Valentine’s Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate love than with a unique and special home date idea. This event is a popular day, meaning that every dinner location or entertainment opportunity will be jam-packed busy and expensive, so take the opportunity to try something new.
Home dates get a lot of slack because they’re often seen as the cheaper alternative when actually it’s the smartest and most intimate date choice. Students are often stretched for money, which makes spoiling your date a little trickier than usual, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make your Valentine feel special.
Be it sunshine or rain, there are home date ideas to suit every occasion. These ideas are great for new couples who are looking to learn more about each other or long-term couples who need that extra quality time together, and mostly for budget purposes. Take a look at some exciting and interesting date ideas:
- Enjoy dinner by candlelight
Whether you’re getting to know your date or you’re in a five-year-long relationship, cooking together and eating by candlelight is one of the most interactive date ideas. This way you get to show each other your tricks in the kitchen and spend more time together, getting to know one another. It’s both relaxing and fun, and more importantly, romantic. Make an effort to set and decorate your dining room table with what you have, and incorporate some soft music in the background with some red wine to set the mood.
If you’re already a great home chef, do some research on new recipes to try out. This will show your date that you’re making an effort to go the extra mile to try something new outside of your comfort zone. Make sure that you whip up a delicious starter, main course and dessert to make them feel on top of the world.
- Board games and wine
Depending on the nature of your relationship, board games could be a fun and lighthearted activity, while it may cause tension and friction for others. If you’re interested in playing board games, crack open a bottle of wine and play the night away. Some great games include Uno, Scrabble, Chess, Trivial Pursuit and cards. There are a host of others too, but playing only with two people does limit your options.
- Prepare your bedroom for a couples movie marathon
One of the most romantic things is to cuddle up in bed and watch a movie with your partner. If this is the beginning phases of a new relationship, it could help you to feel more relaxed with your date in a more intimate environment. It is advised that you put on a movie that both of you would enjoy and laugh along with. Get some popcorn, snacks and hot chocolate to really set the mood for a movie marathon.
Whether this is the first time that your date is entering your bedroom or it’s the bedroom you’ve been sleeping in together for years, try to make an effort by changing your bed sheets and putting on some fresh new bedding. It’s the small details like these that will really show them how much you care.
- Set up a picnic on the floor
If you’re looking for something adventurous to do, set up a picnic on the floor, inside or outside, depending on the weather. If it’s cold and you have a fireplace, set up something romantic and cute right next to the fireplace. And, it’s a warm summer’s evening, set up a picnic basket and blanket outside to watch the stars together. This date idea can be extremely unique, especially if you take the time to make your own finger foods and treats. If you know your date well enough, pack the basket with their favourite foods, sweets and drinks. If possible, make it yourself. This will show your initiative and effort.
- Keep it casual and relax
If you’re looking to do something with the least amount of preparation effort, so that you can spend more time with your partner, then order some takeaway food and relax together. Sometimes it’s these low-maintenance quality moments that help you to bond again. Although Valentine’s Day is a special event, recognised around the world, you should be showing your partner how much you love and appreciate them every day. Get something refreshing to drink with your take-outs and relax on the couch for the evening. If you want to make it special, order their favourite take-outs without them knowing.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg. It’s just an emphasised day to add a little sparkle and love to your relationship. It’s also the perfect opportunity to ask someone who you’ve been interested in to be your date for the evening. Take this evening to set aside time to be intimate and romantic with your person. No matter what you do, this will help you to reconnect and revive your feelings.