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Home is Where the Heart is - 13 of the Best Indoor Date Ideas

Date night is a tried-and-true tradition across the world that is credited with keeping the spark alive in relationships. After all, what could be better than getting to spend quality time with the one you love? However, sometimes it can be tricky to come up with romantic date ideas you haven’t done before. Whether money’s a little tight or you just don’t feel like stepping out, the home date night era is a great alternative to more traditional nights on the town. Trust us — there is so much fun (and romance) to be had between your own four walls! If you’ve been searching for cute date ideas that don’t require leaving the house, you’re in luck. From scavenger hunts to spa nights and even karaoke, check out our list of super-cute home date night ideas to get inspired.

1. Say it with food

The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach — so going for a foodie theme always makes for a delicious and fun date. It can be as simple as creating a romantic candlelit dinner at home, where you each prepare a different course or attempt to replicate your favorite restaurant dish. You can even change things up by opting for something unconventional like brinner (breakfast for dinner). Exploring new cuisines by ordering in or experimenting with a virtual cooking class can turn into a unique and fun date.

2. Host your own movie night

When it comes to romantic date ideas, the movie night and snacks combo is hard to beat. You can snuggle up on the couch with plush blankets and your favorite treats to create the ultimate home theater experience. If you have the space, you can even look into setting up a projector — this brings the big-screen vibe right into your living room. Do a double feature and pick a movie each to keep things equal.

3. Get arty with a virtual museum tour

The pandemic certainly didn’t have many upsides, but one positive thing was art galleries and museums bringing their collections online. From the Vatican to the Guggenheim, lauded arts and culture institutions from around the world now offer fully virtual experiences — many of them free. You can hit up several different spots in one sitting or take extra time to linger on and critique some of the most famous art on the planet.

4. Pamper yourselves with an at-home spa experience

As adults, self-care time can often fall into the “too-hard basket.” A great way to get some pamper time is to create your own at-home spa for you and your partner. A long, hot bath or extra-steamy shower can start things off, then go to town with all the indulgent extras like face masks, foot scrubs, and massages.

5. Unleash your inner songbird with karaoke

Few things are as fun (or terror-inducing, depending on your personality) as taking to the stage and busting out your favorite songs. If you and your partner love your music and singing, an at-home karaoke bar is right up your alley. You can go all-out with a karaoke machine or lean into the DIY vibe by looking up karaoke lyric videos on YouTube. The best part? You don’t have to wait your turn like you would at a bar — the floor is yours the whole night!

6. Channel Picasso with some paint-and-sip action

Paint-and-sip studios are having a real moment, so why not create this cute activity at home? You can grab a paint-by-numbers kit, a home painting kit, or just some supplies from your local art store to go nuts with. Pick up a couple of bottles of your favorite drinks, pop on some fun music, and you’ve got everything you need for a low-key and creative date night.

7. Do some cozy stargazing

There’s a reason “gazing up at the night sky” is a theme in so many love songs — it’s such a beautiful, romantic activity! If you have a yard or outdoor area in your home, you can set up your own little cozy stargazing hub. Load up a spot on the ground with soft pillows and snuggly blankets to cuddle up with, then lay back, relax, and marvel at the miracle of nature. Bonus points if you plan this date around some kind of astrological event like an eclipse or meteor shower.

8. Create a nostalgia-filled time capsule

Want to add some emotional depth to your indoor date? Creating your own time capsule is the perfect activity if you and your partner are sentimental types. This thoughtful and creative date idea is the ideal vehicle for reminiscing on shared memories and experiences. All you need is a vessel (a box or container will do) and some gorgeous keepsakes to fill it with — letters, photos, ticket stubs, dried flowers, or mementos from a wedding or anniversary all fit the bill.

9. Build a blanket fort

Creative date ideas don’t come cuter than this — why not engage your inner child and build the greatest blanket fort the world has ever seen? Now that you’re a grown-up with access to blankets of all different sizes, big pillows, and your own couch, you can create a pretty epic fort set-up — and this time, you don’t have to ask Mom and Dad for permission. We’ve even got our own guide to building the perfect blanket fort, including all the extras you need to make it magical.

10. Play board games to ignite that competition

Did someone say game night? Whether you flex your brain with some Scrabble, strategize with Monopoly, or even get physical with Twister, board games are a failsafe way to have fun indoors. You can opt for nostalgic vibes and stick to the classics or branch out and try a brand-new game — either way, it’s a fantastic low-cost date activity. Of course, incorporating board games into your date night at home can add a dash of friendly competition. It's also an entertaining and classic date idea for spending quality time together.

11. Make cute crafts together

Time to bust out the hot glue gun – it’s time to tackle a DIY project! There are so many different arts and crafts you can try depending on your skill levels and budget — it could be something as simple as decorating a letter board or as intricate as making mosaic lamps. There’s loads of inspiration on Pinterest for arts and crafts for couples, so you’re bound to find something that suits your style.

12. Set up a romantic scavenger hunt

Looking for fun date ideas with an element of surprise and thrill? Create the ultimate indoor scavenger hunt that takes your partner on a wild goose chase. You can write clues based on your own love story to lead your boo to different areas of the house, then finish off with a cute couple gift to enjoy together.

13. Shake it up with some cocktail-making

Mixing, muddling, shaking, stirring — hosting a cocktail-making session at home is the ultimate lively and romantic date idea. Creating lovely libations allows you to experiment with flavors and enjoy delicious drinks together. After you’ve tackled the classics like margaritas and martinis, why not craft your own personalized signature cocktail together? This home date night idea also doubles as a relatively cheap date — being your own mixologist is much more affordable than hitting the bars!

Stay true to your love language

We hope you’ve found some fun date ideas that ignited your spark for a creative date night at home! The most important aspect of any date night is spending quality time with your partner and engaging in some meaningful conversation. No matter which activity you choose, don’t forget to simply enjoy each other’s company. Happy date night, lovers!

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