Stay-At-Home Date Nights: Elevating ‘Netflix and Chill’

I don’t know about you, but the ‘Netflix and Chill’ date night really doesn’t cut it for me anymore. For the last couple of years, my hubby and I have had a hard time getting babysitters. We live in the boondocks and asking family isn’t always an option for us. So, how do we “Date Night” every week? Three words DATE NIGHT IN.

date nightYes, when you hear these words you think, “oh eat dinner put kids to bed, and watch a movie.” Don’t get me wrong we do a lot of movie nights after the kids are in bed. Let’s be honest here, it’s more like I pick a movie for us to watch and then fall asleep then I wake up the last 10 minutes of the movie lost and confused. To get past this, we make an effort at least once a month {lately once a week} to do something together without the kids.

Here are some ideas to elevate your ‘Netflix and Chill’ date nights:

This can be a little tricky because most games take more than two people to play. We will pop some popcorn or grab some snacks and sit on the living room floor and play a few rounds. Here are a few of our go-to games {you can even pull out a few of the 3+ player games but you’ll have to alter your rules.}

  • Phase 10
  • Disney Villains
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Skipbo
  • Poker
  • Janga
  • Yahtzee
  • Battleship
  • Chess or checkers
  • Mancala
  • Qwirkle
  • Bananagrams

We love to cook together but with four kids underfoot it sometimes isn’t as enjoyable. We love to use this time to catch up, chat, and try something the kids probably wouldn’t want to eat anyway. Or maybe they would and we just don’t want to share right away. Can you say fresh baked cookies and brownies?

I’m sure you have heard of the ceramic shops, or a class to paint a canvas at a studio. You can do this at home too! Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, Michaels, Walmart, and Target all carry ceramics, wood or cardboard-like projects you can paint. To go the canvas route buy some canvas {we usually do 8×10} and grab some paint {we usually get the 50 cent ones at Walmart}. Once you get home pick the painting project you want to do and have fun. Below are a few YouTube painting channels we like:

Movie with a twist. Pick your favorite movie app or maybe pull out one of your old DVD’s. While one person puts the kids to bed and is juggling the millions-of-trips-to-the-bathroom-and-drinks marathon, the other person runs out to pick up dinner to go. It can be your favorite local diner, fast food, or something from the store. You pick. If you don’t want to do dinner that late, grab a treat or snack.

I really hope this gives you a little hope to find ways to connect with today’s trying times! How do YOU do date night at home?

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Magann grew up in the Holly, Brandon, and Grand Blanc school areas. Magann was married to her husband Nathan in 2011 and has 3 energetic boys and 1 little girl. After graduating from Utah Valley University and having her oldest son, Magann decided to become a stay at home mom. They moved back to Michigan from Utah 6 years ago. Magann loves to be busy. She is active in her church and church youth program, a PTO board member, as well as, being involved in a couple of book clubs and kids playgroups. She enjoys making connections with others and enriching their lives. For fun, Magann loves to be outside with friends and family, photography, traveling, planning events, reading a good book or doing something crafty/DIY. Check out her work and projects on Instagram or her website.