On Fridays we go out! Ever since Naveen and I have been together Friday nights have always been dining at new restaurants, sipping on craft cocktails and trying out different cuisines. But in the current situation, since we will not be leaving our homes anytime soon, we decided to make our date nights fun and different.
So we came up with this creative list to spice up all the date nights at home. Read along and let me know which ones did you like in the comments!
1. Movie Marathon
This was actually Naveen’s idea. Had to be right? We try to do this once a month; We pick a theme or genre and host a movie marathon! To give it a movie theatre feel, we dim down our lights, make a big bowl of popcorn, settle in our comfortable couch and nestle into a comfy throw. I usually fall asleep on his lap halfway through and catch on the story the next morning.
Some of my favorite movie picks: Avengers, Disney Movies, Devil Wears Prada, The Notebook
2. Bubble Bath
After a long week of work, you can indulge in a relaxing hot bubble bath with your partner to release all the tension and calm your nerves. To add to the ambience, we also light up some candles and play some light music or we let our bathroom singers loose. Our bodies need to relax and reset after a long day, more than we care to realize it. (You can also get a beer or a book in there!)
3. Create your own Craft Cocktails.
All these weekends we have tasted quite a lot of craft cocktails, now it’s time to make our own. We usually raid our refrigerator to come up with some of the best concoctions from the things we find. If we find a cucumber or jalapeños then Margarita it is! Just an orange left? Don’t worry we got you. Peel it up and add some bitters and make an old fashioned (You can also save the orange pulp for the next day’s mimosa). Yet another creative one – we added frozen raspberries with some mint into a Moscow mule and we were blown away by how good it tasted! Try that and let me know if you liked it?
4. Tune into a Jam Session.
Both me and Naveen are avid Music lovers and appreciate all forms of music. I play the guitar and we both sing our hearts out, on a typical Saturday evening. We feel more connected through music more than anything. You could also pour yourself some wine while you drift off into a musical night , listening or humming your favorite tracks.
5. Game Night!
This one is a no brainer….Game nights are always fun! It could be board games, card games or even video games. We try to switch it up often, coz I am not that great at video games and get easily defeated. But I always have bluff wrapped up my sleeve and I do have a Poker face.(Wait do you actually think that?) Our rule book, is limited to “Do what you can to win”; The loser has to do all the cleaning the next day. Trust me you don’t wanna lose!
What are your favorite games? Let me know!
6. Travelers Edition Date Night
This is the perfect date night idea to curb your wanderlust since none of us can travel right now. Pick a country that has been on your travel list and set up a themed dinner date inspired by that country. Some of our ideas:
Indian: Make some creamy butter chicken or aloo samosa paired with some mint chutney. Best drink: Nimbu Pani Puri! Mix up some pani (tamarind flavored water) with Vodka and toss in a puri. Drink this and you will thank me later!
Mexican: Set up a Taco stall in your kitchen. Don’t forget the salsa + spicy Margaritas.
Italian: Home made Pasta with meatball marinara sauce. Pair it with a glass of fine Wine.
French: Dine on a cheese platter or lick the Cognac Dijon Cream Sauce from the lamb chops out of your plate! Tres Magnifique!
Mediterranean: Feast on some Kebabs and Greek salad with olives, feta, hummus, and tzatziki sauce.
Japanese: Try to make Sushi or fry some shrimp tempura. Enjoy it with some Sake bombs.
Chinese: Steam Pork dumplings to pair with some delicious Chow Mein.
7. Couples Yoga
Couples that workout together stay happy together. No Kidding when we workout together, we actually link our breaths and movements which helps to build new levels of trust, communication, and connection between the couple. There are lots of options – you can jog around your neighborhood, follow exercise videos on YouTube or workout apps, or even do an at-home yoga session together. For Me, I love every opportunity to swan dive into Naveen’s arms and trust that he will always hold me strong.
8. Candlelight Dinner
Oooooo…. This one’s my favorite!! I don’t know why but the idea of dining under the stars surrounded by warm scented candles, drinking some wine looking into your partner’s eyes stirs every romantic nerve in me like no other. Set up your patio with string lights and huge candles just for these kinda nights. Paired with a fancy meal and smooth jazz this is the best idea everrrr for an at-home date night.
9. Dancing in His Arms
I never give up an opportunity to shake a leg with my impulsive swing dancer. We play some groovy classics, I step on his toes and he whisks me in his arms and leads me as we create our own dance routine. You can have a fun dance off, show your moves and maybe even try a few steps together or learn a new routine from Youtube. Whether you are swaying in a lyrical dance, showing your passionate temper in a Rumba, getting hot and steamy in a sensual Bachata or being playful in a fun Salsa, dancing together helps to build a stronger emotional connection and also increases the romance between you and your partner. Give it a waltz, You will never regret it!
10.Watch your Wedding Video
Its just been less than 4 months since we got married, and yet we feel many moments from our wedding day are fading away from our minds! What better way to spend a night reminiscing your relationship, than watching your wedding video! You can watch your wedding video or photos together and laugh through those ” wait did that really happen” moments. It’s also fun to look through old photos and videos of you and your partner from when you first started dating. Trust me you will be amazed by the transitions you guys have been together.
If you guys haven’t watched it yet. Here is our wedding video!
11. Cook Together
Tired of cooking alone all week? Pair up with your partner and assume you’re in an episode of MasterChef. Try some interesting recipes from the internet and cook together (my excuse to not do all the hard work alone). I always sign up to be the sous–chef! I chop the veggies and munch on some popcorn while he creates the magical dish. You can also experiment with a few old ingredients from the pantry and spice it up differently. Even if the dish doesn’t turn out that well, you at-least had fun making it together.
12. A Walk to Remember
Being cooped up at home all day, especially with the work from home situation can get a little a anxious. Take a walk together, chat about some old memories or just get some fresh air, smell the spring blooms and catch a glimpse of the sunset. You’ll be surprised how much you still don’t know about each other even though you feel you know them completely; Every conversation reveals something new about a person.
I hope some of these were helpful and inspiring…..if you have more ideas, I’d love to hear them below! Or Tell me which ideas did you try today!