Monday, March 16, 2015

24 Stay-At-Home Date Nights

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With Baby Pew's fast approaching arrival, we are having to start thinking about more creative date ideas. We won't want to leave her with a baby sitter for quite awhile, and even when we are comfortable with that idea, we probably won't want to get a baby sitter every weekend. BUT... it's still very important to us that we have a weekly date night. So as part of Brad's V-day gift, I put together some pre-planned stay-at-home date ideas. I organized them by month since some of them fit better at specific times of the year, but we won't start on them until April once Baby Pew is here (we're going out as much as we can for now ;)


A YEAR OF STAY-AT-HOME DATE IDEAS

A year of stay-at-home date night ideas

January

1. Hot Chocolate Bar Group Date: Invite friends over and wow them with a fun hot chocolate bar. We recommend Stephen's Brand because it is amazing. Have a few different flavors available and then spice things up with cute bowls of yummies to add to the drinks: candy canes, marshmallows (you can find fun flavors like ginger bread and pumpkin), toffee bits, coconut, whipped cream... get creative!

2. Goal Date: It's super important to share goals with each other. This date is a good time to sit together and really talk about the year ahead. Share what you are hoping to accomplish individually and commit to help and support each other. Then discuss what you hope to do as a couple in that year and plan how you can accomplish those goals.

February

3. Pinterest Project: Choose a DIY project from Pinterest and actually do it! Pick something that you both can enjoy and will be a fun addition to your home. Not married? Make two and you can both enjoy one!

4. Fondue Night: This is a great idea for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at home. You can find amazing recipes for a savory cheese sauce for your main course on Pinterest. Make sure to get some dipping items like meats, bread, veggies, etc. And absolutely save room for dessert with a chocolate fondue. Dip cookies, fruit, and cheesecake bites in your silky smooth chocolate. These Fondue Mugs are perfect for a date night for two!

March

5. Finger Painting: This date is SO much fun! The last time we did it, we both chose famous works of art to try to emulate. This time around, we are going to do portraits of each other. Make sure to have plenty of colors to work with.

6. Star Gazing: Take a blanket out in the back yard and enjoy just being together, gazing at the stars and sharing thoughts and catching up on each other.

April

7. Make Grilled Pizza: This is definitely the way to eat pizza! Buy a roll of refrigerator pizza dough, or make your own! Cut into individual sized pizzas. Brush one side with oil and set it on a medium temperature grill. Once that side is browned, brushed the other side with oil and flip. Add sauce and toppings and close the grill. Cook until cheese is melted. A-Mazing! Seriously.

8. Game Night: Pop some popcorn, choose a few favorite board games, and spend a fun night together. One of our favorites is Battleship.

May

9. Backyard Picnic: Who says you have to go out for a picnic? Make sandwiches and your favorite side dishes and enjoy the spring weather in your own backyard.

10. Youtube Videos: Sometimes you just need a good laugh. We aren't really youtube video watchers, but every now and then it's fun to watch a few. Why not make a date night of it?

June

11. Book Club: Check out a book that you have both been wanting to read and enjoy reading and discussing it together. This will likely have to span a number of weeks. Another option is to read it separately and discuss it together it you don't have time to just sit down and read.

12. Have a Water Fight: Water guns, buckets, hoses... use what you have to beat the heat and have a good time.

July

13. Cup Cake Wars: This one we are lining up with Brad's birthday. Have fun going all out on extravagantly decorating some cupcakes that you have enjoyed baking together. Get someone to judge to see whose turned out best if you are the competitive type.

14. Movie Marathon: You can each pick a couple of favorites or find a series that you both enjoy. Spend the day cuddled up and just relaxing.

August

15. Living Room Campout: Can't get away to the woods? Set up a tent and sleeping bags in the living room. Add a strand of twinkling lights if you want the effect of stars. You could even make hotdogs to get the full experience.

16. Make Homemade Ice Cream: We haven't gotten our ice cream maker out in ages and it is definitely time to change that. If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can still make your own using zip lock baggies. Find out how, here. 

September

17. Service Date: There are a lot of great options for service when you can go out, but it gets a little trickier when you need to stay in. One fun option is to enjoy making some baked goods and taking them around to neighbors who might need a little pick-me-up. Another option is talking to local organizations that donate items to hospitals, care centers, etc. and check out some projects to work on at home and then donate back.

18. Fake Vacation Date: Pick a location, check out a travel book from the library, make food from that place, and enjoy pretending that you are somewhere exotic.

October

19. Make Gourmet S'mores: Either build a fire pit in the backyard or be creative and use your stove to roast the mallows. But don't make your average s'more. Switch things up and try different kinds of candy bars and cookies. One favorite is to use a Caramelo instead of a Hershey bar.

20. Trick-Or Treat: This is obviously not a completely stay-at-home date, but we are already looking forward to our first family-themed Halloween costume. Since our little one will still be too young for candy, we will just tag along with some friends who have older kids, but it will still be so fun to dress up together and enjoy the holiday.

November

21. Gratitude Date: Brad and I have made this a tradition, and it's a date that we really enjoy. We each make a list of things that we are grateful for and then share with the other and remember the things that we have done this year and all of the blessings we've enjoyed.

