Often, when planning a wedding, the stress can really get to you. Add in the current state of the world and it’s nearly impossible to relax. It’s important to reconnect with your partner and relieve some stress. But how do you do that without hitting the town? If you are living together, here are a few at-home date ideas to keep that romance alive.
IMPORTANT: All these ideas come with the stipulation that we are currently dealing with a serious health risk around the world. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or you have symptoms, skip the date date and give each other plenty of space.
Open a few bottles at home and do your own tasting. No, we don’t mean chug back a bottle or two. Instead, really learn how to taste wine. Follow along with online lessons and savour each taste.
Have a backyard? A driveway? A balcony? Pack up a picnic lunch and get some fresh air. Truly make a picnic out of it. A blanket, a basket, some music and delicious food. Plus, you’ll know which wine to bring because you’ve learned how to taste it properly.
With hectic schedules it is often difficult to truly enjoy cooking. Find some new recipes and create a meal together. Or take turns surprising each other by cooking each other’s favourite meals. And again, the wine. While we’re on the topic, you could also try baking, ice cream making or new cocktail recipes.
Have a living room slumber party, like the good old days. Get into your PJs early, watch some movies, eat all the snacks, and then indulge in some classic sleepover games like Truth or Dare, or Would You Rather. And reminder: first one to fall asleep gets their underwear frozen.
Break out all the oldies, but goodies: Scattergories, Scrabble, Clue, Life, and, of course, Monopoly. Turning any game into a “strip” version will spice things up. Think “strip Happy Days game” from Friends.
Change into robes and slippers and take some time to pamper each other with manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. Afterwards, share a long, romantic bubble bath.
Face it, some people have voices that aren’t made for public anyway, so belt out the tunes in the privacy of your own home. Gaze into each other’s eyes as you sing romantic duets. We recommend Cruisin’ by Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, or I Got You Babe, by Sonny and Cher. Get silly by choosing each other’s songs – and you have to sing them no matter what!
If it’s nice outside, throw a baseball around, play some corn hole or ladder ball, or just go for a long walk (in a secluded area where you won’t bump into other date-nighters).
Many museums and zoos have virtual tours from their website. See works of art or furry friends without leaving the comfort of your couch. Try Musée d’Orsay in Paris, or the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, from Washington D.C. Or take in a concert. John Legend, Pink and other musical artists have recently been going live. If you can’t get out to a show, they bring the show to us! You can also watch Broadway shows at home, using Broadway HD.
By Amy Bielby