Now more than ever, it can be difficult to keep the romance alive in your relationship. Without the ability to leave the house to go on a date, you will have to get creative in order to come up with entertaining ways to bond in the comfort of your own home. To help inspire you (or simply pass the time), we have compiled some of our top at-home date night ideas.

1. Homemade Pizza Night

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Everyone loves pizza, and the process to cook one is relatively simple. In general, cooking together can get a bit messy, but it’s a great creative outlet. Pizza in particular can be fully customized to your liking, as there are plenty of alternative methods and ingredients that will allow you to cater to dietary needs or restrictions. If you want to up the ante a little, you can even make this date into a cooking competition to see who can make the most delicious pizza. You can even add some candles or bottles of wine for a more romantic dinner date.

2. Living Room Campout

 

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No backyard no problem. There is something childishly romantic about camping out in your living room. Whether you go all out and build a blanket fort or simply blow up an air mattress, it’s really up to you. Once complete, turn the lights out and enjoy some simple finger foods along with a tub of ice cream next to a camping lantern. Then cuddle up with a laptop and watch a movie or just stay up all night and chit chat. No matter what you decide to do in your pillow fort, this will for sure be one of your favorite date nights.

3. Bubble Bath for Two

 

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If you have a large tub and are willing to get up close and personal, a bubble bath can be intimate and relaxing. Fill up the tub with some suds or toss in a luxurious bath bomb before slipping in. To make the experience even more fun, open a bottle of wine and bring some glasses for casual sipping; this can help stimulate some thoughtful conversation. And after a long week, who wouldn’t want a long bath?

4. Break out the Board Games

 

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Not everyone is into board games, but those who are know you can play for hours on end. There are plenty of two-player board games to choose from, including Chess, Scrabble, Connect 4, Bananagrams, Jenga, Mancala, and Battleship. If you don’t have any physical board games on hand, consider looking for an online version. Especially with the number of apps out there, there are plenty to choose from for your board game night!

5. Nerf War

 

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Some toys aren’t just for kids. If you have a pair of nerf guns on hand, put them to good use by starting a nerf war. If you have never done this, you definitely need to add it to your couples bucket list. Consider surprising your significant other with a note that lets them know you are hiding and prepared to strike. Set up a few rules as well as a specific number of hits that are required to win. Just be sure to keep it fun and avoid aiming for the face, especially the eyes.

6. Video Game Night

 

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Plenty of people enjoy video games, and many couples even bond over the activity. With the right set up and games on hand, you can easily have a fun date night featuring some friendly competition. Snuggle up on the couch with a multiplayer game – perhaps a role-playing game or first-person shooter. We recommend DiabloMario KartGrand Theft AutoA Way Out, and Borderlands.

7. Movie Series Marathon

 

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There are few better ways to pass the time than with a movie marathon. Gather some blankets along with your favorite movie theatre snacks. Then cuddle up with your partner and a glass of wine and pick a series or two. We recommend Terminator, Alien, the Marvel Universe, or Harry Potter. This movie date night idea is an easy one to repeat, especially with a different set of films.

8. Set Up a Spa

 

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If you are in need of some rest and relaxation, help each other out. Put on a comfy robe and slippers and treat yourselves to an at-home spa day. Make your own face masks, body scrubs, or bath bombs using free online tutorials. Consider even taking turns giving each other a massage! This date idea is especially fun if you make a whole day of it. Keep it lazy with a late wakeup, breakfast in bed, and so on.

9. Try Your Hand at Yoga

 

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One of the most entertaining ways to connect with your partner is to try something new. Yoga is a fun way to exercise and learn skills for meditation and mindfulness. There are a plethora of free yoga tutorials available on YouTube, so push aside the living room furniture and pick a video. Be sure to stretch out first and take your time! Who knows, this could be one of those experiences you end up turning into a hobby!

10. Test Your Palate

 

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For the more daring, play a blind taste testing game. What you are tasting can depend on what you have on hand along with your own interests. For example, if you have a bunch of cheese in the fridge, take turns seeing who can guess the type. Also, if you are a wine lover and have a stockpile, open a few bottles and try wine tasting! If you really want to mix things up, use a wider variety of foods. Get as creative as you like and have fun!

11. Two Person Party

 

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A party for two? This idea may not pick your interest at first, but hear us out. If you have always wanted a reason to push the living room furniture aside and have a dance, now is the time! Grab some drinks, turn on your favorite tunes, and enjoy one another’s company. Your party can be lighthearted and fun or more intimate. If you want to give off more romantic vibes, consider dressing up for the evening.

12. Paint and Sip

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Painting is a great way to relax and unwind, and it’s also a fun activity to do with your partner. The best part is that you can also enjoy a few drinks from the comfort of your own home. There are a number of free painting tutorials online, but we recommend the always popular official Bob Ross channel. You can order the necessary supplies (like paints) off Amazon or keep things simple and work with the items you have on hand.

13. Make Your Own Sushi

 

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Sushi is an art form and a delicious one at that. However, creating this delicious meal takes practice and can easily go wrong. With so much time on your hands, get some laughs in while you test your skills. If you are not a fan of standard sushi ingredients, switch things up and use those that you prefer. This can consist of an alternative protein source (even a plant-based one) or even an entirely different recipe. For even more fun, try your hand at dessert sushi.

14. A Virtual Dinner

If you and your significant other do not live together, you will have to go virtual. One of the best ways to do this is using a free platform, such as Skype or FaceTime. To make your conversations last longer (and to give a semblance of normalcy), consider eating “together” (meaning at the same time). Get creative and order delivery for one another (for a surprise factor) or order from the same restaurant.

It is our hope that these at-home date night ideas will inspire you to get creative about your one-on-one time. Will you be trying any of these out? Let us know how you and your significant other are still dating each other through this difficult time!

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