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Snuggling in with your favorite person at home for a movie date night is just so intimately comfy and cozy, it’s the perfect way to spend time with the person you love most. You could just wing it and throw some Netflix on, or you could follow these tips for movie date night at home and make it an unforgettable evening!
Movie Date Night at Home Ideas
Pick the Perfect Movie
This one might seem like the easiest step, but if you really want to plan a creative movie date night at home, give this one plenty of thought! There are so many ways to personalize your romantic movie date and it really all begins with which movie you choose.
Of course, there are all the classic romantic movies, and you can’t go wrong with that! Then you’ve got great seasonal options, like romantic Christmas movies at Christmastime. To really personalize your romantic movie night at home, choose movies that have special significance to either where you are in your lives or remind you of a shared memory.
For example, you might choose a fun movie about pregnancy and parenting if you’re expecting, or you might choose a beautiful film about an overseas location that you’re planning on traveling to together. Pick one that will show your date that you are being thoughtful about your movie date night choice.
Go All in on a Theme
This is one of those ideas for movie date nights at home that really just put the whole experience over the top, and you can have so much fun with it! For example, if you’re watching a French film, then oooh la la, make it as French as can be with an Eiffel Tower poster on the wall, macarons to snack on, twinkle lights hung, and a bottle of your favorite French wine. A scary movie? Rent a fog machine or run a few diffusers and perhaps throw up some spooky lights and decor.
Whatever kind of movie you’ve chosen for your movie date night at home, go all in with decor, snacks, and even attire that fits the theme. Have fun with it and the entire night will be a movie date night to remember!
Make your Nest
Okay, not a literal nest, but kind of! If you’re watching your date night movie in the living room, gather together all of the pillows, blankets, and cushions you can and create the comfiest, coziest spot you two can snuggle up in.
You can even be a little extra and create your own little blanket fort or tent and decorate with twinkle lights to add to the ambiance. This is such a cute home movie date idea for a romantic night in!
Snack Attack It
We all know that a successful movie night absolutely must include some yummy snacks! There are so many great options for movie date night snacks, whether you’re looking for sweet or savory treats, homemade or storebought, but if you opt for a variety pack like the Crave Box snack pack that features 45 different options, you can be sure that both you and your date will find something to love.
Don’t forget the popcorn!
Of course, movie date night at home can be as simple as cuddling up on the couch in front of the TV, but you can really make the experience extra cinematic with a projector! Quality and price varies greatly across the board, but you can get a projector and screen that hooks up to your smartphone that works great for a small space for well under $100, or if you’re looking for supreme quality and willing to spend the cash, you can get one that will offer an even better picture and compatibility with even more devices.
Plus, you can take your projector anywhere and set up a romantic movie date night at home in the backyard, in the bedroom, basically anywhere you might want to cozy up with your favorite person.
Do a Movie Marathon
This is one of those ideas for movie date nights at home that is absolutely perfect for those icky weather days. Is it supposed to storm all weekend long? Set up a movie marathon!
Ideas for movie marathons at home include doing 90s rom coms, holiday-themed movies, franchises like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or the Marvel movies, and you can set up your food and drink options for the weekend in theme. Make it extra fun by dressing up in theme together!
Movie Night Under the Stars
For romantic movie date nights at home, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic option than watching a movie under the stars! This is where that portable projector comes in handy because you can set it up anywhere you’d like outside.
For seating, you can opt for blow up furniture, hammocks, lawn chairs, or even just an oversized blanket spread out on the lawn. Intex even makes this cool inflatable couch with cup holders that also is a pull out bed. If it’s a little cooler out, it’s the perfect excuse for snuggling up together under a cozy blanket, and as an added bonus, your romantic date night can end with a little stargazing if the conditions are right!
Set up a Portable Bar
This is one of those ideas for movie date night at home that are geared towards the 21 and above crowd, but even if you opt for mocktails, this can be such a fun accompaniment to your movie night!
Bonus points if you can incorporate something related to the movie you have chosen: are you guys watching a scary movie? Sounds like the perfect setup for a Bloody Mary station. Watching Willy Wonka? Set up a sweet drink station with colorful syrups and juices to accompany your base beverage of choice, with candy garnishes!
Dinner and a Movie
Okay, this is pretty classic, yes, but with this movie date night idea, you can enjoy it all from the comfort of your own home. You can set up a cute little cafe style table and chairs in the living room complete with flowers or something sparkly as a centerpiece, throw a blanket down and make it a picnic, or even just grab a couple of TV trays, press play and dig in.
Whether you decide to cook a full meal or you doordash something in, nothing beats the comfort and convenience of being able to enjoy a yummy meal together while watching a great movie, and even cooler is that once you’re done eating, all you have to do is slide on over to the couch.
Make it Risque
This is not a first date movie night idea by any means, but if you’re in a committed relationship, it can be a really fun way to set the mood for an intimate night at home! You don’t have to go over the top with anything, but choose a movie with a little heat to get you both in the spirit of things, then pair it with a few other sexy touches like chocolate-covered strawberries, your favorite bottle of wine, and perhaps an outfit that is just a little more exciting than you’d typically wear to at home movie night with your spouse.
This is a very fun idea for a married movie date night at home; in case your spouse doesn’t seem to be getting the hint, you can also incorporate a little friendly massage during the movie to really drive the idea home!
Whichever of these ideas for movie date nights at home appeals to you, remember the most important part of planning a great date night is personalizing it a bit for your date. Considering their favorite things and what they like will go a long way toward planning that perfect movie date night at home!
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Amy Hartle is the co-founder and owner of Two Drifters, where she blogs about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. With a Master’s in English and a BA in Musical Theatre, Amy loves to write quality content as well as to entertain, and she hopes to do a bit of both here on the blog! Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband Nathan, and son Malcolm. When not working on their sites or traveling the world, the Hartles can be found cuddling, reading, and hanging out with their cats.