Date nights are one the ways wherein couples get to spend time alone with each other, discussing dreams, learning together, sharing passions, and just be vulnerable in the presence of one another. That is why it is important to always make it special – and we do not mean grand. Thus, sharing some amazing ideas for date night that couples can try out.
I am not sure about other women, but personally, I look forward to date nights with my husband. You know, once you become parents, date nights become even more special and meaningful. Contrary to what others believe, date nights need not always have to be grand. Also, it doesn’t always have to be an act that men should be responsible for. Sometimes, we, women can also do something to make date nights even more special.
You know, you may agree or not, but I believe date nights are essential for relationships to grow, mature, and become solid. It is during these times when you get to bond with each other, thus, you get to know more about one another, and you discover things you have not known yet about your partner or your wife or husband.
Like I said earlier, date nights need not be grand. It doesn’t have to be in a luxurious hotel or fine dining setup. Date night is in fact even more memorable and sweeter when it’s simple and sincere. Personally, the best date nights for me are those dates when my husband and I get to enjoy each other’s company and we get to share our dreams for our personal lives and the family.
Now, perhaps some of you have already run out of ideas for date night. That is why I thought of sharing with you some of the most amazing ideas for date night that will simply make your hearts melt, but more so, make your loved ones very happy.
By the way, these do not only apply for husbands and wives, those young lovers, or those who are wooing someone may also benefit from these ideas for date night. I promise these are proven and tested to bring out the joy in you and your partner’s hearts and faces.
Stay-At-Home Ideas for Date Night
Not all couples love the outdoors or love going to a fancy restaurant or something of that sort, thus, sharing with your some at-home ideas for date night. By the way, these are also great for new parents who cannot leave their babies behind yet.
- Cook or Bake Dinner for Two or Together
While it is sweet to cook for the love of your life, it is even sweeter when you cook or bake when in fact, you do not cook or bake at all. For sure, your loved one will appreciate your efforts – that even if what you did tastes good or not, your partner will think of it as his or her best meal ever.
Another idea is to cook or bake your favorite dishes together. Cooking together is another sweet way to spend time with each other. So, head on to the kitchen and prepare the ingredients of your favorite recipes! You will for sure enjoy at the same time you will have the best time bonding with one another.
- Takeout Food and Setup a Candlelight Dinner
Now, if you do not have the luxury of time to cook or bake, which is common especially among new parents, taking out food and setting up a candlelight dinner is a great alternative. If you have a backyard, you can set up the dinner there. Don’t you think it’s just so sweet having dinner under the moon and stars?
- Stargaze from the Backyard
In relation to the previous date night idea, after eating dinner, you can just both lie down and do stargazing, at the same time, talking about future plans or how your day went. It may be so simple, but honestly, nothing beats that moment when you are just together and sharing each other’s experiences and dreams.
- Play Board Games
If you are not the “sweet” or “romantic” type of couple, one of the ideas for date night that’s perfect for you is playing board games. It fits couples who love playing games and making fun of each other.
If you are living together, you can actually tweak the game like the loser cleans up the house or wash the dishes. It’s really up to what you find fun for both of you.
- Have a Picnic on the Floor
If you can’t spend the night outside or you do not have the luxury of a backyard, you can instead do a picnic on the floor. You know everything is possible with an imaginative and creative mind. Set aside the sofa, and create a space where you can set up the picnic area. Grab your favorite snacks and have fun with your indoor picnic!
- Movie Marathon
If you are the type of couple who loves watching movies together, but are tight on the budget or does not have the luxury of time to watch a movie on the cinema, then do a movie marathon at home instead. Don’t forget to make popcorn for a complete movie experience!
- Drink a Cup of Coffee
Once the babies are asleep, head on to the kitchen and prepare your favorite hot coffee or hot chocolate while talking about how each other’s day was. It’s actually not just a date night idea, but also a good way to end the day.
Outdoor Ideas for Date Night
Now, this list is for couples or soon-to-be couples who love the outdoors. Here are some ideas for date night for you:
- Camp at a State Park
Let’s admit it, camping is one of the fun things we do when we were younger. But you know what? Whether you are a young or old couple, camping at a state park is a fun thing to do! It’s going to be one for the books, for sure.
- Take a Night Run
If you want to be healthy and fit, and you only have date nights to spare, why not instead of the usual date at a restaurant or at a movie house, consider joining a night run or take a night run, just the two of you instead of at a nearby park or open space? It would be fun sweating away at the same time, spending time with the love of your life.
- Watch the Sunset
The sunsets are beautiful. But it becomes even more beautiful when you spend watching the sunset with the love of your life. Head on to a place with a perfect sunset view. Make sure to bring your favorite food or snacks and drinks so you have something to eat as you await the setting of the sun. Don’t you just love the idea of watching the sunset while talking about anything and everything?
- Stroll Around the Town Square
If you have time to spare, why not stroll around the town square? For sure, it has been a while you have done strolling the town square with someone. If there’s one thing I am sure of, strolling with the love of your life does not make this activity boring. In fact, it makes it special and memorable.
- Do a Night Hike
There are groups that organize night hikes. If you are an adventurous type of couple, you will surely enjoy spending a date night while hiking. It may be very unusual, but it’s one exciting activity that you can try at least once, right?
