It's once again the time of year where romance is in the air. Whether you're a hopeless romantic or simply looking for something new and interesting to do with your significant other, we've got some great ideas to get your date night started!
Cook a Meal Together at Home
This idea is a classic way to spice up your date night. Use a unique theme for the meal to keep it interesting. For example, plan the meal using only aphrodisiac foods. You can find a good list of aphrodisiac foods here.
Create some fun and simple IOUs
Try making coupon books to trade with one another for things such as massages, homemade dinners, etc. Really, the possibilities for this one are endless.
Plan a Scavenger Hunt
Leave a trail of clues for your significant other to follow. Leave them with neighbors, or leave them at special places that mean something to the relationship. Have the last one lead to a restaurant or other romantic location where you'll be waiting with a gift or prize.
Cuddle Up with a Romantic Movie
There's nothing more relaxing than a night spent curled up with your significant other on the couch while a movie plays in the background. Here are some of our favorite romantic movies for just such an occasion:
Explore the Great Outdoors
Our members here at SheSpeaks have provided some great ideas for how to get outside and active for date night. Here's what a couple of them had to say:
"My husband and I got away one afternoon without the kids and we rented a canoe. We rowed out to a little island where we had lunch all by ourselves. We just took our time and enjoyed each other's company without cell phones or computers, free from any distractions. We had planned ahead of time and brought a small grill and marinated some steaks and cooked everything out on this island. It was so romantic and peaceful." - juliebw
"My favorite date idea is to go on a walk somewhere unusual. For instance, in my area we have a lot of nature trails and off the path beaches. Not only is it private and romantic, but it also takes us out of our element. We escape the everyday hustle and bustle. Don't forget to bring a camera too, there are some beautiful shots you can capture!" - maryki_12
To read more date night ideas from SheSpeaks members, click here.
So there are our ideas for how to spend your date night, but now we want to hear from you!
To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, simply submit your favorite date night movie review or recipe. Better yet, do BOTH and you'll have two chances to win! Reviews and recipes must be submitted by 6pm EST on February 13th, 2012.
King Arthur Flour Basket:
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix, White Icing Mix, Soft Gel Paste Food Colors,
Sugar Pearls, Heart Cutters - Set of 5, and a coupon for a free bag of flour in the supermarket
Chocolate Lover's Box:
Mix of rich chocolates made from the finest cocoa beans.
*The contest starts February 7, 2012 and ends February 13, 2012; at 6:00 p.m. Must be a US resident. No purchase necessary.
My favorite date night movie Titanic. I love watching this because it is dramatic and romantic and perfect for Valentine's day!
I reviewed "Elf" and "Taken" and also "The Bounty Hunter."
I submitted a recipe (Date Night Delight: Cheese Fondue) and a movie review (The Bounty Hunter). Happy Valentine's Day to all!
I submitted a 'recipe' that is so easy because it only uses two ingredients; Chocolate covered strawberries! Of course, a bottle of wine and a plate of strawberries can lead to a very romantic night staying 'in' instead of going 'out' to crowds, long wait times, fighting for parking and over priced 'dates' for Valentine's Day. :)
I just reviewed The Dark Knight...great movie that my husband and I can BOTH enjoy...:>
Our favorite date night is, having the kids stay over with relatives. Then we make dinner together and sit down with candles and enjoy not having to nag at the kids to eat. Our favorite thing to make for date night is seafood.
I submitted a review for "The Help" .. which I'm not sure would be a great Valentine rental but is a great movie -- more a chick flick!!
My favorite date night is hanging out in the city, New York City! I love it and there is so many things to do there but my favorite is actually going on a horse carriage in Manhattan. It's a beautiful and fun experience..a must! You definitely feel like a king or queen for a night.
My favorite all time Date night movie is: How to Lose a guy in 10 Days ;) GREAT GREAT movie... however, still a huge fan of Definitely Maybe and Love Actually ;) As far as dates night go, the more free you leave it to be, the more fun it can be. A late night walk down the street together, being tourists for a day, or anything where you're spending time together.
I have four men total in my house, my husband and 3 wonderful sons. So, the morning of valentines day i have a date with my kids, breakfast in bed for all 3 boys, with a nice special gifts (this year strawberries dipped in chocolate) and then with happy faces of to school for this year. Then at night a nice quiet dinner with my husband cooked by him and the kids. What a better way than to wake up and end the day with the ones i love the most! ;)
I reviewed the Help wonderful movie leaves you feeling........................
have a tailgate party! You can have some fun with your friends and then later on have a romantic dinner and snuggle up on your loveseat and watch a romantic movie. Some guys won't admit to liking romance movies, but I think that they really do....at least some guys do! lol
I submitted Chocolate Cheese Cake From cake mix. Easy and so yummy. :D
The most important thing to remember for date night is to focus on each other and your relationship! Leave work, the kids and all the worries behind. You don't have to do something expensive, take a walk and go for ice cream. Just remember that date night is about the two of you! I reviewed the movie Four Christmases!
I review Larry Crowne starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts comedy/romance! LOL lots!