I am a huge fan of the “At-home date night.” Yes, we love going out together, but the reality is that we can only get a babysitter once a month or so. So an “At-home date night” is ideal for us: we can put the kids to bed and enjoy a really nice meal together.
But the ‘Dine in for £10’ meals can get a little boring. A friend of mine had the idea of theming her date nights, and actually gave her husband 12 themed date nights throughout the year. If you’re stuck for a Valentine’s gift, these 12 at home date night ideas might be exactly the gift you’re looking for.
Grab my free printable from the Resource Library (you’ll need the password which you get once you sign up to the mailing list), print off 12 copies, fill out your chosen details and put them in envelopes – Valentine’s gift, sorted!
12 At-home date night ideas
Romantic French Meal
Menu: Three courses, and French! Souffles, oysters, boeuf bourginon, coq au vin, creme caramel, creme brulee, macarons… Don’t forget the cheeseboard too.
To drink: Wine, certainly. Champagne, preferably!
Dress code: Formal and elegant. Berets preferred.
Film: Amelie, Chocolat and several more on Netflix.
Menu: Pasta, pizza, garlic bread and tiramisu
To drink: Italian wine and Prosecco
Dress code: Glamorous
Film: Roman Holiday, The Talented Mr Ripley, Life is Beautiful
Activity: Try to make pizzas by hand, spinning and stretching the dough.
Menu: Curry, of course!
To drink: Mango lassi and Beer
Dress code: The more colourful, the better
Film: Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi
Activity: Give yourselves henna tattoos
Menu: Lemon chicken, black bean sauce, dumplings, fried rice.
To drink: Tea
Dress code: Chinese if you can! Elegant and stylish.
Film: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Activity: Find out about which Chinese year you were born in.
Menu: Tagine, cous cous, peaches with mint and orange blossom
To drink: Mint tea
Dress code: Relaxed
Film: Babel, Hideous Kinky
Activity: At home spa – get your mud face packs on and turn your bathroom into a steam room!
Menu: Burgers, chicken wings and fries
To drink: Californian wine or beer
Dress code: Jeans
Film: Take your pick! Although I’d go for Designated Survivor on Netflix
Activity: Try to name all the states.
Stargazing and Campfires
To drink: Anything warm
Dress code: Casual, lots of layers and blankets
Film: No need
Activity: Build a campfire and sit out, watching the stars.
Menu: Prawn cocktail, Roast chicken and Black forest gateau
To drink: Cocktails
Dress code: Vintage 1970s
Film: Annie Hall, Saturday Night Fever
Activity: 1970s Disco Karaoke
Superhero Date Night
Menu: Anything you can pick at
To drink: Whatever you choose
Dress code: Fancy dress
Film: Any superhero film
Activity: Make up your own superhero identity
Magic Making Date Night
Menu: Soup and Pumpkin Pie
To drink: Butterbeer
Dress code: Robes
Film: Harry Potter… Well, any magical fantasy film you like
Activity: Make up your own spells
Menu: A memorable dish from your past
To drink: A memorable drink from your past
Dress code: Your favourite outfit
Film: Your favourite film – or one you watched on a first date
Activity: Look through old photos and reminisce about how you got together
Menu: Something you’ve never eaten before – Japanese, Turkish, Korean… Take your pick!
To drink: Something you’ve never drunk before
Dress code: Something new
Film: Avatar, Blade Runner, Minority Report
Activity: Plan your bucket list for the next year