Hi, friends – Dallasites101, here! We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to liven up the traditional “date night in” concept! It’s no secret that we love going out, but we’ve done our research and you can actually get a Dallas date night experience in the comfort of your own home (and maybe even explore a new talent while you’re at it).
From cooking to wine tasting to good ‘ol game night, and with the help of some Dallas businesses, here are 8 amazing stay-at-home date night ideas.
HAVE A BOUJEE PICNIC WITH POPOVERS + PEONIES
Popovers + Peonies creates the most Instagrammable outdoor (and indoor) picnic parties that can be enjoyed as a date night with minimal prior planning. Anywhere you have a flat, spacious surface like a backyard, balcony, or rooftop, they can create your picnic! And trust us when we say it’s the picnic aesthetic you’ve always wanted. Their Date Night package includes gorgeous tabletop decor, dinner for 2, a bottle of wine, beautiful florals to match the mood, set-up, clean-up, and 2 hours of fun picnicking for you and your date! (Pro tip: if you’re planning an intimate proposal, this would be such a great idea – 10/10 recommend!)
WINE TASTING WITH VERITAS WINE ROOM
A vineyard is most likely out of the question for an on-the-spot date night at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the vineyard to you! You can order selections of whites, reds, and sparkling from Veritas Wine Room via their wine delivery and online ordering, as well as some tasty meats, cheeses, and desserts to complement them just like you would at a tasting room. There is an ever-changing rotation of 400+ wines which means you are sure to find a taste that suits your palette. Wine and chocolate are a classic romantic duo, and Veritas source their fine chocolates from Wiseman House Chocolates in Hico, Texas.
Virtual tastings are also a date night option. Local favorites like Reddy Vineyards feature bottles of wine, cheese, and charcuterie recommendations and the zoom invitation code for the virtual happy hour!
GAME NIGHT FROM THE TOY MAVEN
Nothing says ‘staying in’ like a classic game night. The Toy Maven has every game you can imagine! Classics like Clue, Monopoly, and Twister to brain-busters like Braintopia and Idiomaddict, they’ve seriously got it all. They also have the widest selection of puzzles you can imagine, from 100 pieces puzzles to 1,000 piece puzzles. Recently, they featured a range of games and activities related to national parks which would be a fun way to explore them without actually being there. We recommend the Trekking The National Parks board game and the National Parks of the USA activity book. The Toy Maven has a location in Southlake and one off of Forest Lane in Dallas where you can score any game you need for a game night in!
COOKING NIGHT FROM ASIAN MINT
You can now make Asian Mint’s fresh Asian fusion cuisine yourself in the comfort of your home with ChefMint meal kits! Nikky Feeding Souls and Asian Mint have partnered for a delicious and innovative way to make your favorite Asian Mint dishes in your kitchen in less than 15 minutes. The meal kit comes with pre-measured ingredients, plus an easy-to-follow recipe card that makes learning to cook with a partner a breeze. You’ll feel certified chef-worthy whipping up these pantry-to-kitchen meals like Pad Thai Your Way and Summer Rolls! We recommend adding on a bottle of Sake to top off the evening for a couple of extra bucks.
VIRTUAL DATE NIGHTS WITH DMA
The Dallas Museum of Art has officially reopened its doors but if you’d prefer to stay at home, their Virtual Date Nights will have you feeling like you’ve been plopped in the center of an artistic date night out! Each month you can expect new virtual date nights to spice up your nights at home, such as neighborhood exploring activities, some art-making options, fun games, and more. All you and your date have to do is pick what sounds best. And, bonus – each category of date night ideas has a featured cocktail that you and your date can craft up together! They even have a virtual tour of their new hit exhibit “For a Dreamer of Houses” featuring gorgeous and colorful new installations. If you choose the virtual tour, make sure to listen to the Spotify Playlist found on the virtual section of the DMA website for a selection of songs inspired by the new exhibit!
DO A PARTNER WORKOUT
Working up a sweat may not sound like a date idea, but it’s definitely a love language of its own! Working on a fitness routine burns calories, builds intimacy as you release endorphins, and it doesn’t even have to be a vigorous workout. Lots of local yoga studios offer virtual classes for free online that you can stream on a laptop or tv to unwind together! To name a few options, Black Swan Yoga offers a 7-day free trial on their BSYTV online yoga classes and CorePower Yoga has 8 free online classes.
SPA NIGHT WITH KITS FROM VERBENA NAIL PARLOR
Bring the spa day you and your date have been craving to your own home and treat each other with fun kits offered from Verbena Nail Parlor! The best part about couples/friends spa treatments is that you are both releasing good energy and endorphins at the same time which enhances bonding. The for-one Luxurious Day Spa kit contains 1 micro-hole hydrating or collagen mask, 1 single-use pouch of blueberry hydrogel eye patches with collagen, and 1 single-use pouch watermelon lip masks with collagen. The partner-pack Luxurious Spa Day Deluxe Kit and the Ultimate At-Home Pedicure Kit include everything you need for a salon-worthy pedicure.
WATERCOLOR KIT FROM COLORSNACK + MAYA X KIWI
Get creative and bring out your inner artist with the most beginner-friendly, adult watercolor kit from MayaxKiwi and Colorsnack! Their popular collab is a donut watercolor kit but there are many to choose from, most of which are on sale! If you’re proud to be Texan and want to display it, or collab to make one as a gift, we highly recommend the Texas Wildflower print with the outline of Texas filled with all our state’s beautiful wildflowers. The kit comes with an easy instruction page, sample image, warm-up practice guide, reusable water brush pen, and the paints! Once you’re ready to paint the final product you’ll use the 8×10 pre-outlined image and that’s it. With the reusable water brush pen, you can easily fill with water to use or save again for later with no mess and no cleanup.
See, date nights spent in your apartment definitely don’t have to be drab and dull! For more Dallas city guides, where to go for what, and local small business insights, check out Dallasites101.com!
Written by Lily & Kara of Dallasites101
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