10.22.2014

Makeover: Date Night

Last week, when my wife and I went to dinner together for our anniversary it was so fun to just get out of the house, child free. Sometimes as parents you have to take time away from the kids and just be with your spouse. The thing is, what do you do? I have found some fun things to do as couples for your weekly date nights.

Cooking Classes: My wife and I both enjoy cooking, baking, and I really enjoy eating. I always want to learn new ways of cooking and trying to make new things, but it isn’t always easy when you have a little toddler running around you the whole time. Why not sign up for a cooking class? They are so fun! Plus, it’s not something you always think of. It takes you out of your comfort zone and puts you in an environment where you are vulnerable and can learn together. You really will grow closer together and have a great time.

I personally love the Harmons (grocery store) Cooking School. They have a great online calender where you can see what classes are coming up, and if you can’t get a sitter they do have classes for kids. You could make date night into family fun night if you had to. Just remember though, you are making dinner. So when it comes to the cost just think that this is paying for dinner and entertainment.

Cost: $25-85

Picnic in the Park: I am slightly obsessed with fall, but you never really think about having a picnic this time of year because it gets so cold at night and dark so early. Well fellas, this is where you get creative and romantic. What you will need is the following:

  • Food (obviously)
  • Blankets – yes, you are going to need more than one. One for sitting on and multiples for bundling up.
  • Candles – this is where you are getting a little romantic. I also feel like candles make you feel warmer AND if you do tons it will really be fun and set a romantic atmosphere.
  • Music – There is some about silence that drives me crazy. When I am eating I don’t talk a lot, because I was raised that I don’t talk with my mouth full. Make a playlist and keep it on low, but it helps set the mood.
  • Park/picnic area in the mountains – The great thing about being in Utah is that there are tons of parks, but if there isn’t a good one near you there are always the mountains. How fun would it be to just have a little picnic in the mountains and enjoy the crisp clean mountain air? Need I say more? I don’t think so.

Cost: Depending on food and candles anywhere for $5-105

Drive Way Drive In: Sometimes it’s hard to get a sitter last minute, I get it. But sometimes you just need to get out of the house. That doesn’t mean that you have to go far though. Why not set up a Drive Way Drive In? Really the only thing that might be a little hard is to get yourself a projector, but they are simple to find for rent (trust me, I just looked). Then, if you have a truck this is the best, fill up the bed with blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, just make that thing a bed of fluff and comfort. Back your truck into the driveway (not too close to your garage) and use the garage as a screen to project HER favorite movie: Sixteen Candles, The Notebook, While You Were Sleeping or some old classics. This may even turn into a family or neighborhood event, but the more the merrier.

Cost: Rental of projector if you don’t have one

Hope these help get your brain thinking about new, fun, and creative ways to take your spouse out this weekend.

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