By Sarah Batcheller and Ché Blackwood

If you’re craving a romantic night but don’t want to spend a fortune or if you’re simply tired of the same old restaurant scene, then get creative and bring the excitement of a night out into your own home. There’s no reason you and your partner can’t share an intimate evening dancing and dining together without breaking the bank. With this weekend date idea, your dining room can rival even the fanciest of dinners.

How to Plan This Date Idea at Home

To prep for the night, pick out something sexy to wear for your beau.  Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get dolled up. In fact, staying in means you can actually dress a little nicer than usual. This is one time when you can feel free to overdress (or underdress) for the occasion. No matter what, you want to feel beautiful and comfortable!

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Share a drink to kick the night off on a romantic note. Stop by your local winery or liquor store and ask the manager to choose a good bottle of red for the best value. When you buy wine directly from the store rather than at a restaurant, the prices are drastically reduced, leaving you with a higher-priced bottle for a lesser cost. If you really want to go all out, purchase a few different bottles and have your own wine tasting. Just pop the cork, swirl your glass, and pretend your kitchen table is the most coveted spot in town.

The next step of this date idea is to plan a special menu and cook dinner together. Choose a unique recipe to really test your culinary talents or remake the first meal the two of you ever shared together. Be sure that your dinner pairs well with your wine of choice. Red meat and pasta taste great with a full-bodied Merlot!

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After you’ve wined and dined, it’ll be time to relax. Fortunately, you don’t have to go very far! Run a bubble bath for two if you really want to get the romance flowing, or curl up on the couch with popcorn and watch a movie with your sweetie. The comforts of being home mixed with the luxuries of a passionate date will leave you feeling refreshed and swept off your feet — without any looming  stress over next month’s credit card bill!

How do you like to spice up a night at home? Tell us in the comments below!