When my husband and I were first married, we were both working full-time and had no kids, so each week we would head out to dinner or a play or a concert or a movie . Plus, I don’t want to leave my 4 month old baby with just anyone! even if you don’t like these ideas, there are links to approximately 350 MORE date ideas at the bottom of this post. That will take care of date nights for the next 7 years! 🙂 And before we jump into the date ideas, I just wanted to share with you two things that have helped my marriage so much: This cute journal will change the way that you look at your spouse and your marriage.
We have a student loan debt the size of Alaska (thank you Physical Therapy school) and can’t afford a babysitter every weekend.
We still make it a priority to set aside one night a week where we turn off the computers and focus on just being together. It also helps strengthen your marriage because you will start to focus on what is GOOD in your spouse and in your life. In all his studies, he found 3 things that every person can do to create a happy marriage and put them together in this book.
Here are some of our favorite at-home date ideas that we have tried (and loved! I recommend reading it together as a couple and finding ways to implement these ideas into your marriage.
Make bets on who will win and choose a fun prize for the winner.
Eat nachos and hot dogs and cheer for your favorite team. Use Google or You Tube to learn some proper techniques and get to rubbing! Have a “finger foods only” dinner and feed each other. Invest in an ice cream maker or a bread maker (you can actually get some pretty decent ones for really cheap at a local thrift store or consignment store) and invent your own concoctions. And if it’s too cold, spread a quilt out on the floor, make some sandwiches, and keep your picnic indoors. This is funniest if you can find some heart-wrenching ballads to belt out. It will be such a fun reminder of how much you love each other as you drink from it each morning (oh, how I love cute, cheesy love!
You can get all the info right here, along with a cute printable to make it happen. Watch a sports game together (or record one on the DVR and watch it together later). If it’s warm enough, try to go outside (even if it’s in your own backyard). Find songs with lyrics on You Tube and sing your heart out. You can pick up mugs at the Dollar Store and use a sharpie marker to decorate it.
This recipe for Homemade Spudnuts is my favorite and it makes a TON so you can totally share some with the neighbors (or eat them all yourself . Seriously, I did this after we had been married for a couple months and we stayed up playing video games until 3 am . Some other fun theme ideas: Mexican, Asian, Christmas, Kid’s theme, 1950’s (or any decade), etc, etc. and my husband pretty much knew then that I was the best wife ever. For example, if you choose an Italian theme, you could eat spaghetti and gelato, then watch a movie like The Italian Job or Life is Beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you are eating hot dogs and macaroni and cheese . Choose a theme and center everything you do around it. anything eaten by candlelight is romantic (like our Crazy Dinner! You can melt chocolate or other dipping sauces in a slow cooker or even on your stove top! Check out two copies of the same book at the library and discuss the book as you read it.