Date night doesn't have to be complicated. There's really no need to stress when it comes to planning a night with your honey or even worry about making it to your reservation on time. You can have a fun date with your sweetheart without any planning at all. Here are 18 adorable last-minute date night ideas:
1. Have an indoor picnic
Pull out a quilt for an indoor picnic. This fun and easy date involves no planning at all. Just eat your dinner together on a cozy blanket on your living room floor and enjoy each other's company.
2. Thrifty clothes for a thrifty dinner
Visit a local thrift shop and buy each other the craziest outfits you can. Then wear those clothes to dinner! You can do something simple like fast food or visit a nicer sit-down restaurant. When you look silly together, it can make embarrassment (and a funny night out) a little easier to handle.
3. Take a drive and stop for ice cream on the way back
Take a casual drive around town and just talk. Deadlines and busy schedules make it hard to find time to simply sit down and talk. Take this moment to check in with your spouse, then stop for a yummy dessert on the way home.
4. Order each other's food
Go to any restaurant and order something for your sweetheart. You can test your knowledge of what they'd enjoy, or use it as an opportunity to get them to try something new.
5. Play the $10 Walmart game
Go to a store with $10 each, go separate ways and buy something for your sweetheart. Set a timer and meet back at the car when you're done shopping. Whoever found the best gift for the other person wins.
6. Find a new show
Browse Hulu or Netflix and start watching a new show together. Snuggle up on the couch with blankets and popcorn and enjoy binging a new show with your love.
7. Bust out a puzzle
Dig out the puzzle that's been buried on your game shelf for months now. You can even spend a few date nights working together to finish the puzzle.
Lie together outside and talk as you watch the night sky. Share your fears, dreams and hopes (and sneak in a few kisses when the conversation pauses).
Use whatever you have on hand to bake something delicious. On the date, enjoy some fun baking together and of course, the deliciousness that comes afterwards.
10. Stroll through the park
Take a casual walk through a park or your neighborhood. If you have a dog, bring them along for some much-needed exercise and bonding time.
11. Organize your junk drawer (and make a game out of it)
See who can find the craziest, coolest or most memorable item in your junk drawers. Winner gets to pick the next date night activity. This is a win-win; you'll both have fun while you declutter your home.
12. Have a romantic dinner at home
Dress your table with a table cloth, candles and flowers. You can have a simple romantic dinner without even leaving the comfort of your home.
Gather as many blankets as you can and build the biggest fort possible (just like you did as a kid). Once you're done, pull up a movie on your laptop, snuggle up close and watch something inside your fort.
14. Try a new hobby
It doesn't matter how good or bad you are at it - doing it together is what matters. Try scrapbooking, bowling or finally get into the one thing you've always been afraid to try. With your spouse by your side, you can succeed (and sometimes even fail) together.
15. Go for a bike ride
Get your bikes out of the garage and go for a ride together. You can take a brief ride around the neighborhood or take a longer ride in the park or on a nearby trail to enjoy more scenery.
16. Window shop
Go to the mall and window shop. There's no pressure to buy anything, just enjoy being in each other's company while you browse. Keep tabs on what your spouse likes, and keep it in mind for when their birthday rolls around.
17. Enjoy a massage
Put on some relaxing music and take turns giving each other a massage. If you don't have massage oils, olive oil or coconut oil work well.
18. Play "remember when"
Cuddle on the couch and take turns sharing your favorite memories together. This is a simple but fun date you can do together in no time.
If you have an overloaded schedule, skip the reservation and opt for something simpler. You can still have fun, unique dates without the stress of planning. All you need is you, your sweetheart and a great time.