There’s no way to describe spending time with a significant other at home other than “intimate.” When there’s no longer a waiter, friends, or just the general public to supply a safety net for any lull between two people, the real bonding begins. If you’re in a new relationship, this phase can be exhilarating, as well as a bit intimidating. And if you’ve been around your plus-one for a while, then you already know how relaxing this chapter can be as well. We often think that dates need some sort of production quality to them and that such occasions have to take place beyond a home’s comfortable cocoon, but why not see how much fun you can have on an at-home date?
We put together a list of 30 at-home dates ideas—whether you have one hour, several, or the whole day to spare—so that you can make this intimate space a larger part of your romantic memories.
Make a Really Good Cup of Coffee Together
Break out the Chemex (or splurge for a new one) and put some true effort into it. If you want the date to last longer, whip up breakfast, too.
Enjoy a Phone-Free Meal
Leave your distracting phones in the other room and connect over a bite to eat. Whether you cook or order in, you'll enjoy deeper conversation without your phones constantly interrupting.
Make a phone free dinner a habit so you can connect with your partner any day of the week.
Whip up Brunch for Two
Complete with pancakes, waffles, eggs, toast, and fruit—the works. Pick out your favorite recipes from a cookbook ahead of time to make it easier.
Build a Fort in the Living Room
This is still fun, regardless of age, and can be the perfect comfy spot for a Netflix binge. Make sure to have snacks on hand.
Play Board Games
Stay in your pajamas and play your favorite board game. To make it even more fun, have junk food on hand like chips, ice cream, and candy.