As a couple, it’s important to spend quality time together because it can help you strengthen your relationship and may help with communication. You may be craving some fun date night ideas but need them to be budget-friendly as you work on your financial goals!
Some may find it difficult to stick with a budget while dating because the average date costs roughly $100; this equals to two dinners, a bottle of wine, and movie tickets—ouch! However, you can have a fabulous date night even on a budget. These at-home date night ideas will help you do just that!
37 Fun Date Night Ideas
Below are some fun at-home date night ideas for you to try out that don't involve blowing your budget as a couple!
1. Plan a board game night
You can double date or have an evening alone, playing some of your favorite board games. For example, you can break out your childhood favorites such as Monopoly, Candyland, or Charades, or try something new like creating memes or a drawing game. A board game night is one of the many fun at-home date night ideas because it's entertaining and it's budget savvy.
2. Have a movie night or series marathon
One of the simplest yet romantic at-home date night ideas is a movie night or a series marathon. Even if you slashed cable to save money, you probably are subscribed to one of the popular streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, or Roku. You can binge-watch new television series or put on one of your favorite movies. Put on a good show or movie, pop some popcorn, and get to snuggling.
3. Cook a meal together
Cooking a meal together is one of the most fun & romantic at-home date night ideas. You can browse Pinterest for recipes, pick something out of an old cookbook, or watch a cooking show. You can even create your monthly meal plan and bulk cook together. Once your fabulous meal is done, set the table, light some candles, and sit down to enjoy your homemade meal together.
4. Have a spa date
One of the most relaxing & fun at-home date night ideas is a spa date. Set the scene with tranquil music, scented candles, and slip into a comfy robe. You can start with pedicures and move on to a nice massage. This date may even call for a nap afterward or early bedtime because you will be so relaxed.
5. Dance the night away
When’s the last time you and your partner danced together? You don’t have to hit a dance club to cut a rug! Dancing with your partner is not only fun; it increases your intimate connection because you are physically connecting. Put on some good music, grab your partner, and dance away.
6. Have a paint night
It doesn’t matter if you’re a natural-born Picasso or not because painting with your partner is wonderful. You can get paint supplies and canvases at stores such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby on sale. Set up a paint station inside or outside and spend some quality time together while creating a fun painting.
7. Have a Fondue Party
A fondue party is one of the most delicious at-home date night ideas you will have. Fondue cooking is when the heat source is placed directly below the pot to melt the foods to dip into. You can pick up an inexpensive fondue pot for around $30 at Wal-mart. Grab some yummy cheeses or savory chocolate to melt for a romantic date night.
8. Camp out in the backyard or the living room
Depending on the season, you can have a fantastic camping trip right in your backyard. If you’re not in the mood to camp outdoors, you can camp out in your living room. Maybe you have an air mattress, or you can pull out a mattress and set up a big fluffy spot in the living room to camp out in comfort.
9. Have a bonfire
A romantic way to cozy up to your partner is a warm bonfire in the backyard or inside next to your fireplace. You can pair it with a good book and read to each other or simply enjoy some nice conversation. Grab some graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows and make some yummy s'mores for the best bonfire date night.
10. Have a cheese & wine party
A wine & cheese party is one of the most popular at-home date night ideas. You can get a cheese sampler from the store or cut up some of your favorite cheeses and make your own platter. Pair your cheese with a delectable bottle of wine. You can buy a couple of bottles of wine and even have your own wine tasting party.
11. Look through old pictures
It’s so much fun looking at old pictures of the time you spent together. You can even break out your old family pictures and share stories of your childhood you may not have remembered before. Take a walk down memory lane together on your next date night.
12. Do a craft together
There are a million craft ideas on Pinterest to choose from. You can try making custom mugs for each other or rock painting together. Crafting has limitless possibilities for fun date night ideas to do with your partner.
13. Make a bucket list together
You don’t have to wait until you retire to start your bucket list. Making a bucket list together can be exhilarating because you’re planning on the fun part of your future. You can plan on starting a vacation fund to achieve it. Make it even more fun by making a bucket list vision board. Cut out pictures of all the places and things you want to do and put them on a board so you can see it every day.
14. Cuddle to your favorite tunes
Sometimes you just need a good cuddle session with your partner. Slip into some comfy clothes, light some candles, and put on your favorite tunes, and get in some cherished cuddle time.
15. Bake a dessert together
As if you needed another reason to bake a delicious dessert. This is one of the most favorite fun date night ideas that is romantic and yummy. You can whip up your favorite dessert or try making something new. Get a savory dessert recipe from Pinterest and enjoy the sweets.
