18 At-Home Date Ideas for a Fun and Romantic Night In

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From House Beautiful

For those seeking a useful way to spend their time during social distancing—or anyone simply interested in forging a deeper connection with their homes—HB has launched Home Love, a series of daily tips and ideas to make every minute indoors more productive (and gratifying!).

The idea of spending countless days in bed with your lover may sound great in theory, but it turns out to be a little less romantic when you're doing so because of a global pandemic. But there are still fun ways to reconnect and enjoy each other. Seriously! All it takes is some creative at-home date night workarounds. From you're holed up with a long-term partner, you suddenly find yourself in an accidental long-distance relationship, you're single and need some Hinge-meets-Zoom inspiration, or just want some activities to do with a platonic roommate that sound more entertaining than sitting on the sofa and scrolling through Instagram, these eighteen at-home date ideas will save the night (and potentially your relationships). Get inspired to plan something special.

Have a Black Tie Cocktail Party

If you can't actually throw on a ball gown, at least institute a mandatory shoe policy for the evening.

Try a New Recipe Together

Whether you sign up for an online cooking class of just check out one of your favorite recipe sites and blogs for inspiration, trying something new will change things up and give you fun activity to bond over. If cooking isn't your thing, opt for baking instead. Then share enjoy the result over candle light.

Karaoke Night

If you don't have a designated karaoke night microphone and machine (you're missing out), then just pull up the YouTube version of your chosen song that includes lyrics and project.

Try a New Craft Together

You could knit, iron flowers into paper for some beautiful handmade stationary, or paint caricatures of each other.

Throw a Prom

Now you can finally live out your dreams of being prom royalty because there is zero competition for the title. Create a throwback playlist and everything.

Do an At-Home Scavenger Hunt

Even if you live in a studio apartment, a scavenger hunt planned with sentimental or funny clues will be a fun and entertaining way to connect.

Learn a Dance

Either do it the old-fashioned way and practice the classic Dirty Dancing dance move or make like the kid's and get yourself a Tik Tok.

Try a New Craft Cocktail

Try a new craft cocktail every date night. Challenge yourself with homemade infused syrups.

Write Each Other Love Letters

Leave love letters on each other's pillows. Do it together or surprise them. It can just be a short and sweet letter, or, if you need more structure, write down ten things you like about them or the reasons you fell in love with them.

Plan a Double Date

Round up your favorite couple friends and plan a double or triple Zoom date to shake up the dynamic and check in your with pals.

Ask Each Other the Love Questions

Remember when the New York Times published this article about the 26 questions that lead to love? If you haven't asked each other these yet, now's the time to deepen the bond.

Have a Spa Night

Do face masks, paint each other's toes, and then for the grand finale, take a bubble bath or trade massages.

Roast Marshmallows

If you have a fireplace, roast some marshmallows over it and then make s'mores. If you don't, a stove will suffice.

Plan Fantasy Vacations

Plan the trip you've always dreamt of taking. One day, when this is all over, you can actually bring it to life. Here's some inspiration.

FaceTime Each Other From Different Rooms

But here's the catch: Do it from different rooms! Distance makes the heart grow fonder, right?

Host a Comedy Show

Whether you actually write your own jokes and practice your stand up on each other or just curate a killer lineup of standup shows on Netflix, having a laugh will be good for you.

Go "Camping"

If you have a backyard, pitch a tent and go camping! Looking up at the night sky on a balcony, rooftop, or porch will suffice, too.

Play Twister

And to end on a flirty note, how about sharing a bottle of wine over a game of Twister?

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