Sure, that may be an “ideal” date night, but I discovered within the last year that’s not the only way to have one.
Although we didn’t call them such at the time, Hubby and I started having date nights at home back during football season. Whereas we missed most of Alabama’s games in 2009, when the girls were infants, we were more organized this past season. We recorded the games to watch in their entirety after the girls were sleeping soundly upstairs.
Of course that meant I had to limit my online exposure during the day, lest I accidentally see a comment on Facebook that would clue me in to the outcome of the game. Oh, and if you called our house during the day, I would say, “If you know the score of the Alabama game, please don’t say anything – we’re taping it!”…before I even said “hello”.
Anyhoo, for each of the games we taped, I spent the days ahead preparing our game day feast.
Although I generally have a strong aversion to the mere mention of the word “Velveeta” (or more generically, "processed cheese spread"), I put my heebie-jeebies aside and made traditional Rotel dip, served with chips and homemade hot wings, for the season opener, for example.
One game we did a Mexican theme with 9-layer bean dip, black bean chili, and homemade guacamole. One week we opted for a more "sophisticated” menu, featuring stuffed mushrooms and bleu cheese-bacon dip.
We would dress in our crimson finest and [quietly] cheer on the Tide [albeit on a six-hour delay].
Those were fun nights…while we weren’t tailgating on the Quad and cheering on the Tide with 100,000 of our closest friends, we were still doing something we’d always loved to do. We were enjoying one of our long-favorite pastimes, and we were enjoying each other.
And as much fun as we had on those nights, another big part of the fun was the planning and the anticipation of it in the days leading up to our “date”.
I love reading about Megan’s Date Night Challenges. Taking some inspiration from her and a handful of others, here are some more at-home date night ideas that I compiled for our most recent Mothers of Multiples meeting…
• Throwback night…what did you do for fun before kiddos? New Orleans was “our place”…so we might whip up some jambalaya and some bread pudding to a soundtrack of zydeco music, and look through our picture album after dinner
• Make S’mores and set up “camp” on the living room floor.
• Create a picnic on the back porch, complete with a blanket and basket.
• Game night! Up the ante by saying the loser has to give the winner a back massage, or let him/her sleep in the following morning!
• Turn off the TV, put on some music, and linger over a candlelit dinner (even if it’s not fancy). Most of us don’t realize how quickly we have to eat most of our meals while we’re juggling the needs of our kiddos!
• Enjoy breakfast in bed (for supper). You may not be able to swing B-in-B in the mornings, but eggs and bacon and pancakes (and maybe a mimosa) taste pretty good any time of day!
• Rent a movie, pop some buttery popcorn, and indulge in your favorite movie candy.
• Set up a super-duper ice cream sundae station (and don’t forget the whipped cream!).
• Test out some aphrodisiac foods…whether they “work” or not, you can have fun trying them out!
You can even do these on a budget, too. And don’t let a $10 limit cramp your style…let it inspire you to be creative. For me, the planning (and the anticipation) is half the fun!