Hot take: Stay-at-home dates are the opposite of boring. In fact, they're giving nights out on the town a run for their money.
And we're not talking the usual routine of Netflix reruns and basic takeout. Instead, we say conduct your own craft beer tasting, attempt to make your own sushi rolls or recreate your first date—all without leaving your house. There are even companies that will deliver date night ideas (including all the necessary materials) straight to your door!
Ready for romance and excitement without ever having to change out of your sweatpants? Here, nine stay-at-home dates you and your S.O. will actually want to take—and will probably plan over and over again.
Recreate Your First Date
Even if you can't literally go back to the place where your romance began, you can do so figuratively! Did your first date happen over an after-work drink? When the clock strikes 5 p.m., get your S.O. in the kitchen and sip the same drinks you bonded over before. Or maybe you chatted over tacos and margaritas—put that on the menu one night!
Throw a Beer or Wine Tasting
Consider yourself a wine lover or beer junkie? You don't need to visit a brewery to get your craft beer fix! By a few bottles of beer or wine and your local grocery store, winery or brewery and pour your own flights. Who knows, you may just discover your new favorite brew from the comfort of your own home.
Enjoy Breakfast in Bed
We all have those days where we want to stay in bed all day long. Why not make a date out of it next time? Whip up breakfast together—don't be afraid to make pancakes and waffles—then bring your plates back to the bedroom and dine under the covers. Pro tip: Try eating dinner in bed, too—life-changing.
Host a Movie Marathon
While a Netflix session might be a part of your everyday routine, next time you and your partner grab the remote plan to watch an entire movie series together instead. Crank out Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Avengers, or Pirates of the Caribbean just to name a few. Nothing wrong with rewatching old favorites either!
Indulge in Fancy Takeout
Give takeout an upgrade for your next at-home date night. Instead of the classic pizza or Chinese food delivery, opt for a high-class spread from an upscale restaurant. Order a few appetizers, entrees and sides—and don't forget about dessert! Be sure to dress the part and change into something that makes you feel confident. We promise your at-home 5-star meal will top any restaurant experience.
Cook an Adventurous Meal Together
Shelve your go-to dinner recipe and try creating a dish you've never made before. Take a stab at sushi or tackle making your own macarons. But don't worry, it's not really about mastering the recipe but rather having fun together. Although acing a creative dish could give you some serious bragging rights.
Subscribe to a Home-Date Service
Nowadays, there is a delivery service for practically everything—including date night! Enter DateBox Club, a subscription service that delivers date night materials to your doorstep. Each box is a themed surprise. With monthly plans, you'll never have to put effort into date night again—the company will design the fun for you!
Have a Game Night
Two people is all you need for a night of friendly competition. Pull out your favorite board game and prepare a quick snack platter. We love this date idea because it is screenless: Put your phones down, close your computer, turn off your television and just enjoy each other's company. Not much of a gamer? Try conquering a puzzle together instead.
Take a Virtual Vacation
Nothing beats traveling with your S.O., but if you're stuck in your hometown you can still satisfy your wanderlust. Reminisce on vacations past or even start planning your next trip. Plenty of resorts, hotels and amusement parks (including Disney!) even offer virtual tours of their properties so you can ride Splash Mountain together from the comfort of your couch.