If you’re like me and your spare money goes on lotto tickets and cappuccinos you may not have a lot left in the biscuit tin for date night. Scoopon candlelit dinners have been done to death and don’t even suggest a bubble bath, who has a bath big enough to fit two adults in? Well if you also have a small bath then you’re in luck my friend, here are my 10 Home date night ideas for poor people:
Outdoor fire pit
I love watching fire, I like poking it with sticks, watching things burn, It’s mesmerising and calms me. Get a bottle of wine to share or roast some marshmallows. Just don’t put your ugg boots too close or they will melt and obvs don’t set the house on fire guys. That’s a mood killer.
Play songs to each other
I’m not talking corny romantic Romeo and Juliet type stuff, I’m assuming you’re out of the honeymoon phase, I’m talking year by year what songs you were into. I went through a rage against the machine phase, a Hanson phase, a Dr Dre phase, I didn’t discriminate. You’ll be amazed at what you might learn about your partner and it’s fun being able to reminisce about what would now be considered ‘old songs’ especially if you grew up in the 80’s like I did.
Not in a game of thrones kill each other kind of way but in a friendly flirty banter kind of way. My husband loves nothing more than to wind me up and I take the bait every time. Call me gullible Glenn if you wish. I love to banter and I love to laugh but I can only compete in games where there is no clear indicator of the winner. For example; have a pizza making challenge to see who makes the better pizza. It doesn’t matter who the winner is, (clearly it’s me) it’s the process that should be fun.
Now this is certainly not romantic unless you’re partner is the hug-from-behind-and-kiss-sensually-on-the-neck kinda guy. Sorta like the movie Ghost but more dangerous if knives are involved, you get the idea. So if you don’t have a Patrick Swayze in your life, you can put on some good music and silly dance together or simply just talk without interruption and catch up on the day. By the time you’re finished maybe your partner might even appreciate how annoying planning and cooking meals are. He might even stop calling you during the day to ask what’s for dinner because it’s already sorted.
Our (my) favorite is Taboo. The aim of the game is for your partner to guess the word on the card you picked. You need to describe that word without saying key words. For example; the word ‘propose’ you need to describe without saying the words: wedding, marriage, ring, love, promise. So I would say ‘this word is the reason you tried to take my dad to coffee to ask for my hand and he said no because he’d already had too many coffees so you didn’t end up asking him for another 2 months’. The closer you are with the person you play with, the funnier it is. I don’t suggest playing games like monopoly if you have a temper, throwing your mortgaged properties on the table and yelling ‘fine you won, are you happy, I’m shit’ isn’t ideal.
Plan your life after winning the lotto
This is a particular favourite of mine. I love talking about when we’re going to win the lotto and planning what to do with the money. My husband looks up properties that he can disappear to in the middle of the bush while I look up luxury real estate on the river. It’s amazing how fussy you can be when you have a ten million dollar budget. We decided recently that we will have fresh pressed juice delivered daily and a chef that prepares all our meals. We’ll have a personal trainer that trains us in our own gym but we’ll do our own cleaning and gardening because we don’t want to be out of touch with reality. Insert laughing emoji, I’m totally never cleaning the floors again.
Watch your home movies together
Not those kind of home movies sicko. I’ve seen the baby videos on my phone so many times but there are so many photos and videos captured on my husbands phone that I’ve never seen before or totally forgotten about. Last night we went through them all and he has some amazing ones, some not so great either like the ones he secretly took of me lying on the couch with my mouth open, hand in a packet of chips. He said adoringly ‘You were so beautiful pregnant’. If only that were true, the photo was taken 9 months post baby. Oh how we laughed.
I love melted cheese and chocolate is totally my home girl. Cut up stuff and dip it in that soft runny gooey perfection until you’re both so full you roll into bed and don’t even kiss. Tip: If the idea of date night is to ‘get in the mood’ then ‘do it’ first because 1) you’ll be too full after the fondue and 2) you’ll be excited to eat the fondue so you’ll be extra keen to ‘do it’.
Draw or paint a portrait of each other
You can either be a good artist and impress your partner or you could be really shit like me and it is the funniest thing you have every seen in your life. It’s actually better the shitter you are. Nudity optional on this one.
Pretend you’re on Gogglebox
I basically do this every night without my husband even knowing. He’s used to me talking through TV shows and the bad habit has actually rubbed off on him too. He says some seriously funny stuff, sometimes even more than 3 things a day which is usually his limit. Side note: This will not work if either party is watching their favourite show and trying to concentrate. If the TV is paused and rewound or the volume is turned up you know you need to zip it.