Couples are keeping the romance alive with amazing date nights at home in lockdown
While one in eight couples may be finding their relationships under strain during the coronavirus lockdown, others are keeping the romance alive with amazing date nights at home.
Twitter users are sharing all the creative ways they’re spending quality time with their other half during the pandemic.
To note, we’re not talking a pizza takeaway and Netflix binge - not that there is anything wrong with that.
But some couples have been going to great lengths to keep the spark alive during the pandemic by enjoying cooking classes, outdoor cinemas and crazy golf.
My wife “took” me on a date to the movies. It was stupid cute and VERY expensive. 💜 pic.twitter.com/GiXoPPAGUP
— Allison Reese (@monsterreese) April 24, 2020
Had a lovely date night in the van tonight 😊 pic.twitter.com/euffDGWYU7
— Dolittle Campers (@CampersDolittle) April 22, 2020
Quarantine date night last night. Caitie and I did an online couples cooking class through Uncorked Kitchen, a small business near Park Meadows. Chicken carbonara and homemade cannolis! You pick up ingredients curbside then cook with a Zoom class. #DoingMyPartCO pic.twitter.com/dDSNqXWOIJ
— Steve Staeger (@SteveStaeger) April 18, 2020
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One woman called Allison revealed her that wife had taken her for a “date night at the movies” - complete with an actual ticket, set show times and a snack menu.
Another couple shared how they had decided to enjoy a glass of rose in the camper van parked on their drive.
Similarly, a man called Steve shared how he and his other half did a virtual couples’ cooking class together, after receiving a box of the ingredients on their doorstep and tuning in via Zoom.
Racking up serious husband brownie points was another man called Jamie who created a homemade outdoor cinema.
Set up a home-made outdoor cinema for the wife and smashed through our first episode of #AfterLife2 as a date night. #lockdownuk 👌🏻 pic.twitter.com/cGBex7QfyR
— Jamie Nedwoh (@Eimaj88) April 25, 2020
My boyfriend made me a Chopped inspired date night ✨ pic.twitter.com/XXvrF1sy2F
— George Elrod (@XoGossipGeorge) April 25, 2020
I think we just found our Quarantine date night groove, right here on the front porch! Yes, Conte Bistro...5 stars!! Great food, nice neighbors & no masks necessary!! I almost feel normal🌻@KTFfilms @nbcbayarea @Sur_La_Table @KrisNBC @ErinC2011 @WillowGlenCharm pic.twitter.com/K5bQ5DBzx0
— Erin Conte (@ErinC2011) April 25, 2020
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A man called George posted that his boyfriend had created an evening for them inspired by American cooking show Chopped.
Similarly, a woman called Erin shared that she and her other half enjoyed dinner on their front porch - and gave their makeshift restaurant a five-star review.
One lucky couple were thrown a date night by their kids who decorated their garden and served pizza.
A woman called Katya also revealed her fiancé had created a ‘paint and sip’ night in their living room.
The kids made us a date night... They didn't load the dishwasher but other than that 👌🏼💯 #lockdown #StayHome pic.twitter.com/AoNN0enIgH
— Bryony Mole (@BryonyMole) April 23, 2020
Day 3 of my #selfcare journey during #COVID19 #QuarantineDiaries was brought to you by @PinotsPalette
My #Fiancé humored me in a #StayAtHome paint and sip date night! It was the perfect end to a long week that seems to be never ending! Cannot wait to do another! #CreateAtHome pic.twitter.com/2qUV1Ibs1K
— Katya Jeanne (@KJSchoolPsych) April 25, 2020
Keeping busy during quarantine with home made Garden Crazy Golf for a saturday date night. @BBCR1 providing the tunes and thank you @gregjames for the idea from one of your listeners!!! pic.twitter.com/RwatErFZS6
— Mike W (@Mike__2192) April 25, 2020
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Finally, a man called Greg turned his garden into a crazy golf course - using exercise equipment and toys - for his other half after a listener on Greg James’s BBC1 radio show shared the idea.
It comes after dating websites reported a rise in virtual dates amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Match found that a third of singletons on the app have already agreed to one amidst the lockdown.
Sticking to the government’s advice to stay home, Brits are spending around seven hours a week online finding love.
The website also discovered a 12% increase in the number of direct messages sent after lockdown was announced on 23rd March.
What’s more, people arranging virtual dates aren’t just having a chat over video - and have arranged a virtual movie nights and takeaway dinners.