7 romantic ideas for a date night at home

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Date night at home ideas

Cooking couple1. Cook together
When you need a recipe for romance, head to the kitchen. Plan a menu together in advance or get out the fixings for an old favorite. Set the table with your best china and linens, turn on some music, and things will be cooking in no time. For a fresh recipe idea, check out chesapeakefamily.com/breaking-eggs.

2. Play games
A little healthy competition is a great way for couples to reconnect. Play a classic like Scrabble, Monopoly or a game of cards. Or take a cue from your kids and turn on the Wii for a Rock Band or Guitar Hero competition. One surefire classic to inspire fun and flirtation is good old-fashioned Twister.

3. Watch a movie
Pop some popcorn, dim the lights and turn movie night into something special. Choose a movie that has sentimental meaning — an old favorite or a classic romance guaranteed to get you in the mood. For some inspiration, consult American Movie Classic’s list of the 50 Most Romantic Movies of All Time at amc.com/movie-guide/50-greatest-romantic-movies.

4. Head outside
Go on a date in your own backyard. Light the fire pit for s’mores, set up a picnic in the grass, string blinking lights or light tiki torches. Add your favorite drink and the sound of summer crickets, and the romance will take care of itself.

5. Hold a wine tasting
If you like wine, make a learning experience out of date night by opening a bottle or two and comparing notes. Plan a tasting based on a region or variety and compare likes and dislikes. Many vineyards sell half bottles, a less expensive option for tasting several types of wine. Add some cheese and gourmet nibbles and you have the perfect high-end date night — for a lot less than a meal out. Websites like Food and Wine and Epicurious have easy at-home wine tasting guides. (foodandwine.com/articles/how-to-host-a-wine-tasting)

6. Work out together
Breaking a sweat may not seem romantic, but a workout may be just the thing for stressed out couples. A recent study published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” proved not only does exercise produce feel-good endorphins, but sex hormones also surge in the brain after a workout. For a relaxing workout, grab two mats, light some candles and take an online yoga class. Or pop in a workout video and challenge each other for a date night that’s good for your health.

7. Stargaze
Romeo and Juliet weren’t the only star-crossed lovers to find love under the night sky. Stargazing has been documented for centuries as a romantic pastime, and the best part is that it’s completely free. Download an app on your phone like “The Night Sky,” grab a blanket and head outside for a stellar date night with your sweetheart.

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