Stay In for Date Night

Even with our best intentions, keeping the romance alive can be a bit challenging on these chilly days. With the sun setting so early and the erratic temperatures, who really wants to leave their warm home to schlep anywhere for the sake of romance? Why not enjoy some quality time with activities that are wallet-friendly and loads of fun? I’ve got some fun ideas for indoor “dates” that could work for V-Day or any wintry night.

SOOTHING SOAK: Increasingly hectic schedules can wreak havoc on even the best relationships. So, take some time to unplug and turn up the romance! Turn off your phones, tablets, TVs, heck, even the lights. Set up candles and take a long, relaxing bath together. If you get out before your skin wrinkles, it hasn’t been long enough!

GAME ON: Tired of your man claiming to be the best at every single video game you two own? Then challenge him to a Date Night/Game Night Tournament. Choose three of your favorite games and square off against your sweetie. The winner of the most games gets bragging rights until the next tournament, and you could even make a friendly bet like “loser buys winner dinner.” If When he loses tell him, “Don’t hate the playa, hate the game!”

DON’T GET, ER, BOARD: Remember those board games of yesteryear? Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Chess, even silly childhood stuff like Mousetrap or Don’t Wake Daddy. Chances are you have some still lying around, so break ‘em out, light a candle and get playing. To add an element of fun, go with the aforementioned “bet” option or get saucy with…strip anything (wink!). Who said Candy Land couldn’t be hot?!

SING IT WITH FEELING: If your karaoke isn’t as fine, er, tuned as you’d like, why not practice at home with your guy? Better yet, pick your favorite mushy song and make your own music video! Turn your house into your own karaoke bar and start recording. Be as ridiculous and over-the-top as you can and then, if you’re feeling REALLY brave, share it on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. Love and laughter go hand in hand! Just don’t forget to give your newly formed band a name.

EXCHANGE WORDS: You two keep meaning to start reading this book together…but just haven’t found the time. Well, what better time than date night? Start reading, either out loud or in your own silent space, stopping to discuss and interpret interesting things. Romance, comedy, suspense, doesn’t matter. As long as you’re spending QT, let those pages fly!

SAY CHEESE!: One thing that our digitized world has removed us from is the joy of actual pictures. Let your digital camera charge and, instead, take romantic pics with a disposal camera. Heck, make it a funny photo shoot with props and silly faces! Or, if you have any pics online, print them out from Snapfish.com. Once you get your photos, make a collage together of the best ones so you’ll have a keepsake for years to come.

GIRL TALK TIME: What do you think of these suggestions? How do you enjoy spending date night at home? Are there games that you and your sweetie love to play together?

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