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8 Tips for Date Nights at Home

January 24, 2017

I know all of us are accustomed to busy lifestyles. That’s just the norm these days for the average person. The other norm is being broke or having little leftover funds wise to do anything special very often. Often times, this doesn’t matter because if any of us get time for a day off, most of us just want to veg in front of the TV and be lazy all day. At least, I know that’s what my friends and I like to do. So, whether you’re short on funds or just don’t want to go out, here are a few tips to a successful date at home.


  1. Break out of the norm. It’s easy to get into the rut of the same old games, the same old movies, etc. Set something like a new movie or game aside for a date night so that you have something new to experience. The worst enemy of a good date is doing the same old thing which can get boring and be very unexciting.
  2. Don’t be afraid to go all out. Often times when you hear a date night at home, people think simple or uneventful. That’s just a common misconception. Even if you don’t have a ton of money, that’s doesn’t mean the night can’t be big and exciting. You don’t have to sit down and watch a movie. Be kids again, build a blanket fort, play nerf guns with each other, whatever you want! Break out of the box!
  3. Be spontaneous. Sometimes not setting plans for the date makes it less stressful. Just prepare for the date as the date is happening. Making it random can add an air of mystery and excitement.
  4. Prepare mentally. If you’re cranky coming home from work or after dealing with kids all day, prepare yourself to put that aside and make the night relaxed. Stress and worry will always be there but there’s no reason to let it ruin your date night.
  5. Set the mood. If you’re going for a romantic night, set the mood. Light some candles, put on some music, whatever does it for you. Use it as a time to just bond. If you want a fun and exciting/playful environment, put on some upbeat tunes and set the lighting and such to reflect that. It’s amazing what the environment can do to aid in moods.
  6. Put the phones down. I admit that I’m addicted to my phone but specifically for business. Most people are on their phones a lot because phones cover a lot of tasks other than just communication for us. However, don’t let the outside world creep in on the night. Forget the phones and have your own little world.
  7. Surprise each other. Bring home something they’ve always wanted or do something they’ve always asked for. Any little special thing like that will make the date night successful right off the bat.
  8. Just be lazy. If you’re both super tired and literally just want a day where you do nothing. Find a show you’ve always wanted to watch together and binge watch it. But first, go to the dollar store and load up on a bunch of junk food and set it up all around you. That way you don’t have to move unless you have to go to the bathroom. It’s inexpensive but feels super fun and irresponsible.

Date nights at home don’t have to be boring or the same old thing. Follow some of these tips and you just might prefer to stay home from now on.

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    robin masshole mommy
    January 25, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    We stay home a lot and for us, it’s usually take out & Netflix. We’re tired by the time it’s night time, so we like to just relax.

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    Alli Smith
    January 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I have to admit that the just be lazy part is really appealing. After a hard day’s work, sometimes I just want to cozy up with my husband, watch a movie and chill for date night. Other times, I like to go all out with a gourmet dinner and an over-the-top tablescape. Putting the phone down is a must!

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    January 25, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    We have had date night every week for the last 10 years. Takes some planning but totally worth it. All you suggestions are wonderful and hope more people take time to use them.

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    January 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Love these ideas! We used to be veg out all day on our days off, but we have implemented doing some kind of outdoor activity every weekend and it’s been great!

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    Angelic Sinova
    January 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    These are great tips for date nights at home. I LOVE the idea of putting your phones down/away! We all need to learn to spend more time with our loved ones and less time with our devices.

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    Christy Maurer
    January 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Though my husband passed away, I do like having nights at home just with the kids. We have a good time just watching movies and having snacks. These are good ideas for couples.

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    January 25, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Although I like to go out for date night, sometimes my husband and I have date nights at home. We like to get takeout and watch Netflix.

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    Claudia Krusch
    January 26, 2017 at 12:58 am

    I think date night at home can be a great idea. It saves money and can be so romantic if you get rid of all the distractions.

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    Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom
    January 26, 2017 at 1:27 am

    These are great tips :). I’m single currently, but I miss date nights at home. We used to make dinners in and just relax with the fireplace going.

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    January 26, 2017 at 3:09 am

    We are home buddies so we love doing date night at home occasionally. These are great tips.

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    Martine - MeUnfinished
    January 26, 2017 at 3:39 am

    I really loved those items! Hubby and I really like to have “home dates” without the kiddos around to crash the romance. I love the fort idea and will definitely use the kids’ nerf guns to surprise him. Thank you for the tips!
    M 🙂

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    Nikka Shae
    January 26, 2017 at 3:57 am

    My husband and I love date nights! I love your tips and next time we’re going to try this soon!

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    January 26, 2017 at 5:08 am

    I am all about a date night at home! I love that staying in can also be fancy and romantic and you don’t even have to leave the house. HA!

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    January 26, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Me and my husband are homebodies so almost every night is date night. We make sure we spend time together, watching silly movies or just talking about anything and everything.

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    michele d
    January 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    We are home bodies too. So finding ways to enjoy a night in is so helpful for us. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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    Rebecca Swenor
    January 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    These are all great tips for date night at home. Being spontaneous is something every couple has to do sometimes in my opinion. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    January 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    We don’t have a baby sitter many nights, so we do date nights at home all the time. Thanks for these tips. I will set up a date night for this weekend.

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    Mimi Green
    January 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I really need to do several of these. We are on the go so much we just want to stay in.

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    Marielle Altenor
    January 30, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I love these tips! Most of our date nights are spent at home. We leave far from relatives and I don’t really like leaving my kids with a sitter.

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