Step-by-Step Guide to Help Over 50s Plan an Indoor Date Night

No one said your relationship with your spouse has to go from “wow” to “meh” once you retire. Quarantine may have us staying indoors but we can still keep the romance sparks sizzling using resources right under our roofs. Check out this step-by-step guide to help over 50s plan a date night at home.

Step one: Choose an activity.

After years of marriage, it’s a safe bet to say you’ve exhausted most of the common date night ideas. Dinner and a movie? Check. Picnics? You’ve scrawled your initials on a couple of good park benches. Dog sledding? No thanks. The last one may not be your cup of tea, but don’t give up just yet.

Once you retire, choosing an activity for date nights at home may need you to think outside the box. Start by writing a list of all the things you enjoy doing and another one on your partner’s interests. Now think of activities that have a little bit of something from both lists. For instance, if you enjoy board games and your spouse is a big fan of true crime, play a cold case crime game. Or if both of you are artistic, make body art with face paint. They’re like temporary tattoos but 10 times more fun. And if you also want to document the date with pictures… please for the love of your children, keep it classy!

Step two: Set the stage.

Once you’ve chosen an activity, you can move on to setting the stage. Think about what you have planned for the date and pay extra attention to cleaning the place where you’ll spend the most time. Though you and your partner are probably used to spending more time at home since retirement, remember this is a date. Would you want to focus on romance with your partner when there are dirty dishes in the sink or clothes strewn on your bedroom floor?

We’re not saying you have to make every surface absolutely sterile, but make an effort to clean your home. If you’re playing a cold case crime game, for instance, then focus on the living room. Setting the stage also involves making sure you have all the things you’ll need for the date. That means for body art painting you’ll need to buy the paint and maybe a sheet so you don’t stain the floor.

Step three: Add some décor.

Candles, flowers, throw pillows. These are things that can give your home some extra oomph and put a smile on your sweetie’s face. You don’t even have to go out and buy anything. Little gestures like dimming the lights or playing their favorite songs can also put a smile on your partner’s face. And if you’re planning to eat together—even if it’s just pizza—break out the fine dinnerware. Small gestures can help transform your date into a luxurious night indoors.

Step four: Plan the menu.

If your chosen activity doesn’t involve food then you’ll have to also plan your date night menu. Pinterest is a great place to search for simple recipes, but if you’re short on time, Plan Life Meals and Performance Kitchen Crafted provide meal prep services to residents in the Redmond, WA, area. For exotic dishes, have sushi delivered from Musashi’s or try Hibiscus’ Mediterranean cuisine.

While we’re on the topic of food; don’t forget about dessert. Chocolate-covered bananas, avocado chocolate mousse, and baked cinnamon apples are some of our favorite “cheat sweets.” Just remember to rinse your mouth right after and brush your teeth before bed—your oral health (and your smile) will thank you for it.

Step five: Dress to impress.

Your partner may have married you for your personality and kind smile, but make a special effort on date night to spruce up your appearance. Being sexy is a big part of keeping the romance alive after retirement, so put on your best “going out” clothes and make a little extra effort. Just make sure your fashion statement goes hand in hand with what you’re doing that night. There’s no point putting on a tux if your chosen date night activity is body art painting. Go for an “at home, relaxed” outfit instead.

Preparing for an indoor date just like you would a night out helps to keep the romance alive. Choose an activity you both enjoy and make sure you have everything you need to make the night a success. If you’d like to also spruce up your smile before the big day, Duvall Dental Center has got you covered. And you won’t even have to leave your house. Simply upload a selfie of your smile through our virtual consultation platform and share any concerns you have regarding your teeth with our Richmond, WA, dentist Dr. Tyler. Until then: enjoy your happy hour at home.