Date Nights are obviously super important for any couple. It is imperative that couples set aside time with each other to bond, chat, experience new things, or just veg out with a glass of wine in hand. The problem is that it can be tough to make this happen when you have kids, at least it is for us. When $20/hour is the going rate around here for a babysitter, and our only family nearby is a busy auntie that lives over an hour away, date night outs are few and far between.
Don’t get me wrong though. We still have dates, they are just of the Date Night In variety. It may take a little more effort to plan than simply making a reservation, but it opens you up to using your creativity. For this Date Night In idea, we went the dinner and dancing route.
Date Night In:
Swing Dancing & Soul Food
To start the night off, and ramp up our energy to do some swing dancing, we had a Soul Food themed meal. Swing, specifically Lindy Hop, originated in the 1920’s in Harlem. I thought it would be fun to pair soul food with swing, since Harlem is known for some really fabulous soul food joints (Check out Sylvia’s if you’re ever in the hood). I have been working on cutting down on gluten, so we made a modified meal, using our Gluten Free Cookbook. This cookbook has a huge variety of gluten-free recipes, all of which are super delicious, and easy to make. We chose a chicken fingers appetizer, pork entree, and a sweet potato side. Though it wasn’t the most traditional way to make soul food, it worked just fine for a yummy, gluten-free meal.
After dinner, it was time to get dancing! When Bret and I were first dating, we took salsa dance lessons once a week. It was so much fun, and it is something that I really miss. To give something new a try, I got the Dance Lessons Starter Kit. It is a DVD that teaches four types of social dances (Salsa, Swing, Bachata, and Merengue). Obviously, we chose Swing, and it was a grand ole’ time! The pace of the DVD was perfect, and everything was explained, to make learning the steps really easy. The instructor, and the dance partner, were both energetic, and kept you moving the whole time. It doesn’t ask you to do any extravagant moves that you need a bunch of space for, which was perfect for our not so large living room. It was definitely a fun way to spend the night in.
What are some of your creative Date Night In ideas?