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At Home Date Nights & Favorite Games

I’ve loved the questions from readers asking about our at home date nights and our favorite games. To be honest, our Monday through Thursday evening routine is pretty lame and usually consists of catching up on TV shows and/or working after the kids go to bed. So by Friday we are more than ready to kick off the weekend with some quality time together. Trust me, I loooove getting dolled up for a date night out with my hubby but babysitting + uber rides + cocktails + dinner can add up quickly so we definitely can’t do that every week! However, that doesn’t mean we can’t host our own little date together at home on the reg.

So after the kiddos are in bed (with both of their magical sound machines blasting on high), we retreat to our backyard with some cocktails and the baby monitor. We turn on the bistro lights, set out the patio furniture pillows, turn on the Thermacell to block the mosquitoes, and turn up our favorite Pandora station over the portable speaker deck (side note: if you don’t have one of these, add it to your Christmas list!!!! best gift ever!). Then we bust out the games — loser is responsible for refilling cocktails! Here are some of our favorite two-player games:

date nite games

Phase 10 // Skip-Bo // Bananagrams // Jumbling Tower // Uno // Table Topics // Backgammon


For dinner we keep it super easy so our time spent together isn’t cooking. I usually make a low prep appetizer (caprese salad is our go-to recently), throw meat on the grill, oven roast or grill some fresh veggies and serve a pre-made dessert from the teeter bakery. 

Some of our favorite EASY summertime grilled items include Grilled Cheese, Cabernet Burgers (prepped the night before), Pesto Shrimp, pork chops and steak! Side note: We recently started picking up our meat from Trader Joes and I am so impressed with the quality of their filet mignon and pork chops — highly recommend!

Also, we’ve been waiting all season long for patio furniture to go on sale to finally swoop up this beautiful and comfortable 5 piece rattan wicker sofa set for our backyard. My crazy internet sale shopping finally paid off when the price dropped to half off. I love that the cushions are plush, all of the pieces can be separated and positioned for larger group use, the cushion covers are removable for washing and it came with some pillows!

And that’s a peak into our at home date nite!

Would love to know your favorite games too!

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Monday 5th of September 2016

Love this! Perfect going into Fall nights as well!


Saturday 3rd of September 2016

I love your backyard furniture! #goals! And my husband and I definitely fall into the rut of watching tv and playing on our phones. I am going to try some of these games! Thanks!


Friday 2nd of September 2016

Love this post! Having two small kids and moving far away from family and friends has forced us to do more date night's in... banana grams has been a favorite, but I have to look into backgammon! Also, your backyard looks like the perfect retreat- great job!

Caley-Jade Rosenberg

Friday 2nd of September 2016

These are awesome ideas, we never play games together - definitely something to try x