15+ At-Home Date Night Ideas

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One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to sit on the porch with Derek in the evening.  As the winter months come to a close, and the air turns warm, I am so looking forward to spending some time together as a couple outside.  The evening air is gorgeous in the mountains.  I have visions of sitting on the porch together, listening to the hummingbirds whizzing by, talking and drinking iced tea.

Are you ready for a confession?  It has been a long time since my husband and I have gone on a date.

I know everyone says to have a date night every week - to which I say, "ha"!  It is a little difficult for Derek and I to get out of the house for dates right now.  Not only are we in the middle of a house renovation (that is taking much longer than expected), but we have four young children at home.  Have you checked babysitting rates lately?  Not to mention we are in a more rural area, so it is hard to even find a trusted babysitter that is within a reasonable distance.

Sometimes I get a little bummed out when I think about how we don't get out for dates very often these days.  But what is the point of going on a date as a married couple anyway?  It is mainly to touch base, spend a little time together and reconnect as a couple.  

I think we forget sometimes that reconnecting as a couple is something we can do very easily in our own house. 

Enter the at-home date!  All those nights that I like to spend sitting on the porch in the summer?  They are the perfect time to do something fun with my husband, and that totally counts as a date!  I am looking forward to many evenings on the porch, enjoying the fresh air, the good company, and sweet tea.

My sweet tea of choice lately is Milo's Cafe Style Tea.  Milo's is an all-natural, organic tea company, with no additives, acids or preservatives - but beyond that, it tastes so good!  I picked some up at Walmart (in the refrigerated juice and dairy section since it is an all-natural tea - you can click here to see where you can find some!).  Derek and I were both talking about what good tea it is as we enjoyed some dessert on the porch the other night.

The Milo's Cafe Style Teas are new, and there are four different varieties, including light versions that use a Stevia and cane sugar blend for less calories. We tried the Citrus Green and really enjoyed it!  Just drinking it made it feel like more like summer.  It was the perfect refreshing beverage for our at-home date.

It was so nice to relax a little, drink our tea with dessert, and just be together.  Then when it got dark we went inside and watched our reality TV show and discussed!  We like to guess at what happens next, and it's always fun to see how our opinions compare.  

I wanted to come up with a list of at-home date night ideas, because even though I love being intentional about doing fun things together in the evenings, it can be hard to know where to start.  A list makes it easier to pick something to do.  These are the ideas that I came up with.

1. Play Settlers Of Catan (it can be played with two people), or any board game  Le.

2. Hang a hammock between two trees and relax in it together.

3. Do a puzzle.

4. Listen to an audiobook or a podcast together outside in the summer air. Hold hands.

5. Play some music and dance in the kitchen.

6. Buy ingredients for a dish you have never made before and cook together.

7. Roast marshmallows over the grill.

8. Brush up on your athletic skills and practice a sport together in the backyard.

9.  Play foursquare.  

10. Get a "complete the doodle" book and compare drawings when you are done.

11.  Learn to swing dance together.

12.  Print up a bingo-card, fill the squares with outdoor sights and sounds, and play as you sit on the porch together.

13.  Read a short story or devotion together and discuss it.

14.   Play video games together.  Have fun!

15.  Have a nerf-gun war.

16.  Re-watch your wedding video and reminisce.

17.  Draw out plans for your dream house (dream big, that's the fun of it!).

We so enjoy getting out of the house together for a date sometimes, but the dates that allow us room to talk and be silly together are the ones that keep us connected as a couple and grow our marriage - and I think that can just as easily be accomplished at home for those weeks where we can't make a traditional date night work.  

I'd love to hear your ideas for at-home date nights to add to this list!  Do you do dates at home, or are you able to get out of the house each week? 

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Bekah said...

YES YES YES for date night! My husband and I just moved and spent a couple of months renovating and settling our house, so I fully understand the weeks when date nights become a trip to Lowe's and Starbucks drive through on the way home! We don't have kids, so we also know that we can't understand that additional hurdle in getting OUT, but we are ridiculously intentional about doing SOMETHING every week to observe a date night. Even if it's at home. So important. Love this list!!

Caitlin Elisabeth said...

the cutest and def agree date nights are hard to come by so worth it when you make it happen! this tea is THE BEST too! :D

Natalie @ She Builds Her Home said...

You guys are adorable and I love these ideas!! We used to be really good about being consistent with dates, whether in or out of the home, but we have definitely slacked since we've started foster care! This gives me motivation to plan something this week! Have you heard of Date Box? We've been thinking about getting that and trying it for a few months..it's a cute idea!

Hannah M said...

We're all about at home dates! Not having family nearby [hello cheap/free/trustworthy babysitting] and being on an incredibly limited budget makes going out really hard to do. In the past we've put the boys to bed early, then eaten a late dinner together while watching a movie. We usually tried to do this every Friday night, but it's been a while since we've done even that. I know I need to be more intentional about setting aside some time to just spend with Landon. I love the summer evenings when the weather is perfect and it stays light longer. We have a nice little back patio that we need to utilize for more date nights! Also, that tea sounds delicious!

Rebecca Lobb said...

I agree with you Callie! Since starting back up at uni, funds have been tight for Tom and I to have dates. But a couple of times a month we will do something fun in evening like play a board game or do a project together. We have the best conversations when we do that :)

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