- Walk in the Park
If you do not want to run and sweat, why not walk in the park instead? It’s nice to walk around breathing fresh air while spending time with your husband or your boyfriend or someone special to you. This date night activity may look so simple, but you know, at the end of the day, it’s your presence and the time you have for each other that makes it really special.
Other Ideas for Date Night
If you didn’t find anything fun among the first few suggestions above, here are some more ideas for date night that you and your partner may want to try:
- Head to the Spa
This is a personal favorite. My husband and I love going to spas. It’s the perfect way for us to relax at the same time spend time with each other. Spa dates are definitely one of the bests. While for some, they may find spa treatments as luxuries, but you know, you do not have to do it every time. You can do it once in a while. Believe me — it can do wonders for you and your partner’s vitality, as well as your overall health. Save up and maybe schedule once a month or if it’s too much, do it every other month.
- Do Groceries
While some women find doing groceries as their “me” time, some couples may want to turn grocery shopping as bonding time or date night. Perhaps I am one of those who enjoy doing groceries with my husband. It’s also a great way of knowing more of your partner. There is something about grocery shopping that you will be able to discover something about each other – I swear. Try it some time.
- Head to the Drive Through
Date nights need not be spent for long hours. A simple getaway to the nearest drive-through can be considered as a date already. It’s actually fun! You know you go to your favorite fast-food chain drive-through area, you order food, and then eat it along the way or when you get home. That may be a very quick drive, but you can use that moment to spend quality time with the love of your life or your family!
- Visit a Street Fair
A Street fair is like celebrations of the local community. It’s actually a great way to get involved and help the local economy, at the same time, spend a date night with your special someone! It’s a great idea for a couple who are tight on budget or simply want to try something new. You know, nothing beats homegrown entertainment. Needless to say, foods sold at street fairs are the best – and very affordable.
- Dinner on the Beach
If you have the money to do a quick beach trip, then do so! Make sure to include a surprise dinner date at the seashore! You can do it at least once a year. It may sound a little luxurious but actually, you can also do that while on a budget. A little creativity and imagination can go a long way – plus a little help from friends.
- Go to a Local Arcade
Go down memory lane, and enjoy playing great old fashioned games like Pac Man and Miss Pac Man, car racing, basketball, and all the other arcade games. You know, there is something about arcades that brings joy to our faces. It’s something fun, and it’s also one of the cheapest yet very effective ways to unwind, relax, and forget about everything else. Doing it with someone special makes it even more fun, don’t you think?
- Play Bowling
Bowling is another fun sport that you can do as a couple. It’s enjoyable, but at the same time, it’s a great way to spend time with the person you care about. Needless to say, it’s affordable. If you haven’t tried the sport, all the more that it becomes exciting! You know, it’s always nice to do something you have never done before. Bowling is one of those sports that are very accessible, and easy to learn. Don’t mind the scores. It’s the time spent with each other that counts – oh and the experience too!
- Go Shopping
Women love to shop – whether it be clothes, baby stuff, home stuff or something else – but you know what? Men love to shop too! So, why not do shopping together? But make it more fun by tweaking your usual shopping a little like instead of shopping stuff for yourself, you buy stuff for each other, It does not have to be expensive. Little things will do. For sure, you will find yourselves having fun at the end of the day, and you will be glad you did it together.
You see, these are just some ideas for date night. In fact, you can do so much more! Like I have said, all it takes is a little creativity and imagination. But you know, what really matters at the end of the day is to make sure you get to spend even just a little of your time for the person who is special to you.
Why Date Night is Important?
Now, before we end, I think it is important also for us to understand first and foremost why date night is important especially among married couples. Here are some reasons why:
– It’s an opportunity to relax and take a break from day-to-day stresses.
No matter how much we love our kids, we are just humans and we get to feel exhausted as well. Thus, the need to take a break from time to time. It’s actually nice to spend time one on one with your husband or partner in life where you do not have to worry about anything like cooking or household chores. It is nice to step back, and just relax and enjoy each other’s company. Needless to say, it’s a great way to re-charge.
– It’s one way to grow closer to each other and to rekindle the romance.
Once you have children and get more responsibilities, the harder it is for you to keep the romance alive — and that is a reality! Date nights are one great way to help couples rekindle romance, at the same time become even closer to each other? It’s a great way to reminisce about what life was when it was just the two of you, and also an avenue for you to talk about your dreams and future plans individually, as a couple, and as a family.
– It helps increase your commitment to each other.
By spending time with each other through date nights, you get to know more one another, thus, it also helps increase even more your commitment. The more date nights you spend, the more good experiences you get to have where you can draw from when things are a bit challenging. It’s like your way of building a reserve of love for one another.
The process of making time in your daily or weekly schedule, getting someone to look after your child, and planning and choosing where and what to do is in fact, an act of commitment itself — and it really says a lot on how you value your relationship.
– It’s a great way to teach your children by example.
Going on date nights teaches your children that relationships are very important and that you have to nurture it. By seeing you go on dates as often as you can, they get to know how much you care about each other and how much you prioritize one another. This will help them as they grow up and start making their own relationships.
Spending time with your loved ones is key to a successful relationship, and one of the ways to spend quality time with your special someone is through date nights. Remember, it doesn’t have to be grand. In fact, there are so many simple but equally amazing ideas for date night out there that you and your partner can try.
To end, just keep in mind that date nights need not be expensive. At the end of the day, it is the time spent that matters.