Affordable Date Night Ideas

February 3, 2017

Do you and your significant other ever sit around and wonder, what should we do tonight?  Colton and I live in a city full of things to do, but too often are guilt of saying that there is nothing.  With Valentines Day rapidly approaching, I wanted to share a few affordable date night ideas,

Dinner and a movie (at home)

love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie healthy date night pizza recipe trader joesGo to your local grocery store and pick up the ingredients to make a pizza at home (dough, sauce, mozzarella cheese, meat, and veggies). Check out my favorite at home pizza recipe here. Open a bottle of wine and have fun making your perfect pizza, then cuddle up to a good movie on Netflix. Don’t forget dessert!

Groupon fun date

Check out the “things to do” tab (under local) on Groupon and plan a date night that you have never been on before.  Grab discount tickets to a cooking class, test your brain in an escape room, catch a comedy show, or try your putt at mini golf.

All of the chocolate

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Grab a sweet dessert from a fancy restaurant after dinner.  If you are in Dallas, you can try Sablon chocolate lounge in Uptown near West Village and share a delicious, decadent chocolate dessert for under $15.

Romantic picnic

Pack a picnic basket and blanket and head to your nearest river, lake, beach, or pool.  If you aren’t close to any of those, grab a spot under a large tree.  Dallas readers, White Rock Lake is perfect for a sunset picnic.  You can feed the ducks, watch the boats on the water, then go for a sunset walk along the lake.

Ice cream tasting

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Similar to the dessert idea, hit up a local ice cream shop and try all of the new flavors.  More specialty ice cream parlors are opening up across the globe, so why not give them a taste?  If you are in Dallas, make an appointment at Ice Cream Wasted‘s boozy ice cream tasting room.

Rock climbing

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If you don’t live near the mountains, find a local climbing gym and plan an active date.  Cheer each other on and encourage one another while strengthening your arm muscles.  Rock climbing is a fun activity that can easily be turned in to a date.

Progressive dinner

Instead of grabbing dinner all at one place, find a spot you can easily walk from restaurant to restaurant for a progressive dinner. Grab a drink and appetizers at the first restaurant, then walk to the next spot for dinner.  Finally, end with dessert at a third restaurant.  The best part of progressive dinners is that you can try several different places all in one night.

Sweat together

Get your endorphins flowing and catch a workout class together.  The couple that sweats together, stays together.  Keep your eyes open for couple’s workout classes at your local studio, or just catch a regular class together.  Often times, the first class is free.

If you are in Dallas, check out my free cycle class I am hosting at CycleBar Preston Forest on March 14. You can reserve your bike here.  If you don’t have a date to bring, bring a friend or come by yourself.  It will be a fun ride!

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What are some of your favorite date night ideas?  Leave me a comment below!

  • Dominique February 3, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Great ideas! We often do the pizza and wine at home and every now and then just cheese biscuits and wine! A progressive dinner sounds awesome, always wanted to try that 😉

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      It’s really fun! Progressive dinners are a great way to try out a new restaurant without spending a ton of money. Just go there for a drink and an app!

      Cheese biscuits and wine sound yummy!

  • Rebecca Hicks February 3, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I loved this post, Jessica. First off, you and Colton make a GORGEOUS couple. <3 And I love your ideas! One of my favorite things to do when we are looking for something fun to try is hit up Groupon, and date nights in are so much fun! I've shared on Pinterest 🙂

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Awh, thank you Rebecca! Groupon has so many hidden little gems. 🙂

  • Jessy February 3, 2017 at 8:46 am

    My husband and I were just brainstorming about what we wanted to do for Valentine’s Day! That’s a great idea to search Groupon for fun things to do!

    xo, Jessy |

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      There are so many great things that I would have never thought of/knew existed.

  • Belle February 3, 2017 at 8:47 am

    These are great date night ideas! I specifically like the romantic picnic!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you, Belle. I tried to add a good variety of things to do .

  • Kelsey February 3, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Such great ideas! Dinner and a movie at home has to be my favorite one!!

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you, Kelsey! We are big fans of staying in with a good movie and great food.

  • Divya @ Eat Teach BLog February 3, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Gosh, you’re so beautiful! I love these suggestions 🙂 I live in a rural town where there is actually VERY little to do, so we try to do at-home dates as much as possible. We’re doing pizza night tonight! (We usually do it every Friday!)

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Awh thank you! I think the same thing about you. Friday pizza nights sound like the best tradition!

  • Haleybop February 3, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Awesome! I just did a post kind of like this with gift ideas. I love the “dinner at home” one… we are both so busy and travel a lot so when we finally have a date night, we just want to stay home 😀

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks, girl! My husband just started working from home, so a night out is such a treat for him. I feel the same as you, and a night at home is a gift for me. It’s all about compromise. haha.

  • Charlotte February 3, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Aww I love all of these ideas!! Especially ice cream tasting and pizza making but sometimes that’s because I think with my belly first 🙂 rock climbing is something I’ve been meaning to try, too!!

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      Rock climbing is so fun!

  • Melissa Blake February 3, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Awww, an ice cream tasting sounds so fun!!!

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      It’s one of my favorite things to do!

