Recently, I was sick. I had a bit of a cough, the aches, and generally had not been feeling well for about a week. My husband and I had plans to go out for a nice dinner with some dear friends on a Sunday night, which is our usual date night, but since I still was not well we cancelled our plans to go out.
However, that didn’t mean we were going to give up our special evening together. In lieu of our plans, my husband went all out and planned a wonderful date night ‘in’ for us. He prepared a special meal, set up music and a dining space in our basement, planned all activities, and even bought a wonderful dessert for us to enjoy together.
First we enjoyed favorite 80’s tunes while we ate and conversed. My husband prepared dinner….sausage and peppers alongside a warm spinach salad, both of which I can fully enjoy with my wheat free lifestyle.
Next we played video games…yes, Gran Turismo on the big screen!It took a bit of time to get the hang of things again, but we sure did enjoy some good belly laughs while we re-learned our ‘moves’!
Then we watched a movie.
Last (well, actually mid-way through) we grabbed our dessert and some hot coffee.
We had such a fun night! It was cheap, too, really only costing us the extra money that my husband spent on the ‘special’ meal ingredients.
Sometimes we tend to believe, in order to spend quality time together as a married couple, that we must go away for the evening or a weekend. While it is wonderful to do those things, and certainly will serve to enhance your marriage, it is not always necessary. A successful date night can happen at home just as easily with a bit of planning!
Date Your Spouse: Tips for a Successful Date Night ‘In’
Be flexible. When plans fall through, don’t let it derail you. You may need to move some things around but you can still enjoy a wonderful evening together with your love.
Be determined. Don’t give up! The need to change times, nights, or even cancel an evening out does not have to spell disaster for your date night. Being unable to go out shouldn’t keep you from enjoying yourselves. Think a bit and come up with a fun way to spend time together at home.
Think outside the box. Though my husband and I do enjoy watching movies together, it isn’t your only option for a date night in. You can enjoy a picnic in the basement while taking turns reading aloud a favorite book of poetry or a gripping novel. Maybe you would like to set up a dinner and dancing evening? Turn the lights down low, light a few candles, and turn on some romantic music. Enjoy holding one another, chatting about your day, and simply being alone together. There are many ways to create the date night environment you need at home, all you need to do is get your creative juices flowing!
Have you planned a successful date night ‘in’ recently? Please tell me about it in the comments. I’m always looking for new ideas!
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