Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stay At Home Date Night Ideas

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Date night? What's that? I haven't been on a date for at least 3 months and before that it was for over 8 months. We don't live near family and we have a toddler so that means we don't go out on a weekly date night like many parents. Not only that, money doesn't grow on trees! We don't have the luxury of going out to eat or a movie once a week and when we do go out we like to go as a family. So what's a gal to do when she needs time with her man and there is no date to be seen anywhere in the near (or far) future? 

We have started going on dates, at home. Sometimes simple and sometimes corny,  a night with my husband after our son goes to sleep is just what we need. In fact, I often say "I missed you" after our date is over. It feels like we have reconnected after a crazy week in toddler town!

Here are some of the things we do. Usually we have a simple movie night once a week, but once a month I really try to "do it up" and pick something a little more interesting. I really enjoy the challenge, and the results are always fun. I found some of these ideas over the past year online (I'm sorry, I don't remember where they came from) and others we came up with ourselves.

Cook something together. If you are able, cook a new recipe for dinner. If dinner will already be over when your date starts (like ours) try making a nice cocktail or a simple dessert. Sit at the table with some candles and music and go at your food "Lady and the Tramp" style. (Am I the only one who still feels lots of warm fuzzy feelings when I see this part?)

Movie Theme Night. Now, this is a corny one. Honestly, you might find yourself giggling the entire time but every now and again you need a little corny! The idea is to pick a theme like "Western" and plan your night around that theme. If you are picking western, for example, you could add a western flair to your outfit. Cook some cowboy food and watch a fun western movie. One of the ideas I found was for the "French" theme. Watch a french themed movie, dress in chic clothing (think a cute black dress...whatever you picture french clothing to be) and make french onion soup for dinner. The options are endless and you can customize it to the two of you. Here is a website I found that has lists of movies and theme options (I am not recommending all the movies as some are surely not good material, but am sharing it anyway.) You can check them out if you click here.

Chocolate Night.  Get some good melting chocolate and dip your favorite fruits to serve. Get a nice dessert wine if you drink. Make some of your other favorite chocolate foods in bite size pieces (who needs 3 cheesecakes, cookies and chocolate dipped fruits?) You could also just do a chocolate fondue and dip to your hearts content. You could turn this into a Movie Theme Night and watch "Chocolate" or you could just light some candles, turn on some music and let the conversation flow. The best part about this "theme" is that you can make into whatever you want. Pasta night, cheese night... Whatever takes your fancy.

Game Night. Turn off the tv and pull out your cards and board games! This is so much fun and in todays world of social networks, cable and cell phones we sometimes forget how special a simple game can be. Shut off all your gadgets and enjoy the fun that comes with some good old fashioned play time. 

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Movie Night. Ok.. So I like themes. Here is another one but on a much smaller scale then the productions above. Just pick out a movie you both want to watch, go put on some pajamas, make some popcorn and grab some of your favorite movie treats (they are a buck at the grocery store) and relax. This is one of our favorite things to do.

There are so many fun ideas out there! One website I like go to for ideas is Love, Actually - Creative Ideas For Romance On A Budget. She has such fun ideas and often includes printables to make the night a little more fun. These range from fun to romantic to a little more "suggestive" for you and your spouse. Check it out, all are really creative!

Do you have date night at home? What are some of your ideas for in home dates or affordable nights out? What is a favorite stay at home date memory?

Written By Happily Domestic Contributor: Brittney Thompson

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1 comment:

Rosemary said...

We sometimes do a "movie marathon" on a weekend. We'll pick some movies with a related theme of some kind, or a DVD with several episodes of a TV show we haven't seen. We make snacks and cuddle up on the couch and enjoy the show.

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