Is there anything sweeter than love and romance? Well, chocolate, I know. But really, nothing compares to a romantic evening spent with the love of your life. Getting dolled up, going out for a delicious candlelit dinner, lingering over cocktails while enjoying each other’s presence, or an evening of dancing…. ahhh, such sweet, loving bliss – at least until the bill arrives.
I know I’m not the only one to experience this, seeing the plethora of articles devoted to solving this problem – “Easy Cheap Dates”, “25 Free Summer Date Nights in Your City”, and so on. What we have done a few times is reliable, romantic, and free! I don’t know if this idea simmered in my subconscious while reading the aforementioned articles, or came to me one day when I was sick of eating dinner on the coffee table, since the itty bitty castle on the 26th floor didn’t have room for a proper dining table and chairs. So the idea occurred to me all of a sudden – indoor picnic date night! This is also a great idea to try right now, when the weather gets cold, and you can easily cozy up with your sweetheart.
The simplest way is transforming normal dinner into romantic indoor picnic. This was exactly what I did – make dinner as per usual (I think it was pasta, or maybe homemade pizza), spread out a blanket on the floor, set out cutlery, napkins, maybe turn on some romantic music, and light a candle or two. Serve dinner already plated, and set the extras on the coffee table for seconds. Done! The change of scenery and pace totally set a romantic mood, and that evening, we lingered over dinner, laughing, feeding each other, it was perfect.
Want to take it up a notch and have even more romance? Make dinner together, and maybe try something special. For example, our second Valentine’s Day as a married couple. I planned out the menu ahead of time, and we had filet mignon with caesar salad and sweet potato fries. I put on the romantic music as we started cooking, and making dinner together in a tiny kitchen is already a fun and sweet couple experience. Dinner was ready in record time, and we were already relaxed. I set out the dishes on the coffee table like a buffet and poured two glasses of wine (homemade!). This makes such an easy date night, and the only cost is what you already paid on groceries.
What are your favourite cheap/free date nights? Share in the comments below!