In today’s busy world sometimes couples have a difficult time spending time together. This is perhaps especially true for married couples who have younger children. With the hustle-bustle of daily life, sometimes couples begin to drift apart due to not getting enough quality time together. Even the best of relationships can begin to feel distanced with the distractions occurring in life.
Couple time is important in any relationship and one way to overcome some of the hurdles that block spending quality time together is to come up with ideas for a romantic date at home. There are lots of ways a special evening can be planned with the “feel” of a big date out on the town.
Here are a few tips to woo that special someone at home:
Invite Your Mate
Before a romantic date with your partner can take place, one partner has to invite the other for a “night out on the town.” There are a few ways this can be approached. The first is to have a conversation and decide to plan a special night. If one person wants to take charge of the date, he or she can just ask his or her mate if they’d like to “go out” on a date. Another approach that is fun and more personalized is to design a formal invitation inviting that special person out for the evening and leave it in a special place; better yet, surprise him or her and have an invitation mailed to the home a few days ahead of time.
If you can’t get a babysitter, plan your timing a bit later so your date can take place after the little ones are tucked in for the evening.
Plan Your Date
Once you and your loved one have decided to go on a date, next comes the planning. If one person has decided to take charge, then he or she will likely be the one doing the planning. If both mates are creating the romantic evening together, then the preparation plans can be divided up.
Deciding what kind of date will come first. Will the date entail dinner, drinks or dessert? If food is involved, then planning a menu and shopping is involved. If cooking is not a part of the plans (keep in mind, cleanup is then involved – not always romantic), then planning a dinner from a nice restaurant that offers takeout is another option.
Do you love dancing but never get the opportunity to spin on the dance floor due to pressures and schedules of family life? Why not plan a night of dancing at home? After dinner the two of you can quietly dance together in the privacy of your own home.
If dancing isn’t your thing, then another plan might be to cuddle up on the sofa and watch a romantic or other kind of preferred genre with the one you love.
For those who are looking for something different, perhaps a competitive board game, quiet game of chess or an intimate card game is in order.
Set the Atmosphere
If your date includes dinner, dessert or both, why not set the table with a romantic setting? Think lightly scented candles, sweet smelling flowers, dimmed lighting, good dishes, and nice wine glasses (even if alcohol is not being served, ice water with a splash of lemon in a nice glass works). As you set the atmosphere for a special dinner for two, why not go the whole nine yards? Lay out a pretty tablecloth and use linen napkins. For the final touch, include some soft romantic music quietly playing in the background.
Just because you are staying at home doesn’t mean you have to dress the part! When getting ready for a date with your loved one at home, make it fun. Go the extra mile and put on your best dress/suit and treat your evening as a date to the theatre, a fancy club or restaurant.
The clothing you choose can really make a date feel special, even in the privacy of your own home. Ditch the jeans or favorite sweatpants, go the full mile and dress to the nines; your partner will love it.
Once the date is over, the two of you can retire and spend the night in one another’s arms. What better way to end a perfect date with the one you love?
These are just a few ideas, but there are plenty of different things you can do. All you need to do is brainstorm ways you’d like to spend time, ways to surprise your loved one and/or recall some of those things you love to do together. Once you do this, you’ll quickly discover there are many ways to plan the perfect romantic date at home.
In today’s busy society couples often lose track of one another. A good way to maintain that close connection and love is to make time to date one another, even if you can’t get out of the house. Planning a romantic date at home is the perfect way to keep the spark going and make time just for each other.
Leigh has been writing on the web since 2007. She has a high interest in business, tech, higher education, and Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia travel, but loves to write about a variety of topics. In addition to writing on Writedge, she also runs a blog about the Washington DC Metro Area and a photography blog Photos by Leigh Goessl.