I'm incredibly aware that I am writing this during a global pandemic AND during a national lockdown when we're essentially forced to stare at the same four walls all day. So how on earth do you keep date night going during these tough times? I've put together a few ideas below...
1. Cook a beautiful meal
Go for two or three courses, something that is a level up from your usual evening meal. Why not go for a walk beforehand to feel like you're going to a restaurant? Light those candles, mix up some cocktails and off you go.
2. Board Game Night
There are so many games for two - even Monopoly has an option now! We love a good UNO Championship or why not really wind down the pace and bring out Scrabble?
3. Go to the theatre
Stick with me here. YouTube is awash with (legal) recordings of musicals and plays released intermittently throughout the past 12 months. We have watched Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Hamilton and there's plenty of National Theatre plays out there if a musical isn't your thing. And the best thing? You can sing along at the top of your voice!
4. Double Date
I know we're all a bit sick of Zoom/Teams/Google Hangouts/HouseParty now but we still need to connect with our friends. Why not have a Double Date with cocktails or wine and make a night of it?
5. Go for a walk
Simple as it sounds, conversation flows best when you're outside and putting one foot in front of the other. Make the most of our one excusion a day and explore somewhere new in your area.
6. Play Mr and Mrs
Who doesn't want to know how much their partner really knows about them? There are plenty of websites with Mr and Mrs questions available - choose 10-20 and see what happens!
7. Read Together
This has become one of our favourite things to do during the past few months to switch off. We put some classical music on the speaker and settle down for an hour or so. Yes, we don't talk but we feel closer somehow. Give it a try!
8. Make your own pizza
The oh so simple DIY pizza! To keep it really easy, buy some ready made bases and tomato sauce then whack on your own toppings. You can go as crazy as you like!
9. Plan a post-Covid holiday
We all want this to end. I have pictures of New York as my background on my phone, I'm dreaming of getting back there when I can! Choose a place, near or far, look into a beautiful hotel and cost it out. It will give you something to look forward to and if you book for Autumn, it will almost definitely happen!
10. Afternoon Tea
My. Favourite. Meal.
Cake AND sandwiches AND scones AND prosecco (optional). What's not to love?! If you don't want to go to the effort of making it all yourself, head to a local bakery and pick up the essentials!
11. Look through old photos
There is nothing like a trip down memory lane. Just 30 minutes of looking at photos can lift our mood for up to 3 hours. Even if it's just on your phone, going through it together and reminiscing will bring you closer.
12. No Screen Night
Just turn off technology. We do this quite a lot these days; and it normally blends into one of our reading nights. I normally end up going to have a bath or we go for a walk. Just something to bring us back to the real world and out of the virtual.
13. Movie Marathon
Harry Potter anyone? Indiana Jones? Lord of the Rings (don't, it's 12 hours!)
Whatever your choice, commit to it. Get some snacks on the go and snuggle up under a cosy blanket for some true cinematic escapism.
14. Camp out in the living room or build a den
Who doesn't want to feel like a child? Get all your comfy blankets, pillows, duvets and cushions and build yourselves a little hideaway. You could even combine this with a board game or no screen night.
We love doing yoga together as we normally end up laughing at each other or ourselves. It's a really grounding experience and as long as you're similar levels it can really work at bringing you closer.
16. At home Wine Tasting
Now, this is not an excuse to drain your alcohol reserves. But why not each choose 2 wines and then blind taste them all? Then when you've found your favourite - finish the bottle.
So what do you think? Date Night is not dead! Give one of these a go or comment below with your date night ideas.
Stay safe and happy
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