Remember when date night used to be a thing? You could enjoy a night out at your favourite bar and dine at your local restaurant. Or you may have gone to see a blockbuster at the cinema or throw a strike at a ten-pin bowling alley. Despite the current lockdown restrictions, it does not mean you should rule out a special celebration or romantic evening at home entirely. In fact, date night at home can be as splendid as being out and about.
Fortunately, for you, we’ve gone through the effort of ‘what to do’ and ‘what to eat’ and put together this great checklist of entertaining stay-at-home date night ideas.
With most art classes off-limits for now, Paint by Numbers South Africa is the ultimate all-in-one art kit that allows everyone to experience the joy of painting, from the comfort of their own homes.
Each fun kit consists of printed canvas, paint and paintbrushes. Everything you need to create a masterpiece on the spot – beautiful enough to display with pride. The numbers on the paint pots and the canvas corresponds, making it easy to just lose yourself in the act of painting. So whether you are a beginner or an advanced artist, Paint By Numbers South Africa can help make your inner artist shine!
It’s the ideal stay-at-home date night idea as you will experience the joy of creating and finishing something you find beautiful while sharing a fun activity with your partner. It is the ideal way to try painting, especially if you have no previous experience.
The website contains a large selection of canvasses with different sizes and levels of difficulty. Whether you’re in the mood to paint something as simple as Matisse’s Blue Nude, something a bit more challenging like the classic Mona Lisa, or show off your artistic skill with The Scream from Edvard Munch – they’ve got it all!
To bring in a local flavour, they have recently launched their own unique South African canvasses, including pictures by famous artists like Irma Stern and Pierneef, as well as beautiful South African images, like Table Moutain, Hermanus, Johannesburg and the Karoo.
Paint by Numbers South Africa delivers nationwide via courier or Postnet (and in outlying areas) so you can be painting your masterpiece in no time!
A hearty and delicious meal is generally the cornerstone of a memorable date night. But sometimes you can run out of ideas or get tired of ordering the same thing all the time. Fortunately, ChefDirect has linked up with some of the top restaurants, chefs, and suppliers offering food delivery services across South Africa, all from one platform!
This proudly South African dining app is user-friendly and supports our sustainable food industry in a bid to keep local restaurants, chefs and catering services going. The geo-location function enables you to connect with your favourite eats closest to you through the Eat at Home and Collect Eats categories. Browse the directory of restaurants, farmers’ markets, takeaways, food trucks, and other yummy foodie suppliers and have a look at read-made meals, fresh produce, specials and other essentials available for delivery during lockdown. You can search for products by name or scroll through product categories: F&B Trade, Eat at Home, and Collect Eats. So you’re able to get enough information to make your date night meal very special!
This entire experience is boosted by an interactive and social function where you’re able to see what Cape Town’s famous chefs are up to, leave comments, like and even share posts to other social media platforms.
Cape Town is home to some of the best craft gins in Africa. Celebrate date night with Musgrave Crafted Spirits that provide a flavour-infused with subtle flavours and distinctly African palette. They have a variety of spirits and gift sets for you to choose from to make it a special night with your partner.
They have two must try gins for date night. The first, the Original Musgrave Gin, is made up of a selection of 11 botanicals, each reflecting some aspect of the African Spice Route of old. Then there is the Musgrave Pink Gin which embodies romantic nostalgia, a sense of indulgence that comes from experiencing that which is beautiful.
Not only do they have excellent Gin, but their Musgrave Vanilla Copper is also a must-try! It is crafted to be the “Bourbon” of Brandy, – a new genre that remixes the brandy category to play where cognac has feared to tread. Musgrave Vanilla Copper is more aligned to the cognac drinker than to a traditional brandy drinker using the finest pot still brandy with the added excitement of flavour-infusion. You may also want to try their unique Musgrave Black Honey Copper which is deep caramel in colour and boasts complex bourbon-esque savoury flavours.
The Musgrave Gift Sets is also a nice way to spoil your partner or just to enjoy at home together. And as winter sets in, the Musgrave Copper Black Honey & Truth Black Honey Coffee Sets are the perfect Winter hot toddy. You can place orders directly via their online store.
