During isolation, my boyfriend and I have been setting aside either a Friday or Saturday evening each week to have a date night. I find this is such a nice way to create a sense of normality as if it were any other week. Even though we are together 24/7, it is nice to have a time where we put our phones down and properly spend time together. These tips could also work if you are isolating with friends, or even having an online hangout through house party or zoom. Here are my tips on how to make a great date night:
1. Dress Up
Treat date night as though you were going on an actual date. Put some music on, put your makeup on, paint your nails etc; anything you would normally do! Wear an outfit which makes you feel good, as dressy as you like but try and avoid wearing loungewear or the clothes you wear every day.
2. Make some amazing food
One of my favourite parts of date night is coming up with new things to make! Now we have a lot more time on our hands, It’s so nice to try new recipes. So far we have made lasagne, kebabs, and a Moroccan themed date night with Moroccan style couscous, falafel, homemade pitta bread and hummus. I was a big fan of the themed date night, and of course, you can also support a local takeaway by ordering food if you don’t fancy cooking.
3. Treat yourself to some nice drinks
One thing we have enjoyed is choosing a cocktail/mocktail each week and either buying or making it. The premade espresso martini from Tesco is so nice, as is the box of Passion Fruit Martini. Last week we bought elderflower cordial and prosecco, which I would definitely recommend if you haven’t tried before. We have also been trying some new gins, as we are both obsessed. The quince and rhubarb and ginger ones from Whitley Neill are my current favourites!
4. Play Games
As we both sit and stare at computer screens 9-5 for our jobs, it’s nice to put all the technology away and play a game! Our newest date night game is 221B Baker Street, a Sherlock themed game which is quite similar to Cluedo. Monopoly is always a good idea. We also own some random ones such as ‘Throw Throw Burrito’, which is a mixture of a card game and dodgeball.
5. Do something different
Secret cinema have been doing weekly ‘Secret Sofa‘ screenings at 7.30pm on Friday nights. If you sign up to their emails, you will receive everything to create your own cinema experience, and really feel like you’re part of the film. From food and drink ideas to character, music and costume suggestions, depending on how much you want to be involved. Last weeks film was The Grand Budapest Hotel, one of my favourite films.
Why not try a live comedy show? There is a great list here, both free and paid for. The one which particularly stands out to me is The Stand Comedy Club, who have some very well know acts and are doing weekly live shows, from May 2nd at 8.30pm.
If theatre, opera or dance are your things, there is a list here of live performances you can stream.
Airbnb have moved their experiences online, and there are hundreds to choose from, from ‘Drink and Draw’ to ‘Virtual Visit to an Animal Sanctuary’. There are loads of cocktail masterclasses, cookery and dancing lessons to choose from, all perfect for a romantic night in!
Gigs are also now available to live stream! There is a very comprehensive list here which is updated daily. Of course, you can also find an old gig, Glastonbury performance etc on youtube and pretend you’re there. I think a festival themed date night would also be really fun when it gets a bit warmer, especially if you were planning to go to one.
Let me know in the comments if you have done any of these or have any other ideas!