After having a baby and dealing with keeping him alive all day long, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is trying to have a date night with your husband. Still dating each other is SO important for your relationship though.
Having a date night doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to involve getting dressed up and going out (though if you can then go for it). There are plenty of stay at home date ideas for couples that you can do after the kids have gone to bed.
What Can Couples do For Fun at Home?
Here are some fun and easy date night ideas that you can do at home.
Take a Walk Down Memory Lane
Pull out some old photos or those old mixed CDs (I know you still have them) and reminisce.
Tell funny stories, talk about the things that happened, and enjoy seeing how your lives have changed. The photos and the music can be from when you first got together, or they can be from when you were younger. Either way it’s a really fun way to shake things up and do something together.
Watch the Sunset
Depending on when your baby goes to sleep, if you have the chance, go sit outside and watch the sunset. Just take a moment to enjoy some time together.
No phones, no cameras, just you, your husband, and the sunlight. And the baby monitor, don’t forget that.
Stargazing in the Backyard
After the sun has set, take a moment to watch the stars. My husband has this awesome app on his phone called Star Tracker that will even show you the constellations. We have so much fun looking them up to see what they mean and the stories that they tell.
This is all assuming that you can actually see the stars. If you’re in a city, perhaps consider getting one of those cool star lights for your kiddo and borrowing it from time to time. It’s still fun.
Have a Picnic
I said date night at home and I meant it. Make up some food and either eat it while your watching the sunset in the back yard, or even just eat it on the floor in the living room. Just keep it fun.
Turn off the lights, light some candles, pull out a comfy blanket to sit on and enjoy some good food and some good company.
Watch a Movie
If you and your husband are anything like me and mine, then you are a movie buff. My husband and I love watching movies.
Find a new movie that you’ve been wanting to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime, or even an old movie that you haven’t seen in a while. Just make sure that you’re actually snuggling up on the couch together. This is a date, remember?
Cook a Fancy Dinner
If either one of you can cook, or if you just want to experiment with a new recipe, try cooking up a nice meal to enjoy. You’ll save a ton of money not going out and paying for that meal in a restaurant, and you can have fun trying something new together.
Have Game Night
I love playing board games. My husband and I are pretty competitive so we have a lot of fun playing board games for date night at our house. And the loser can do the dishes!
Just be careful with games like Monopoly. That one causes an all-out war at my house HA!
There’s something about dessert that just screams date to me. I have no idea why. Swing by your favorite restaurant and pick up some to-go, or make ice cream floats or sundaes at home.
Either way, you’ll have a sweet treat after dinner that you’ll both enjoy.
Have a Drink
If you’re a wine fan, then splurge and pick up something nice or different than what you normally drink. Or look up recipes for a fancy cocktail that you can try.
Tip: There are a TON of cocktail recipes that use a bunch of hard to find or weird ingredients. Don’t go out and by a bunch of stuff that you won’t use for anything else. That’s just a waste of money.
Simple classics like Old Fashions, Mint Juleps, Negronis, and Daquiris (the real one not the frozen one) are better solutions. Just have fun with it!
Enjoy your wine or your cocktail outside or even in the living room for your picnic. Trying new things is the spice of life!
Plan a Vacation
Whether it is something that you can actually do in the coming year or it’s just a dream vacation, take the time to start planning.
Talk about where you want to visit, the things you want to see, the foods you want to eat. You’ll have so much fun looking up different places to go and see and it’ll give you a goal to work towards.
If the location is a place where you REALLY want to go, then make it happen. Figuring out the steps that you need to take to make your dreams a reality can be so rewarding.
Create a Spa Experience
Take some time to really relax and create a spa experience at home. Play some soft, relaxing music, light some candles, and pull out the massage oil. Take turns giving each other massages to get really relaxed.
If massages aren’t your thing, take a bubble bath together. You can still have the candles and the relaxing music. It’s a nice way to unplug from technology and just spend time together practicing a little self-care.
Pick a new region, or country, or even decade and plan all of your activities around that. Make a popular dish, listen to some music, try a popular beverage, and maybe even watch a movie either from that place or at least about it.
It’s a fun way to learn about other cultures while trying something new. You can even get the kids involved with the dinner portion for a fun learning experience for them as well.
Work on a Puzzle
I’m a big fan of puzzles. I actually find them really relaxing. They’re also great to give my mind something to easy to focus on so that I stop stressing over whatever daily stressor I’ve been agonizing over.
So, pull out a puzzle, grab a glass of wine, and sit and enjoy the stress relief.
You’ll have fun unplugging from social media for a little while and you will feel so accomplished when you finish the puzzle. Completing a task is a great way to bond with your spouse.
Have Sexy Time
While having sex on your date certainly isn’t a requirement, if you’ve found yourself getting into a bit of a rut in the bedroom department, planning it out could really help. Make intimacy a priority in your relationship.
Whether it’s actually having sex, or just doing something intimate together. Being close to your partner is a great way to strengthen your relationship.
How Can I Make a Romantic Night at Home?
There are so many ways to have a cheap and easy date night at home. It doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Just get creative, unplug, and enjoy each other’s company. The biggest thing is to try not to stress over it. Just relax and get creative with it. Even if everything doesn’t turn out perfect, it’ll still be fun.
Are you struggling to come up with some cheap date night ideas at home? Leave me a comment below or join the conversation in our Facebook group.
Until next time!