Sometimes (if not all the time) the best date night is pulling out board games and playing the night away! Besides, a little bit of competition can be a great aphrodisiac.
Wizards World is an online store offering the largest range of in-stock board games, card games and tarot cards on the African continent. Their brick-and-mortar store in Observatory is also open to those wishing to pop in and to get a full scope of what’s on offer.
Some of their popular games are:
- What do you Meme R595.00 3 + players,
A social game for adults and a fantastic opportunity to host a fun double date. Players give captions for photocards, sometimes with hilarious results
- Camel Up R595.00 2-8 players,
Race camels around a pyramid. However, it is difficult to say who will win as camels can hitch a ride on another camel’s back. Bet on the winner or place a trap on the course.
- Wizards Card Game R250.00 2-6 players,
The trick-taking game with 4 Wizard cards and 4 Jester cards to upset the game in your favour. Insanely addictive game to play over and over.
- Mystery Rummy – Al Capone R295.00 2-4 players,
Rummy plus. Special cards allow you to take cards from opponents, search the discard pile, pinch a players meld and more.
This online board game store has tons more games which you can browse on their website. Service is excellent and efficient, with deliveries being completed in 2-3 days and their sales staff are always available telephonically during office hours.
So much of the success of a good date night relies on the quality and variety of food! Fortunately for both the expert and novice cook, Wild Peacock Fine Food Merchants has created delicious and variety-filled gourmet boxes that have everything and more you’d need to prepare a wholesome meal that rivals the best Cape restaurant. The food and grocery delivery service in Cape Town source only the finest and sustainable products, and supply to top hotels, restaurants and wine farms across the country. So rest assured, you’re getting the best of the best!
Here’s a quick glance at some of their Gourmet Boxes:
- Oyster and Bubbly Box (pictured)
The ultimate set to dial up on the romance, the Seafood Box includes 12 Saldanha Bay Closed Oysters, a jar of Fish Roe, and lemon on a bed of ice, and an oyster shucking knife for keeps. A bottle of Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut MCC ’19 bubbly rounds out this cool offering. If the skill of shucking your own oysters isn’t up your alley, a similar box with readily prepped and opened oysters can also be ordered.
- Italian Box
Whipping up an Italian feast was never this easy. The kit includes fresh aubergines, exotic mushrooms, flat pancetta, 1L extra virgin olive oil, tinned Italian tomatoes and Grana Padano cheese. And to spruce up on your presentation, they’ve added a freshly baked Ciabatta loaf, preserved Artichoke Hearts, sliced Proscuitto, Buffalo Mozzarella which guarantees a winning antipasto
- Cheese and Charcuterie Box
Perfect for a quick and easy cheese and wine evening. Camembert, Cheddar, Goats cheese, Creamy Blue cheese, and the softer, mild flavoured Dutch-style and matured Boerenkaas cheese is paired perfectly with a sliced assortment of Pepperoni Salami, Salami Felino/Rustico, Coppa, and Proscuitto Stagionnato ham. The set also includes a loaf of fresh sourdough bread and preserves. Pierce your Camembert with fresh Rosemary and pop it in the oven until melted for that extra gourmet touch.
We’ve highlighted our picks, but they have a much larger variety of artisanal produce, chef gadgets, and other essentials available via their online store.
Why not set up a five-star afternoon tea experience in the comfort of your home?
Belmond Mount Nelson provides a mouthwatering array of sweet and savoury delicacies to enjoy with your partner. Executive Chef Rudi Liebenberg and Pastry Chef Craig Hibbert have put together a stunning selection of their best-loved Afternoon Tea classics which will be delivered to your front door, along with freshly baked scones, homemade mixed berry jam and cream. In addition, tea sommeliers have been selected to complement your treats.
The savoury selection offers much-loved mushroom empanadas; pasture-reared roasted beef roll with homemade tomato chutney; delicate finger sandwiches filled with egg mayonnaise, classic cucumber, and smoked trout; chicken curry petit pastries, and mini spinach and feta quiches.
Those with a sweet tooth are in for a treat with the opera cake which comes with layers of soft creamy coffee and almond crunch; pillowy vanilla eclairs, traditional melktert with classic Cape Malay cinnamon and cardamom flavours, and a citrus and white chocolate delice, which Pastry Chef Craig Hibbert claims “gives you pleasure and delicacy in equal measures.”
