As you know, the theme around my house lately has been date night in(lunch dates are all the rage).
Since adding Mitch, our ability to jet out to a restaurant and movie on a whim is long gone. But the need for a little relationship TLC has not. Part of the excitement with dating is the spontaneity – so with that element removed I am finding new ways to keep our relationship strong and growing as a couple.
But it is hard to be creative when 1.) your working full time, 2.) you don’t have extra time, 3.) you’re confined to your own home, which presents a problem when you want to make a nice night for your guy who is in the other room (did I mention bye-bye surprises).
With Valentine’s around the corner, I started planning our date night in. And really, with a little creativity it can be done! Here’s my night in with Phil plan:
Thank God for Meijer because I literally ran in and grabbed everything I needed for dinner in a snap. When I was planning dinner, I kept a romantic theme in mind and also wanted to ensure the meal was something Phil would love.
The menu includes fillets wrapped in bacon, a main dish that feels special but is easy to make at home. A lemon dressed kale salad with cranberries and pecans, and of course, rosemary roasted potatoes, a favorite of Phil’s. I also grabbed a bottle of red and ingredients for strawberry brownie skewers. Phil is crazy for brownies, I love strawberries, so this fun twist is the perfect dessert that has a big wow factor with little effort. (Boxed brownies work just fine when they are presented in such a gorgeous way!)
Little touches can really add to the setting and change your everyday setting into something special.
I like to set the tone with candles, music and a fun touch such as cloth napkins or adding fun heart ice cubes into your drink.
I turn the living room into a little movie theater, and grab all of our favorite snacks & drink some red wine.
For clothes, I like to look pretty but comfortable. When I set up a date night at home, I never want to go too overboard. Too overboard would be like a skin tight mini dress with 5 inch heels and way too much makeup.
White is my favorite way to look pulled together yet stylish. Pair a cute sweater top and your favorite jeans with great shoes. Or just paint your toes in a sweet or fun color for the holiday and let them be an accessory to your outfit. I also adore soft, easy waves as my hairstyle for a night in.
Check out my other fun date night ideas!
What are your Valentine’s plans? Do you like to go out or stay in? What is your tip for keeping your relationship status fresh?
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