board game ever made. It’s a zen infused game all about farming bamboo to feed the hungry—but oh so cute —panda bears.
You know how certain games *cough* MONOPOLY *cough* always end up in arguments? Well, even though you’re not working together in this game, there’s no direct fighting, so you can rest assured you’ll have peaceful, quality couple time.
This one’s fun because you get to try and build something functional together, which is also a neat metaphor for your relationship. Take it in turns to remove a block from the tower block, and place it back on top—without it collapsing. The person who causes the tower to fall loses. You can also spice things up by making your own version of Jenga by writing cute or sexy commands on the pieces. Whoever pulls out that piece has to do whatever is written on it.
DATE NIGHT GAME ADDITIONS:
Because you need more than a game to make it feel like a date, here are a few things you can do to set the mood.
Get the right mood music going.
You can make a special playlist just for the night, or look through one of the ready-to-go playlists on Spotify. Pick something to compliment the game you’ve opted for, or choose a selection of tracks you know your partner loves and surprise them with it.
Have rewards for the winner.
Because game night will have a winner, there must be a prize at stake! You can spice things up a bit and buy some Love Dice, letting the winner have a roll of them. Or bet something more practical like the loser cooks the winner a lovely three course meal for your next date night, or gives them a spa-like pamper day at home with foot soaks, bubble baths, and massages.
Make some drinks.
You might go for wine or beer, or you could even spend a little time whipping up a jug of your favorite cocktails to sip on together. If you’re staying away from alcohol, you can still make some amazing mocktails, or just opt for some fancy fruit infused water.
Set out some snacks.
Maybe you like sweets, chocolates, or even a cheese board. Hummus, and fresh vegetables are a great way to keep things healthy. Or pick a theme like South American, or Italian, and stock up on everything you can think of that’s vaguely related.
Make some popcorn.
Popcorn is a quick and easy snack that’s underrated, and doesn’t have to be tied to movie watching. You can go to town adding your own toppings, too.
Game night for couples can be a fun way to reconnect and have some time with each other, without having to stress out about making big plans. Choose some games, set the mood, and make it your own.