Whether you have date nights every other day or once a week; the same old routine can get quite boring. While the country slowly re-opens for business, date night at home remains an occasion worth prioritising and there’s no need for it to fall to the wayside. If you’re looking for something different, take a look at our list below of how to spice up date night from the comfort of your home.
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.
Head over to their website to have a look at today’s posy, and the range of gift sets available to surprise your loved one.
Mouth-watering, decadent and luscious are a few words that come to mind when thinking about the gourmet Grazing Boxes from The Cheese Cake! It’s an all-in-one date night luxury spoil that provides you with everything you need and more without breaking the bank!
The Graze Box To Share is made up of the perfect combination of cheese, biltong, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, fresh fruit and homemade treats for that quintessential date night or a spontaneous afternoon picnic at home. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic picnic that is simple, yet sophisticated and provides so much variety.
Those with a sweet tooth are in for a treat with the Tea Time Dessert Box, the great way to set up a cosy afternoon tea at home. The kit includes chocolate brownies, caramel biscuits, homemade truffles, seasonal fruit, cheese, fig preserve and garlic can herb crostini.
Besides just date night, these delicious and tempting Grazing Boxes are equally suitable for a catch-up session with friends, board or Zoom meetings, small gatherings, and can double as a great corporate gift.
The Cheese Cake is a small catering venture owned by Maria Lambie, who specialises in creative ways of presenting cheese ‘cakes’ and buffet platters made up of the finest speciality cheeses. If you are planning a special Function, Birthday or Wedding Celebration, Lambie and her team can add a touch of deliciousness, beauty, elegance and memorable gastronomic experience for all your guests!
Get in touch with Maria via email or Whatsapp on 082 322 2338 to order your Grazing Box.
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 trip to the grocery store; a Netflix movie loaded, blankets galore whilst snuggling up with your partner – the only thing missing is a good glass of wine. Because let’s admit it, there’s nothing more romantic and alluring than sharing a bottle of wine together!
Mother City Liquor provides the best of local wines, coupled with convenient and efficient service. This wine delivery service in Johannesburg brings a variety of wines from a range of top South African vineyard regions right to your doorstep. Some must-try red varietals are La Motte Millenium, a perfumy red wine blend with an earthy overtone, perfect for a snack board or hearty casserole. Durbanville Hills Pinotage also comes highly recommended to warm up those cold winter nights. For the white wine lovers, Creation Sauvignon Blanc and Glen Carlou Chardonnay are two safe bets that generally win over the fussiest drinkers.
If you’re not in the mood for wine, they have a variety of top-rated Whiskeys, Beers, Champagnes, Spirits, Ciders, Gin – you name the liquor, they have it! But here is the real added benefit – they specialise in online liquor service delivery; so you can order what you want with the click of a button and have it delivered to you in a few days.
Connect with the Mother City Liquor Whatsapp line on 081 700 2391 to place any special requests, or give them a follow to stay up to date with promo offers. The team is highly responsive to all its communication platforms.
Looking for a lockdown date night idea with an imaginative twist? Detour! is the first in ImmersiveXP’s Departure Lounge Adventure Series. This 2.5-hour virtual experience can be played alone or with your partner. For a dose of healthy competition, you can challenge another couple to also take part, then call video call them afterwards to laugh about it.
You’ll be taken on a trip via Zoom where you can join in fun activities, solve puzzles, and have a laugh. A great social activity to do during lockdown while brushing up on some general knowledge.
The game is also a perfect opportunity for your next family get-together. Why not break your household into teams and verse each other from different rooms? The results will be hilarious and help in creating new memories. Detour! can also be played by corporates looking for new ways of team-building whilst working from home.
ImmersiveXP is an experience design studio in Joburg that aims to create fun, unique, challenging and potentially informative experiences that draw people into alternate realities.
To start your Detour! virtual journey, have a look at their teaser video on YouTube or visit their website for more info.
Tickets for the experiences are limited, and bookings can be made via Computicket to secure your space.
Cost: R200 per team | Dates: 10, 18 & 26 July
For the What’s on in Joburg 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 some of our thriving arts and culture community from the comfort of your home.
Although the 11-day online festival is over, tickets can still be bought to view most of the show-stopping 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 included some stunning tricks up their sleeve. This year’s dark horses were 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.
There is also a pay-per-view platform available, where you can buy tickets to view works by a wide range of artists.
Visit the virtual National Arts Festival website for a full scope of what’s still 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
WhiskyBrother offers a unique experience; making every pour and every ounce the perfect accompaniment for date night! And here’s the great thing; when you support WhiskyBrother, you’re supporting local!
This boutique whisky store in Hyde Park is a proudly South African dedicated, specialist whisky retailer. From humbling beginnings in 2012 when they opened the doors to their physical store in Johannesburg, to now also operating online and shipping nationally on a daily basis. They boast the largest selection of whisky in South Africa, including hard-to-find limited releases, and exclusive whiskies they select and have bottled for them.
This year their passion and efforts were recognised at the international Icons of Whisky awards in London, where they won the global title of Best Single Outlet Whisky Store in the world. No matter your whisky preferences, or level of knowledge, they can help you select the perfect whisky in your budget to your personal taste preferences. They also offer online delivery services so no need to stress about how you’ll get a hold of their whisky!
Browse their massive collection of whiskies at competitive prices here.