Autumn is the perfect time to indulge in some quality time with bae; the darker nights and colder temperatures mean that it’s basically essential to have at least one cosy day/night a week. Whether you choose to stay at home or head out for an autumnal walk, there’s plenty of ways to get cosy with your beau this autumn.
1. Movie night at home
It’s obviously imperative to light all the candles, buy all the snacks and snuggle up with all the blankets while watching a cosy movie or binge-watching your favourite TV show. Bonus points if you order pizza too.
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2. Talk a romantic stroll in the woods
Autumn is the best time of year to go for walks as the leaves on the trees are so beautiful to admire; the reds, oranges and browns also make the perfect backdrop for taking a few cheeky OOTDs.
3. Visit the cinema and watch all the latest horror movie releases
I can safely say that this is not something Matt and I will be doing (although he really wants me to go and see IT so we’ll see…) because I literally hate horror movies. However, if horror and gore is yours and bae’s thing then the cinema is the perfect place for an autumn date night as you can cuddle up together and hide behind your popcorn when things get a bit too intense.
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4. Watch a football match
This is a pretty different one for date night but Matt and I went to watch a football match last year and it was actually awesome (not the football itself – I think it’s terrible). Just wrapping up warm, drinking a few delicious ciders and heading to a pub for a hot meal afterwards was a perfect way to spend an evening.
5. Have a Starbucks date
After working at Starbucks for six months last year, I think I’ve had my fair share of PSL to last me a lifetime, but a cosy coffee date sipping some delicious warm drinks is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.
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6. Attend a bonfire
I know I’ve said it countless times but I really can’t convey just how much I adore this time of year and Bonfire Night is one of my favourite dates in the calendar. Toasting marshmallows, eating toffee apples and twirling sparklers all while watching the fireworks is literally one of the best dates you can go on IMO.
7. Carve pumpkins
I think this one is pretty much a given but carving pumpkins together can be incredibly romantic, albeit slightly messy. You could even save the insides and make a yummy pumpkin-flavoured treat together.
8. Make a delicious autumn dish accompanied by some yummy cocktails
Another date night that’s perfect for a cosy weekend in at home is making a lovely, warm meal such as a stew or casserole and pairing it with a refreshing glass of wine. Light some candles, put some music on and enjoy a gorgeous meal, just the two of you.
9. Take a nap together
I don’t really think this one needs much explanation or encouragement because who doesn’t love a long, lazy nap? There’s been plenty of Sundays where Matt and I have spent a good few hours just napping and there’s literally nothing better when you have no deadlines to meet or any plans for the day.
10. Build a den and spend the whole day in it
You could kit it out with fairy lights, snacks and board games and you could even bring all your duvets and blankets in and sleep in there! This is probably one of my fave cosy date ideas!
11. Go on a ghost walk/tour
We’re lucky that we have access to the York Dungeons as we live just ten minutes from the city centre but we’ve never actually been on the ghost walk or to the dungeons themselves! However, I think that this is the perfect idea for a cosy autumn date as it gives you the chance to huddle up together and enjoy all the scary sights.
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12. Go Christmas shopping together
While this one might seem a bit premature, going Christmas shopping is the ultimate way to ensure you’re organised for the festivities and you could also treat yourselves to some goodies too!
13. Host a couples only dinner party
Although this won’t give you the chance to spend some quality one on one time with bae, it will give you the opportunity to catch up with all of your friends and enjoy an evening of eating, drinking and discussing each other’s love lives.
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What are your favourite date night ideas for autumn? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.
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