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While we love a good evening on the town as much as the next person, date night doesn't always have to mean a night out. Dedicated time away from the stresses of the world is the perfect way to reset and reconnect. Treat yourself, or your loved one, to these at-home date night ideas:
Here's a breakdown of how to make your next date night take you places even if you don't go out.
Give these eight activities a try. The best part? You can put your own twist on almost any idea!
Think about the last time you cooked a really good meal. Unless you're a chef, it's probably been a while. Now, there's nothing wrong with enjoying takeout, but slowing things down and cooking a meal together or for yourself can be a nice change of pace.
Recreate a dish from your favorite restaurant or take something classic and make it entirely from scratch! You and your special someone could plan out the courses together and prepare everything side by side or challenge each other to see who can make the best dish with whatever's left in the pantry. Share your delicious creation by candlelight.
Who doesn't enjoy a good pampering session? Not only is it one of the best ways to relax, but there's something really special about giving the one you love a little extra TLC. Spend date night spoiling each other with manicures, pedicures and foot massages. Don't forget to spend some time on your skin too! This is the perfect time to try out a new product or focus on getting your skin all soft, supple and touchable!
This traditional date night idea is one of the easiest to pull off at home. And since you're in full control, you can even put your own special spin on the classic combination. Try matching the dinner to the movie: Watch a Bollywood film and order Indian takeout, choose a cheesy rom-com and pair it with the most cliché date night dinner you can think of or have brunch for dinner during "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
Game nights are the perfect pick when you're staying in. Grab your favorite board games, a deck of cards or a video game for a night of strategic fun. Log into an online game or a video chat game night with friends to connect with others, or spend the evening immersed in a 500-piece puzzle accompanied by your beverage of choice.
If you're with a loved one, play a game where you can work as a team or kick it up a notch with a little friendly competition and battle each other for the crown. Winner gets to pick dessert!
This is a classic night-in staple. Depending on your skin types and preferences, there are a ton of different skincare face masks to choose from, like this purifying mask. Have fun applying the masks on each other and snapping a few ridiculous selfies before removing them. Be sure to take "before" and "after" shots so you can see the results!
Who said you had to travel to an art studio to pair painting with a few drinks? Make this idea your own by going beyond the paintbrush. Try your hand at knitting, relax with an adult coloring book or gather photographs and ticket stubs from past adventures for a scrapbook.
Think about something you're interested in, whether it's a hobby you already have or something totally new, and get ready to DIY! You might discover a hidden talent — or at least have something memorable to hang on the wall.
If there's a night out you've been too nervous or embarrassed to try with friends, recreating it with a date night at home is the ideal test run. And nothing says public embarrassment like karaoke! With no one but your boo to hear you, pick out your favorite love songs and sing your heart out.
Why should the overarching theme of your date stop at "date"? Go classic with a Parisian night for two featuring baguettes and cheese — plus berets. Or, try a disco dance night for something a little funky. Did someone say superhero date night? Get dressed up, set the stage in your house and match the menu to an activity. With a little bit of planning, a theme brings all of it together.
Sure, there's a whole wide world out there, but your home has plenty to offer all on its own! Keep an open mind and prepare for a date night at home you won't forget.