Dinner and A Movie
It sounds like a cliche date night, but I can’t tell you the last time my husband and I went to a movie…in a theater…and had dinner at a restaurant, too! One of the things I took for granted before we had kids, is such a luxury these days. We had a great time, and saw “A Star is Born” which if you haven’t heard of it or seen it, you totally should! As others have said, you know something is really good, when days later, you’re still thinking about it!
It has everything…love, great music, all the emotions, and is just very real and raw, but just to warn you – bring tissues! And what about that soundtrack?!? It is so good!! The movie was so amazing that it completely overshadowed the fact that I got almost no sleep that night because BG (baby girl) wasn’t feeling well. The reality of parenting is so fulfilling, and yet so exhausting.
While I could go on and on about the movie and how awesome it was, I don’t want to spoil it for any of you who have yet to watch it. I can tell you that I have an immense amount of respect for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – they truly captured my heart and made my fall in love with their characters. Not to mention the cinematography of this movie was on point!
It was a great weekend, no I didn’t accomplish anything grand, and didn’t even get caught up on sleep, but having a good, uninterrupted conversation with my husband and connecting over dinner and a great movie made my heart feel full and my brain stimulated. I love being at home with the kids, but it is so important to have adult conversations and push my brain beyond the mindless daily tasks I muddle through on a daily basis.
We have tried to make an effort to have regular date nights, and the reality is that it doesn’t happen that often. But it has made us really appreciate the times we get to spend together, and re-energizes our relationship. I am going to share 5 more “date night” ideas, whether at home or going out, that will help those needing some fresh ways to re-energize a relationship. While it’s obvious that all good relationships take hard work, it’s sometimes easy to forget that they need relaxing and fun bonding time as well.
5 Date Night Ideas
- Game night (one on one or with friends)
- A wine and painting class
- Cooking classes
- Pumpkin Patch (great for this fall weather!)
- Picnic (going on hike with wine and hors d’ouevres/snack picnic is my personal favorite)
Here are a few other ways to re-connect with your spouse or significant other without having a date night, because let’s face it, “date night” doesn’t always happen!
- Try a new food night (it’s sure to spark some conversation)
- Grocery shopping together
- Sit together and plan a trip (either one you are going to take or just daydream of a perfect trip together)
- Play a game together – even if it’s on your phone (my husband and I play a game called WordScapes on our phone together)
- Talk – I know this sounds obvious, but sometimes it’s harder than you think to take time to have “real” conversations.
If you are looking for things to talk about – there’s is a fun game called “Table Topics” that is simply cards with questions and topics that we played while sitting at a wine bar on my birthday last year. (The wine was a bonus, but it was a fun way to re-connect).
Another great conversation starter is a book I found recently called Marriage365. It has a question or prompt for each day of the year and it’s a great way to wind down the day instead of watching tv, or have a meaningful conversation over dinner.
Please feel free to share your favorite date night ideas or ways to reconnect with your significant other in the comments! Of course beer/wine is always optional, but after 9 months of pregnancy and 2 months of breastfeeding, I daydream about it on a daily basis and it sneaks into my blog posts every now and then!