Babysitters are a luxury for parents; they’re the answer to our prayers when we’re desperate for a night out. But, they can also be hard to come by.
If you don’t have one, if you’ve been let down last minute or if you’re just saving for Christmas, then here are some ideas for a great (date) night in.
Thursday is game night in our house, but that’s so that we can give our 8-year-old some one-on-one time without being interrupted by our toddler. Games on date night are strictly parents only, not because there’s anything X-rated going on (although you might choose to go down that route) but more because we desperately need some quality time with our other half.
I noticed a 'Friends' trivia game which would be right up my street, but it really doesn’t matter what game you choose, the main thing is that you have some fun, enjoy each other’s company and keep your phones in a drawer.
Turn Your Takeaway Into A Candlelit Dinner
One thing that was universally popular during lockdown was dressing up at home for a takeaway. It’s amazing how the atmosphere in your kitchen can change from manic during "witching hour" to mellow later in the evening simply by putting the kids to bed, lighting some candles and selecting your favourite soundtrack on Spotify.
While nothing can beat being served a delicious dinner in your favourite restaurant, making an effort (even if you’re just eating a Chinese from your local) can be a lovely way to maximise your Saturday night together.
Recreate Your First Date
Our first date was in a karaoke bar in Crete. We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary this year and I thought it would be apt to plan an evening similar to when we first met. To be honest, I think we’ll let the kids stay up for this one because when it comes to karaoke, I’m a firm believer of the more the merrier.
The only thing is that we won’t sing the same song as we did on our first date (although it was a highlight at our wedding), I’m not ready to introduce my children to Eminem for a while.
If you had a memorable first date too, why not recreate it at home?
Breakfast (At Night) In Bed
The thing I miss most about luxury hotel stays is the room service breakfast you receive in the morning. As much as you try to replicate it at home (especially when you have a couple of kids screaming for Coco Pops and fighting over the remote control) it’s virtually impossible. How about you flip it (and by that I mean the time that you eat it, rather than the pancakes) for your date night at home.
Once the children are in a deep slumber, slip downstairs and get to work preparing the perfect fry, plus yoghurt, berries, granola and anything else you’d order from room service. Once you’re done, it’s time for bed, but with a difference. Enjoy the cosiest meal of your life, wrapped in your duvet.
Just remember to use decaf coffee or you’ll be up all night!