Date Ideas at Home: DIY Romantic Settings from Childhood Things

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So you want to have a romantic evening but you’re too lazy to go out, want to save, or simply prefer the privacy of your own home? Hanging out at home and simply dining with that special someone could make things a bit casual and boring over a repeated number of times. How do you spice things up? Here are some non-conventional ways on how to create a romantic ambiance while keeping a tight budget.

1. Glamp Out (“Glamorous Camping”)

Create a cozy environment in a matter of minutes. Pitch a tent in your backyard, fill it with lots of pillows and lanterns, put on some chill music, and pop open a bottle of wine. Voila! A magical evening. Just remember to check the weather forecast first! Then again, if your tent is water-proof, elevated from the ground and has a canopy above it, a rainy weather can prove to be a nice day/night out as well. While the rain sets a different mood altogether, it can be equally cozy and romantic.

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Photo by Paris H

2. Build a Blanket Fort

Don’t have a yard, or you simply want to avoid the outdoors? No problem! You can always camp comfortably in your living room by building a Blanket Fortress. You will need lots of sheets, pillows and furniture to build around, like chairs, tables, broomsticks, stack of books–anything! Be resourceful! Finally, light the area by adding some lamps or Christmas lights. Be careful of overheating bulbs. You don’t want to set your house on fire!

Photo from designsponge.com
Photo from Design Sponge

You can also swap the music for a movie and call this Movie Night. Simply build your fortress around the TV or bring in your laptop. If you haven’t tried it as a kid, now’s your chance!

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Photo by Little Winter

3. Indoor Stargazing

Transform your the walls and ceiling of your living room into a starry night sky with these Glow-in-the-Dark Stars. Stick on as many as you can for better effect. The short-cut is to buy a glow-in-the-dark mural like at Stella Murals. Conversely, you can up your game by creating something yourself. Buy your own Glow-in-the-Dark Paint and unleash your inner Van Gogh! Add a moon or shooting star here and there. (Tip: You can combine this idea with the indoor picnic.)

Photo by Stella Murals
Photo by Stella Murals

4. Country Picnic

There’s a certain charm in the easy-going country life. People nowadays don’t normally spend that much time outdoors, but kids from before the digital age could remember. If you have a backyard or private park, find a tree that offers sufficient shade, and lay out your picnic blanket. Accessorize as needed.

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Photo from Happy Party Idea

If it looks like rain, or if you don’t have a yard, you can also take this indoors for a more cozy feel. Be sure to have some pillows or comforters to sit on!

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Photo from Army Wife to Suburban Life

5. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious and adventurous, you can transform your backyard into something whimsical and outlandish! Being eclectic is key. The more decor and colors, the better. Hang a clothesline or individually string ordinary items like tea cups, pocket watches (or even hand-drawn paper cut-outs), keys or books. Put flowers in tea cups, and “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” tags on food and drinks. It doesn’t have to be Alice-in-Wonderland-themed, but something along those lines. In fact, this can also be done in your living room, and at any time of the day, whether in daylight or in the evening.

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