At-home date nights: 5 Ways to have a romantic night at home

You don’t need to spend a fortune on an expensive night out when you can create a romantic, intimate date night in the comfort of your own home. We’ve got scenarios for you to set the mood for the perfect date, under your own roof!

couple in bath tub with wine glasses


If you have a garden, courtyard or balcony, then this is the time to put it to good use! Get a handful of candles, turn off all other lighting, and enjoy dinner with your love by candlelight. You can either make a delicious meal or order your favourite takeaway treat. Put on some soft, romantic music and crack open a bottle of wine, then settle in to chat and enjoy each other’s company.

Make sure all boring topics are off limits — this means anything to do with the kids, work, finances, household chores or anything else to do with managing the home — and have a delectable dessert ready to go too!

Extra tip: have a slow dance together. You’re in the privacy of your own home so no one will see you, and it’s the perfect way to kick off your romantic evening!


Fill the tub, throw in some scented bath bombs and climb in together! Pop a bottle of something sweet and fizzy and turn on some relaxing music before you soak in the suds. For extra oomph, burn an essential oil, and be sure to have fresh fluffy towels on hand for when you dry each other off.


Get all of the ingredients for a tasty picnic and set it up in the middle of your lounge room. From cheese and crackers to pasta salad, bread rolls and Tim Tams, get ready to indulge in an ultimate food-fest!

Set up a rug, spread out your feast and enjoy spending some quality time together. You could follow it up with a movie that you both love! Honestly, who can go past a movie marathon?! Cheesy 80s romance movies provide the perfect backdrop for a night in with your partner.

Cocktail evening

Search the internet for your favourite cocktail recipes and buy the ingredients you need to make them at home. In preparation for the evening, both of you can spend a little time pampering yourself and dressing up. Then, turn the lights down and transform your living room into your own nightclub!

Game night

Game nights are no longer the exclusive domain of groups of friends! Pick some fun (not-too-competitive!) board games and bottle of your favourite wine, and settle in with some snacks for extra good times. For a couple of romantic and fun suggestions, may we suggest rude word Scrabble, strip poker, or naked Twister.

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