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Cozy  in love: 8 at-home date night ideas

Pizza and Netflix. They make such a lovely pair. ?But if you’re looking to break out of your date-night-in routine, we’ve gathered some favorite ideas to spice things up around the house while the kids are snug in their beds.


Here are 8 of our favorite ways to enjoy date night without having to leave the house:

1. Cook a romantic meal together

After the kids are asleep, slip into the kitchen together to cook a fancier meal than your usual weeknight fare.

Try a meal kit delivery service like Blue Apron to make amazing meals easier to cook together.

Cook-together-at-home meal plan:

Ingredients—

An outfit that makes you feel amazing

Some romantic tunes that bring back memories

A few strategically placed candles

A tasty beverage of your choice

Bon Appetite!

2. Take it slow with a delectable mezze feast

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Instead of cooking an indulgent meal together, buy a feast of ingredients and nosh on them for hours.

We adore The Baker Mama Maegan Brown’s Mediterranean mezze delight (above).

We love that this dish allows you to savor a variety of flavors with your sweetie. Take it slow and enjoy every. single. one.


Ingredients—

Cucumbers

Mini bell peppers

Baby carrots

Peppadews

Feta cheese

A variety of olives

Stuffed grape leaves

Stuffed dates

Date bread

Pita bread

Tzatziki sauce

Lemon hummus

Beet hummus

3. Take a bath—alone or together

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Bath or shower, alone or together—spend some time getting reacquainted with a warm, relaxing dip.

If your bath isn’t large enough to accommodate the two of you, hop into the shower together. ?

Ingredients:

Candles

Relaxing music

Bubble bath

A bubbly drink

4. Play bartender/ barmaid

Hit the bar—the one in your dining room—by dressing up a bar cart and featuring a specialty cocktail.

Let your mate play bartender and enjoy an evening of tasting and conversation.

5. Invite a crowd

Make date night in a little more exciting by inviting a few couple friends for an intimate evening. Dinner + party = Date night at your place.

Set the table with your fanciest china (or pick up some fun new pieces from Tar-Jay) and drop in a gorgeous floral arrangement to make the table really pop.

6. Paint me like one of your French girls

Or just eat like one.

Take a culinary trip to the site of a favorite romantic getaway—dine like you’re noshing on a French baguette on your honeymoon in Paris, eat like your amazing trip to Egypt, or indulge in desserts from your epic trip to China.

7. Open up Pandora’s box

Buy and try a sexy at-home date night like the one from The Fantasy Box. Each kit includes some sexy lingerie for you, some toys to play with, and some tips to get you started.

Buy a box and all you need to do is follow the instructions. Or take matters into your own hands and make the rules up as you go. ?

8. Play the Game of Love

Treat your lov-ah to a bedtime surprise.

The Game of Love is a customizable bed sheet board game.

Using washable fabric markers write in each space with a sexy question, activity, gift, mini game etc.

Pop the sheet on your bed, make the bed as usual, and at bedtime pull off an epic surprise for your partner! Roll the die, and together complete each space that you land on.

We can’t guarantee that you’ll make it to the end of the game but we can promise a good time will be had by all. ?

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

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