The holidays can be a time of angst and stress for many couples.
Between the never-ending shopping lists to tackle and parties galore to attend, it can leave even the best of us feeling stressed out to the maxed and not being as kind to our spouses as we usually are. It’s so important to make quality time with your significant other a priority during this busy time of year, to make sure you don’t lose sight of how much you actually do enjoy each others’ company.
While date nights out can be a lot of fun, I find myself wanting to hunker down with my hubby at home during the holidays and enjoy just relaxing together in our cozy little house. Spending a lot of money on going out together also doesn’t really appeal to us at a time of year when we are spending more on gifts, etc.
In the spirit of that, I wanted to share some creative ways to enjoy a date night at home during the holidays, and hope these at-home holiday themed date ideas will inspire you to enjoy more time with your spouse in the coming weeks! 🙂
5 Creative Ways to Enjoy a Date Night at Home During the Holidays:
1. Make dinner together and watch a holiday movie
Try making a delicious new recipe together that you’ve never made before! Spicing things up in the kitchen is a fun way to create conversation and work together to create a nice meal to enjoy at home.
I find myself being surprised at how well my hubby and I work together in the kitchen; we really enjoy it when we have a chance to make a nice meal together and then sit down and enjoy it by candlelight.
Following up your dinner with a holiday movie like Elf or How the Grinch Stole Christmas! can add a fun holiday element to your date night too. What other time of year can you watch Elf 129 times without guilt? 😉
2. Bake cookies or other treats
One of my favorite things is having dessert with my husband after Little Miss is in bed for the night. It’s something for us to look forward to after a crazy day, and we can just enjoy each others’ company without any distractions.
This year, we plan to bake some Christmas cookies together a few times and maybe some other yummy treats too. It’s something special that’s a little bit out of the ordinary and takes us back to when we were dating and would go out for dessert or ice cream quite often.
This is one of our favorite festive holiday desserts…chocolate mousse with sprigs of mint and raspberries for decoration. These are even great to bring to holiday parties or Christmas dinner!
3. Make homemade gifts or a gingerbread house
Making gifts to give to others can be a great activity to do together! Not only are you spending quality time together, but you are checking something off of your to-do list as well.
Perhaps you could make cookies or festive popcorn to give out to neighbors, or maybe put together bags of homemade hot cocoa mix to pass out to your friends. You don’t have to get crazy crafty to have fun making something together. You could even just pick up a kit at the store to make a gingerbread house creation together!
I find the best conversations with my husband happen when are our hands are busy at work creating something!
4. Roast chestnuts and enjoy a cozy fire
It doesn’t get more classic during the holidays than roasting chestnuts and snacking on them! We unfortunately don’t have a fireplace in our home, but we love roasting chestnuts in the oven and then enjoying them while surrounded by a ton of candles that I light.
Have you ever roasted chestnuts before? If you have a fireplace – go old school and try it out! Or roast them in the oven like we do 🙂
Either way, enjoy eating them by a roaring fire or surrounded by candles and cuddled up together. It’s something so simple, but can make for a really festive and romantic experience.
5. Treat yourself to fondue and sparkling wine
Mmm wine and fondue, such a luxurious combination! I always feel like this is such a treat when we get to enjoy fondue and a bit of sparkling wine together.
We’ve been loving the pre-made fondue cheese kits you can pick up at the grocery store and just melt in your microwave. We picked up one with a combination of swiss emmental and gruyere cheeses and it was a killer combination with the Blanc de Blancs sparking wine that Gloria Ferrer sent us.
We paired our cheese and sparkling wine with some bread and granny smith apples to dip into our fondue and it was so decadent!
I’m now a big fan of the sparking wines from Gloria Ferrer; they had the perfect fruitiness to them that I really love in a wine and I think would make a nice compliment to any holiday party. I would by no means consider myself a wine connoisseur, but Gloria Ferrer wines have earned over 400 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the last 5 years….so I think it’s safe to say that they know what they are doing 🙂 Definitely check out their line of sparkling wines for your next date night at home or holiday party!
I hope these creative ways to enjoy a date night at home during the holidays inspired you to have some fun with your significant other this holiday season. Making an at-home date night special doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal, it’s just a matter of spicing up your usual date night ideas with something a little different and new!
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What are your favorite ways to enjoy a date night at home during the holidays?
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