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5 Ideas for a Date Night at Home on a Budget

Posted by MoneyKey on August 11, 2019
date night at home

When you think of a date night, does your mind immediately jump to a night spent out on the town? Maybe that means dinner and a movie, going to a bar, or any number of other nighttime outings with your significant other. It may also mean the cost of a babysitter, pricey drinks, and a generally expensive night. When you’re living on a tight budget, you may not be able to drop $100 on a date night, but if you know how to plan a date night at home on a budget, you won’t have to! 

The key point here is that you should take some time out of your busy life to spend some quality time with your partner. Making the effort to do this lets the other one know that time spent with them is a priority and that you care about your relationship. This should give you the chance to reaffirm your connection and relax after a busy day.

Planning a date night at home can help you do all of this, and it may also help you fit this quality time with one another more seamlessly into your schedule. It can also help you cut costs on your date night.

Here are five creative date night ideas for your date night in.

1. Have a romantic dinner date night at home

Going out for a nice dinner at a restaurant is a tried and true date night idea, but it typically isn’t cheap. In addition to the cost of food and drinks, you may also have to worry about paying for a babysitter and transportation to and from the restaurant if you plan on having a few drinks. But there are ways to enjoy a restaurant atmosphere without actually going to one. Sometimes, a romantic dinner at home is just as special as going to a restaurant.

make dinner for your date night at home

Here are some things you can do to set the mood for your dinner date night at home:

  • Play some soothing music in the background.
  • Use your best dishes, silverware, tablecloth, and light some candles.
  • Plan the menu around your comfort level in the kitchen. If you’re an avid chef, feel free to make something that’s a little more intricate. But if you’re a novice in the kitchen, look up some easy romantic meals that are better suited to your skill level.
  • Don’t skip dessert! Pick something special up from a bakery or make something yourself.

2. Enjoy some music and cocktails for your date night at home

You may want to have a date night at home but don’t have the time to plan and execute an entire meal. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have some drinks and recreate the vibe you get at a nice bar.

Do some research online and find some cocktail recipes that you’d like to try out together. And you don’t have to be a bartending expert to make a fun drink! Find some recipes that are easy to make if you’re a beginner.

Next, put together a playlist of songs that you both find relaxing and put a romantic twist on it if you’d like. Dim the lights, start your playlists, sit back with your drinks, and enjoy each other’s company.

3. Focus on dessert for your date night at home

focus on dessert for your date night at home

Once more, if you don’t want to put together an entire dinner menu, you could focus on just one component: dessert. If you’re not an avid baker, you can stop by at pastry shop and pick up something a little more elaborate than you’d normally get. This way, you’ll still have something special to share with your partner for your date night in, but you won’t have to pay for entrees. Whatever you end up doing, make sure to go all out because this will be the focal point of your date night at home.

4. Have a wine and cheese night

If you and your partner both love wine and cheese, putting together a wine and cheese tasting can be a great idea for your date night at home. Pull out a few bottles that you’ve been saving and pair them with some fancy cheese, or even some decadent chocolate.

If you don’t have any wine lying around the house, go grab a few bottles that you haven’t had before. And don’t forget to pick up the cheese (and chocolate if you want to kick things up a notch). Try to buy a good variety of everything so you can actually experience different tastes and pairings for your tasting.

To make things a little fancier, you can add a little romance to the atmosphere by laying out a nice tablecloth, lighting some candles, and laying out your cheese and chocolate on a board.

Here are some other tips you might want to keep in mind:

  • If you don’t know much about pairing cheese with wine, speak to someone at the wine and/or cheese store.
  • Work your way from dry to sweet wines.
  • Cleanse your palate between tastings with pretzels or water so you get the full taste of the next pairing.

5. Have a spa night at home

Going out to a fancy spa or couple’s massage can be a relaxing and romantic time, but it rarely comes cheap. If money is tight but you still want a relaxing spa experience, you may be able to put together a spa experience at your own home.

The great thing is that you can make this date night at home your own. If you want to go all out, you can include things like massages, manicures, facials, pedicures, and a special bubble bath. If you don’t have the time or resources to cram all those things in, you can mix and match your favorites.

put together a spa day for your date night at home

Add a special touch to your at-home spa experience by getting things like chocolate, sparkling wine, strawberries, or some special fruit-infused water.

Put out some warm towels, put on a relaxing playlist, and light some candles. Then, you and your partner can exchange spa services. Maybe you give the other a massage with some soothing oils, and then they give you a nice foot bath and massage.

If you’ve got an anniversary coming up, take care of all of the spa services on your own and give them the gift of an at-home spa day. If they want to reciprocate, have them do the same for you the next week.

Don’t let a tight budget stop you from having a date night at home

The important thing to remember when you’re planning any sort of date is that the goal is to spend quality time with your significant other. It doesn’t matter how much money you spend, as long as you have the opportunity to relax, connect, and enjoy each other’s company.

Getting out of the house for a date night can be great, especially if you’re parents who want a break from your household, but you can also have just as good of a time on a date night at home without spending the same amount of money. Focus on each other, and no matter what you end up doing, just remember that the important thing is to connect with someone special to you.


Disclaimer: This article provides general information only and does not constitute financial, legal or other professional advice. For full details, see MoneyKey's Terms of Use.

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