Date night is a great way to reconnect with your significant other and keep the romance alive long-term. Whether you are just starting to date or are already married, date night is a great way to spend some quality time with your partner. If you’re planning a date night, but are not sure what to do, here are a few date night ideas.
Date Night in an Age of COVID
The COVID 19 pandemic has put an additional strain on date night, with many places limiting indoor dining and imposing stay home mandates in the past year. However, the limitations also pushed couples to value creative dates and to explore alternative options.
Cook Meal Together
Making a meal together is a great way to be productive while also spending some time together. Choose a recipe that you both know, have one of you learn something new, or try experimenting with a new recipe together. Whatever you choose, give yourselves the chance to cook a delicious meal that you will enjoy together.
To make the evening even more fun, consider indulging in a favorite beverage. Though, if your beverage of choice is alcoholic, you’ll want to refrain from overindulging until the food is finished.
Enjoy a Picnic at a Local Park
Picnics can be a fun way to get outdoors while still being romantic. You’ll need to locate a local park and pack some picnic foods and a beverage to ensure that you and your partner are fed. A picnic is also a break away from the monotony meals at home. And, with social distancing, it’s a safe way to enjoy the outdoors during the pandemic.
When planning a picnic, you want to consider the time of year and your local environment. For instance, if you live in a warm, humid climate, you’ll want mosquito repellent on hand- especially if you’re planning to stay past sunset. On the other hand, if you live in a cooler climate, you’ll want a thicker blanket for seating and maybe an umbrella, or two, on hand in case it rains.
Share a Dance, or Ten
Dancing can be a fun and intimate way to enjoy time with your partner. Not only does dancing allow you to get a workout in, but it also helps you move better alongside your partner. Together, you can anticipate each other’s movements and even get inspired for your time in the bedroom.
If you are in a place where dance classes are open, consider taking a class together. There are many types of dance, and while some allow you to move separately, others require synchronized movement between partners. The type of classes you take depend on yourself and your partner as well as your interests.
If you’re not in a place where dance classes are available, consider following a video tutorial from your very own home. Take it slow, be patient, and, most importantly, have fun.
Work Out Together
Working out together is a great way to multitask. You can do an exercise you both like or make it a learning experience by trying something new. Whatever the case, you can both burn some calories while also spending time with your significant other. When planning a date night workout, make sure that you consider your own strengths as well as those of your partner.
Head to an Art Gallery or Catch a Virtual Showing
Art is multifaceted and inspirational. Seeing art and then having a chance to discuss it with your partner can be mentally stimulating. If you’re in a place where art galleries are opening up, you can enjoy the art in person. However, if you are not able to go out yet, consider a virtual showing.
Enjoy a Night at the Museum
If you can, visit a museum in person. However, many museums now have virtual showings that allow you to experience the exhibits from the comfort of your home. Depending on your preferences, you can choose a museum and go there in person or via a virtual exhibition and still share a fun experience.
Plan a Romantic Getaway
While not quite the standard date night, a romantic getaway can be a great way to spend some time together in a new location. A getaway is typically time-consuming, so you’ll want to sync your partner’s schedule to your own.
Play a Game
Games are a great way to have fun during date night. You can choose board games or sensual games. You can even opt for a drinking game. Whatever you choose, you will want to make sure that your partner is on board.
Try Something New in the Bedroom
Trying something new to spice up your sex life can be a great date night goal, especially if you and your partner have not been intimate lately. Here are a few new things to try in the ‘bedroom’:
- Role-Play: Role-playing can be fun, and if you feel like you are stuck in the same routine with your partner, also necessary. After all, pretending to be someone else allows you to leave your headspace and try out a new identity. Before trying out role-play, consider having a talk with your partner about potential turn-offs and turn-ons to best tailor your role-play scenario.
- A New Toy: Enjoy a new toy together during date night. You can even choose and order the toy together to give yourselves something to enjoy on future date nights.
- Romantic Snacks: Strawberries, grapes, whipped cream, and chocolate are all great foods that can be fed to your partner. These foods make things fun and allow you and your partner intimate moments. In fact, feeding each other is also a great way to foreplay.
- There are many great ways to plan a date night.
- Ultimately, a great date night involves mutual fun, trust, and respect.
- You may need to tailor date night, depending on the season.
- Be considerate of your partner and their needs when choosing a date night activity.