7 Fun Date Ideas for Staying In

With increasing social distancing restrictions, I’m starting to think of more stay-at-home-but-not-be-bored date ideas. There are SO many ways to be creative and plan an actual date night without leaving your house. My original thought for this post was “COVID safe date ideas” but they’re also great for winter date ideas (for those of you who don’t want to brave the cold Canadian winters or want to stay home and be cozy), have to stay home for whatever reason, or are just thinking of cheap date night ideas at home.

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Home Spa Night

I planned this earlier this year and was a lot of fun but also turned out to be an awesome way to unplug. I pulled together all the free samples, face masks and gifts from friends and family I’ve received in the past few years and made a night of it.

Free/Cheap: You might already have lots of “spa” items laying around such as face masks, mani/pedi sets, bath bombs, hair masks, body scrub, etc. If not, combine grocery shopping and spa night shopping and pick most of these things up at the same time! Turn off the lights, light a candle and you’re set to go for an evening! I suggest turning your phone off or putting it in another room and unwind with your partner for the evening.

Splurge: Pick out a spa set (click here for a vanilla spa set), set the mood with your essential oil diffuser (I love the smell of eucalyptus) and twinkle lights (click here for a set of 2) and enjoy the night.

At Home Spa Date Night during Covid

Beach Night

Beach Night (shoutout to Ottawa River Lifestyle for this idea): order fun beach props (think beach ball, fun sunglasses, umbrellas for drinks), make themed drinks and food (think pina colada or margarita) and dress up in your summer clothes!

Free/Cheap: dress up in your summer clothes and make some photo props with craft materials you might already have at home! Watch a fun summer movie and think of warm weather.

Splurge: Chick here for a beach ball ($10 for 2) or here for some photo props ($15).

Brewery Tour/Wine Tour

Pick up a selection of beers from local breweries. (Try to support local and go to a brewery in your home town. Many local breweries offer contact fee pick-up or delivery) or try a new bottle of wine (Jabulani and Kin Vineyards are two local Ottawa wineries) and try to find a food pairing to go with them. I personally enjoy a glass of wine and baked brie, see below!

Free/Cheap: This website has a pretty great summary of how to pair beers. This website offers some delicious meals to try with your bottle of wine.

Splurge: This book might be fun to flip through together and pick beer/wine pairings. Put it on your shelf with your cookbooks and find pairings that go together. You’re going to want a wine decanter if you don’t already have one.

Cocktail Night

I’ve wanted to plan one of these forever but COVID put a stop to house parties so this will be planned for another time! However, it would still be fun to do with your partner (or a group of friends on video chat). Pick a few recipes to try to have a cocktail night at home. Part of the fun is making new drinks you might never have tried before.

Free/Cheap: find recipes that are easier to make and have ingredients you’re likely to already have at home. Click on the following links for some simple, delicious cocktails: Gin (Bees Knees or this Elderflower gin cocktail is amazing), Vodka (simple cocktail), Proscecco/Champagne (French 75), Bourbon/Whiskey (Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour), Rum (Classic or frozen Daiquiri)

Splurge: Click here for a small cocktail shaker kit ($32) or here for the one I own ($50). Start your own bar cart and pick up some Moscow Mules, Cocktail Glasses, Coupe Glasses, or Martini Glasses.

Movie Night at Home

I love the idea of setting up a home “theatre” where you turn your phones off, set up a picnic blanket and pillows to cuddle up together, pop some popcorn or other movie-theatre snacks and turn off the lights! You can pre-plan the movie you’re going to watch to look forward to seeing it together!

Paint Nite

I’ve done five Paint Nites and it’s always a blast (although they haven’t all made it on my wall). You’re provided with all the supplies you’ll need to paint and you can order a drink or two to get the creative juices flowing! Another fun idea is Watercolour613 online workshops and you can also order the supplies to your door in advance! Prices range ($ to $$) but include materials so it makes it an affordable date night.

Painting of flamingoes with acrylic paint and splatter technique

Virtual Escape Rooms

I tried this one earlier this year and it’s a great way to pass an hour or two together. You can try a subscription box like this one or try this Harry Potter themed one.

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