Just because you might be spending more time with your partner in close quarters, it doesn’t mean that the romance has to take a back seat. You don't need a special occasion to plan a memorable evening in for two. If overthinking's got you down, fret not. Channel your inner romantic with five date night recipes guaranteed to turn up the heat – without leaving the comfort of home.
Shake Up Movie Night
This is not your typical Netflix and Chill night – especially if that’s what you do most evenings. Up the ante and make date night special. Cozy up in layers of love – matching robes and a throw big enough for two – order in takeout from your better half’s favorite restaurant and come prepared with movie you both haven’t seen.
Embrace Your Competitive Side
Relationships are about sacrifice, compromise and unwavering support – until it comes to game night. Embrace your competitive side and plan a game night for the books. Game night makes for the perfect opportunity to show off your wit, humor and champion pedigree while admiring those same qualities in your partner. So set up your favorite snacks, decant that wine you’ve been saving for something special (what exactly have you been waiting for?) and ready, set, split!
Turn Your Kitchen into a World-Class Restaurant
When was the last time you made dinner? Like really made dinner? We’re talking tablecloths, linen napkins, candles and courses. Go the extra mile and finally try that new Alison Roman recipe you’ve had saved, dust off those custard cups and make it a special night in, cooking together. For those looking for something a little more adventurous, plan a Chopped challenge at home (select mystery ingredients for the other and each prepare a different course) or attempt a Great British Bake Off (two takes on a classic English dessert). Either way, enjoy the company of the one you love most over the thing we all lost most, food.
Make Self Care a Priority
Even in the best relationships, a little R&R is necessary for your health and happiness as a couple. We’re in the golden age of self care – streaming yoga classes, crystals, and wellness apps at our fingertips – so embrace it. Having a few masks and essential oils on hand is a great way to keep the good vibes and relaxation going into the night.
Did Someone Say Theme Night?
Bring the vacation vibes to your home with a destination theme night. If Europe is on the docket, serve a french wine with Italian-inspired charcuterie board and Belgium chocolates. DIY sushi and sake pair transport you straight to Japan. Maybe it’s time to envision your life on the beach while sipping a spicy margarita from the the couch. The difference is in the details – let your imagination run wild, together!