We've gotten a lot miles out of the old Netflix and chill over the past nine months. We've got nothing against a good binge but let's be honest, it's time to shake things up. Luckily, you don't technically need to leave home to have a fun—maybe even spicy—date night. Here's TK at home date ideas guaranteed to keep things interesting.
1. The Two Course Tango
Apps and desserts are our favorite bites, always—seriously, why eat anything else? The two-course tango involves two rooms, and two courses. One of you tackles apps and cocktails, one of you tackles dessert and aperitifs. Keep your menu as secret as possible! Whether you go full-on steak tartare and sundae bar, or stick to Totino’s and Oreos, make your spread lavish and treat your partner to all their faves in your category.
2. Prom Night
Whether you peaked as prom queen or skipped the party altogether, create a DIY do-over in your living room. Black tie not optional, balloons recommended, and no chaperones necessary. “Crazy In Love” better be on that 2000s hits list you craft, or, get the hairspray out, and make it an ‘80s theme. Now that you're of age, a spiked punchbowl can elevate your cheers to this year’s prom QuaranQueen (hint: it’s you).
3. HGTV Live
Tackle a not-so-extreme home makeover together. Turn your dresser into a bright accent piece, wallpaper your closet door, or build a new cozy bench with an Ikea hack.
4. Take a virtual trip
Traveling is a no-go, but you can bring the world to you with these foreign films and foods. For a “trip” to Korea, rent Train to Busan and then check out the guide to the best Korean takeout in every state from Goghism. Or you can explore Hungary with 2017’s quirky and romantic On Body and Soul, which is about two coworkers turning their dreams into reality. You’re the chef du cuisine with Julia, a private Budapest tour guide who made her culinary experiences virtual. Your cost is credit toward a future tour with her someday. A dream come true!
5. Rewrite the stars
Whether you’re an astrology junkie or you think the cosmos is bogus, you’ll want to review The Pattern’s compatibility report for romance or friendship. Discuss together if there’s some truth in your star signs by exploring your shared chart. You can see if you’d be better off with your celeb crush too, based on birth times and locations.
6. Critics' choice
Pick your favorite cuisine, research your city’s top three takeout options, and order them all. Tally up your reviews on flavor, texture, presentation, and ordering experience. Formally declare a household winner—trophies encouraged. Happy bellies and full hearts guaranteed.
7. Make a move
From Puerto Rican Salsa to Colombian Cumbia to Argentine Tango, AirBnB Experiences brings global dance experts to your living room for an online dance lesson you’ll never forget. Grab your partner and those dancing shoes. There’s Bhangra, twerking, and wheelchair dance too—something for every style.
8. Takeout roulette
Invite your double date partners to a virtual date with a twist. Set a time for delivery, a budget, and schedule your favorite local dishes to land on their doorstep (have them do the same for you and your partner). Hop on Zoom and see some friendly faces while supporting your go-to neighborhood spots.
9. Try acroyoga
Acroyoga will make you feel like you’re flying. With options for all flexibility levels, the partnered practice stretches the mind, tests your trust, and builds your strength as a team. Find a safe local studio or virtual course to flow and fly together.
16. Make a bed picnic
Padma Lakshmi made her dreamy date idea famous in this 2009 interview.The Top Chef host makes a pot of tea and a couple cute sammies, dons her snazziest PJs, and enjoys this delicate feast right on top of crisp sheets. For messy eaters, we suggest planning for this one right before laundry day.
17. Spend some time solo
Have intentional solo date nights—aka dedicated you time—in parallel. Especially in close quarters with only each other, it’s extra important to carve out space to do that thing you love that your partner has zero interest in. Time for making your macrame while they bake cookies? An hour to binge Blown Away while they read sci-fi on the couch? Choose time apart, so you have something new and your own to discuss at pillowtalk.