When you have a life with littles, sometimes “date night” can be few and far between. With baby sitters and broken routines, cries for mama and good night kisses…well, sometimes is it just plain hard! To help alleviate some of the pressure, but also keep our time as just us, Mr. Twice Around and I have started implementing AT HOME DATE NIGHT, or AHDN as we call it. The thought is that once munka is in bed, we have the rest of the evening to ourselves and can enjoy a “date” together. No phones, no distractions – just time shared together.
The only real RULES that we have for AHDN are as follows:
1) Real clothes (with the occasional exception for PJ’s- when appropriate)
2) No cell phones
3) It has to be more than a Netflix binge on the couch
This past week was my turn to plan, so I decided on a kicked up version of dinner and a movie.
Act 1- Dinner. Stone ground Mustard Chicken Thighs with a Brussel Sprout Gratin and White Wine
Act 2- Cozy Movie Time with snacks, Tomato Cheese Crackers, prosciutto, grapes, brownie bites, and of course, champagne.
Now, the thing that really makes this ‘not your average movie night’ for us is the location of our movie. Typically, we only have 1 TV in our home, and that is in our main living area. We like it that way. We prefer it that way. BUT- it makes it fun to bring out our second TV from storage and create a new ambiance for movie watching. I decided that for date night, I’d set up our TV and Apple TV in our bedroom, and that we’d watch the movie from the comfort of our cozy bed, stacked high with extra pillows and cushions. Add a tray for our snacks, and we were all set!
Stay tuned for more AHDN ideas!