We all need a date night now and then. An excuse to get dressed up, head out (or stay in) and simply let loose is good for the soul. You can have a date night with your partner, a friend, a relative – anyone you want to spend some quality time with and enjoy yourself.
For many people, date nights can be few and far between so you’ll want to plan it and have something to look forward to. Take a look at some of the following tips for planning the perfect date night for an evening you won’t forget.
Plan in advance
Sadly, spontaneity can be out of the question for many people. Between arranging childcare to finding a night where there isn’t something in the diary already, it’s not always easy to plan a night for yourselves.
Work on finding a date in the near future that you can easily stick to. Get babysitters booked far in advance, and make sure there’s a contingency in place should there be any problems. From booking theatre tickets to finding a gig you want to see, it helps to have something specific in mind that you can plan for and look forward to.
Do something different
Do your date nights tend to be a repeat of the same evening over and over again? While familiarity can be comforting, it’s always nice to try something different. Some alternative date night ideas can keep things interesting and can make a nice change to the typical dinner and a movie. Take it in turns with your date to suggest something new and enjoy getting to experience new things together.
Make a whole evening of it
Is there anything worse than a great date night cut short? Instead of limiting your time, why not make a whole evening of it? Booking an overnight stay, having dinner and starting your evening early can help add to those precious hours so that you can make the most of it. When your time is limited, you’ll want to fit in as much as you can so make sure you don’t miss out by setting curfews or time limits that can cut your date short.
Even if you end up back home, you can still find ways to carry on your evening. Stay up and drink homemade cocktails and remember what it’s like to stay up all night and each other’s company.
Set some rules
Spending quality time with someone is always important, but modern technology has meant we’re always connected to the rest of the world at all times. Why not put some rules in place for your date night that means phones are put away, work, family and house talks are off the table and you can simply enjoy being together instead? Talk about the things that interest you and current events – with so many other things going on in your life, it can be great to enjoy good company and good conversation and forget about everything else.
Planning the perfect date night can help you to relax and unwind, as well as get the chance to spend the evening with someone you care about. Make sure you keep it up by booking your next one and making sure you plan some new and exciting evenings that will help you de-stress, forget about everything else and simply enjoy yourself – even if just for one night!