Another quarantine is knocking at our doors where I live, so I think it’s important that I suggest a few romantic at-home date ideas for all of you. As I have mentioned in my “How To Keep The Romance Alive” blog, making sure you have quality time with your significant other is truly important.
In Hawai’i (mostly Oahu), the situation has only been getting worse since businesses started to reopen. Every day is a new record high of people testing positive. Without even having to say what’s going on, I know you guys already understand. In short, things are getting pretty intense here and are not expecting to get any better with schools starting again soon.
So when I have the chance to spend quality time with my husband (my mom or my sister will watch the kids), I don’t want to waste it. These are several romantic at-home date ideas you can have fun doing with your significant other.
1. Backyard Picnic
My husband and I have been on picnics before but never one in our own backyard. But with everything going on in the world nowadays, I think a backyard picnic would be a great quarantine date idea. Bring out those Christmas lights and string them along the fence for some ambiance at night. Or have lunch outside with the sun shining and clouds drifting by. It just sounds dreamy imagining it.
You can also make the food together and pack a bottle of champagne to really get the mood going. Best part? You won’t have to worry about driving because you aren’t going anywhere. So maybe pack two bottles of champagne and take a quick stroll to your backyard.
Don’t have a backyard? No problem, you can do this on a balcony, patio, lanai, roof, and driveway, (although maybe not too much champagne if you’re on the roof). Point is, this is a great romantic at-home date idea to try.
2. Dinner & A Movie
My first date with my husband was dinner and a movie (back when you could actually go to a theater to watch them). He loved going to the theater so when quarantine happened, shut down theaters really hit home for him. To make up for it, my husband and I have been having our own dinner and a movie at home.
You can order in (I personally love ordering pasta or some kind of Italian food), or you can cook something together. And don’t forget the WINE! To set the mood, light candles, and lay blankets on the floor for an optimal cuddling position, and pick a movie you haven’t seen from a genre of your choice.
My husband likes horror movies so we watch a lot of those. The thrill is to die for (get it?). But movies are kind of our thing so we try to watch anything new. Unless we ”crave” a specific movie or theme (i.e. something Harry Potter or something from The Conjuring series).
But definitely try this out! Don’t go through the motions though. Make it special! Eat something new, watching something you haven’t seen, get a little buzzed (again you got nowhere to go), and have fun. This is a romantic at-home date idea you should make sure you do during this pandemic.
I love the stars so I had to add this one to the list! I once took an astronomy class thinking it was astrology (which is extremely different) because that’s how much I love stars. I did not do well. There was so much math and science. I’m realizing now I might have been in a class for future astronauts.
Anyway, stargazing is a super fun, easy, and romantic at-home date idea. Just get a couple of warm blankets, lay them out in your backyard, driveway, roof, anywhere you can get a good view of your sky at night, and just relax.
It’ll be harder to do this if you live in the city because of all the lights, but not impossible. You can download apps nowadays that show you all the stars when you point your camera at the sky. Technology, am I right?
So just give this one a try. If anything, the stars are not that important. Being able to spend that quality time together is.
4. Game Night
I love games! Board games, card games, video games, any kind of game is always so entertaining for me. I may not be good at all of them, but they are still a ton of fun to do.
That’s why I think that having a game night is a great at-home date idea. Maybe more competitive than romantic though? I don’t know. I always love my husband more every time I beat him at a round of Uno. I think the score is 87 me, 13 him. But who’s really keeping score?
To make it even more exciting, you could turn it into a drinking game or make wagers (with clothes maybe?). Plus, a little bit of friendly competition always keeps things interesting.
As I mentioned before, my husband loves being in the kitchen and this includes baking. In fact, we have plans to bake together this weekend. We’re going to make Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’m so excited about this! I can’t really imagine how pumpkin and chocolate are going to go together, but I can’t wait to try it.
I thinking baking together is such a romantic at-home date idea. You get to work together, spend time together, and then reap the benefits together. Then enjoy more of each other’s company with some milk and delicious desserts.
I can just see that 90s romantic rom-com montage rolling through my head. A flour war, tasting the cookie batter off each other’s fingers, a stolen kiss here and there, dancing to some pop or R&B music in the background while you wait for the cookies to finish baking, and you share personal stories while enjoying your hard work.
If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is. I mean, if you haven’t baked once or twice during this quarantine then are you really quarantining? Why not try it with someone you love?
6. Indoor Photoshoot
Okay, how cute would a photoshoot be as a date? I had to put this on the list. Not only is it romantic, but it will also literally capture the moment of your time together.
It doesn’t have to be professional. You can easily craft your own backdrop and take pictures on your phone. If you have a selfie stick or tripod (I have 2), then even better. But you really don’t need anything except for each other and your phone.
Try to take it a little seriously. Like, dedicate an hour to taking photos. It can be in different parts of your house, different outfits, different backdrops, different poses, different themes, you can even take turns taking pictures of each other. There is so much you can do.
I know some people don’t always enjoy having their photos taken, but I think they can handle one hour for a lifetime of memories. My husband takes photos with me even though I know he hates to. It just makes me appreciate him more. So just do it! Try this romantic at-home date idea and see how much fun you both will have.
This one might sound weird but it doesn’t have to be! It can be fun and not at all sexual. Sometimes, my husband and I will role-play meeting each other for the first time when we go on dates. But since we’re stuck at home, I’ve been coming up with other stories that we could pretend to do at home. Like, if I’m not feeling well, he’ll pretend to be my doctor.
It’s really more funny than weird and embarrassing. Role-playing also helps you step out of your comfort zone and allows you to be somebody else for a while. You can also gauge how comfortable someone is with you by testing their comfort zone.
I’m (obviously) very comfortable with my husband so I’m not as afraid to be goofy or silly around him. It takes a lot for me to feel embarrassed around him.
So yeah, don’t knock it until you try it! Role-playing can be a very romantic at-home date idea.
These dates are all possible, low budget, and really fun to do. My husband and I have done almost all of these and it really makes us appreciate each other and the time we spend together. Comment down below which date idea is your favorite or something that you’d like to try.
Thank you for reading today’s blog! I hope you found it useful in these stressful times. Whenever things get crazy, spending time with the people I love always helps me stay grounded.
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