Let’s be real: There are only so many movie nights on the couch before couples start getting bored.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, people have had to shelve adventurous date ideas, valuing safety over spontaneity. But according to dating experts, there are plenty of ways for couples to have a romantic summer that don’t involve endless Netflix nights.
It is possible to keep romance alive during difficult times. Here are 10 date ideas that couples can enjoy while following guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19:
Have a picnic by candlelight.
Catch a sunset or make it an early morning sunrise with mimosas and breakfast. If you and your boo are quarantining apart, order food from their favorite restaurant and have it show up on their doorstep. And have some sort of virtual date together.
Solve a puzzle.
Another simple date with deep meaning is a puzzle date. Order one of the biggest, most scary puzzles. You’re going to sit down, and you’re going to put your phones down, and you’re going to work on this puzzle together. Puzzle dates can be “extremely intimate and quiet.” Something subconscious starts to happen as you’re sitting there with each other, trying to figure out how the puzzle pieces fit together. You’re also working on how you fit together in life and in this relationship.
Enjoy music & drinks.
A dinner date may be more than you want to commit to, especially if having dinner together as a family is important to you. But you can still enjoy drinks together reminiscent of that cool lounge bar you used to go to.
Search online for some fun cocktail recipes you’ve always wanted to try and make a playlist together of some smooth and relaxing music. Then, turn the lights down low, put the music on, and kick back with your cocktail creations.
Get hot in the kitchen.
If cooking is your thing, here are a few other ways you can enjoy some couple time in the kitchen:
- Have a Cook-Off. Pick a recipe and see who can make it best. Then have fun trying each other’s creations.
- Do a Blind Taste Test. Choose some different foods – nothing too gross if you want to stay married – blindfold your spouse, and have them try to guess what they’re eating.
- Take an Online Cooking Class. If you’ve always wanted to learn to cook certain dishes, or you think it’s sexy to play with food together in the kitchen, try searching YouTube for cooking videos or try an online class platform.
Create a spa night.
A spa night or couples massage is a worthwhile indulgence, but it’s also an expensive one. When you’re short on funds and still want that relaxing spa feel, try creating one at home.
You can be as ambitious as you want with this and include one spa service or many. Some ideas include manicures, pedicures, massages, and a special bath with bubble bath, rose petals, or bath bombs.
Make your spa night extra special with spa food, such as strawberries, chocolates, and cucumber or fruit-infused water.
Light some candles, lay out fresh towels, and play some relaxing spa music. Then take turns giving each other spa services. Or, to really create some relaxing vibes, make your spa night a gift one of you gives to the other, as few want to be relaxed by a massage only to turn around and have to massage their partner. One of you can be the recipient this time, and next week, it can be the other’s turn.
Have an indoor campout.
Remember how fun blanket forts were when you were a kid? Here’s your chance to relive the experience. “Camp out” in your living room by creating a fort with pillows and blankets. You can even roast some s’mores and tell each other scary stories.
Tackle a DIY project.
Maybe there’s a piece of furniture you’ve wanted to repaint or a room in your home that could use a little refresh. Channel your favorite HGTV duo and take on a little home DIY that will give your space a nice makeover and help you both feel a sense of accomplishment.
Plant a garden.
Add some greenery to your home or yard by planting herbs or fruit-bearing plants. You’ll have fun getting your hands dirty and making your space feel more lush — plus, you’ll get to harvest your handiwork and you don’t have to buy berries or basil at the grocery store.
Go out in the backyard late at night and spread out a blanket. You don’t have to do much other than look up. The act of stargazing will remind you that what you’re going through day to day is small compared to the vastness of the universe.
Combine your stargazing with a picnic to give it a real date night feel without having to go further than your backyard.
Have a karaoke night.
My favorite date night itinerary is one that lets me channel my inner Christina Aguilera. Belting out your favorite tunes is a great way to de-stress, let loose, and have a flirty dance sesh with your partner. If you want to go all out, get a karaoke machine. Alternatively, there are a bunch of apps on the app store, like Sing! Karaoke and Smule, that let you choose from a wide selection of hit songs.
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