Creative stay-at-home ideas for a date from our readers
What to do when you’re stuck at home or on a tight budget but still want to treat yourself to a memorable evening with your partner? We asked you, our readers, what was the most fun activity you’ve enjoyed together at home so far. Your answers were so fun and inspiring that we couldn’t resist sharing them in an article to help other couples in Orlando and beyond. Use these creative house party ideas to plan a night at home you won’t soon forget. We’ve also added some of our personal favorite ideas!
Editor’s note: This post was updated earlier this year and we are sharing it in light of the potential for severe weather.
We encourage our readers to stay informed and be safe.
And if you’re looking for ways to make this difficult time a little enjoyable, these house date ideas can help.
Please follow the advice of local authorities and exercise caution.
Build care packages
If you’ve secured your home and have everything you need, consider doing something nice together. Check on your neighbors, friends and family. Is there anything you can do to help them?
Local schools, churches, places of worship and other organizations often organize food drives following a major storm. If you need extra supplies like toiletries, paper products, and non-perishables, together you can make a big difference. Consider bundling lots of these items.
When shopping last minute to prepare for the weather, see if you can grab a few extras for donations. Doing good things together can really help strengthen your relationship.
STAY AT HOME KITCHEN DATE
“We had an Italian night and made pasta and pesto from scratch. Also a virtual game night via Zoom using Jackbox. We also just had a recent “Chopped” themed party.
– Paola G.
DISCOVER WORLD CULTURE AT HOME
Get takeout from a restaurant that specializes in international cuisine, wait in line with music from the country or region your meal is from, and finish by watching a film made in or about that region. Check out our full list of places to order, music to listen to and movies to watch for An International Night at Home.
PLAN A GAME NIGHT
“My boyfriend and I are long distance…while we’re apart we play silly messenger games like Connect Four (it’s on your iPhone Messenger next to the gifs). When we were together last week between binge-watching Ozark, we pulled out the Uno cards for some old-school fun.
“Evening bike rides and enjoy a cheese plate and wine while playing UpWords. UpWords is messy, except you can stack a letter on top so that “book” becomes “taken”. It’s so much fun laughing at each other while we check the dictionary to see if we’ve made up any words.
“Video games, card games and outdoor entertainment. Like walks or rollerblading while he’s on his stilts. Oh, and watching him cook while I feast on ice cream. #winner”
– Melissa H.
BE MIXOLOGISTS AT HOME
This idea is taken from our original version of this article earlier in 2022. During extreme weather events, it is encouraged to stay safe and aware. Excesses can be dangerous and prevent you from reacting in an emergency. Please exercise caution and be safe.
“Try an at-home mixology class! Open your liquor cellar, pull out different ingredients, and get creative. One person can lead the class and the other can follow the steps or you can take turns. This is the perfect time to use your fancy glasses and martini shakers. You can even dress up to make it a fancy party at home. We made ours in our backyard, tiki style! We made extra sour lemon drops, Cuba Libre and a Jameson Creamsicle.
– Stephanie M.
“We love making cocktails together! We have a little bar at home and we make our drinks pretty to feel like we’re having a real date in a bar. We usually opt for mojitos! Easy to make and so good. »
– Natalie M.
CREATE YOUR OWN THEME PARTY
“We had a Star Wars night with movies and trivia, and a tiki bar night with tropical drinks (mai tais!) and a Jimmy Buffett concert on YouTube. I dress up because during the day I wear clothes which allow me to chase my toddler all day.We have our own tiki bar which we created when our son was born so we can still have romantic evenings.
– Dani Meyering, content editor
“We had a Mario Kart battle last week. The week before, we did ladder ball and darts. This week we’re having a Disney-themed date night and next week it’s camping-themed!
Our choice : Create your own camping date at home with an epic pillow fort, gourmet snacks and twinkling lights.
HAVE ANOTHER HONEYMOON… AT HOME
Orlando Date Night Guide regular contributor Stephanie Machado and her husband, Jesus, turned lemons into lemonade when they had to cancel their honeymoon plans due to social distancing measures. They decided to have a honeymoon at home (read about it here). From a themed day at the resort (complete with a kiddie pool in the backyard) to making Cuban coffees together and even hosting a parade down the hall, there’s no shortage of their creative honeymoon at home. to inspire you. If you’re already married, use this as inspiration to have a fun honeymoon together!
HOST A VIRTUAL DOUBLE DATE GAME NIGHT
“Dave and I like to play virtual Mario Kart with our friends. We put our friends on speakerphone and then make an online game together, so we race against each other while chatting. Also, the other day, Dave and I played the Oregon Trail card game. It’s a cool game because the goal is to beat the game, not the other. Everyone tries to get to the end of the Oregon Trail together, which is a fun collaboration.
– Kelsey G.
TURN YOUR YARD INTO AN OBSTACLE COURSE
“We made an obstacle course using our front and back yards. You had to roll a log, limbo under a rope, climb a tree…. I haven’t climbed a tree in at least 35 years!
TEST NEW WELLNESS IDEAS
Well-being is important at any time of the year. Orlando Date Night guide editor Dani Meyering and her husband recently started doing tai chi together every morning. “We only do ten minutes a day because it fits our schedule well. And we like to spend time together to start our day with soothing and energizing movements. We just use YouTube videos and let’s go. is quite simple.
IMPROVE THESE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
If you’ve been home together all day every day for a while, you might notice the importance of good communication.
Use it as a time to find tools that work for you so you can communicate properly together. Some couples have a whiteboard in their house with appointments and to-do lists so they can stay on the same page together. It is also useful to have a sign on the dishwasher indicating whether the dishes are clean or dirty. And if you have a pet, using a sign that indicates whether your furry friend has been fed each morning and each night is helpful to avoid confusion.
TREAT YOURSELF TO A COUPLE MASSAGE AT HOME
“We had a weekly date night – couples massage! We light the candles, put on some serene music, and help each other release some of the tension from the week. We enjoyed it so much, it’s going to stay in the mix, even after the stay at home is lifted! We both deserve a break and it’s been a great way to show how much we appreciate each other for the work we do!”
Check out this article for tips on creating your own home spa party. You can also find plenty of inspiration on our national site, Night Date Guide.
Photo credit: Natalie M. @roamsick