Save Money And Spark Romance With These At-Home Date Ideas

While a night out with your partner can be a lot of fun, sometimes, an at-home date can be even better. There are many reasons why you’d prefer an occasional date night in: you’re on a budget, you live somewhere where there aren’t many places open late, there's bad weather and you don't want to get rained on, you want to show off your post-KonMari shelves... or you just want to switch it up a little.

If you’ve decided to send a night in with your sweetie, then you’ll want to make your date a special night — not chilling on the couch with Parks & Rec reruns if that's what you do most evenings. Make the night special — clean your house (or at least the room you'll be spending your date in), plan an activity, light some candles, maybe even dress up a little (though you don’t have to wear shoes).

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We asked Maria Sullivan, Dating Expert and VP of Dating.com, to share some creative at-home date ideas that are both romantic and inexpensive — and in some cases, totally free. And remember, these suggestions are just a jumping-off point — embrace your own (and your partner's) creativity, and feel free to come up with a unique at-home date night of your own.

illustrated by Paola Delucca.

Turn your kitchen into a restaurant... or a reality show


“Ditch the expensive dinner reservations,” Sullivan says. “Stay home and cook up your partner’s favorite meal and serve it with a bottle of wine. If you are feeling competitive, challenge your partner to a cook-off!” Start practicing your Paul Hollywood impression now.
illustrated by Paola Delucca.

Netflix and chill, but in a fancier way than usual


“Don’t waste money at the overpriced movie theater; instead, turn your living room into your own personal theater,” says Sullivan. “Make buttered popcorn and grab some candy from your favorite local store to snack on while you and your partner watch a movie.” We've got a few romantic movie suggestions, too.
illustrated by Paola Delucca.

Embrace your competitive side


“Get nostalgic and have a game night with your partner,” says Sullivan. “Play all the board games you used to as a kid, or even pick up a puzzle and work on that together for some quality bonding time.” Maybe you can even think of a special prize for the winner... hint, hint.
illustrated by Paola Delucca.

Look back on your past together


“Pull out old photos and take a trip down memory lane,” says Sullivan. “Share some of your favorite #TBT photos with your SO, or reminisce about the early days of your relationship.” Make sure you have tissues ready for this one.
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