When cooler weather arrives and the leaves start to turn, don’t you just want to snuggle up at home with your sweetheart and hibernate for the rest of the year?
You can do that, and keep the romance alive, by planning out some of these date night ideas that are perfect for the season of sweaters, cozy drinks, and cuddling on the couch.
1. Vintage Movie Marathon
The best movies are in black and white. That old vintage charm just can’t be beat, and the nostalgic feeling matches the atmosphere of fall perfectly. Make a list of your favorite old movies, or ones you’ve been meaning to see, and have an all day or night marathon. Some of the best vintage romance movies include Casablanca, Sabrina, The Philadelphia Story, and of course the ever famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
2. Bake Some Sweet Treats
When you think about the best part of fall, what comes to mind first? For many, it’s the delicious baked goods and maple or pumpkin flavored everything. Pick a few of your favorites and get baking! There are so many simple muffin, scone, and sweet bread recipes that even beginner bakers won’t have trouble making, and the learning process will be even more fun when you do it with your sweetheart.
3. Backyard Stargazing
A pastime beloved by starry-eyed couples for centuries, stargazing is a wonderful excuse to snuggle up under a blanket and do nothing. If you never learned your constellations, now is the perfect time! When your view isn’t marred by clouds, fall and winter are actually the best times to stargaze because the air is crisp and there’s less distortion that usually makes the stars twinkle and more difficult to see.
4. Board Games and Hot Cocoa
All’s fair in love and war, and never is that more obvious than when the two combine during a good-natured (but potentially vicious) board game competition. You never realize how cunning and crafty your significant other is until they gouge you on the rent in Monopoly and convince you that “lolz” is an acceptable word in Scrabble. You’ll need a welcome distraction, so pair your board game night with a treat like hot cocoa or eggnog.
5. Make a Blanket Fort
You don’t have to stop making blanket forts when you become an adult (what even is an adult, anyway?). Set up some chairs, place a few pillows strategically, and pile on the sheets and blankets. Once your fort is set up, you can do any of the activities mentioned above! If you have a projector and you’re feeling ambitious, you can turn your fort into a personal movie theater by hanging a sheet as the screen and setting up your projector.