5 ideas for the 'stay-at-home' date

So, you and your spouse tend to be "stay-at-home" daters from time to time (or more often than that)? That is perfectly OK! Try out these 5 no-fail date ideas for a fun and romantic evening at home.

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  • Editor's Note: Originally published on Aaron and April's blog Nurturing Marriage. It has been republished here with permission.

  • If you prefer to "date-in," here are a few of our favorite ideas for making date night happen.

  • 1. Have a candle-lit dinner

  • We like to call it the "Cozy Corner Cafe."

  • If you can't go out, turn your very own kitchen into a restaurant. Create a warm atmosphere, write up a menu in your fanciest handwriting and then whip up a culinary masterpiece (PB & J or Mac n' Cheese count).

  • Woo the love of your life with a special dinner right from the comfort of your own home. Throw in a little soft music and some slow dancing to top it off (after dessert, of course!).

  • 2. Read together

  • Reading is romantic. Period.

  • Grab a blanket, pick out a book, cuddle up on the couch and take turns reading out loud to each other. If he likes adventure and she likes romance, try to find a book with both. There are plenty of great options to choose from.

  • Don't forget the cuddling — that's important. Also, it would be smart to have some chocolate close by.

  • 3. Play board games (or card games)

  • Board games can be a ton of fun. They can bring out a different side of your spouse — that fun, playful, competitive, and even flirtatious side. A lot of couples have a favorite board game, even if they don't play it that often. Some like competitive games, others like games of strategy. Try picking a game that will make you think, laugh and also allow a bit of time to talk. Some of our favorite games (that you can play with just two people) include Canasta, Bananagrams, Ticket to Ride and Yahtzee.

  • Oh, and it never hurts to throw in a friendly massage wager.

  • 4. Make a music video

  • Doesn't sound super romantic, we know. But CRAZY fun, right? (...it could be romantic, depending on the music you select.) Your spouse may be totally uncomfortable doing a lip dub or a music video, but you don't have to share it with the world (though that would be awesome — who knows, it could go viral). It could just be "for posterity's sake."

  • Just pick your favorite song (all the better if you know the words) and then start dancing. It's true. Making a music video together will instantly place the two of you in the category of complete awesomeness (with a touch of crazy). And it will probably end up being your favorite date, EVER.

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  • 5. Popcorn and a movie

  • So typical. Yet so fun (and relaxing). Let your spouse pick the movie this time (you may be surprised when you actually like the movie they pick), and then settle in for a romantic evening at home. Cuddle up and turn off the lights. Being in a dark room with your spouse, cuddled up on the couch, just cries "romantic," right?

  • Just remember, any date-in needs to end with a romantic evening in bed. So make sure there is some serious cuddling going on during your date at home. Enjoy!

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Aaron & April are the founders of Nurturing Marriage, a website dedicated to strengthening marriages. They enjoy playing football with their two little boys, watching sports, eating cereal late at night, and going out for frozen yogurt.

Website: http://www.nurturingmarriage.org

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