Before I had kids, I swore that one of the things my husband and I would never give up, was our weekly date night. I know…never say never and more importantly, parenting is WAY easier before you have actually have kids. It is still so important to connect with your partner. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in our roles as parents, and to remember that we have a team mate who needs our love and support and we need it from them too.
Valentines Day is one day of the year, that we try to set aside to have a special date night. But, sometimes kids get sick, baby sitters cancel, or and Date Night has to happen at home. And honestly, I think you can make date night in, just as fun or romantic as any night on the town. These are just a few ideas for easy date nights at home, but the possibilities are really endless!
This is super simple date night in! You can watch a movie you know you both love or one you have never seen before. Something extra fun is to plan the entire night around the movie you choose and have a fun themed dinner and snacks. Snuggle up with your sweetie in your jammies, which is really my favorite way to watch a movie anyway!
Have a “Camp-In”
You don’t have to pitch a real tent in your living room (hey, I’m not stopping you!). But I think everyone’s inner kid loves building a fort. Get some LED candles and make a faux fire, turn on some nature sounds, and make some tinfoil dinners or smores in your oven. While in your fort you can play card games, talk about whatever is on your mind, reminsnce and take time to reconnect without distractions. A fun idea for a date like this is to think up some questions, and ask your partner. Even though you know each other really well, you may be surprised at the answers you hear. Or maybe it has been a while since you asked your partner their dreams or ideas for the future. This is such a fun and unique way to reconnect and take a break from the distractions of life, but still be in your home.
When you have little kids, dinner time can be one of the most chaotic times of the day. And dinners can get kind of boring and routine, conforming to picky pallets…or maybe that’s just at my house?? My husband and I often like to take a night, put the kids to bed and then cook a dinner together that we have been wanting to try. We have found recipes on pinterest, tried to replicate a favorite from a resturaunt, or used a meal box service. It is so fun to be in the kitchen together, to get to eat a hot meal, and to not have to talk over kids. And once yourw done with dinner, the romantic options for dessert are endless…but i’ll leave that up to your imagination.
I hope you get some fun with your sweetheart this Valentines day, even if you have to stay in! If you have a favorite date night in, will you share it in the comments? We are always looking for new ideas!
About the author: Aryn is a Wife, Mama and Certified Lactation Counselor. She shares her musings on motherhood, journey to self love, breastfeeding tips, along with her favorite mom and beauty products on her blog With Cream and Sugar. You can keep up with her musings on motherhood and daily adventures on Instagram