The Mount Nelson Afternoon Tea in your Living Room is available every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. The cost for the teas and the sweet and savoury treats are R340 per person, with a R45 delivery charge to the City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard area.
For every Afternoon Tea ordered, six hearty homemade soup meals will be donated to Extreem Kwizeen’s “Soupathon” for the homeless.
There’s nothing more memorable than kickstarting a special evening with flowers that are farm fresh, on trend and affordable.
Petal&Post gathers the freshest seasonal blooms from Cape Town and Johannesburg’s local surrounding farms and creates a unique arrangement that will be available for one week only. A picture of the Posy of the day is posted at 7am each morning on their website, Instagram and Facebook pages. The Posies can be upsized to Double Posy or Triple Posy, pre-ordered in advance, and topped up with treats such as handcrafted chocolate, scented candles, locally made hand cream and a variety of beautiful gift sets.
Orders for same-day delivery of the Posies are open until 1 pm, and delivered by their in-house delivery team, formed of part-time students in central suburbs of the Mother City and Johannesburg. Petal&Post have made flower and gift delivery affordable, very convenient, and, most of all, uncomplicated.
Petal&Post’s unique business model was founded by Kim du Plessis while working in Australia, where she attended a floristry night course. In 2018, she was offered a spot at the UCT Graduate School of Business incubation programme ‘MTN Solution Space’, which provided a wonderful opportunity for growth and business mentorship. In February 2020 she opened a second branch in Joburg’s trendy 44 Stanley complex.
For the What’s on in Cape Town team, no date night is complete without catching the latest theatre, opera, or live gig before or after a romantic dinner. That’s still possible for us and other lovers of the arts with the National Arts Festival usually hosted annually in Grahamstown. Instead, the 2020 edition is going virtual, making it possible for you to enjoy and support our thriving arts and culture community from the comfort of your home.
This 11-day online festival is filled with a range of live and pre-recorded productions, short films, virtual art exhibitions, jam sessions, interactive events, webinars and more, from the South African and international art scene.
Look out for Standard Bank Jazz Festival performances from Gloria Bosman, Thandiswa Mazwai, and Michael Bester, along with Qondiswa James’ topical theatre production which touches on identity, racism, and teen pregnancy within the enclave of an elite all-girls boarding school. As usual, the festival includes some stunning tricks up their sleeve. This year’s dark horses include Bru & Boegie: The Movie, South Africa’s first full-length 2D animation movie, and Anton Krueger’s brave foray into digital arts with the live Zoom show The Voice in Your Head uncovering an understanding of mindfulness.
Each day a range of curated events is released on their Daily Line-up page. You can catch the majority of the events from the day they go live until 16 July, with just a few of the live performances being once-off events. The majority of live events will be recorded so you will be able to catch them afterwards, although a few are exclusively live! There is also a pay-per-view platform available, where you can buy tickets to view works by a wide range of artists.
Head over to the virtual National Arts Festival website for a full scope of what’s on offer. Bookings are made directly on the website’s online store.
Cost: Full Festival Pass – R600 | Jazz Festival Pass – R500 | Day Pass – R80 | Some shows are free
Book here: Virtual National Arts Festival
Put your love for that favourite couple movie or tv series to the test with a fun and interactive digital quiz. OMG Quiz Nights has been running weekly trivia nights at spots in Cape Town for some time. To fall in line with the times, they are adding a digital twist to pub quizzes every Tuesday evening at 7pm via Zoom.
Team up with your partner and take on some of their upcoming themes such as Rick and Morty, Friends, Community, and Batman Cinematic Universe among others. You also stand the chance to win some giveaways in the process, and winners of the league can walk away with a R500 cash prize.
Logins cost as little as R20 per ticket or login to help OMG Quiz Nights cover the operational costs of putting these quizzes together each week. For the best experience, log on to Zoom via your laptop or desktop as it is easier to have the chat bar open while watching the slide show. Teams connecting through cellphones can keep the slide show open on one, and the chat bar open on the other.
Due to the increasing popularity, entries are limited, and advance booking through Quicket is essential to secure your spot.
Cost: R20pp | Book here: Quicket