22 Fun At-Home Date Night Ideas for any Budget

22 Fun At-Home Date Night Ideas for any Budget

Coming up with date night ideas after you’ve been together for a while can seem impossible. After all, it probably feels like you’ve tried everything you can think of. A walk in the park, dinner and a movie, ice cream. And then on the other hand, everything “fun” seems to cost an arm and a leg or require extensive planning so it never becomes a reality.

If that wasn’t bad enough, try coming up with a fun date night idea at home! You still want to spend some quality time with your partner, but you couldn’t find a babysitter, you don’t have nice clothes ready to go, or you’re just too tired to drive somewhere and be surrounded by people.

That’s why we’ve created this list of 22 fun date night ideas that can be done at home! Most of these can be done with stuff you already have, which helps you save time and money. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Playing cards on a table

1. Play a card game

Pull out a deck of cards to play your favorite card game. If you haven’t played cards in a while, think about one from your childhood. Play yours or your significant other’s favorite childhood game. You could always Google “card games for two” to try something new. Add a competitive aspect to playing cards by adding a point system if the game doesn’t already have that component to it.

2. Watch funny YouTube videos

Are funny cat videos your thing? Or does your partner enjoy prank videos? Spend some time together showing each other the funniest videos you’ve seen lately. Talk about why you found the video to be so funny or just enjoy laughing together. There is always the option of finding new videos together as well. Use the trending topics tool or search feature.

3. Cook dinner together

Find a new recipe on Pinterest to try or pull out a family recipe. Create a recipe from things you already have on hand or add a shopping trip to your date night as well. Spending time cooking together can be entertaining. You can watch your partner try something new or relish at how good they are at cooking. It’s incredibly fun and rewarding to work together to create something you can enjoy afterwards. Plus, the act of working together for a single outcome is a great bonding experience.

Homemade chocolate dessert in a mug

4. Make dessert

Maybe you already did dinner with the kids. That’s okay! How about you create a dessert together? It could be baking a special treat from scratch or pulling ingredients together to make something like an ice cream Sundae or s’mores at the fireplace. (Hint: Don’t have a fireplace? A gas stove works wonders for s’mores!)

5. Research about a new project

If you have a project you have been wanting to tackle as a couple, but have been putting off, doing some research together could be helpful. Searching information together allows you to bounce ideas off each other and feel the excitement. Maybe that’s exactly what you need to get started!

6. Take silly selfies together

Who doesn’t like to be silly sometimes?! Spend the evening taking selfies together. Try out different poses to see what you can create. Make screaming faces, look angry, act like you’re laughing, kiss each other, 007 pose and anything else you can think of. If you don’t want them to be discovered simply delete them afterwards. It will still be a fun date night that you both enjoy together!

Man massaging his partner's hand at home

7. Give each other a massage

You don’t have to go spend a bunch of money to get pampered. A great at-home date is an at-home spa session where you give each other massages. If you have special oils and supplies, great! If not that is okay. Simply use lotion or coconut oil that you already have.

8. Ask Would You Rather questions

Sit on the couch together and get to know each other more by asking Would You Rather questions. You might be surprised at the answers you both give! Their answers might even give you ideas for future date nights. If you run out of ideas, try this website with tons of questions!

9. Create a picnic

You may not be up for going out to dinner, but you can still make dinner special with a little picnic. Create a picnic in your backyard or even on the floor in front of your fireplace if you have one. Sometimes switching things up in the littlest of ways can have a big impact. And that is so true for keeping things fresh in marriage.

Couple enjoying a date night box together

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11. Stargaze together

After the kids are in bed and the lights are out go look at the stars. Lay out a blanket to stargaze and enjoy the fresh air. Who can find a constellation first? How many constellations can you each name? If you are in the city where it is too bright to stargaze there are apps that allow you to see the stars in the location you are. When you move the phone it moves to represent the stars you would see.

12. Build a fort

Most of us enjoyed building forts as a kid. Why not do it as an adult? Pull chairs together to prop up blankets for a top. If you have large enough sheets you could even drape them from the ceiling. Put a pallet on the bottom which could be a nice big blanket or multiple pillows. You can talk while laying together in there or watch a movie. (Bonus points for leaving it up for the kids to play with the next day!)

Couple playing video game in living room

13. Play video games

If your partner enjoys playing video games, but you don’t particularly like to, this could be a fun date night for you. Ask your partner if you could join in an evening of playing their favorite game. Let them give you a mini lesson on how to play then get to playing. It likely won’t matter how good you are at the game, but that you were willing to participate in something they enjoy doing.

14. Find out your fortune

This is another thing that a lot of us did as a kid. We would fold a piece of paper into a little origami contraption to fit over our fingers. It had colors and numbers that we would choose that lead us to our fortune. Create these origami fortune tellers together for a little old school fun.

15. Tasting contest

Go into your kitchen and pull out random different foods. Things that have distinct flavors and things that might be a bit more challenging to recognize. Make sure your mate isn’t watching while you collect the items. Then blindfold them so they don’t see the things they are going to taste. Have your partner do the same for you and see how many you can each identify. Whoever identifies the most correct foods wins!

Couple telling stories together while holding hands

16. Partner storytelling

Create a story together by adding one sentence at a time. See just how odd, funny, or complicated your story can get. You start the story with one sentence. Then your partner will add a sentence to continue the story. Keep going like this for as long as you would like or until the story comes to an end. Try telling a real life story in this way as well. Maybe it’s the way you met or the birth of your children. Make sure to record them in case you decide you want to share them later.

17. Redecorate a room

There is something about changing up physical space. If you can’t think of anything else you two would like to do for an at-home date night then maybe redecorating a room is just the thing to try. Move furniture around. Move pictures on the wall. You could even change decorations out with others you already have in other rooms or currently not in use. Here’s a handy guide on how to decorate a room.

18. Karaoke time

No need to go out to karaoke anymore! Just pull up YouTube and search karaoke songs. There will be a ton of options. Take turns singing to each other or sing together. Record each other singing or live stream your karaoke session. Get as adventurous as you would like!

Wooden blocks spelling out the word learn

19. Learn a language

How about learning something new together? There are so many free resources out there now that it is easy to learn a new language. Decide what language you might like to learn together and find a platform to do it on. It’s always more fun to learn something new when you have a partner in it with you.

20. Take personality tests

So many different personality tests are trending right now. Take time during your at-home date night to find out both of your results. A good start are these: Myer-Briggs, DISC, Enneagram or The 5 Love Languages.

21. Give back to others    

There are ways that you can give back during your at-home date. You can write cards to kids in hospitals, make treats for community helpers, or put together emergency bags for homeless people. You could also go through your closet or pantry to donate clothes or food to shelters. Think of ways you can give back with items you already have on hand.

Empty kids' playground

22. Play with the kids’ toys

Let’s be honest, sometimes your kids have toys that you want to play with. But every time you start to play with them the kids join in with you. There isn’t time to explore the toy as you would like with the kids awake. An at-home date night is a time that you can play with the kids’ toys after they are asleep. That way you can play with them however you would like!


Affordable at-home date night can go well beyond watching TV together. Those nights together can be fun, creative, adventurous and memorable! It doesn’t take much to pull something together out of supplies you already have at home. It just takes a little commitment to make it happen and start seeing improvements in your relationship or marriage. So, what is your next at-home date night going to be?

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