Who wouldn’t love a regular date night with their partner?
Time away from the children to reconnect and remember why you love each other… Sounds great, doesn’t it? Yes, you’re right, there is a great big BUT coming up.
BUT… It can be such a hassle to arrange…
Finding a night you are both free, booking a sitter, dealing with the kids who don’t want you to go… and all of that is without even thinking of the cost! Babysitter + meal out + taxi home can all easily go well over $300 and that’s just not feasible on a regular basis.
So in this blog, I’m going to give you 3 date night ideas that can all be done on a budget with minimal hassle.
Dinner and a movie…
I know this just sounds like a normal evening when you eat dinner and then watch tv but it needn’t be.
Make it special… I’m banning you from spending hours slaving in the kitchen as that’s not what makes it special.
Buy your favourite take-out, eat at the table with candles and music (who needs an expensive restaurant when you have it all at home).
Then relax on the sofa with a glass of wine and a movie you will both enjoy.
Invite friends round for a games night…
Now I know you might be thinking date night should be all about just the two of you (and it often should be) but when you were dating you socialised and saw friends together right?
There are some hilarious adult board games around like “cards against humanity” or just Google it if you’re stuck.
Don’t let it turn into a big deal…No big tidy up or doing a dinner party. Just clear the living room of toys (your friends really don’t care about the mess) and supply a few snacks/wine.
Talk to each other…
You may be surprised by what you learn.
Now I know this could go either way. Either you already talk a lot so it’s nothing new just a normal evening. Or you have nothing to say by the end of the day and it could just be silent.
Now I’m not suggesting you just sit in silence and stare at each other so here are some ideas…
Open some wine and play a little game of truth or dare/would you rather or spin the bottle. No real reason it’s just for kids so have some fun.
Give each other a massage… it’s a really relaxing time to chat about life. Bring up subjects you haven’t covered for a while if ever… your childhood, things you did, people you knew. Life dreams and ambitions, the next holiday you would love to take (even if you can’t). You might think you know it all but I bet you don’t.
I hope you will give these a try, even the ones that seem a little childish or silly… there’s a reason children do childish things because it’s fun and we all need a little of that in any relationship.