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I have written before about the importance of date nights for my relationship. They can be a stress buster when things get crazy and can help strengthen and grow your marriage. But let’s face it, a fancy night on the town or elaborate date activity isn’t always possible.
Life happens. Sometimes you are pooped and just don’t feel like going out. If you have young children, getting out of the house is a whole lot more complicated then it was when it was just the two of you. Or maybe you are trying to limit your spending and frequent date nights out just aren’t in the budget.
Personally, sometimes going out is more effort then we can manage after a long, busy week. While it’s important to get out sometimes, at home date nights can be special as well if you aren’t glued to the coach all night. One of my favorite dates was our first Valentine’s Day together, when instead of a fancy dinner out, my husband cooked us dinner and we had a picnic and danced together to romantic music. Since we weren’t living together at the time, the concept was more novel, but since I do the cooking it is always a treat when he cooks.
My newest source for at home date nights is The Dating Divas. This group of gals always have the most creative date ideas, along with beautiful printables to go with them. You usually only need a couple inexpensive items which can be picked up at the grocery store or dollar store to execute the date.
Around the World Dates– Me and my husband love to travel, so I immediately gravitated towards this pack of twelve dates (one for each month of the year), featuring China, India, Ireland, England, Italy, France, Spain, Kenya, Egypt, Jamaica, Brazil, and Greece. They also can be purchased individually, so I grabbed Spain since it was the last place we traveled to.
The printables included are an invite, recipes, a game, an intimate game, and bonus ideas all inspired by the country featured. I was so excited when I found that the two recipes featured for Spain were two of our favorite treats from our time spent in the country. It’s time for churros!
The Spain kit also includes a tomato splat trivia game and an intimate game of Spanish conversation cards, along with movie and music suggestions. It also gives the alternative suggestion of tapas (which are “small” dishes) as the main course, which is the perfect choice for us, since my husband could not get enough of tapas in Spain.
A Night of Lov(ing)– Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I would be amiss in not including something a little more…naughty. This is another pack of 12 different dates, one thematic one for each month of the year. I think most of them could be used any month of the year, however, based on your needs or mood. They are a combination of fun and experimental, and also give you the opportunity to learn more about your significant other and let them know how much you appreciate them. Here are my two favorite dates from the pack:
A fun twist on the childhood classic Twister for the bedroom.
A great choice for your first date, this steamy love calendar helps you get the hang of planning intimacy into your schedule.
Mystery Group Dates– Group dates aren’t something that I have a whole lot of experience with, except going out for dinner with other couples. One of my goals for this year is having people over to our home more (more, really meaning at all). But I’ll be honest, hosting parties/gatherings stresses me out a lot. So many details to organize, beyond the whole making sure the house looks presentable thing. Which is what makes the group date packs that the Dating Divas have so great.
I’ve always thought that having a mystery night would be fun, but frankly too much work to put together. Dating Divas offers two different sets: A Who Dunit? Date Night and a Murder Mystery Party. They include everything you need from invitations and character descriptions to name tags and task cards, as well as instructions and suggestions for the host. Serving a full dinner is possible, but with the game the main event only snacks are really needed (which cuts down on prep time).
It’s Clue in real life, with suspects, rooms, and weapons! You will need six suspects and several detectives, as well as six rooms or areas to play this game. Just look at how cute these invites are!
This party has an old Hollywood twist and features 12 different characters. Our small house definitely couldn’t handle that many people, so keep space in mind. This kit also includes fun touches such as money for bribes, evidence, and awards for the end of the game.
Need more inspiration? Dating Divas has an entire section of their website dedicated to at home date nights.
What has been your favorite at home date night?