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen February 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I love your ideas for affordable date nights! We usually stay home and cook for each other, and pizza is frequently on the menu. Rock climbing is something we’ve always wanted to do, but there’s nowhere close that offers it.

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you! It’s a great workout, for sure.

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove February 3, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I love the idea of an ice cream tasting, how fun! And I’ve been wanting to do a progressive dinner with my hubby for awhile now, I should plan that!

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      You should! It’s a lot of fun!!

  • jehava February 3, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Love these ideas! It’s so important to keep each other first by doing fun things like this!

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      I agree completely!! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Michelle - Lillian Abbey February 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Great ideas! We did an escape room a couple of months ago and it was a blast!

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Oh my goodness. Isn’t it?! We did one a few months ago for the first time and I am dying to go back!

  • Ayanna February 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    These are some great date ideas! If I ever visit Dallas, I will definitely check out the Ice Cream Wasted‘s boozy ice cream tasting room.

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks, Ayanna. It is worth the trip for sure! 🙂

  • Krysten February 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Okay, a progressive dinner sounds insanely fun! It’s like a bar hop for food! I might have to do that with my partner soon.

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      That is exactly what it is like! 🙂

  • Logan February 3, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    A progressive dinner sounds fun! I love making dinner at home with my hubby!

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      It is a lot of fun! 🙂

  • Lee Anne February 3, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    These are all wonderful ideas! I love this, because it’s easy to get in a rut sometimes.

    Lee Anne

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      Absolutely! That’s why I tried to include a good variety!

  • Laina Turner February 3, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Some really great ideas! And tasty too.

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks, dear! 🙂

  • Mistle February 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Love all of these ideas! I love making homemade pizza and watching movies at home. Ice cream tastings sound like fun as well!!

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you! Ice cream and pizza are two of my favorite things.

  • Nina February 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Love the dinner and movie at home, and the progressive dinner ideas. those seem like perfect dates to me. 🙂

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks, girl! I am all for any date that involves food.

  • Jessica Sheppard February 3, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Great post with V Day approaching! Such fab ideas for fun date night nights. That chocolate looks amazing…super yummy! Dinner and movie at home is perfect!

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you! It was insanely good. I am all about movies and dinner at home too.

  • Mary February 3, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I love all your ideas for Date Night. A couple of years ago we did a Progressive Dinner with friends for New Years Eve, it was so much fun.

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you, Mary! Progressive Dinners are a great way to see try new places. It’s a fun time for sure!

  • alexandra @ my urban family February 3, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I love the idea of a picnic! Once it’s warm out, I want to make time for a bike ride with a picnic in the middle 🙂

    • Jessica February 3, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks girl! I like the bike ride to the picnic. I may have to steal that.

  • Rachel Ritlop February 4, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Great ideas Jessica! Who doesn’t love an ice cream tasting?

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • Jessica February 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Right?! It’s so good!!

  • Taylor Mobley February 4, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I LOVE the picnic idea! MY husband and I LOVE doing that together when it is nice out.

    • Jessica February 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Yes! Sometimes a picnic for us is a romantic dinner on our patio, but I love enjoying the nice weather.

  • Danielle February 5, 2017 at 5:29 am

    What great ideas!! 🙂 I love all the chocolate! 😉 My husband and I also like to do game nights at home.

    • Jessica February 6, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Game nights are the best! I am a huge fan. 🙂

  • Rae February 5, 2017 at 9:46 am

    What fun ideas! We too live in a big city but always futz around Saturday night, clueless about what to do. Love the idea of the “progressive dinner” – we’ll have to try that next week for sure!

    Mindful Rambles

    • Jessica February 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      It is so much fun. I love trying different cocktails, so it is a fun way to try a few restaurants all in one night.

  • Amanda Kruse February 5, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    These are all good ideas! I think the ice cream tasting would be fun.

    Amanda ||

    • Jessica February 6, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      It’s so much fun! My husband and I both love ice cream, so it’s a great date idea for us.

  • Tayler Morrell February 5, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Holy cow! I definitely want to try that chocolate lounge! I live in Lewisville, so we’ll have to definitely go one time!

    • Jessica February 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      YES! You will love it! It’s so good. 🙂

  • Lindsay February 6, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Great ideas girl! I love that you’re offering up your class as free but it also promotes health and wellness, both great and necessary things for a successful and healthy life. 🙂

    • Jessica February 6, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you dear! I am all about finding free fitness events. Anything that gets people moving. 🙂

  • Kayla February 6, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I love these ideas! I’ve always wanted to try taking my boyfriend on a Groupon date!

    Kayla |

    • Jessica February 12, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      There are so many fun options!!

  • Sara February 11, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks for all these ideas. We really need to do a better job at making date night a priority. My husband keeps a list of things he enjoys doing (which are basically all our choices) and considers them to be “fun things to do” when we don’t know what to do… this is a little more my speed. 😉

    • Jessica February 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Haha. I agree completely that date nights should be a priority. It’s easy to get swept up in the busyness of life and forget to date each other. Some of these ideas have been some of my favorite nights together. 🙂

  • Harmony, Momma To Go February 13, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    we’ve done pedicures, a glass of wine and cheese plate at a local wine bar (or make that at home esp with little, little kids)