Dating from the Couch: Fun Date Night Ideas You Can Do in Your Sweatpants


A couple cuddling on the couch.If you are anything like my husband and I, date night is rare. And when we do get out, it is quite a momentous occasion. Let’s face it: date night can get pretty pricey. Luckily, there are tons of alternatives for sharing a romantic evening with your significant other at home.

When my husband and I were starting out, we were broke (as many couples are). Consequently, we pinched many pennies and dated from the couch as often as possible. Of course, after having a baby, it’s just way more convenient for us to enjoy a romantic evening from the comfort of our couch.

Whether you are putting the kids to bed early or dropping them at Grandma’s house, in-home dates can be the most fun and memorable date nights. Pants optional. 

Dinner for Two

It is always a great idea to cook a romantic dinner for yourself and your significant other. But it’s so much more fun to do it together. If it’s a warmer night, plan a picnic in the backyard. Blindfold your partner, and have a taste test. You can even challenge each other by having a “Chopped” style cook-off. May the best dish win!

Movie Night

Creating an in-home theater can be fun whether your flick is on demand, Netflix, or a DVD. Turn the lights off, make some popcorn, and cuddle up. You get the perks of the movie theater without the armrest in between you when you snuggle. Just remember if the kids are sleeping to keep the volume low.

Spa Date

Who doesn’t love a spa day? Why not make it at home? Turn your home into a spa and unwind from the week. Pull out your favorite massage lotions or oils, and give each other a sensual massage. Light the candles and take a romantic bubble bath together. Don’t forget the sweet, decadent goodies to make the night that much “sweeter.” Pamper each other and enjoy every relaxing second.

Dance Party

Need I say more? If the kids are out of the house, even better! Put on your favorite Pandora station, dim the lights, and pour yourselves another drink every time the station takes a commercial break.

Painting with a Twist

My husband and I are both a fan of the arts. Painting has always been a hobby of mine, and I love it when my husband adds his own touch to whatever I am making. Why not get some canvases and paint? You can make paired paintings with each other and add a special touch to your living room. Things can get a little more interesting when you add a glass of wine or two.

Game On

There are many games for two players, so why not challenge each other? Try Monopoly, Scrabble, cards, video games, or my favorite, Backgammon. Get a little saucy and play a drinking game. Liven up the pot and play strip poker. Better yet, add the rule to any game that the loser has to remove an article of clothing for each round played. You will see your husband play Yahtzee like his life depended on it. There’s nothing like some friendly competition to light up the night. The winner takes all, and the loser does the dishes!

Create a Theme Night

Throwing a themed party can be fun for many people or just the two of you. This has to be one of my favorite things to do. Throw on those 80s outfits hidden in the closet (I know you have them) and watch a marathon of John Hughes movies. Or, have a Mexican night. Make some tacos, drink margaritas, and wear your favorite sombrero. Embrace any decade or culture, and enjoy a great in-home date night. Don’t forget that every theme can be paired with a boozy treat to make the night much more enjoyable. And the best part? No one has to drive.

What’s your favorite way to “date from the couch?”

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A Westchester native, Rachel is a lover of all things DIY, food, and Harry Potter. After graduating from Mercy College with a Masters in Education, she moved to Orlando in 2012 to teach, only to find there is no place like home. Rachel is the wife to one amazing Chef, Lucas, mommy to 2 beautiful baby girls, Lana and Harper, and a very handsome fur baby, Levi. Rachel is excited to raise her kids where she grew up and continue the traditions she was raised with, especially going to Yankee games in the summer. When she is not juggling family and teaching, you can find her exploring all Westchester has to offer.


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