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Okay so let’s be a little honest with each other here… There comes a time in your life as a parent when you start doubting that you ever had a real life! When all you know is changing diapers, dealing with tantrums, singing lullabies and making stupid faces, you often forget that there is another person in the house that needs your attention, affection, and company. You might call him your hubby, your DH (dear husband), FOMK( father of my kids) or you might even start thinking he is a ghost if you barely see him because of his long job hours.
Whichever one of these you choose, I think it is clear that parents DON’T get to spend much time with each other. And by that I mean time alone with each other, not bent over both sides of the bath tub blowing bubbles for the baby, while the other one is trying to rinse their hair.
As a rather new parent(I have a 2-year-old daughter), I was a bit shocked by how easy it is to let your relationship float away like it was never even there. You become so busy dealing with the problems of your bundle of joy that you forget to deal with your own until it hits you! I’m not saying having babies is the end of your marriage, I’m just saying-get ready to put in some extra effort to keep your spouse and yourself happy! Oh, but don’t you worry! I did half of the work for you already by putting together 110+ Creative Stay at Home Dates+ Ready to go Date Night Jar printable. Fill in your name email to get it now!
I and my husband had a pretty long transition time after having our daughter. And by transition I mean… it took us a while to realize that we still needed to do things for each other and find ways to spend time together even if we were crazy busy or crazy tired, or most of the times BOTH haha :D.
That is when I decided I don’t want my marriage life to be boring and I didn’t want to be stuck in a rut.
So, despite all the obstacles, we started having date nights! No babysitter needed and no holes in the budget! How? With the date jar :D. I actually made this one as a gift for our anniversary and my husband loved it! So we chose the only day we were both off and home, did the chores around the house during the day, then put our daughter to sleep early so we can have time to pick a ticket from the jar and have our date night. All of them turned out to be super fun, even if we were staying home!
I’m sharing with you a couple of my favorites PLUS a huge list of over 100 Stay at home date night ideas. You don’t even need to click on any links of copy paste anything because I have the list all ready for you to print, cut and make your own DATE NIGHT JAR! You can get the list here or by clicking the picture below.
Chocolate fondue and fruit over dreaming about our future together.
This one is fun and yummy. All you need is melted chocolate in a bowl and a variety of cut fruit. If you want to get a little fancier, you can even get a chocolate fondue set that will cost you close to nothing! The dreaming part is pretty obvious and easy. We have a lot of plans for the future and a million things that we would like to do and accomplish.Even if we leave everything in the hands of God and what He wants for us, it’s still pretty much fun to talk about all of it!
And no, you don’t need to be talented or have amazing skills. For this date night, what matters is tightening the connection between each other while having fun and creating a memory. We bought a big canvas that can actually be placed on the wall afterward and a set of cheap paints. So, go crazy with the colors and create some abstract art, together. Use your hands, feet or whatever you wish :)) to create a spontaneous date night!
Play some card games
We had so much fun playing cards the first time around, that the next week we skipped picking from the jar and played cards again haha. I showed my husband some card games we play over in Romania and he ended up winning which I have to admit was a bit embarrassing. You can even play for money a few times or even better- choose a punishment like doing the dishes or doing laundry for the loser. That is guaranteed to turn into a feisty game!
Light up some candles, pour some champagne, play some music, gather all your essential oils and make it a spa night. I know what you will say- guys don’t like spas! But I’m pretty sure your man works long hours and deep down inside he’s dying for a relaxing bath and a massage! We like doing this date night time and time again, even if it doesn’t come up in the Date jar. What can I say… we’re actually looking for excuses to get free massages! Maybe skip the face mask haha!
Couple’s Quiz Night
No, I don’t mean playing Trivia, even though with the right mood, even Trivia can make a date night full of laughs and fun! What I mean is having a set of questions to ask your spouse for getting to know them better/ finding out their deepest thoughts / getting to know or talking about dreams or plans. A lot of the times, the everyday routine gets us so bad that we don’t even get to properly talk to each other. Having some time to carry a nice conversation can only improve your relationship.
14 Creative date Ideas that don’t require leaving the home from Brit&CO
25 Date Night at home Ideas from KendallRayburn
32 Stay-At-Home Date Ideas from six sisters stuff
20 ideas for at home Date Nights from ErinAkinCarrol
30 ideas for a Date Night at home from The Mom Crowd
45 at Home DATE Nights ideas from The Dating Divas
60+ Fun And Inexpensive (Or Free) At Home Dates from Clarks Condensed
+25 of my own unique Stay at home date nights
Okay, so now that you are armed with this huge list of 110+ Creative Stay at Home Dates+ Ready to go Date Night Jar printable, all you need to do is set aside a little bit of time and get ready to have some serious fun, like the old times, when you were a couple with no kids haha!
Let me know which ones turn out to be your favorite.