Whether you are married and sending the kids to grandma's house once a week or meeting your sweetheart between meetings or classes, a date night can be an expensive endeavour. Make romantic memories by planning an at-home date night that is easy on the budget but full of love and laughter. Immerse yourselves in a favourite movie, transport yourself to an island beach or play games to make the most of your time together.
Select a favourite movie and submerge yourself in the movie atmosphere. Go through the extra effort to support a movie genre with specially prepared food and drinks. For example, treat her to a chick-flick such as "Titanic" and serve up some of the menu items from the real Titanic voyage. Print out menus that mimic the Titanic letterhead, make icebergs out of large pieces of styrofoam and give her a huge (fake) emerald necklace to wear to the viewing.
A guy might prefer a manly romantic-comedy movie such as "There's Something About Mary", and the beans and franks you make for dinner are sure to please his palette. A more serious approach to manly romance can be found in the movie "Gladiator" with Russell Crowe. You'll love the romance and he'll thrill at the fight scenes and drama. Dress the living room up in paper Roman columns and shields. Tie on your toga and your date night is complete.
Especially welcome in the dead cold of winter, a warm tropical getaway can be created in your very own living room. Bring a sandbox and fake palm tree into the room and play the restful sounds of the surf on your MP3 stereo system. Whip up some tropical drinks and put on a movie such as "The Beach" or "Couples Retreat." Serve up some poi and shrimp to complete the mini-vacation.
Combine your inner-child with your not-so-innocent adult by planning a night of games for you and your mate. The classic favourite "Twister" can be laugh- or passion-inspiring while other games such as "Strip Chocolate Board Game" or "Fan the Flames" are meant to stir passion. Innocent fun can still be had by playing games you remember from your childhood such as "The Game of Life" or "Clue." Make playful bets on the games to add to the interest.
Game System Fun
Enjoy some interactive fun with a game system like the Wii, Xbox or PlayStation. Get into your jammies and go bowling together, play baseball or even do some yoga. Whatever you do you'll be making cherished memories. Coordinate your dinner with your virtual date activity. For example, if you are going bowling, serve up some pizza and beer while you play.
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