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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.