Date Nights in QuarantineWhile in quarantine, date nights look a little different. Maybe they start after the kids are in bed, or maybe they happen during the afternoon. They most definitely take place at or around your home.
There are so many things going on around us and so much depends on our state of mind. Especially if you are now working from home and around each other 24/7, it can be a lot of togetherness but not a lot of quality time.
If you're able to take some time to recharge and enjoy some of your favourite things together as a couple, I believe it can make a difference in how we experience this time.
So what are some things we can do to make date night feel new and exciting, even when we can't go anywhere?
Today, I'm sharing some refreshing ways to spend date night at home (even during quarantine), because now more then ever, it's important to relax and reconnect with your significant other.
Choose a theme or a country of origin and plan the menu around it. Add music and table decor to match. One of our favourites is to have a Fiesta night with tacos, margaritas and salsa music. Bonus if you can get your significant other to actually try salsa dancing with you.
Here's a great intro to salsa lesson on Youtube
Games NightEven if it's just two of you, there are some games you can play at home. Scrabble is a great two person game, as well as Connect Four and Monopoly Deal. But what we have enjoyed playing lately is "Head's Up". This is a charades type game we usually play at parties with friends. At home, it has been so hilarious watching each other act out the silly scenarios. It always makes us laugh out loud.
Try a New Recipe
Try a new recipe that neither one of you have prepared before so that both partners are on the same playing field. Pour some wine, put some music on and enjoy learning something new together. If you're not sure where to begin, get some help with a meal kit!
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Dinner Al Fresco
Bbqing can be a fun activity now that the weather is nicer. Sitting outside, playing some lawn games (we like ladder ball and corn hole) or setting up an outdoor fire-pit (if your municipality permits) can make this a cozy and fun evening for two. If you only have time for a quick hour together, having a mocktail or cocktail on the porch is a great way to reconnect and relax.
At the beginning of quarantine, we stayed sane by having a daily cocktail hour where we would enjoy either a mocktail, cocktail or appetizer after our work from home day was over. It signalled the beginning of the evening and gave us something to look forward to. Now that quarantine has become somewhat of a way of life, we save "Happy Hour" for weekends or for date night. We have appetizer type food for dinner and try a new cocktail recipe. It makes us feel like we went out for a meal and definitely changes the pace of daily life.
Order in using Skip the Dishes or a restaurant's own delivery service and enjoy an evening off of cooking duty. Plate it up in your pretty dishes, put on some music and light some candles. If you are feeling ambitious, dress up as if you are really going out on the town.
You'll be surprised how lovely a restaurant meal can be at home when you set the stage like this. You will really feel like you went out, but with all the comforts of home!
Hope these ideas give you a little inspo to plan your own date night in. During uncertain times, we have to take all the little joys that we can and create some special moments along the way.