Date Night In

Date Night In

Mark Murrell

During usual circumstances, treating your sweetheart to a surprise date night out on the town would be an easy way to spark joy, and show your significant other how much they're appreciated. We all know that a great dinner out, plus a great movie is (in most cases) a fail-proof combo for romance. 

While our current situation in quarantine makes it challenging to plan the perfect night out, romance is still alive! These days, folks are getting creative with their approaches to date night, by bringing "date night out" inside.

Here are a few ideas to help you plan a romantic "Date Night In" for your special someone.

Dinner & A Movie

This date night idea can skew fancy or casual. Your choice depending on your date's style! For the fancy angle, set your dining room table for dinner by candlelight. Lay out a nice table cloth, or an old sheet if you're in a pinch. Bring out your votives and candle sticks. Set the dimmers on your lighting, and put something soft and romantic on for music.

For dinner, try an indulgent recipe, like Lobster Linguine or Filet Mignon - and of course, don't forget the wine! The after dinner movie is up to you! We suggest a romantic comedy or heartfelt drama.

For a casual take on dinner and a movie, forgo the dining room table altogether! Try setting up a picnic in your living room or in your backyard. If your vehicle has room, outfit your hatchback or truck bed with a picnic blanket, cozy throws, and plasticware. Bring your laptop outside to have dinner and a movie drive in style - guaranteed to be a fun surprise!

Dinner should be casual and easy to eat. Think Shrimp Skewers, Bacon Wrapped Lobster Bites, etc. For your movie, try an action packed thriller (great for inviting your honey to snuggle up tight), a campy horror film or high energy comedy.

Dinner Al Fresco

Now that the weather is milder, why not enjoy some fresh air and romance outside? Elevate your humble patio table with cloth napkins, fresh flowers and non-plastic eating utensils from inside.

Fire up your grill, and serve something savory and unexpected for dinner, like Grilled Lobster Tails, Swordfish, or whole lobsters shipped in straight from Maine.

After dinner, if your date likes friendly competition, set up a couple yard games for some one-on-one fun. Cornhole, or sidewalk chalk tic tac toe are safe bets for smiles. Or if your yard setup allows, try toasting marshmallows over a bonfire or playing a game of trivia by the fire pit, under the setting sun.

Netflix & Chill

Sometimes, it's the smaller moments that connect us with each other the most. If your significant other could use some good old fashioned R&R, try planning a laid-back date for your next romantic night in.

Set your coffee table up for some no-fuss munchies and drinks. Bring out your coasters and potholders, cold canned drinks and sturdy dinnerware.

For dinner, think "comfort food": Mac & Cheese, Lobster Rolls, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, etc. The more indulgent, the better. This date is all about letting loose!

Complete your date with something light and fun that also doesn't require leaving the comfort of your couch. Find a binge worthy TV series to start watching together or a crazy (in a good way 🙂) documentary to stream.

Are you ready to try one of these ideas for your next date? Here are some great dinner specials and starters:

PS. If you do try one of these ideas - or a great Date Night In idea of your own - be sure to let us know how it goes! We always love to hear how we've helped spark joy for our customers.