Date night isn't quite the same as it used to be. We can't get dressed up and go out for dinner; we can't escape reality for a couple of hours in the cinema or meet up with friends for cocktails. Needless to say we all still need and crave that one on one time where the washing, cleaning or food shopping are forbidden topics!
I ‘met’ my boyfriend during lockdown number one, therefore what we would consider ’normal’ dating has been a rare occasion for us that doesn’t mean to say it’s non existent. We quickly moved in together, knowing that it would be more fun to go through this whole lockdown process together, and since then have been experimenting with different date nights that are lockdown friendly!
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon I thought I'd share some date night ideas some of which we’ve are tried and tested...
1. Car cinema
Put your backseats down and layer the space with pillows and blankets.
Download your favourite film or one you haven't seen before onto your ipad/tablet/laptop.
Pick up all the snacks I'm talking popcorn, chocolate, crisps or even go all out and get a takeaway
Drive to a viewpoint or stay on the drive - Climb into the back seat and cuddle up and press play
We got this idea from seeing people on TiK ToK do it and I loved every second of it! Escaping the house but still in my pyjamas watching a cheesy romcom (our choice was 'The Proposal') cuddled up under the stars.
2. Dinner Date
Whilst we can't go out for dinners & drinks there are still so many ways you can make it fun and feel a little more special than your everyday meal.
Dress up for each other and cook a three course meal
Themed night (Decorations, Costumes, Props) Mexican, American, Italian
Home Meal Kits; Lockdown has seen so many restaurants turn to DIY home kits there are so many different ones to go for whether that be nationwide restaurants or your favourite local dining spot.
Indoor picnic; Grab an old wooden crate or even cardboard box add a tablecloth and some flowers and you’re good to go (Pinterest is great for inspo)
3. Wine Tasting/Cocktail Making
Granted alcohol can be expensive but why not choose 2/3 of your favourite cocktails with the same spirit base and have a cocktail night, or each choose 3 bottles of wine, 1 red, 1 white and 1 rosé and you soon have 6 bottles to taste.
You could always turn this into a group date night on zoom one couple buys white, one red, and one rosé drop them off at each other’s house (providing COVID allows it) and you have yourself a zoom wine tasting night all you need is nibbles to go with it!
4. Games Night
I don’t care what anyone says everyone secretly loves games night! Whether you choose video games, board games, drinking games or you go old school and love a jigsaw sometimes the only thing we need is to put our phones down and let our competitive side come out! And for those of us who like a little heat there’s always strip poker...
Throw in some boujiee snacks (We went for Jigsaws and S’mores) and you’re set for the night but remember it’s only a game and you want to finish date night laughing not arguing who came first or who is the worst loser!
Lockdown doesn’t mean date night has to be boring we just have to use our imagination a little bit more. The key is spending quality time away from a screen and everyday life distractions. If anything it has become even more important especially for those of us nurturing relationships and friendships when we can’t see each other.
Blog post author: Megan Williams
Meg, from North Wales is an Intelligence Researcher by day and food blogger by night. She aims to give comfort to the 20-somethings who, like her, are trying to figure this whole thing out!
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