Being a parent means a lot of things get shoved to the back burner. Your relationship with your spouse shouldn’t be one of them. But fitting in a date night can be hard sometimes. Whether it’s not finding the energy to go out, being unable to find a babysitter, or a pandemic keeping you home, date night at home can be an easy compromise. Check out these ideas for a special night at Chez Vous.

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Let Your Romance Bloom

Why give a flower arrangement when you can craft your own bouquet? There is no shortage of virtual classes right now, but one of our favorites is the at-home workshop offered by Alexandria, VA’s Helen Olivia Floral Design shop. Flowers are available for curbside pick up (they also offer delivery).

Online: helenoliviaflowers.com/

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Invite a Wine-Maker to Your Wine Tasting

When you think wine, your first thought might be the Napa Valley or France. But we have a pretty amazing collection of local vineyards.  You can pick up a local bottle or grab an At-Home Wine Tasting Kit. If you’re looking for some guidance during your vino journey, DrinkWell, a Fri. night Facebook Live event, helps walk you through the nose and notes of your bottle (wines are available to purchase pre-event).

Online: stonetowerwinery.com

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Make a  Simple Spread for a Special Picnic

A picnic can be a beautiful way to make dinner a romantic experience without a lot of extra effort. If the weather’s nice, head to the backyard with a blanket to sit under the stars while you enjoy your meal. Otherwise, spread that blanket on the living room or bedroom floor and enjoy the warm coziness of sitting side-by-side for a meal. Skip the grunt work and spring for one of these curated grazing box from The Cornichon (they make any spread feel like a picnic).

Online :facebook.com/thecornichon

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DIY Your Own Spa Experience

Who says you need to go to an actual spa to enjoy relax. Unwind with some simple masks (the kind that don’t have an n95 rating); check out these recipes from the Baltimore Ivy Hotel for a complete facial at home with things you already have. Create the perfect ambiance with this Spotify playlist— don’t forget the thick, fluffy bathrobes and cucumber water.

Online: theivybaltimore.com

 

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Head to the Movies

For a traditional dinner and a movie night head out…. to your backyard. You can rent everything you need for an outdoor movie experience, from the projector to screen to speakers, at DC’s Funflicks (starting at $299). You can even add a popcorn machine for an authentic movie-goer experience. Afraid you’ll disturb the neighbors? Go silent with headphones (also available to rent).

Online: funflicks.com/

 


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Transform Your Kitchen into a Dive

Karaoke, trivia, darts, and music games are just some of the fun you might be missing from a night out on the town. You might not be able to head out, but you can bring the fun home. You can find virtual karaoke contests and trivia nights online.  Mix up your own cocktails with DC-crafted spirits or have your favorite boozy concoction delivered. Looking for the live-music experience? Order beer from Old Ox Brewery and it will be delivered by a musician!

Online: oldoxbrewery.com

 

—Wendy Miller

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