When winter is in full swing, you might not feel motivated to plan a romantic or creative date when all you want to do is cozy up in your flannel pajamas. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with nesting in your comfiest PJs or spending your weekends watching your latest TV obsession in some women's loungewear – that’s what winter is all about, after all! But it’s also important to balance the season with a few memorable date nights.
With a little creativity, plus some classic indoor date ideas, you can keep date night alive and well all winter long. Read on for some seasonal inspiration that’ll make winter that much more romantic for you and your special someone.
Sure, a bowling alley might not be the very first setting you imagine when you hear the word “romantic,” but this is a super fun way to break up your usual routine of nice dinners out. There’s also something really sweet about going bowling with your partner or date – it will immediately bring you back to those awkward high school dates when you had to be home by curfew and when french fries or bowling alley pizza counted as a nice dinner. Bowling can also create some friendly (and maybe even a bit flirtatious) competition that’ll make you and your date feel even more connected.
Bowling is a popular cold-weather activity, so if you’re going on a weekend, it’ll likely be a bit busy! Make sure to get there a little early in case there’s a long wait, and don’t forget to wear something that you can bowl your best game in, like a pair of stretchy straight-leg jeans and a cute, date-night-worthy crew neck sweater.
If you’re looking for a date night idea that’s as romantic as it is creative, look no further than a sip and paint. If you’ve never been to a sip and paint, it’s an event where you work on a painting while enjoying some wine or your beverage of choice. You’ll have to look up sip and paint events in your area to see what your city or town offers and because you’ll need to book your spot in advance.
This date night idea is perfect for winter, as you’ll spend the evening inside a cozy studio. Painting alongside your partner or your date is a fun way to bond as you express your creativity, and since you get to take your creations home with you, it’ll also make for some lasting memories.
Of course, there will be some winter nights when you just want to stay in – especially if there’s inclement weather. A snowy night or a rainstorm is the perfect opportunity to get cozy with your significant other without skipping date night. You can bring all of the magic of a spring picnic into your living room by setting up a blanket or a bed sheet and laying out a spread of tasty treats.
One of the perks of having your picnic at home is using real glassware, like wine glasses, champagne flutes, or some mugs for seasonal mulled wine or hot cocoa. You can give this date night an extra cozy and wintery twist by opting for an evergreen or red plaid flannel sheet as your picnic blanket and lighting a fire in your fireplace.
A cooking class is another great way to connect with your partner in a new and exciting way. It’s also a perfect winter date night idea because it’s indoors, which means you can stay warm and cozy while you learn a new dish or cooking technique together. Look into local classes in your area and book the event in advance, then get ready to bond over your cooking skills (or perhaps your lack thereof, which makes the idea of a class even more exciting!).
A cooking class will teach you a new dish or cuisine, so beyond the class itself, this can inspire future opportunities to cook romantic dinners together. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with ordering your favorite takeout and watching some TV or a movie on a cozy winter night, but cooking something new together can be a great way to break up the routine and bond throughout the winter season and beyond.
Just because it’s cold or gray outside doesn’t mean that you have to put date night on hold! Whether you’re learning something new, showing off your artistic side, adding some friendly competition to the mix, or organizing a magical night right at home, these romantic and creative date night ideas are perfect for the season for you and yours.