6 Cute Date Night Ideas for Fall
Crunchy leaves, warm coffee, and pumpkins everywhere. Fall is by far my favorite season of the year. I’m a totally sucker for tall boots and chunky scarves. Add a dark lip and warm coffee and my heart just melts.
Every year, my love of fall continues to grow. I look forward to waking up to cool morning air and playful little chills up my arms. As we say goodbye to the sun and welcome the blanket of clouds, nothing makes me more ready for a good read and warm beverage than changing leaves and soft breezes.
Fortunately for me, my fiance Jeramia is exactly the same way. He might even love fall more than I do. We’re planning on getting married in fall of 2018 to celebrate our mutual love (of each other and the season).
This year, as we hustle about with wedding plans, my two jobs, and dreams of our coming life together, we realized that we have to be intentional in our relationship. We didn’t want to get so caught up working on the relationship and not in it.
Now, we actually had the opposite problem this past spring. But with so many upcoming changes, we didn’t want to be so focused on plans for our future that we forget to nurture our relationship in the here and now. Plus, staying in is a great way to keep our budget lean for wedding savings.
If you’re like us and constantly falling in love with fall, we hear you! Who ever said that spring was the season of love?
Constantly reignite your fall flame with these stay at home date ideas. And you’ll find that your love — for your partner and the season — to be stronger than ever!
ONE | Hot Beverage Station
Nothing screams fall more than a hot beverage in hand. And while I’m never one to pass up Swiss Miss Marshmallow Lovers, nothing beats creating your treats from scratch.
Personally, I’m more process oriented. I enjoy the journey more than destination. On the other hand, Jeramia is much more results oriented. He just wants to get to the finished product.
Now, this date idea combines the best of both worlds. Not only do you get to have fun making different hot beverages together, but you can enjoy the fruits of your labors.
Print out your favorite recipes for homemade hot chocolate, apple cider, and tea lattes. Set them up to stay warm and keep the refills coming. Then curl up together with a book each and enjoy one another’s company.
Bonus: It’s the perfect date night for both introverts and extroverts!
TWO | Cozy Baked Goods
Now, I couldn’t be recommending beverages from scratch if I didn’t include baked goods as well! Pumpkin pie is my absolute favorite. And I’m completely obsessed with pumpkin scones and pumpkin muffins…but not pumpkin spice lattes, funny enough.
We love to make fall themed baked goods. We keep a few for ourselves at home and share small bunches with family and friends (or our co-workers if they’re lucky).
Just like the beverage station, baking goods together is a great way to have fun in the kitchen while still producing something to enjoy. You can even get ambitious and bake for events, shelters, and other large groups to make it a full day experience.
THREE | Candle Lit Dinner
A few weeks ago, Jeramia surprised me at home with a beautiful candle-lit dinner. He knew that I was particularly stressed at work and wanted to give me a little mid-week treat.
A homemade candlelit dinner is one of the most underrated date night ideas. It sounds cliche, but who wouldn’t love walking in the door to the warm glow of candlelight, the fall smells of apple spice candles, and a hot meal? I’m feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside already!
Now, the fun doesn’t have to be reserved for a surprise–whether initiated by you or your partner. You can also pick out the candles, cook, and eat together to make it a full evening experience. And wrap everything up with some of that delicious pumpkin pie!
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FOUR | Collect Leaves for a Fall Scrapbook
Thanks to the power of cell phone cameras, you can have a DIY photoshoot without having to buy a professional level camera.
Take a drive to the mountains (at least here in CO) or find a park. Then take a bunch of photos together. Collect a few fallen leaves, get those photos printed, then make a little fall scrapbook together.
It’s every Insta-girl’s dream, right? But also a fun way to remember your time together and enjoy the season. Plus, have a little fun!
FIVE | Pumpkin Carving
As a young couple without kids, we don’t do too much for Halloween. Since we don’t ever hit up da club or have space to host more than 2-3 people, pumpkin carving is a great way to dive into the Halloween festivities.
Find some fun patterns and hold a mini competition to see who’s pumpkin looks cooler at the end. Loser buys coffee (at least in our house). You can also save and roast the pumpkin seeds for a fall-themed snack.
SIX | Get Adventurous With a Corn Maze
If you and your partner want to work on your teamwork, a corn maze is a must-do for your fall activity list. For years, Jeramia and I wanted to do a corn maze together. Then one year, we finally managed to plan one into our schedules. But sadly, it was a kid’s corn maze.
If you have them in your area, find a corn maze that’s for adults and teams. They’re absolutely massive and quite the adventure to navigate. Oh, and for those of you who constantly worried about safety (right here with you, girl), they have people on lookouts to make sure you don’t get trapped for eternity. By the end, you and your partner will have stronger team skills and you can enjoy the safe pumpkin patch at the end.
What are your favorite date ideas for fall? What the one activity you have to do every fall season? Tell me in the comments below! I’d love to expand my list.