22. Indoor Mini Golfing: Use plastic cups for the holes and a broom for the putter. You can also find little toy golf sets, so that's also an option. Set up a course throughout the house. Be creative and try to make some holes tricky... behind the couch, around the corner, etc.

December

23. Decorate the Christmas Tree: This is an amazing way to get into the Christmas spirit and it is so fun to do it together. We also like to get a special ornament to represent that year in our family.

24. Build a Snowman: This is obviously a date that depends on if you live somewhere with snow. Brad has never built a snowman. Our first year in Utah, we somehow weren't able to build one. This year, the only snow storm we had that merited enough snow for a snowman happened while we were in AZ for Christmas, so next year is our last opportunity! We might just drop whatever we are doing when enough snow falls to make it happen.


So there you have it! 24 Stay-At-Home Date Ideas. We hope that you will enjoy them and have a fun time making date night a priority, even when going out isn't an option.


If you are looking to make a gift out of these date ideas, one way to put it together is in a small photo album. I had a good time decorating the album and giving it to Brad. I didn't take pictures of every page, but here are a few to give you some ideas.

If you're looking for a super fun way to put together an entire year of dates for your spouse, make sure to check out the Dating Diva's year of dates binder HERE.











If you need more date ideas, check out this post, which includes some stay-at-home ideas, and some out on the town ideas.

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33 comments:

  1. I will always be willing to watch her

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    1. We might just have to take you up on that offer!

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  2. These are such great ideas! We have two toddlers with twins on the way, so we are all about stay at home date nights:)

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    1. That is so awesome! Good luck with keeping up with your date night.

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  3. These are adorable ideas! With three kids our date nights have practically disappeared but I think it is time to bring them back with a little effort! I love the gourmet smores night especially. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Emily, you are so right! Date night is so important, even if it has to be something simple at home.

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  4. Date nights are a MUST in our house :) Thanks for the fun list. . . Love the idea of the fake vacation!

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    1. The fake vacation is so fun! And who knows, maybe it will inspire a real one!

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  5. Cute ideas, going to pin this for later :)

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    1. Thanks Jade! I hope you get to try some of them.

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  6. These are such great ideas! Because of the hassle of finding a babysitter, the kids not liking us away, Grandparents giving too much candy when watching them.... we do a lot of stay at home dates. I like these creative ideas!

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    1. Emily, that is so great that you stick with date nights. It is so important, and stay-at-home dates are much easier than trying to go out like you say!

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  7. I love all of these ideas. So creative especially when its winter time and your stuck in the house because of the dnow. Thanks so much.

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    1. Great point, Fawn! It's a good idea to have some indoor activities handy for those snowy days.

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  8. Fondue and finger painting sounds like so much fun! I will have refer back from time to time for more ideas!

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    1. They are both a blast! I hope you give them a try.

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  9. I love all these stay at home date nights. Date nights at home are my favorite! We are about to have a cheese and wine night soon and I love the fake vacation idea!

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    1. The fake vacation is so fun! It's always good to learn about a new place and super fun to try food from a new culture.

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  10. Love the gratitude date and the water fight idea! That would've been perfect this past weekend.

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    1. It's definitely starting to warm up around here and a water fight is starting to look like a great idea.

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  11. Love it!!! Soooo important to make time even when it's just a simple stay at home date. Makes all the difference in the long run :)

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    1. You are so right, Holly! I think date night is so important in marriage.

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  12. What a great idea! And even if you don't want to leave your peanut at home with a sitter for awhile, there's always the option of having a sitter (or grandma or grandpa) come over and take care of the baby while you are on a staycation kind of date...you're on a date but still home. Go watch a movie in another room. Cookout on the deck and star gaze in the back yard. You can still do a cheap date at home but have the ease of not being interrupted and knowing someone trustworthy is caring for your little one and you're right there if needed. :)

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    1. Melanie, that is such a good point! I wouldn't have thought of that but I love the idea of getting a babysitter, even when we are at home. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Look at that adorable book! You did an amazing job putting all of this together. I never would have thought of 2 or 3, but those are great. They all are!

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  14. I love stay at home dates with my hubs, it's so much more romantic than going out to crowded places.

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  15. OK, this is just too cute! I love it!

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  16. These ideas are wonderful, especially for couples on a budget (like us! hehehe)

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  17. Awesome ideas! It's been really hard to have date nights since our little guy was born. i thought we could do activities like these once our babe fell asleep... but I find that when he is sleeping, we don't waste time making sure we are sleeping too. Sleep becomes necessary for survival! Ha. But I love the idea of doing an at-home date with a babysitter. That way I'm rughtthere if really needed but not interrupted unless needed. AND it doesn't have to cut into sleep time! Score!

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  18. Feel free to invite us to hot chocolate night! (Or any others) :)

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  19. This is a super cool idea and actually doable! Definitely going to try a few of these.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  20. The make-shift mini golf sounds great! Have to try it! Another cooking date that we like to do is to buy the ingredients for the other person to use! Then one makes desert and other other mains. (here's a better explanation here - http://fightforher.com/ready-steady-cook/)

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  21. Saving this list for sure! Can't wait to do all these with my boyfriend! :)

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