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Staying in doesn’t mean you can’t have a lovely romantic evening at home. In fact, it can be the perfect addition to your love life. Whether you adapt your usual plan for date night or create something special just for nights in, you can plan a great evening of romance for you and your partner.

Get Dressed Up

Treat the night like the special occasion it is! If you’d normally slip into a suit and tie or a dress and pair of heels for a night out, consider doing the same for your night in. Plan ahead and you can even pick out something special for your partner to wear, whether that’s a luxurious new dress shirt or some plus size sexy lingerie. Be sure to double-check their size for the perfect fit and pieces best suited to their body type, whether you’re picking up a new ultra-sexy lace robe or a silky pair of boxers.

Make a Meal of It

Are you up for the challenge of making a delicious meal? Working together in the kitchen can even count as part of your date night festivities! Tackle a new recipe together, or have them make the dessert while you prepare the main course. You can even spice things up with a few extra romantic additions, like chocolate-covered strawberries or whipped cream.

Is neither of you particularly confident in your cooking skills? Order delivery or takeout from your favorite local restaurants. You’ll get all the flavors of a night on the town from the comfort of your couch!

Drink Up

Every great romantic evening features a glass of wine or a shot of whiskey (or your non-alcoholic beverage of choice). Head to an outlet like Joe Canal’s, a liquor store in Lawrenceville, NJ, to stock up on your go-to drinks without needing to go into the city. Many stores even offer curbside pickup, so you won’t need to leave the car. Try out some DIY cocktails to add another activity to your date night agenda!

Bring the Fun Home

If an escape room is your idea of the perfect date night, maybe you’ll enjoy creating one of your own with Escape the Crate or a similar product. Try out that picnic you always talk about by setting up a blanket on the floor. If you’ve been meaning to check out the planetarium with your partner, head outside and look up at the stars. Or, if you’d rather keep your “normal” plans separate from your romantic night in, consider special activities you’ll only do at home, like board games, a Call of Duty tournament, or putting that sexy lingerie you picked out to good use!

Plan the Soundtrack

Whether you want to recreate your favorite club with some techno or go all-out with DIY at-home karaoke, a good playlist can be the highlight of your romantic evening. Make it extra-special by including “your song” or your SO’s favorite band! Dancing through the living room is optional.

Don’t Forget to Decorate

Spending your date night at home still deserves some romantic ambiance! Light candles, sprinkle rose petals through the hallway or hang some fairy lights. You know your partner best, so keep their preferences in mind—would they rather a classic romantic setup or something more unique? If you’re struggling to come up with ideas, Pinterest has plenty of inspiration.

It’s the Thought that Counts

Even if you plan your ideal romantic evening through the smallest detail, things might still go wrong—and that’s okay! Your partner is bound to appreciate the effort no matter what. Spending time together makes couples happier, even if that time together doesn’t work out just like they’d imagined. Whether you’ve made a romantic dinner on a budget or put together a fancy night of luxury, the most important romance is between the two of you!

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