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32 Cheap and Romantic Date Night Ideas at Home

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Pressed for date night ideas at home? It can be easy to get stuck in a rut, but the possibilities for a special night in are countless when you put your minds to it.

From homemade sushi to playing to your competitive side, there’s nothing better than just spending time just the two of you. Thankfully, you don’t need too much time or money to do so.

These cheap romantic ideas at home are the perfect jumping off point for a special evening. From delicious food to gaming the night away, just take your pick.

1. Romantic candle light dinner

Whatever you choose to make for dinner make sure you have it by candlelight; it’s romantic and never fails to create the perfect atmosphere in the living room.

2. Tasting night

Be it wine or cheese, beer or chocolate, or all the above

3. Movie night

Clear out an evening for the latest release or that series you’ve been meaning to get to. Pass the popcorn for a delicious Netflix binge.

4. Themed dinner and movie

Pick your favourite theme and centre everything on the night around it. For example, a Spanish theme – you could eat tapas, drink sangria and then watch a movie like Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Want more ideas? Here’s even more jumping off points:

  • Steak frites, Cabernet Sauvignon and Amélie
  • Homemade pizzas, Sangiovese and The Godfather
  • Lamb Tagine and Casablanca   

5. Finger foods only night

Don’t bother with all that cooking prep that includes detailed recipes, go simple with finger foods. It is simple, easy and gives you plenty of time for other fun.

6. Fondue night

Even if you don’t have a fondue machine you can still all the delights of this Swedish pastime. Melt cheese, chocolate or other dipping sauces on the stove and go wild.

7. Book club

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With just two people, there’s something rather romantic about reading and delving into an in depth conversation about a shared book. Plus, a book club for two may actually be simplest. Picking a book and a meeting place is can be straightforward between a duo.

9. Wedding video night

It is always nice to reminisces and go back to the happiest day of your relationship. Why not slap in your wedding video and re-watch all the best moments from your big day.

10. Game night

Do you have a favourite board or card game? Why not bring them out and get those competitive juices flowing by competing against each other in a variety of different games? Alternatively, try new games you have never played before. We recommend:

Board games:

  • Scrabble
  • Jenga
  • Yahtzee
  • Boggle
  • Scattergories

Card games:

  • Cribbage
  • Backgammon
  • Monopoly Deal (a card version of the board game)
  • Cards Against Humanity

And more!

  • Dominos

11. Plan a holiday

For a scientifically guaranteed boost of happiness, plan a holiday together. If you’re feeling bit by the travel bug, you’re halfway there. How? A study from the Netherlands found that people felt happiest before their trips.

Mark down an evening to jump head first into books, films, and blogs of your dream destination; Pinterest your hearts away with your partner.

12.  Picnic

Go all out on a stunning spread. Raid your nearest Italian deli for an impressive selection of sandwiches, charcuterie, crusty bread, olives, wine and more. Roll out a picnic blanket and voilà.

13. Build a fort

Create the mother of all forts and chill, play games, or watch a film

14. Make a bucket list together

Connect over your future: what you want to do, what you want to see, where you want to go. The possibilities are endless.

15. Date on the roof

A romantic roof date for two sounds downright dreamy. If you’re lucky to have a (safely!) accessible roof, imagine surprising your partner to a makeshift date al fresco. A few candles, blankets and a simple meal are all you’ll need.

16. Star gaze

Plan for a clear night and print out a map of the night sky for a super romantic date night at home.

17. BBQ

Fire up the BBQ on a lovely evening or weekend for just the two of you.

18. Roast marshmallows

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Be it in a fireplace or over a barbecue, crispy golden marshmallows are always the answer.

19. Put together a puzzle

Put your heads together and feel super accomplished when it’s complete.

20. Watch the sunset or sunrise

How often do you stop to watch the sunset, or sunrise for that matter? Make the most everyday event special just by being present.

21. DIY

Tick off an easy DIY with a can of chalkboard spray and glass or a board of wood for a handy home DIY.

22. Brunch in bed


Steaming cups of fresh coffee, eggs just how you like ’em, your favourite newspaper and magazines — you can do brunch at home and still sleep in.

23. Watch a game

Cheer for your team together and make bets. Top it off with your favourite beer and pub snacks.

24. Play video games

The couple that wins together stays together.

25. Build a snowman

Relive your childhood! If there’s an epic snowstorm ahead, settle in and try your hand at the crafting the biggest and most elaborate Frosty the Snowman.

26. Garden together

No garden, no problem. Pick up a wee succulent from the shops and learn how to propagate them for a fun and doable project.

27. Make sushi

Sushi lovers will be delighted to learn that homemade sushi is totally doable. Head by the fishmonger, make a batch of sushi rice, chop veggies and give it a go with a sushi mat. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it’ll be fun.

28. Ask 36 Questions

You’re guaranteed to learn a thing or two about your partner after this — if not fall in love all over again. A study by psychologist Arthur Aron and others explored how three sets of 36 questions could accelerate intimacy. If 36 probing questions seem intimidating, just a few could refresh dinner conversation away from work or the weather.

29. Carve pumpkins

Goofy or scary? Up to you.

29. Learn a skill together

Learn a skill together on Skillshare or find a tutorial on YouTube.

30. Camp in your garden

Pitch a tent for a staycation under the stars whilst still enjoying the comforts of home.

31. Wrap Christmas presents and watch Christmas movies

Get in the festive spirit with your favourite films.

32. Cook together

Forget making the same dishes you have had on rotation forever, try something new. Dust down those cook books and find something new and adventurous. Tackle something new in the kitchen or try your hand at your favourite restaurant meal.

What are your genius date night ideas at home?

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