There’s nothing better than having a romantic evening out with your significant other. But, when the world is closed for business due to a national emergency, date night seems like an impossibility. Here are some ideas to keep the flame burning while you’re quarantined.
1. Get take-out
Even though dining in isn’t an option, there are many local restaurants that are still offering pick up, delivery and curbside service. Order your favorite dishes, light some candles and eat with the good silverware.
Blanek’s – offering a new menu for pickup and delivery.
George’s – pick up your favorite homestyle dishes from the restaurant’s two locations, or have it delivered.
Helberg Barbecue – get your favorite cut of meat through pick up or delivery.
Lone Star Tavern & Steakhouse – this gourmet cuisine with family-friendly prices is available through curbside pickup.
The Olive Branch – taste the delicacies at this restaurant through curbside pickup.
Clay Pot Restaurant – this Vietnamese-style restaurant is offering family meal deals through curbside pickup or delivery.
2. Order a bottle of your favorite wine
While you can’t spend the evening tasting wines at your favorite winery, you can create your own taste test by ordering or picking up a bottle or two from these local vineyards.
Valley Mills Vineyard (Valley Mills, TX) – this winery will ship to your home.
3 Texans Winery and Vineyard (Temple, TX) – you can take out at this local winery.
Dancing Bee Winery (Rogers, TX) – pick up your favorite wine here.
Balcones Distilling (Waco, TX) – stop by and get curbside service at this distillery.
3. Practice self-care
You can’t book a spa day with your significant other right now, but you can take advantage of the self-care options that are available. You can schedule a virtual couple’s workout with one of the trainers at 610 Fit, relax with some couple’s yoga by accessing free videos on YouTube or give each other a massage.
4. Keep the kids busy
It’s difficult to have time to yourself when everyone is sharing the same space. So, try setting up a movie night, letting them act as waiters and waitresses to serve your fancy meal or wait until everyone is in bed to start your date night.
5. Play board games
Turn off the electronics and get out Monopoly, Scrabble or even Twister. These classic games will provide a night of childlike fun and laughs that we all need right now.
6. Take an online cooking class
Dozens of famous chefs are offering free cooking demonstrations and classes online. Take advantage of these five-star lessons in the comfort of your own home! Gather your ingredients (or have them delivered) and cook up something yummy together. Even local eateries like Clay Pot Restaurant in Waco have hosted online cooking tutorials. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
7. Chopped challenge
Because the grocery stores only have selected items, you might have a strange assortment of ingredients available to you. Take advantage of this variety and challenge your significant other to come up with a meal that uses what you have on hand. You can even compete to see who comes up with the best dish.
8. Attend an online concert
World-renowned concert halls like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are hosting free live events on their social media platforms. You can see everything from opera to symphonic concerts to dance performances.
Many famous artists are also offering free concerts (sometimes daily or weekly) for fans. Search for your favorite artist and watch a show together.
9. Pick up a take-home kit from a DIY studio
What could be more fun than creating something together? Painting with a Twist and Board and Brush Waco are both offering free take-home kits that include all you need to create a masterpiece you’ll enjoy for years to come.
10. Have a picnic under the stars
It doesn’t cost anything to lay a blanket in the yard and have a picnic under the stars. You can even bring your fancy meal and wine to your outdoor meal. It’s romantic and away from the house and will give you the chance to reconnect.
11. Play video games together
Even if you don’t have your own video games, try your hand at your children’s games. You’d be surprised how much fun you can have when you’re racing your spouse in Mario Kart.
12. Have a movie night
After the kids go to bed, pop some popcorn and pick a movie to watch. You can choose a classic film you’ve watched a thousand times or something new that is available on a streaming service. Snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy your time together.
13. Roast marshmallows
If you have an outdoor fire pit, this would be the perfect time to light a fire and roast some marshmallows together. You can enjoy conversation without the interruption of children and concentrate on the positive.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.