If the sitter’s not available, we typically figure we’ll try again next week. But why should date night require leaving the house? We’re seizing the day these days and setting our own tables for two.
If you’re game but don’t know where to start, take a look at our tips and ideas for date night at home:
- Dress up—we don’t mean role-playing (although we’re down with that, too). Get out your little black dress and some heels and put your hair up. He’s used to seeing you all dressed up when out on the town, but getting dressed to stay in and just for him will be a pleasant surprise.
- Set the scene—candles, romantic music, a beautifully set table…pull out the stops. This is the best reason we can think of to dig out that wedding china you never use.
- Think old-fashioned fun—when’s the last time you and your partner played a board game? Cooked together? Invented a new cocktail? Think about things you did in your early days as a couple that you can bring back to trigger that new-love passion.
- Eat well, but not too much—a special dinner is a definite yes, especially if you turn on some music, open some wine, and cook it together. But steak, potatoes and chocolate cake might put a damper on things later when you’re both too stuffed to stay awake. Keep dinner on the lighter side and go easy on the seconds.
- Shake it up—just breaking your routine sets a sexy precedent for the evening. Rather than eating at the kitchen table have a picnic on the living-room floor. Do you usually watch action films together? Try a classic 60’s Italian film and see what you make of it. It’ll give you something new to talk about, too.
- Flirt early and often—start date night over breakfast with a few lingering looks. Give him a backrub while he’s doing the dishes. Call for no reason in the middle of the day. By the time date night actually begins, he won’t be able to wait for the fireworks at the end.
Committed couples fall into routines and there’s nothing wrong with it—it’s how we manage our hectic schedules and grownup responsibilities. But home-based dates are a great way to break the routine and reintroduce some of that can’t-keep-your-hands-off passion and spontaneity to our daily lives. Try for a home date every couple of weeks, at the very least, to keep things interesting.