I’m a sucker for date nights. As the date circled on the calendar with “DATE NIGHT” written in it with big bold letters gets closer and closer, I get all giddy with excitement, knowing my husband and I will have some time completely alone. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner my mind is consumed with ideas of how to celebrate this day of love. Usually my husband and I take the kids to his mom’s house and we go have dinner; specially when Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday. But here’s some other date night ideas fit for celebrating Valentine’s day, whether it be on that exact day or another day that works better.
A Staycation– Let’s be honest, nothing would be better than boarding a plane and flying to Cabo for a romantic beachy getaway with your beau, but because life tends to get in the way, a staycation is another good and more affordable option.
Book a night at the nicest hotel in the city and enjoy a kid-free night. Order room service. Go for a dip in the pool and a lounge in the hot tub. Stay up late and enjoy each others company. Make sure to leave the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door!
The Arts– Buy tickets to a show at a local performing arts theater. Whether it be a comedy show, a Broadway show, or a music show, there’s nothing quite like mixing a night of love with art.
Couples Spa Date– If life has you both stressed and tired than a day at the spa will definitely be something you both will enjoy. Book a couples massage at a nice local spa and enjoy some much-needed TLC.
If you want to save some money, an at-home-spa date is just as fine. There’s a lot of YouTube videos where you can find DIY recipe’s for spa treatments. It’ll be a great bonding experience.
Traditional Movie and Dinner Date– A classic go-to date night, but it never fails. Catch a movie you’ve been wanting to see and go out to a fancy or not so fancy restaurant. Relive those dating years and enjoy each other’s company!
Stay-At-Home Date– Believe it or not, this one can be a lot of fun. Take the kids to the sitters, come back home and simply relish in the reality of the moment: NO KIDS! Although it might be tempting to hit the sack, and not for a romantic time, but to catch up on some z’s you will have to set that to the side.
You can watch a movie in the comfort of your own home, in your pj’s or whatever else you want or don’t want to wear. Eat whatever you want to eat. Do whatever you want to do. Say whatever you want to say because there are no kids in sight!!
Spontaneous- There’s nothing like a spur-of-the-moment adventure. One that takes absolutely no planning other than having a sitter for the kids. Hop in the car and drive around to somewhere new; doesn’t necessarily have to be hours away. Maybe a town outside the city you’ve never visited. A restaurant you’ve never gone to. An antique shop you know you’ll both enjoy. A trip through the back roads to enjoy what nature has to offer. Simply be spontaneous.
These are just a few ideas, but hopefully they inspire you to do something romantic with your spouse. What are some things you like to do on Valentine’s Day? Remember to be intentional with your dates. It won’t happen unless you make it happen.
“A good marriage isn’t something you find; its something you make…and you have to keep on making it.”- Gary Thomas