Use these tips to plan a romantic night to reconnect with your spouse right at home.
Between early morning school drop-offs and evenings filled with homework, baths and bedtime, finding time for romance is nearly impossible. Quality time with your mate often ends up on the back burner when you’re a full-time parent, but connecting is really important — and doesn’t necessarily require a weekend away. Read on to learn how to reinvigorate that bond by orchestrating a cozy night in.
Step 1: Clear the Decks
First item on the agenda is getting the kids set up elsewhere, since having them home will certainly decrease your chances of uninterrupted time together. Find a grandparent, empathetic sibling or kind-hearted friend who’ll take your brood for the evening. Then make sure there are no conflicts — like work deadlines or early-morning meetings — that might cramp your plans.
Step 2: Get on the Same Wavelength
Rekindle memorable moments by drawing from the days before your lives revolved around midnight feedings and carpools. Did you meet on Cinco de Mayo? Whip up a batch of guacamole and tamales. Take a trip back to your honeymoon in Italy by creating a play list of Italian love songs, or pull out those old photo albums when you were high school sweethearts.
Step 3: Change Things Up
Rather than eat at the kitchen table surrounded by stacks of toys and a high chair, move your dream dinner to the dining room or the floor in front of the fireplace. If the weather’s nice, plan a night under the stars on the patio, or throw a picnic blanket and some pillows on the lawn. Be sure to light plenty of candles to set the mood, wherever you dine.
Step 4: Take it Easy
Nothing kills romance like stress, so don’t get hung up on your evening’s menu. When thinking about what to make, skip anything complicated or time-consuming. Hit the local gourmet shop, and let someone else do the cooking. (And definitely be prepared to let the dishes sit in the sink overnight!)
Step 5: Don’t Forget Dessert
If you’re going to indulge, you may as well go for it. Chocolate comes in many forms from easy-baked brownies, which can be dressed up with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings, to simple squares of pure dark chocolate. Or what a perfect night to (finally) use that fondue set you got as a wedding gift — melt some chocolate and have strawberries, cut-up bananas and marshmallows on hand to feed each other. Yum!