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15 Cheap At-Home Date Night Ideas To Connect With Your Partner

Date nights are a great way to spend some quality time with your partner and connect with them. Going out to a restaurant together can be fun, but also pricey. If you’re on a tight budget, you can still have a fun date night in the comfort of your own home. With a little creativity and DIY spirit, you can transform your home into a romantic date night setting for your partner and you!

Here are 15 cheap at-home date night ideas that you can try out:

1. Cook a nice dinner together

A happy couple cooking together

Pick a recipe that you both like and cook it together. Play some music, pour yourselves a glass of wine, and catch up with one another as you cook. Traybake recipes are quick and easy to make, with minimal washing up to do later. While the traybake is in the oven, whip up some dessert. Strawberries dipped in chocolate, perhaps? Easy and uber-romantic.

2. Eat takeout by candlelight

If you don’t feel like cooking, order takeout and set the table for a romantic dinner. Light a few candles, play some music, and dress up for a nice dinner date right at home. Ambience is everything! With some dim lighting and music, your space will feel completely different.

3. Have a movie night

A couple watching a movie together while eating popcorn

Dim the lights, get cosy under some blankets, and enjoy a movie night together. Get some store-bought popcorn for a more authentic movie night feel. Need some movie suggestions? Check out these 5 awesome movies on Netflix.

4. Host a game night

Fancy a double date? Order some pizza and invite your friends over for a game night. If you don’t have board games at home, no problem! You can use apps such as Heads Up for charades and Pictionario Party for pictionary. Alternatively, you can borrow some board games from other family members for the occasion.

5. Have a spa night

Self-care products surrounded by candles

Pamper yourselves with an at-home spa treatment. Put on face masks, soak your feet in warm water mixed with Epsom salts and essential oils, and play some relaxing music in the background. Give each other foot and shoulder massages for the ultimate R&R experience.

6. Work on a creative project together

Get creative! Work on a jigsaw puzzle, do some water colouring together or get started on a DIY home décor piece for your home. Lay out some drinks and snacks on the side for a fun, cosy night in.

7. Plan a treasure hunt

A couple looking at a treasure hunt map together

Leave small clues, one leading to another, around the house for your partner to find. The last clue can lead your partner to a pleasant surprise. For example, a candlelight dinner on the balcony. You can set up a table or lay out a blanket on the floor. Cover it with flowers and light some candles to set the mood.

8. Learn salsa dancing

There are tons of salsa dancing tutorials for couples on YouTube! Put on some comfy dancewear and get your groove on. If salsa isn’t your thing, try other forms of dance such as contemporary or Bollywood dancing.

9. Make fun desserts for each other

Two ice cream sundaes

Be kids and have dessert for dinner. Get a variety of fruits, ice cream, and toppings for this kitchen experiment. Take turns to make fun and unique desserts for one another. Go wild with milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, nice creams, and more!

10. Have a karaoke night

Find karaoke videos of your favourite songs on YouTube and create a date night playlist. Play it on your TV and enjoy some karaoke magic together as you belt out your favourite tunes! Not sure what songs to pick? Here’s a list of perfect date night duets for some inspiration.

11. Host a potluck dinner party

A dinner party with fairy lights in the background

Here’s another double (or triple) date idea. Host a potluck dinner party and invite your friends over. You can make the mains, and ask your friends if they’d be okay bringing drinks and desserts. Split the cost two (or three) ways and enjoy a delicious meal and great company.

12. Have a fun theme night at home

Choose a fun theme together. If you miss travelling, your theme could be a particular country you want to visit, for e.g. Italy. Look for authentic Italian recipes online and try them out together. After dinner, watch a movie set in Italy. You can also browse through travel books or websites together and pick out all the interesting places you both want to visit post-Covid.

13. Build a fort to hang out in

A toddler playing in a teepee

Gather blankets and build a fort in your living room. Jazz it up with some fairy lights, and it’s the perfect place to kick back and spend some quality time together. Don’t forget to bring snacks and some games into your fort!

14. Attend an online event

With online events, you can explore a museum, catch an open mic session, or attend workshops right from your home. Here’s a list of upcoming online events you can choose from for a fun date night. Some are even free to attend!

15. Recreate a cosy café vibe at home

A cup of dalgona coffee, with a book, spoon, and a bowl of almonds nearby

If you’re both café lovers, why not recreate a café ambience at home? Experiment making café-style coffee at home (or something quick and easy like dalgona coffee). Make the living room cosy with blankets and some music. You can find coffee shop music and sounds that mimic a café ambience on YouTube. Sit back, sip on some coffee, and chat at your very own Home Style Café.

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Date nights don’t always have to cost a bomb! Budget-friendly date nights at home can be just as fun and romantic as going out to your favourite restaurant. So, pick one of these ideas and surprise your partner with a lovely date night. Have fun, love birds! 😊

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