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Date Ideas You Don't Even Need To Leave The House For

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1. The Blanket Fort Date

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String up a washing line and peg on some sheets, or throw a blanket over several chairs. Bring snacks and supplies, and make sure you can see the TV from your new hidey-hole.

2. The Kitchen Gadget Date

You can pick up used kitchen gadgets pretty cheaply/free from websites like Gumtree, Preloved, and Freecycle. Stock up on unloved bread makers, ice cream makers, doughnut makers, and cake pop and popcorn machines. Spend the night handcrafting delicious snacks to feast on in front of the telly.

4. The Hey, It Was Fun When We Were Kids Date

Cook your favourite childhood meal and watch your favourite childhood movie together. When that's finished, break out an old-school board game.

You get bonus points if each of you are brave enough to bring along a handful of childhood photos along for you both to mock.

6. The Decorate a Mug Date

All you need is two mugs and a porcelain marker (a permanent pen will work if not, but won't last as long). Scribble on your design and bake in the over according to the manufacturers instructions (or 30 minutes at 350°F if you're using a marker).

This is even funnier if you don't have a creative bone in your body.

8. The Holiday at Home Date

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Recreate a meal from your favourite holiday together. Make sure you set the scene by trying to get the same wine and dishing it up on pretty plates.

11. The Eat Your Way Through a Movie Date

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Edible cinema experiences are a massive new trend – but they're bloody expensive to go to.

Re-create it at home by serving up foods and drinks from a movie as you're watching it. Think snacks and quick bites rather than watching a mob movie and trying to shovel down massive plates of pasta in time with the scenes.

12. The Breakfast in Bed, for Dinner Date


Breakfast in bed is one of life's little luxuries, but you don't always have time. So, make your favourite breakfast food, and take it back to bed to eat in front of a good film.

13. The Beer and Cheese Night

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Wine and cheese pairings are great, but a little bit '70s. The new trend is to pair cheese and beer. It can be a bit of a minefield though with over 2,000 types of beer and 700 British cheeses out there, so check out the British Cheese Board's guide before you start.

14. The Make a Time Capsule Date

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Fill a sturdy box,with either relics of your relationship or things that you think are poignant and of-the-day (e.g., today's newspaper, printouts of song lyrics, a picture of the Prime Minister and a farmyard animal...)

When you're finished, seal up the box, and add a note instructing it not to be opened until a certain year.

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