If you’re like me, Valentines Day celebrations have gotten a little bland since having kids. There’s nothing wrong with going to dinner. I happen to love food! But over time, my husband and I have gotten boring and predictable. Now this year, we’re forced to be more creative. Whether you are staying in because of Covid, or because everything that is open is already booked, there are some exciting and affordable ways to spice up your date night come February 14th! I for one am excited to mix things up!
So here’s a list of PandEPIC date night ideas:
- Try a late night fondue dinner for two: Skip dinner with the kids, and instead prepare a late-night cheese fondue. Make it together with crackers, veggies, meats, breads, and pickles. For dessert, stir up some chocolate magic over some heat. Dip fruits of your choice, marshmallows, cheesecake squares, cookies, etc. and enjoy! No need for a special fondue pot if you don’t have one, you can use a good old trusty pot, or bowl in the microwave. If you need inspiration, check out this Cheese Fondue Recipe or this Chocolate Fondue Recipe.
- Have friendly competition: Remember dating? It was always so fun to play together. How often do we play with our husbands now? Grab some of your kids toys and sporting equipment. Play a game of toddler bowling, basketball, golf (or any kids’ game set you have). If you like video games, play some rounds of Mario Kart or another fun game. If all else fails, play tag. I know what I wrote. Yes, tag. You’d be surprised at how much fun it can be! Adding a little competition adds fun and flirtation. Loser gives winner a back rub, or draws a bath!
- Board Games: Whether you’re a Monopoly lover, or more of a card gamer, pick a couple games to play together. For Valentine’s night, maybe stick with the games more light and funny, rather than strategic and serious. Adding a wager is a fun twist!
- Trade acts of service as gifts. As Valentine’s Day approaches, trade acts of service as gifts. Or, surprise your husband by doing one of his most-hated tasks or chores. It’s incredibly meaningful and saves money too!
- Get a blessing board. Chalk boards can range from 15 dollars and up, but you could use a big sheet of paper or anything you can write on. Label it “Blessing Board” at the top, and each of you write down 10 things that together you have been blessed with. Reflect on the blessed life you have together.
- Take ballroom dance lessons in your living room. Youtube a dance lesson for beginners and practice together. This can be both hilarious and fun! And while you’re on the dancefloor, play your first dance song from your wedding and enjoy some sweet moments down memory lane.
- Make a Prompt Jar. Write up creative questions on slips of paper and fold them up. Add them to a jar and take turns picking one. Read the questions and take turns answering. You’ll learn so much about each other. The more creative and silly the questions, the more fun!
Let’s not settle for a watered down Valentines Day because of Covid. Try a few of these ideas, and enjoy quality time together! Goodness knows we could all use a little fun with our sweethearts!
Sarah Gonzalez is a stay-at-home mom who loves Jesus and caring for her two young children. She loves date nights and walks with her husband, and using creativity and humor through artistic outlets like writing and photography. You can learn more about her photography business at Sarah Gonzalez Photography.