Kick your at-home date night up a notch with a little help from local businesses. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a simple dinner and movie night or get a little more creative for an upcoming anniversary, local businesses can help make your stay-at-home date night one to remember. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Turn up the tunes, don your favorite tropical attire, and escape with a tiki-inspired date night at home. Many local cocktail bars are currently offering takeout cocktail kits and tiki bars are no exception. The ever-popular Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago is offering a variety of cocktail kits, including a Zombie cocktail kit (rum, their special Zombie mix, grapefruit/lime juice) as well as a Pinky Gonzales cocktail kit (blanco tequila, lime, pineapple, curaçao, almond orgeat). Lost Whale in Milwaukee, WI is offering a Mai Tai cocktail kit, complete with freshly-cut pineapple and amarena fabbri black cherries for garnish. Mai Pai in Hamilton, ON has a paper-umbrella-adorned Hurricane cocktail kit and is even offering some of their Seafoam Herman tiki mugs for take out as well. Find a tiki bar near you offering delivery or curbside pickup to help create your tropical escape.
Viewing at home doesn’t mean you can’t catch a recent release or art house film. Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles joins many theaters throughout North America in offering virtual cinema programs. With Laemmle, you can choose from a selection of thought-provoking art house films for a date night that just may lead to an interesting post-film conversation. Many local theaters have also transitioned to offering curbside popcorn pickup during this time. Cap off the movie theater vibe by grabbing a tub of movie theater popcorn from a local cinema like Hamburg Palace in Buffalo, NY. Or, if you’re looking for more gourmet popcorn options, many artisan popcorn shops have also transitioned to curbside pickup, like Poppee’s Popcorn in North Ridgeville, OH or Papa’s Popcorn in Clarence Center, NY.
For a date night that will relax and refresh, try a couples meditation session. Many local meditation studios, like The Whispering Cave in Wayzata, MN and WITHIN Meditation in San Francisco, CA, have begun streaming their guided meditations online. You may even be able to find a local candle shop, like The Candle Mercantile in Lake Geneva, WI, offering curbside pickup of hand-poured candles. Dim the lights, light some candles, and calm the mind—all the while enjoying a relaxing evening together.
While enjoying takeout in sweats on the sofa is great (trust us, no judgement here), maybe take things to a slightly fancier level for an at-home date evening. With options for takeout a little more varied than usual, you’re likely to find wonderful local options for exquisite cuisine for takeout or delivery. Dialogue in Santa Monica, CA is currently offering a three-course menu for takeout as well as a variety of takeout wine, beer, and sake. Add some finishing touches to the evening by sprucing up your at home dining space with a luscious bouquet of blooms from one of the many local florists offering delivery right now.
Chocolate & Wine Tasting
For a stay-at-home date night that’s both delicious and interactive, try putting together your very own chocolate and wine tasting. Debrand Fine Chocolates in Indianapolis, IN joins many local chocolatiers in offering curbside pickup. Order up a variety of chocolates and find a local winery or wine shop offering delivery. Your local wine merchant, like Hudson Wine Merchants in Hudson, NY, may even be able to offer some guidance on what wines to pair with your local chocolates of choice.