9 Last-Minute Romantic Date Ideas
If your relationship has survived the storm of Covid, congratulations! Are you beginning a new relationship? Cheers to you, too. Romance is not dead, but it may have been snoozing during the dread of isolation. Now it’s spring, the season of love. The sun is shining, the flowers are budding, and so can your romance. But life isn’t slowing down. In fact, it’s only getting busier. When there just aren’t enough hours in the day, pull from one of these last-minute romantic date ideas.
1. Candlelit dinner
Perhaps your favorite eatery is booked solid, but more than likely because of Covid, they’re still offering takeout. Plan a pickup time. You can bring the restaurant experience home.
Set up candles and flowers. Dress up, too. Open the door for your partner or carry them across the threshold. Or, if you’re eating al fresco or at a space outside of your home, bring a couple of nicer plates, linens, and silverware.
If you have young children who need to remain home with a sitter or trusted family member, you can always book a rental space by the hour. Imagine a private, artful space just for you and your partner. (And it’s simple to book your rental on Peerspace!) Enjoy a private dinner in an intimate setting with the one you love. What could be better?
2. Create a memory
Why not try and book a local photographer to snap a photo of you and your love? Now you may be asking, “How do I book a photographer at the last minute?” You may be surprised to find open bookings on their websites during off-hours.
You can stroll through a lovely garden, pose on a rooftop terrace, or even snuggle in your own backyard and snap some fun photos together. All it takes is a little creativity! If the weather is not on your side, last-minute booking options for a breathtaking space can be found on Peerspace.
3. Private viewing
If your only dates during the pandemic consisted of watching Netflix together in your sweatpants, there may be a better option for a fun movie night now that the world is beginning to open back up. Why not rent a space for a private viewing?
In a theater, this may be a little more costly, but the idea certainly has wow-factor written all over it. For a less expensive option, you may be able to rent a large white screen and have a “drive-in” in the driveway, or check out Peerspace for smaller theater rentals.
4. Mini spa day
Putting this together may be a little tricky, but it’s worth it! If you’re able to throw a little money at hiring massage therapists for a couples’ massage, then that’s great. If not, there are some DIY options that will still earn you numerous brownie points:
- Epsom salt foot soak: Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, and many local markets sell Epsom salt packets enhanced with relaxing essential oils. Otherwise, you can put some salts in a Ziploc bag with a few drops of your favorite oil or some fragrant flower petals. Toss them into a tub of bath-warm water, and enjoy some self-care with your favorite person.
- Mani-pedi: Simple manicure kits are easy to find at just about any department store.
- Facials: A little mud, a peel-off mask, and a thinly sliced cucumber are all you really need. Individual mask packets sell for less than a dollar at some retailers. This is one of the best last-minute romantic date ideas for those on a budget.
5. Wine tasting
If you happen to know your wine, this can be a great way to impress your partner. In addition, if you have a few bucks to hire a wine expert to host a private tasting, go for it. Otherwise, you can get some pointers from WineFolly.com or their YouTube channel.
Check out Jancis Robinson’s YouTube programs if you want to learn from the leading expert. You can absolutely do this one at home, or you can book a tasting at a local winery.
6. Painting together
This is definitely one of the more creative last-minute romantic date ideas! Painting parties at local breweries, pubs, and public spaces often book months in advance, so do a DIY option with Bob Ross as host.
Refer to either YouTube or open up your Hulu account and get cracking. Follow his suggestions for art supplies and purchase from your local craft supply store, then paint some happy trees!
7. Puzzles and games
If you and your date have a love of puzzles and games, why not make it extra special by buying a new game, renting a private space to play, and bringing along a favorite beverage? Elevate your game night by taking it out of the living room and making it memorable at a cool spot. Find incredible venues for your date night, such as creative studios and artsy lofts, on Peerspace.
8. Celebrate a lesser-known holiday together
An obscure calendar day can help create a fun memory, and the last-minute romantic date ideas with this theme are endless! May the 4th (Star Wars Day) and National Donut Day are favorites. Find something that makes the day special. A quick trip to a party store, craft store, or local bakery can elevate your date.
Another example: If your partner’s birthday lands on Bastille Day, dress up in 18th century French garments—such as a Marie Antoinette getup or a striped shirt and a black beret—then celebrate France.
9. Take a class
This one might take a day or two of planning. But if the day is fast approaching and you’re stuck for last-minute romantic date ideas, hire an expert to teach you something new!
Hire a bartender to educate you on crafting cocktails or a chef to teach you to make a meal together. This may be a pricier option for a last-minute date, but a tiny bit of planning will be totally worth supporting a member of your community while having a blast.