Entertaining

5 At-Home Date Night Ideas

Written by
Parachute Team
PHOTOGRAPHS BY
Aubrie Prick for Parachute

Valentine's Day may be over, but don't sleep on keeping the spark alive. No matter the occasion, planning a memorable evening can be overwhelming for even the most starry-eyed among us. If overthinking's got you down, fret not. Channel your inner romantic with five date night recipes guaranteed to turn up the heat – without leaving the comfort of home.

01

Shake Up Movie Night

This is not your typical Netflix and Chill night – especially if that’s what you do most evenings. Up the ante and make date night special. Cozy up in layers of love – matching robes and a throw big enough for two – order in takeout from your better half’s favorite restaurant and come prepared with movie you both haven’t seen. Working through the Academy Award’s best picture list is a great place to start.

01

Shake Up Movie Night

This is not your typical Netflix and Chill night – especially if that’s what you do most evenings. Up the ante and make date night special. Cozy up in layers of love – matching robes and a throw big enough for two – order in takeout from your better half’s favorite restaurant and come prepared with movie you both haven’t seen. Working through the Academy Award’s best picture list is a great place to start.

02

Embrace Your Competitive Side

Relationships are about sacrifice, compromise and unwavering support – until it comes to game night. Embrace your competitive side and plan a game night for the books. Whether it’s just you and your spouse or a few other couples to raise the stakes, game night makes for the perfect opportunity to show off your wit, humor and champion pedigree while admiring those same qualities in your partner. So set up your favorite snacks, decant that wine you’ve been saving for something special (what exactly have you been waiting for?) and ready, set, split!

02

Embrace Your Competitive Side

Relationships are about sacrifice, compromise and unwavering support – until it comes to game night. Embrace your competitive side and plan a game night for the books. Whether it’s just you and your spouse or a few other couples to raise the stakes, game night makes for the perfect opportunity to show off your wit, humor and champion pedigree while admiring those same qualities in your partner. So set up your favorite snacks, decant that wine you’ve been saving for something special (what exactly have you been waiting for?) and ready, set, split!

03

Turn Your Kitchen into a World-Class Restaurant

When was the last time you made dinner? Like really made dinner? We’re talking tablecloths, linen napkins, candles and courses. Go the extra mile and finally try that new Alison Roman recipe you’ve had saved, dust off those custard cups and make it a special night in, cooking together. For those looking for something a little more adventurous, plan a Chopped challenge at home (select mystery ingredients for the other and each prepare a different course) or attempt a Great British Bake Off (two takes on a classic English dessert). Either way, enjoy the company of the one you love most over the thing we all lost most, food.

03

Turn Your Kitchen into a World-Class Restaurant

When was the last time you made dinner? Like really made dinner? We’re talking tablecloths, linen napkins, candles and courses. Go the extra mile and finally try that new Alison Roman recipe you’ve had saved, dust off those custard cups and make it a special night in, cooking together. For those looking for something a little more adventurous, plan a Chopped challenge at home (select mystery ingredients for the other and each prepare a different course) or attempt a Great British Bake Off (two takes on a classic English dessert). Either way, enjoy the company of the one you love most over the thing we all lost most, food.

04

Make Self Care a Priority

Even in the best relationships, a little R&R is necessary for your health and happiness as a couple. We’re in the golden age of self care – face masks, crystals, and wellness apps at our fingertips – so embrace it. Plan an evening of QT for you and your SO with an in-home couples massage. Having a few masks and essential oils on hand is a great way to keep the good vibes and relaxation going into the night.

04

Make Self Care a Priority

Even in the best relationships, a little R&R is necessary for your health and happiness as a couple. We’re in the golden age of self care – face masks, crystals, and wellness apps at our fingertips – so embrace it. Plan an evening of QT for you and your SO with an in-home couples massage. Having a few masks and essential oils on hand is a great way to keep the good vibes and relaxation going into the night.

05

Plan Your Next Trip

Getting away together is one of the best ways to connect and make lasting memories with your partner. Coordinating logistics is less glamours. Make the planning almost as fun as the vacation itself by making a date night of it. Prepare a local aperitif and bites from the region you plan to visit while sorting through each of your priorities for the trip: is there a must-see exhibit open, when can you get a reservation at the restaurant and when is the best time of year for outdoor activities? If Europe is on the docket, serve a french wine with Italian-inspired charcuterie board and Belgium chocolates. DIY sushi and sake pair nicely with booking a tea ceremony in Kyoto. Heading somewhere tropical? Swimsuit shopping is better enjoyed while sipping a spicy margarita from the the couch. The difference is in the details so seize the opportunity to make this the best trip yet – starting right now.

05

Plan Your Next Trip

Getting away together is one of the best ways to connect and make lasting memories with your partner. Coordinating logistics is less glamours. Make the planning almost as fun as the vacation itself by making a date night of it. Prepare a local aperitif and bites from the region you plan to visit while sorting through each of your priorities for the trip: is there a must-see exhibit open, when can you get a reservation at the restaurant and when is the best time of year for outdoor activities? If Europe is on the docket, serve a french wine with Italian-inspired charcuterie board and Belgium chocolates. DIY sushi and sake pair nicely with booking a tea ceremony in Kyoto. Heading somewhere tropical? Swimsuit shopping is better enjoyed while sipping a spicy margarita from the the couch. The difference is in the details so seize the opportunity to make this the best trip yet – starting right now.