7 creative ideas for date night (together or apart)
You might be spending more time at home, but that doesn’t mean special nights with your special someone need to be put on the back burner. Whether you’ve been together for five days or 50 years, whether you’re sheltering in place together or apart, celebrating your relationship now requires a little more creativity and planning.
Here are some ideas to help you create a memorable date night or anniversary celebration at home.
1. Enjoy a special meal for two.
Recreate your first dinner date or take your partner to the exclusive new restaurant that’s been so tough to get into (hint: it’s in your own home). Find the perfect date night meal to have delivered or cook up your own. Print a menu (elegant or basic, using PowerPoint for web for free), make your meal, and mix up your favorite cocktails. Don’t have a lot of ingredients handy? Figure out what to make with what you have available, and be sure to decorate your space (tablecloth, napkins, and candles are a good start).
During dessert, surprise your partner with a magic moments slideshow you’ve created to celebrate your favorite relationship memories, easily made with our template. Use it to create an album that’s as unique as the two of you.
Tip: If you have children, consider involving them, too. Let them help plan the menu (or maybe just the dessert), recruit them as servers for the evening, or keep them occupied for a few hours with these home activity ideas.
2. Learn something new together.
There are plenty of online classes you can take with your significant other. Here are a few ideas to get you started, but think about your interests and find options that will delight and entertain both of you, whether you’re at home together or even miles apart.
You can also explore creative ideas for new things to learn, such as reading body language, teaching dog tricks, learning American Sign Language, drawing, making jam, and more.
3. Embrace the classics: candy, flowers, wine, and more.
Consider if you want to make your own or order out for delivery.
- Make their favorite candy for a sweet surprise.
- Order flowers online or gather a bouquet of flowers from your own back yard.
- Learn how to taste wine properly and enjoy a bottle or a flight together.
- Make a thoughtful gift with things you have around the house.
- Create a personal gift certificate with free Microsoft Word templates.
- Breakfast in bed is always a special treat.
4. Pull at their heartstrings with some guitar (or bass or violin) strings.
Make a playlist using Spotify (or another music service) to include all the songs that remind you of the other person. First dance, first date, first kiss—you get the idea. Any song that reminds you of your partner, or any song that expresses your feelings, is fair game.
If you prefer a music activity that you do together, attend an online show. Check out LiveNation’s Live From Home concerts, or look for your partner’s favorite musicians and bands on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitch to see if they’re having a live stream anytime soon, then plan the date. Take it up a notch by printing your custom-made show tickets and pre-ordering merchandise to wear during the concert.
Want to rack up extra points from your music-loving lover? Wrap up a pair of Bluetooth headphones as part of your gift.
5. Do an activity together.
- Visit a zoo. From penguins in Edinburgh to pandas playing at the Smithsonian, enjoy live zoo web cams.
- Tour a museum. See the world's most famous art and artifacts, up close and personal, from the comfort of your couch.
- See the sights. Go around the world in 15 minutes, as you explore some of its most beautiful landmarks.
- Go to a movie. Find a drive-in theater if there’s one open in your area so you can enjoy a movie on a big screen from the comfort of your car. You can even double-date and have your friends park their car next to yours to maintain physical distance.
- Stream a movie. Use Microsoft Edge to watch Netflix in 4K and enjoy great sound through Dolby Audio.
6. Celebrate milestone anniversaries.
You might normally celebrate your parents’ milestone anniversary with a big family get-together. This year, have the party on Skype and host up to 50 people on a video call. Here are some tips for holding the perfect event:
- Create a party schedule and assign one person on the call as the “event coordinator” to keep things flowing, propose activities, and initiate new conversation topics.
- Ask guests to record a video of themselves before the event to congratulate the couple (be sure to tell people to hold their phones either horizontally or vertically so all the videos are the same—which will make editing the videos a lot easier—and ask people to record less than one minute).
- Make a slideshow of photos of the couple by collecting photos from invitees before the party. Setup a free OneDrive shared folder and send the link for others to contribute. Do some sleuthing to find out what some of the couple’s favorite songs are and use them for the soundtrack.
7. Stay inspired.
We’re living in a moment that can test even the most optimistic and resilient among us, but it’s in times like this that the ingenuity of the human spirit shines through as evidenced by the following inspiring romantic stories. So look for inspiration all around you, and share what’s in your heart with the person you love.
- This man successfully asked his neighbor for a date via drone during quarantine: “I was just attracted to her energy.”
- A closed border can’t stop this elderly couple: “Love Is the Best Thing in the World.”
- They got married in the middle of the friendliest street in town and the neighbors all came to help.