Date nights in the pre-quarantine era consisted of eating out, going to the movies, or more generally, just leaving your house! Now that we have nowhere to go, you may be running out of fun ways to spend time with your boyfriend or girlfriend at home. If so, check out this awesome list of activities for couples that will surely spice up your quarantine routine.
1. Watch a Movie On Netflix Party
If you and your significant other can’t physically be together right now, the Netflix Party plug-in on Google Chrome is a perfect tool for a virtual date night. The extension synchronizes your movie or TV show so that you and your partner can watch together in real time!
Netflix Party also has a chat bar to share your thoughts, and allows you to customize your profile with fun avatars and nicknames. Download the extension here!
2. Work on a Puzzle
If you’re ready to put both of your brains to work, trying solving a puzzle together as a couple! Puzzles are easily available on Amazon, and they come in all sorts of designs and patterns.
Start with a small puzzle of 300 pieces, and work your way up to the bigger ones – some even go up to 3,000 pieces! If you guys keep working at, you’ll be puzzle experts before you know it. Once you’re finished, you can even mount your puzzle onto a frame and hang it on your wall!
Here are some options of fun puzzles:
3. Bring Home the Restaurant Atmosphere
Ordering in is a fantastic way to support small businesses, but eating out of plastic to-go containers doesn’t make for the most romantic date night. That’s why changing up your dinner environment can be a total game-changer!
Next time you and your boyfriend/girlfriend buy take-out, try out these tips:
- Swap out foam boxes for tableware.
- Decorate the table with small candles or plants.
- Play some jazz music to set the mood.
- Fold your napkins in a cool shape.
- Print out the restaurant’s menu.
4. Follow a Recipe
If you’re a couple that loves to cook, bring date night to your kitchen at home! Making food together is a great way to strengthen your relationship, as it allows you to work together as a team and create effective communication.
Choose a recipe with ingredients you both like, or you can opt to be more adventurous and try something new! For long-distance couples, trying cooking via video call and eating your final product together.
Take a look at some of these easy and delicious recipes:
5. Make Your Own Playlist
If you and your partner share a love for music, compile all your favourite songs and create the soundtrack to your relationship! Imagine listening to it in a few years and reminiscing on your time together in quarantine…
To make your playlist, sign up for a music platform like Spotify or Apple Music. Choose a picture of the two of you to have as the cover photo, pick out a creative name, and voila!
6. Admire Art (Virtually)
With museums and galleries currently closed, many have published their art collections online for the general public to access. Now, you and your partner can (virtually) visit famous institutions like Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum or the Musée d’Orsay in Paris!
If you stumble upon a painting or sculpture you both LOVE, support art galleries and buy a print from their online gift shop. Not only will the print make your home beautiful, but it will also serve as a memory of your quarantine date night!
7. Play Video Games
If your boyfriend or girlfriend is a total gamer, why not play some video games with them?
Consoles like the Nintendo Switch or the PlayStation 4 offer online services where players can connect and play together in real time. Compete against each other in Mario Kart, or visit each other’s islands on Animal Crossing: New Horizons!
For gamers on a budget, be on the lookout for weekly deals on games – the Nintendo Game Store has tons of games under $10!
8. Take an Online Class Together
If you’re both looking to stimulate your brains and learn new things, try signing up for an online class and make your next date night an educational one! From Biology to History, there are courses on practically any subject imaginable.
Here is a list of more fantastic online learning platforms:
9. Plan a Future Trip
Travelling with your significant other may not be a possibility right now, but brainstorming plans for a future vacation will help make both of your quarantines all the more bearable!
Don’t set a specific date just yet, but you can definitely choose a location and make an itinerary on your next date night. You can even compile pictures of your desired destination on a vision board, which will help manifest your travel plans into existence!
Here are some gorgeous vacation spots you may want to consider:
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Barcelona, Spain
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Havana, Cuba
10. Have a FaceTime Photoshoot
Hype up your significant other and be their personal FaceTime photographer! Choose a time of day with perfect lighting (like Golden Hour, a.k.a. the last hour before sunset) and get all dressed up for your at-home photoshoot.
Try out different backgrounds, and props, and play around with editing and filters once you’re done!
To take a screenshot on a Mac, press and hold down on the keys Shift, Command, and 3; to take a screenshot on an iPhone, press the home and lock buttons at the same time.