These fun at home date night ideas are perfect for the crazy busy couple with kids. I know first hand that life with kids is busy and it can be hard to find time for dates amidst the chaos. Plus, sitters are expensive and sometimes cancel last minute. That doesn’t mean date night has to be canceled too!
This post is all about fun at home date night ideas that don’t require a baby sitter so you can continue to grow closer even in the chaos of kids.
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17 Fun at Home Date Night Ideas
Why Should You Try these Fun Date Night Ideas?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the craziness of life once you get married and forget to make time to continue dating your spouse. It becomes especially hard to plan dates when there are kids to take care of, diapers to be changed, and naps to schedule around. While the fancy date nights out may require a little more planning, all these fun stay at home date night ideas can be done once the kids are in bed. Best of all, they don’t require a baby sitter! Less planning and less money you have to pay the sitter! Sounds like a win win to me. You may even find that you enjoy these laid back home dates even more than the fancy ones, you never know!
1. Star Gazing
Grab some blankets, snacks, and the baby monitor and head outside in your yard or on the porch. Cuddle up together and gaze at the stars. You can try to name the constellations or see if you can find your own. There are some super cool phone aps that let you see the constellations wherever you are pointing your phone! But even if you don’t see a constellation or a shooting star, simply being alone together in the moonlight will renew the spark between the two of you.
2. Coffee Date
Some of my favorite moments with my husband are cuddled up together on the couch in the early morning. Make some coffee and talk with each other before your little ones wake up and the craziness of the day starts. You may have to sacrifice a few minutes of sleep, but you won’t regret it!
3. Redecorate a Room Together
If you are looking for out of the box date night ideas at home, you’ve come to the right place! While you and your partner may have different tastes in decorations and design, this challenge will help you put your favorite things together to create something beautiful that you both can enjoy! Then, every time you use that room, you can enjoy the work of art that you created together!
4. Cook Your Favorite Meal Together
Turn on some fun cooking music and enjoy the process of working together to create something you both will enjoy. Dance around the kitchen and have a little fun with it. Bonus points if you also make dessert!
5. Dance Together
The reality is, you may not have danced with your husband since your wedding! So, take some time to turn the lights down, move the furniture, and dance together again. Turn on some slow music and just sway or turn on some party music and get down together. If your kids are home, block off a room to have to yourselves or let them join in on the party too! We’ve also danced together on our porch under the stars too!
6. Have a Candlelit Fast Food Dinner
Fancy candlelit dinners are fun, but they are often a ton of work! A candlelit fast food dinner on the other hand is fun and easy! Go grab a pizza, burgers, burritos, whatever it is that you and your hubby enjoy! Set it up at home, light some candles, and turn off the lights! You can do this after the kids are asleep or let them enjoy the candle lit dinner too! They will love it!
7. Make Some S'mores
Everybody loves a s’more! If you don’t have a place to make a bonfire, you can heat up marshmallows in the oven or microwave! It doesn’t have quite the same effect but it’ll get the job done.
8. Sit Down Together and Write Love Letters
Love letters (even if in the form of a text) can become a lost art in marriage. Setting a time to sit down together and write letters to each other can be a really powerful experience to remind the other person just how much they mean to you. Once you finish your letters, you can exchange and read them silently or you can read the letter you wrote aloud to your spouse. You both can then keep that letter to read again later as a reminder when you need it.
9. Sketch a Portrait of Each Other
This is a super fun activity to do with you spouse! If you are artistic, it’s awesome to see the masterpieces that you create. If you aren’t so artistic, then both of you are in for some laughs.
10. Have a Movie Marathon and Make Some Popcorn
Finally, your chance to watch a movie that isn’t made by Disney! And of course, popcorn is a requirement for any sort of movie night. For super easy and delicious popcorn, I highly recommend this electric air popper. All you have to do is pour in the kernels and it does the rest!
11. Make Mixed Drinks at Home
Since I’m pregnant at the moment, our mixed drinks at home look a little different. We love making lime “mamaritas.” But it’s honestly so easy to make delicious homemade mixed drinks. You can grab a cocktail shaker set off Amazon too if you really want to go all out on this one!
12. Find a YouTube Paint Tutorial to Do Together
Grab this super cheap painting kit and a paint along video (I am of course partial to all Bob Ross painting videos! Here is one of my favorites!). You can have a contest to see whose turns out better or you can work together on the same canvas. Just like sketching portraits of each other, this one is fun whether you are an artistic couple or not. If it turns out great, hang it up on a wall! If it turns out terrible, laugh and keep it for memory sake (maybe not on a wall though). This is an easy one for kids to join in on too. If you decide to make this into a contest between you and your spouse, kids are a great tie breaker.
13. Have a Spa Night
Round up all those leftover face masks and spa supplies you have and set up a glorious at home spa night for you and your partner. Get in a cozy robe, sit with your face mask, and maybe even give each other massages to spice things up a bit. Plus, being your own masseuse will help save you a ton of money too!
14. Have a Game Night
There are actually tons of amazing games you can play with just two people. One of our favorites is Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza! I know it sounds crazy, but it is an absolute blast! It’s also great to play with another couple if you choose to have a double date game night. You can also opt for chess, checkers, or even a good old fashion puzzle if it’s just the two of you.
15. Create a Photobook Together
Photobooks are the new scrapbook. So, grab a phone or a laptop and create a photobook of memories together and as a family. Mixbook is a great option to order a personalized photo book and they are always offering deals for new customers!
16. Paint Pottery Together
While the pottery painting places are super expensive, you can have the whole experience at home for a fraction of the price! (and all while your kids sleep.) You can easily order ceramic figures to paint of almost anything! I also found a fun kit to paint your own coasters! Order a set for the parents and a set for the kids. You’ll love setting them out for guests and sharing the memories you had making them.
17. Recreate Your First Date (At Home Version)
Recreating your first date is a great way to remember how and why you fell in love with each other. Obviously this date idea is going to look a little different for everyone. For us, it looks like attempting to make homemade soft pretzels and burgers and watching Jumanji with a whole lot of popcorn.
This post is all about fun at home date night ideas so that you can start dating your husband again. Dating doesn’t stop at the altar if you want to be the best you can be together.
-Beautifully Busy Mom
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