8 Winter Date Night Ideas
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Cold Play1 of 9
By Natasha Burton
Just because it's cold outside that doesn't mean your love life needs to go into hibernation. The following ideas will help keep you and your partner connected—and cozy—all winter long.
Tasting for Two2 of 9
You don't have to be a wine connoisseur to appreciate a perfect pairing of vino and fun. Homebodies can break out the merlot and play Oakey Dokey, a coordination game using wine corks that's sure to devolve into mayhem after a glass or two. Feel like venturing out? Partake in the latest wine craze that pairs grapes and painting. Check out Painting with a Twist, Pinot's Palette, and Colors and Bottles, which all have multiple locations in nearly every state, to find a class near you.
Game On3 of 9
Laughing together releases endorphins and helps strengthen bonds between people. Break out a game like The Game of Things and Cards Against Humanity, both of which are impossible to play without cracking up until you cry. Want something more cerebral that's still fun? Try Idiom Addict, perfect for literary types and wordsmiths alike.
Movie Magic4 of 9
Dating coach Karla Moore suggests amping up your at-home movie nights by choosing a theme and letting that dictate the evening. Pick a foreign film like Cinema Paradiso or Black Orpheus and pair it with an Italian or French dish and a sexy regional red wine. Or go full-on American classic and cook filet migion with sautéed red potatoes and mushrooms, then dine while watching The Thomas Crown Affair (we're partial to the 1968 version, pictured, with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway).
Masquerade Party5 of 9
If you really want the sparks to fly this winter, join a sexy subscription service like The Fantasy Box, which delivers a role-playing package of goodies right to your door every month. Complete with costumes, props and choreographed dialogue prompt cards (so you don't feel totally awkward about pretending to be, say, a naughty chef), this could just be the best way to stay warm this winter.
Comfort Cooking6 of 9
Cold weather calls for comfort food and, luckily, making soup can be a great date night idea that doesn't require Top Chef-caliber skills, says psychotherapist Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D., author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again. "You can either make the soup from scratch or, if you don't cook, you can buy a bunch of cans or frozen veggies and dump them in the pot," she says. "Either way, you'll have something to do together that's not too challenging, and a lovely soup dinner to look forward to."
Memory Lane7 of 9
New research from University of Southampton found that reminiscing can boost your self-esteem and your sense of optimism. So take a tip from Tessina and plan a night of nostalgia with your partner. Spread a fluffy throw on the floor, grab some snacks, and get out photo albums (or look through photos online with a tablet), she suggests. "Relive vacations, get a peek into each other's childhoods, or laugh at silly outfits you wore in high school," she says.
Mix It Up8 of 9
Expand your bartending know-how by attending a mixology workshop—a trendy spin on the traditional cooking class—which will certainly come in handy the next time you entertain. If you'd rather refine your mixing skills at home, you can learn how to muddle, mix and blend like a pro with an app like Speakeasy Cocktails.
DIY à Deux9 of 9
Learning a new skill will not only give you a shared sense of accomplishment, it can actually improve your brain function, according to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science. Join forces on a little home-improvement project or check out a site like Craftsy, which offers DIY tutorials on everything from upcycling furniture to making pasta from scratch.