Date Night Series: 10 Ideas for a Fun Night at Home
You don’t have to cancel date night just because you want or need to stay home. With a little planning and creative thinking, you can create a memorable, home-based experience sure to help you connect with someone new or remind you why you fell in love with your partner. This list of 10 senior date night ideas will help you start planning the perfect evening.
1. Learn a New Dance
Even if dancing isn’t within your typical comfort zone, learning something together can be a fantastic opportunity to bond in a new way. You can find video tutorials on YouTube or DVD for any dance style you can imagine, or sign up for online lessons taught by the pros.
Don’t forget to plan. Download music that matches your chosen dance so you can practice all evening.
2. Create Art Together
Hold your own step-by-step couples painting session at home. Buy a DIY painting party kit online that includes everything you’ll need to create a memorable, artful evening. Set the mood with a wine and cheese plate and relaxing music, then let your creativity flow.
Other art-focused senior date ideas include building a family scrapbook or creating a mural on a wall in your house.
3. Watch a Documentary or TED Talk and Discuss Your Thoughts
Do you share an interest in a particular subject or want to learn about something totally new? Documentaries and TED Talks are an easy way to bring the lecture experience into your home, from the comfort of your couch.
Not sure where to start? Check out this list of the best documentaries of all time. You should be able to find many of these on Netflix and other online streaming services. For lecture-style presentations, consider the popular TED Talk series. Now featuring talks from around the world, this resource has grown exponentially over the past few years. You can find TED talks on almost any subject imaginable.
Be sure to leave time for discussion afterward!
4. Hold a Book Club for Two
Take turns reading a book and schedule a private book club for two. You might be surprised to find that you and your partner have completely different views about the reading.
If you enjoy this experience, consider creating a monthly book club date so you can explore new genres and authors. Oprah’s Book Club is an excellent resource for finding books sure to inspire discussion.
5. Take an Online Cooking Class
There’s no need to venture out of the house for a gourmet cooking course. You can find online classes for virtually any cuisine or dish. Live classes allow you to work alongside the instructor in real-time, or you can opt for pre-recorded lessons you can complete any time you’d like.
It can be fun and romantic to work together on a home-cooked meal in your cozy kitchen. You’ll need to work as a team and encourage one another as you learn new techniques. Best of all, you’ll get to sample your creations at the end.
Be sure to read ahead so you have all the ingredients and tools you’ll need – and maybe jot down the number for a local pizza place, just in case!
6. Dress Up for Fine Dining
If you’d rather leave the cooking to the experts, you can arrange to pick up a gourmet meal from a favorite restaurant and create your own fine dining experience. If you don’t have a good option nearby, you can find quality steaks and prepared side dishes online and have them delivered right to your doorstep.
But don’t just get the food, go all out. Dust off your formalwear and dress to impress. Set up your dining room table or outdoor patio table with your best dishes, a nice candle and a favorite bottle of wine or champagne. Enjoy a leisurely meal while you reconnect and leave the dishes for tomorrow!
7. Have a Chocolate, Wine or Cheese Tasting
Spend some time researching a few new varieties of chocolate, wine or cheese (or all three) and hold your own mini tasting. Print off tasting cards so you can record your impressions. You’ll be well prepared when it’s time to make food and drink choices for your next gathering.
Branch out into flavor profiles that are common in different regions of the country or from somewhere in the world that you haven’t explored before. Discovering a new treat together is a fulfilling way to enjoy one another’s company. These tips can help you plan for a private wine tasting at home.
8. Visit a World Famous Museum from Home
You don’t have to be a jet setter to take in some of the world’s most treasured museums. Many have created extensive video tours that walk you through the entire facility. Some are even interactive so you can dive into exhibits more extensively.
Unlike actual traveling, you won’t have to overcome jet lag or dodge swarms of tourists. Plus, you can instantly hop between far-flung spots like the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
9. Take in an Opera or Broadway Show in Your Pajamas
A big part of attending an opera or Broadway show is getting dressed up and having a night on the town. It’s a whole different experience when you can slip into some comfy pajamas, make some popcorn and settle in with your favorite person. You might notice aspects of the performances you haven’t before and you’ll be able to view the actors and singers much closer than you could from any seat in the theater.
Broadway HD streams hundreds of Broadway hits and obscure short runs, too. For opera, check out Met Opera Online, where you can watch dozens of classics and modern shows performed by world-famous musicians.
10. Have a Karaoke Night
When it comes to karaoke, it’s all about fun. You don’t need to be an accomplished singer, or even a mediocre singer, to sing your favorites with gusto. Best of all, when it’s just you and your significant other, you’ll feel more comfortable than you might in a bar among strangers.
You can invest in a karaoke system or keep things simple. You can find karaoke songs in the same format as in a karaoke bar on YouTube. Or, cue up music videos with on-screen lyrics. Take turns or sing together. If you’re feeling brave, take a few videos of your performances to enjoy later.
Keep the Focus on Fun and Togetherness
Whether you keep things simple or choose one of the more elaborate indoor date ideas for couples, the only required part of any date night is that you enjoy time together. Enjoy your night in!
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