Date Night is a very special thing in our house. My husband and I have been together for 14 years, married for 6. We’ve had a weekly date night for over 10 years. That doesn’t mean we always get out of the house, actually, we rarely do these days. We just make time every week to focus on us.
Date night should be a moment to stop and cherish your relationship. Daily life gets so busy, but taking even an hour or two each week puts your relationship to the priority level where it needs to be. I love this time with my husband. We always take this opportunity to talk to each other. It’s not that we don’t have time to talk throughout the week, but you know how busy life gets. I always know that my husband and I will have some time to talk on date night without the worries of to-do lists and other obligations, because we set the time aside for each other.
Communication is key in any healthy relationship, and I love that date night brings us together for some time to communicate. The best part is we get to talk about whatever we want. Sometimes on the busy days we have to focus on specific details – kids’ schedules, finances, etc. But on date night, we set that aside, and communicate as two people who just want to talk to each other. I love it!
Our original date night was on a Tuesday, before we had children, and you could usually find us at a local restaurant or the movies, or even miniature golfing. Back in the beginning of date night, we’d get out all the time. It was a night to get out and celebrate us, and that we did! Dinner dates, pubs, concerts, we did it all! We enjoyed the freedom of doing whatever we wanted for date night, but then things eventually changed.
But the change is for the better! Now, we have two amazing, wonderful children, and we are ok with the fact that date night has changed. We do plan date nights out without the kids, although we haven’t done that in a while. However, on a typical date night, you will find us at home. We like to enjoy some drinks, play card or dice games, and catch up on some Netflix shows or movies.
Here are some date night ideas that we enjoy:
- Play board games, card games, or dice games (my favorite!!)
- Watch a movie at home
- Go to a drive-in movie
- Go to the movies
- Go to a concert
- See a local comedy show
- Cook dinner together
- Dinner at a local restaurant or order takeout (we love sushi nights)
- Drinks at a nearby pub (if it’s nice, sit outside)
- Visit a winery or brewery
- Wine and cheese at home
- Do an at-home beer tasting
- Build a small backyard fire in a fire pit
- Casino night – head to a nearby casino (set an amount so you don’t spend too much)
- Miniature golf
- Coffee date
- Dessert date – go to a favorite restaurant just for dessert
Here’s a roundup of more date night ideas:
- The Dating Divas have a ton of great resources including this free printable list of 90 ideas!
- A Mom with a Lesson Plan shares 50 Fun Date Night Ideas for at home.
- Lauren, at Wife Styles, has 10 Cheap Date Ideas.
- Mother’s Niche has 51 Fun and Affordable Ideas.
- Your Tango gives 10 Easy-But-Romantic Date Night Ideas for Parents.
- A Mom’s Take shares 50 Date Ideas.
- Another one from The Dating Divas – 152 Man Approved Date Nights
- Last one! A DIY Date Jar – So fun, I’m going to do this!
Date Night is an important component in any healthy relationship. It’s the little things, the little details that matter, so take time for the date nights. They make for a really healthy foundation for a great relationship!
What’s your favorite date night idea? What do you and your significant other love to do on date night? And how often do you have date night? Share below in the comments!