Finding things to do on date night has always been tough. You quickly get sick of the basics: dinner and a movie just doesn’t feel special when you’ve done it once a week for the past six months. But thanks to COVID-19, even the basics are a no-go. In times like these, it’s even harder to come up with creative date ideas, since you’re pretty much trapped in your own house. But don’t worry—you can still keep the romance alive with the help of a few creative businesses around town.
Stay in, light some candles (and for heaven’s sake put some real clothes on—those pyjamas aren’t going to cut it) and prepare for the date night of your dreams without leaving the house.
Have A Cheese And Wine Tasting
While a trip to our local wineries might be out of the question, you can still host your very own cheese and wine tasting from the comfort of your living room. City Winery will deliver a tasting box that includes three bottles of wine, each with its own perfect cheese pairing, along with videos from real winemakers explaining why the two mix so well together. See, swirl, sniff, sip, and savour every flavour as you enjoy the classiest date night in town.
Get Your Hands Dirty With A Pottery Kit
If you’re itching for a chance to let your creative juices flow, check out Only T for your next night in. Their new home-delivered pot making kits offer you a chance to get out of your head and into your hands by creating some questionable collectables. The kits come with all the concrete mix and equipment you need to get down and dirty and with your date. The isoKITs are perfect for the creative couple, so order a kit now for a date night like no other.
Cook Up A Storm Together
Been getting into the new season of MasterChef? See if you can take the pressure in the kitchen together and get cooking. A subscription with MasterClass will get you access to cooking classes from icons like Massimo Botura, Gordon Ramsey and Dominique Ansel, meaning you’ll be pros in no time. If you’d rather not start from scratch, you could pick up a semi-prepared meal from Montrachet, or go straight to dessert with a DIY dessert kit from Cowch or take-and-bake cookie dough from Jocelyn’s Provisions.
Feast On A Five Course Degustation
Staying in doesn’t mean missing out on multiple course fine dining—just get Deer Duck’s five course degustation delivered to you. Their ever-changing menu features five courses of their iconic fare, currently including a Mediterraenean salmon salad, smoked duxelle and truffle pasta, and finishing with creamy panna cotta and shortbread for dessert. You can grab the meal to-go by ordering online, or get it delivered if you live around Auchenflower. To top it all off, you can pick up a bottle of wine to go with your meal for an extra $20. Bon appétit.
Lay Out A Picnic Spread At Home
There’s nothing quite like packing a picnic basket, laying out a blanket and setting up a spread in the sun. But since you can’t be outside for anything but exercise, that could be a challenge. That is, unless you decide to have your picnic at home. Get your cheese (and drinks) delivered to your door and pop them in the fridge, so they’re perfectly chilled for your afternoon picnic. Lay out a blanket in the backyard, on the patio or even in the lounge room, and start nibbling away. Reading each other poetry optional.
Paint And Sip The Night Away
Paint and sip classes are fun and all, but you know what’s even better? Not having to stumble home with your wet canvas afterwards—because you’re already there. Thanks to Cork & Chroma, you can now pick up your paintbrush and get to work on creating a masterpiece from the comfort of your couch. And who better to do it with than your other half? After all, you’ll need someone to refill your glass when it gets a little too low.
Plan A Post-Corona Weekend Away
International travel may be off the table for the foreseeable future, but in the coming months it’s likely restrictions within Australia will start to ease. When that happens, everyone is going to want to get out of Dodge, so you’d better be prepared with a plan before all the best spots book out. Why not spend your date night planning your dream Aussie vay-cay starting in the Sunshine State? Whether you were born to set up a campsite, or glamping is more your style, Queensland’s got something for everyone. Nice and close to home is the Scenic Rim, perfect for a weekend getaway. So grab a bottle of wine and get planning, the anticipation is half the fun.
Looking for more boredom busters to get you through isolation? Check out seven things to do in Brisbane this weekend.
Image credit: City Winery