Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Importance of Dating your Husband and a List of Fun Date Night Ideas!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought I’d discuss the importance of dating your husband. Ok so, I know what you’re thinking…..Date my husband?? Been there, done that. While the concept seems strange, it’s something I’m committed to doing this year.


Before having kids my husband and I had a completely different lifestyle. We went out to dinner a few times a week, went to the casino, saw shows, movies, took a few vacations a year, you name it. We were always out and about enjoying each other’s company.

After the kids came it was a big change to our busy lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong…..I love my kids! We love our kids! Which brings me to my next point. I truly believe a happy household is built around a happy marriage. If you are just accepting that marriage with kids means changing diapers, struggling with money, staying home, and hoping for an extra 30 minutes of sleep on the weekend, then you are probably setting yourself up for failure. To me, having a happy marriage means love, communication, and having a relationship outside of your children. It’s very easy to get caught up in the daily hustle that you just update your husband on the important things going on and look forward to setting your head on the pillow every night.

The truth is, if you don’t take the time now to date your spouse, you never will! We need to prioritize our relationship with our husbands just like we prioritize our work, children, and any other commitment we have throughout the day.

Ok, ok so what am I getting at? Having a regular date night is a must! You don’t need tons of money or sometimes even a babysitter! Just start by making date night a ritual. Schedule it just like you would any other commitment that you have throughout your week and stick to it! Many marriage experts agree that one way to keeping your marriage strong and a priority is by spending time together. I totally agree with this!

Here’s a list of some fun date night ideas!


Outside the home:

- Go to the movies. If you can swing it, go for dinner too!
- Go shopping
- Visit a winery
- Attend a cooking class
- Go to a “paint your own pottery” store
- Dinner cruise (My husband has been begging me to do this! Maybe I will!)
- Attend a comedy show
- Bowling
- Go to a coffee shop
- Go for a walk. Find a few local trails if the weather is good.

Inside the home:

- Rent a movie and make your own homemade popcorn (NOT the microwave one! Have fun with this!)
- Play cards or a board game
- Watch an entire season of your favorite TV show
- Have a fondue night
- Make a meal from scratch together. Something you’ve never tried before
- Order in and watch DVDs. Chinese food is my personal favorite!
- Spend an afternoon watching old movies
- Have a theme night. For example, French night…Make a unique French dish, wine, cheese, and watch a foreign film
- Re-watch the first movie you ever watched together
- Splurge on wine, cheese, fruit and crackers

**Do you have date nights with your spouse? If not, will you commit to doing it? I’d love to hear if you implement this in your marriage!

Have a great day!

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  1. Hubby and I watch Downton Abbey at night (Seasons 1-3). Thanks for the out-of-the-box ideas:)

  2. My husband and I did the movie theme night. Made pizza from scratch and even though I couldn't get him to watch a foreign movie, we watched The Italian Job.