Not all dates have to be well planned out and cost you hundreds of dollars. Simple, last minute date ideas, at home, or put together quickly, can be easy to arrange, feel spontaneous and even get you and your partner in the mood for more romantic pursuits at home.
Last minute date ideas don’t have to break the bank either – sometimes just putting the thought in shows your partner that you care about them – and how much you love spending time with them.
If you’ve got small children, you’ll also know the importance of alone time with your partner – while you’ll probably be stuck for time too, so a last minute date idea could be a great option.
Stuck for ideas on what to do on a last-minute date? We look at the fun, quirky and cheap last minute date night ideas that will help you reconnect and possibly spice up things in the bedroom for you and your partner.
1. Sexy Scrabble
Who says board games have to be boring? How about switching up normal words for sexy words in a game of scrabble for a fun last minute date – winner chooses the next game!
2. Cookie making
You can’t go wrong with chocolate cookies. Print off a recipe online or follow a YouTube video to make sure you get it right – but have fun with the ingredients along the way; who says you need to make the perfect cookies, anyway?! Once the cookies are in the oven, you can even lick the bowl out together.
3. Breakfast in bed, at night
Whether you’re snuggling up in bed with bagels and a movie, or you pick a sexier vibe – think strawberries, chocolate, and dips – breakfast in bed will give you that close connection and alone time you’re both craving.
4. Cocktail making
Who’s up for a boozy night in for two? If you both have a favorite cocktail, take turns in playing barman and score each other out of 10 on who created the concoction better. When you’re a little tipsy, opt for another creation and see where the night leads you. Click to see our couple's date night cocktail recipe.
5. Cook a new meal together
We all get in a rut when it comes to cooking the same meals, day in, day out. So, put an evening aside, turn your phones off, open the wine and dust off those cookbooks. You don’t need to cook anything too elaborate, just a meal which will get both your taste buds excited again. Once you’ve simmered, stirred, or roasted, sit down and enjoy it together. Fancy a pizza party for two? Check out this cute homemade pizza date night.
6. Go stargazing
You don’t have to go far for this spontaneous last minute date idea – even your backyard will do. However, if you fancy going further afield, pack some sandwiches, warm clothes and pick a spot where you know you’ll have a good view. Lie back on your picnic blanket, snuggle into each other and pick out your favorite stars.
7. Make a romantic playlist together
Remember when mix tapes were a thing? The modern-day alternative is a shared Spotify list – either spend the day separately adding songs to the list, or cuddle up one evening and add those heartfelt, cheesy songs that will make you remember where your relationship started. Sing, dance and reminisce the night away.
8. Take a walk in nature
If you’re both the outdoorsy or sporty types, getting out into nature can help you feel re-energized, and it’s also great for your mental and physical health. Talking about important things is also easier when you’re walking – so have those deep, serious conversions and feel the endorphins fill your whole body as you do.
9. Movie marathon
On a cold or wet evening, is there ever a better way to spend your time? A movie marathon is also a great last-minute date idea. Choose a selection of movies – either your faves or new blockbusters, grab the popcorn and settle in for a wild ride. Laughing, or connecting with a storyline will bring you closer together emotionally – plus, you’ll both feel well rested and in tune with each other afterwards.
If you both love nature, then foraging for food could be a fun way to spend an afternoon. Find your local public green space or park and look out for foods such as cherries, elder flower, walnuts, and berries. Help each other spot the local produce and have fun with your finds – it will make you both appreciate your natural surroundings more.
11. A spa night
A spa day or night is the perfect opportunity to put your phones down and just concentrate on each other. Apply the face masks, get into your robes, and put someone relaxing music in – it will feel like a real-life spa instantly. Pamper each other by bringing out the body oil and massaging each other from head to toe!
12. Indoor picnic for two
A picnic is one of the most spontaneous date ideas, and can be just as fun at home, as it is in a park. Either pick up some food on your way home from work or see what’s left over in the fridge. Pop the food in a hamper basket – then all you need is a blanket, a bottle of wine and some calming music. Make ‘work talk’ off limits – instead concentrate on your hopes and dreams and see where the evening takes you.
13. Wine tasting
Who says you have to go to a vineyard for wine tasting? Pick up a few bottles of wine you’ve both never tasted, and use all your senses to smell and taste the fruits and spices in the different bottles. The next time you have friends over, you’ll both sound like professionals.
14. Slip into a bubble bath
Run your partner a hot bubble bath, light those gorgeous smelling candles and surprise them when they get home after a stressful day at work. Play with the bubbles, massage each other, or just relax. The quality time together will not only bring your stress levels down, but help you feel more connected as a couple.
15. Camp in your backyard
If the thought of public restrooms and outdoor showers freak you out, then why not pitch a tent in your backyard? Make it as cozy as possible, with your favorite pillows, sleeping bags, flashlights and maybe even wildlife sounds – if you want to make it sound realistic. Have a ‘no-phone’ rule until the morning and spend the night talking, dreaming, and snuggling.