16. Color or Draw
Break out the ol’ Crayola crayons and have a fun coloring session together. You can choose classic coloring books to bring out your childish side or get an adult coloring book. You can even learn how to draw together thanks to tons of videos on YouTube.
17. Take a bubble bath together
Add some bubbly romance to your date night and take a soothing bubble bath together. Light some candles, put on some soothing music, and enjoy.
18. Have a yoga session
Roll out the yoga mats and have a sensual yoga session together. You can find a video on YouTube or find yoga workouts online. You get in your daily workout while having a fun date night too.
19. Plant a herb garden
One of the most therapeutic at-home date night ideas is to plant a herb garden. Indoor herb gardens are becoming quite popular, and you can grow herbs such as basil, oregano, mint, and more inside your kitchen. Not only will you have a quality date night, but you will also have a beautiful garden to remember your special evening together.
20. Gaze at the stars
Stargazing is mesmerizing and romantic. You don’t have to have a telescope to enjoy the sparkling beauty of the night sky together. Get a blanket or comfy lawn chairs and gaze at the shimmering stars.
21. Make homemade wine or beer
Make your wine or beer and drink it too! Making your own wine or beer is a blast. Rather than going to a brewery, you can create your own homebrew on your next date night.
22. Play a drinking game
Head back to your glory days of college and play a drinking game together. Think beer pong, drunk Jenga, or never have I ever. Be sure to eat with this idea because the drinks may sneak up on you while you’re playing.
23. Have a theme night
This sounds like one of the most fun at-home date night ideas to have. A theme night is where you pick a theme and surround your entire date night with it. For instance, if you have an Italian theme you eat Italian food like pizza or pasta, listen to Italian music, etc. This will add fun and culture to your next date night!
24. Reminisce about the night you met
Remember how your stomach had butterflies on your first date or the first time you met? Reminisce about the first night you met and spark up those flames again.
25. Make a photo album or scrapbook
How many boxes of pictures are stuffed away in the closet? Have a fun date night making a photo album or scrapbook and putting all your beloved memories in it.
26. Watch home videos
How long has it been since you watched your wedding video or a treasured vacation you took together? Make an appetizer, grab a glass of wine, and cuddle as you watch your old memories.
27. Make a zen garden
Why not make something you can enjoy on future date nights? A zen garden can be a quant space in your backyard or front yard to sit in and have some quality time. You can also make a mini indoor zen garden to enjoy inside.
28. Learn a new language
Learning a new language can lead to more fun date nights together. You can learn from apps such as Duolingo or Memrise. Make it fun by talking to each other randomly in a new language too.
29. Redecorate a room
Have you meant to switch up your decor but don’t feel like you have the time? You can make it a fun date night idea and redecorate a room together. Maybe start with your bedroom and make it more zen or romantic for future date nights.
30. Paint each other’s face
Painting each other’s faces is one of the more unique and fun date night ideas. You can get face painting kits without spending too much money and have an epic date night.
31. Take a virtual class
Is there something you both have wanted to learn but haven’t taken the time or have the money to do it? You can take free online classes at Michaels! YouTube is another great option for virtual learning, or you can find some inexpensive classes online too. What about one of our 30+ completely free finance courses?
32. Go for a bicycle ride or walk
Get some fresh air and spend some quality time together biking around your neighborhood. Or you can go for a relaxing walk while holding hands because it’s the simple things that mean the most.
33. Have a treasure hunt
Pick random items and hide them for an ultimate treasure hunt. You can leave clues to make it more interesting and do this outdoors or inside. Sometimes it's fun to be big kid!
34. Make a date night jar
One of the most awesome at-home date night ideas is to make a date night jar! You can use a mason jar or container and decorate it, then write down all these fabulous fun date night ideas and put them in the jar. Each week you will draw out a note with your date night idea.
35. Get a dollar menu dinner
If you don’t feel like cooking but are trying to stick with your budget, have a dollar menu take-out dinner! You can get a sack full of yummy burgers or mix-and-match for a budget-friendly dinner to go.
36. Declutter together
You can have a fun date night and be productive too! Maybe you’ve been meaning to declutter your home but haven’t taken the time to do it. You can turn your date night into a decluttering challenge and get your home tidy while spending time together.
37. Plan your joint financial goals
Since you’re trying to stay on a budget, you can also use your date night to plan your financial goals. You can plan for short-term and long-term goals together. Having financial goals can help you visualize and achieve them faster. You can take our free financial courses together too!
Leverage these fun at-home date night ideas!
Our epic list of at-home date night ideas shows that couples on a budget can have fun date nights without spending a bundle of money. You can stay on course to achieve financial success together while spending quality time together. Try a couple or all of the ideas on this list. You'll build an amazing relationship and save some money while you are at it!