10 Date Night Ideas to Keep Things Interesting!
You’re stuck inside lately too? Surprise, surprise!
But don’t worry! I got ya covered! Even though we’re having some strange things happening like… toilet paper shortages, hand sanitizer free-for-alls, extroverts performing social distancing, massive numbers of adults being locked in buildings with their offspring 24/7, the “C” word constantly flying around the news & social media (no not THAT ”C” word…the new one… like the beer 😛 ), and whatever else… Date Night must go on, right?! Now, you might be like, “Right, but Netflix n’ Chill is gettin’ pretty old and we’re not supposed to leave the house, LAURAaaa….” No worries! Between some brainstorming of my own & some clever ideas thrown at me by some friends, I’ve made a list of some ideas for a Date Night at home. 🙂 I’ve also included some that can be modified for family fun too if you have any little ones hanging out with you under quarantine too! 🙂
If you have ideas of your own you’d like to share with everyone I’d love to hear them! Please comment them below on this blog post so that as it gets shared around everyone can see your comments. That way the ideas will all be in one place versus them getting lost on Facebook etc. on each individual post. 🙂
***Please note my friends & I are mostly in the 23 to 30 ballpark so some of these games HAVE been influenced by college drinking games and just some good ol’ Wisconsinite-ish-ness. 😉
1. Cooking by Communication
First up is one idea that I’ve been dyinggg to try myself – cooking something while one of you is blindfolded! If anyone knows Matt & me, we (but especially Matt) love food so this Date Night idea is right up our alley. All you need is a bandana or sleep mask, a semi-complicated recipe (don’t make it TOO easy, people…), and some quality communication skills. Obviously be careful guiding your partner around knives & hot surfaces. Don’t be stupid. (There. My liability responsibility is covered. ;P )
2. Best Out of Ten
This is probably one of the best ideas that was given to me by my friend, Julie. Julie says to have both of you select 5 mini games (each lasting 2 to 20 minutes) to play. They can be silly or serious; requiring the mad skills of a 4 year old or the seasoned beer pong wrist of a WI adult. Some examples that you might pick for the mini games might include: ping-pong, beer pong, darts, trivia, jenga, battle of the sexes, bags/cornhole, tic-tac-toe, connect four, etc. etc. Best out of ten wins and then the winner gets bragging rights for the rest of your relationship (kidding…but also not haha). Julie recommends for best success, include cocktails & an intermission for dinner. For a sexy version, strip one clothing item per loss throughout the 10 games. Hopefully you’re not too bundled up at home to make it interesting, and just to clarify *BOTH socks count as ONE item*! For extra high stakes, wear a onesie! 😛
3. Name… that… House Project!
For this game…pick one item on your Honey-Do-List, grab a glass of wine, sit back, and critic how your partner performs this task. (Jk, but we all know this is totally happening on the regular right now haha!)
(The Real 3.) – Solo Cup Games!
I don’t know about you, but I still love all the college drinking games like beer pong, flip cup, boom cup, etc. with or without alcohol involved. You can easily do the games with water or some other non-alcoholic beverage if you don’t want to drink like a frat boy. Beer pong is obviously really easy to play with just two people. For flip cup, usually there are teams, but for two people you could just race through two rows of solo cups to see who wins at the end. 🙂 Boom cup would take a little more modification to make it two-people-friendly, but you could get 3+ stacks up cups going to make it more interesting!
P.S. I don’t consider playing the water-version of these games with your kids as “bad parenting” so…no judgment here!
4. Paint with Bob Ross
For Date Night idea #4 we have painting with Bob Ross! A classic right? My friend, Abby, told me it’s a lot of fun to see how all your paintings compare in the end! This would also be a great idea if you have kids in your home too. Pour some drinks or tea (I love lemon ginger tea!), hop on YouTube & pick out a Bob Ross painting episode, and get down with some art! 🙂
5. Blindfolded Taste Tests
It’s exactly how it sounds! Remember when you used to do this when you were a kid with your friends, siblings, or maybe even your classmates as a science experiment? I promise it can be just as fun as an adult! You can make it romantic & sensual with candle-light, lingerie, and “yummy-only” foods like fruits, chocolates, honey, etc. etc. orrr you can play it the original way with any & everything edible in the kitchen (gross/funny or tasty), and see who gets the best score! Again, this can obviously be adjusted for playing with children if you have any of those running around. 🙂
6. Truth or Dare Jenga
Yeah, yeah this can also be known as “Drunk Jenga”, but just because it’s originally a drinking game doesn’t mean it can’t be modified to make it family friendly or non-alcoholic fun. 🙂 What you do is you take a blank set of Jenga, a nice thin sharpie, and (for the first round) as you pull each piece you get to write a truth or dare on one side of the piece. Now remember, during the NEXT round, you’ll have to do those truth or dares as you pull each piece so make sure you’re willing to do anything & everything you write down yourself. 😛 Personally, I prefer like 90% dares & 10% truths (or even no truths at all haha) since the truths “get old” obviously but that’s up to you! You could also get a bunch of friends to make their own sets of Truth or Dare Jenga and then swap sets between you all for “new”, creative versions!
7. Learn a New Game Together
This might be an obvious one, but personally I love games (especially strategy games) and I think it’s so fun to learn new ones! It’s also great for the brain learn new things and if you’re feeling lousy on quarantine it might be a good idea to flex the noggin’ a little. Right off the bat I’m going to recommend backgammon, checkers, mancala, connect four, chess, Bananagrams, speed (the card game), Hong Kong (the card game), gin, rummy 500, and two-person solitaire.
8. MAKE Your Own Game Together
Got some paper and pencils laying around or a deck of cards and want to develop a game on your own? Do it! I’ve thought about doing this with a group of friends at a party (whenever we get out of quarantine), but my friend, Ally, reminded me that you could do it as a Date Night too! If you think it’s too complicated, it doesn’t need to be! For a simple example, you could make your own little “Candy Land”-esque board on a piece of paper or cardboard and write things you have to do if you land on each square. You could go a more interactive route like, “Sit on the other player’s lap for the remainder of the game” or more like a standard board game like, “Move back 5 spaces” etc. etc. With a little imagination & fun you can make your own personalized board game! 🙂 This is obviously another idea that would keep kiddos busy MAKING the game and then also playing it afterwards!
9. Fort Building & Nerf Gun Wars!
For your inner child…. Fairly self explanatory and it can be child friendly as well. Who doesn’t love running around with nerf guns, building a cozy fort in the living room, crawling in it, and then passing out in a pile of blankets & pillows during a movie later? (Thanks Angela for the idea!)
10. Make Homemade Stationary For the Elderly & Sick
Of course my mom gave me this cute, kind idea to make cheery stationary for the sick & elderly who are on extreme shutdown right now. Grab all your art supplies, light some candles for some cozy ambiance, fold or cut paper into stationary-sized notecards, and paint/draw away! Bonus points if you write in them too for anyone who could use a little pick-me-up during these odd times or you could write to your own people and give some away to others so they can write to their grandparents etc.! (P.S. Maybe check in with someone in the medical field to make sure that the virus can’t be spread that way OR if there’s a way to sterilize the cards somehow like popping them in the freezer for 24 hours or something ….I honestly don’t know but if I find out I’ll update this blog post.)