Today’s post is by our regular Wednesday contributor, Catherine Alford!
As some of you know, I am expecting twins in April, so I have been asking around for some good parenting advice. When I asked one friend in particular for advice, she told me, “The only advice I have for you is to go on as many dates as possible before the babies come!”
I started thinking about her comment, and I realized that I’ve only been on three dates this year! That’s before I even have kids!
So, since our prospects for date night in the next 20 years seems a little dismal, I thought I should brainstorm about some inexpensive date nights that my husband and I could take. That way, we wouldn’t go over our entertainment budget and we could even come up with some ideas of dates to have at home while our babies are asleep (if they sleep? The jury’s up on that one!)
Here are some ideas:
1. Homemade Pizza Picnic
I think it would be really fun to make a homemade pizza together and eat it as a picnic in the backyard. It would be fun to grab a few blankets, the iPod, and some pillows and just enjoy an hour or two of pizza, good conversation, and good music.
2. Harry Potter Movie Marathon
I think it would be awesome to watch all of the Harry Potter movies in a row. We might have to split it up in two, but how fun would that be? You can even pop popcorn, grab some movie candy, wear a cape, and draw scars on your forehead. (Come on, you know you want to.)
3. Nature Walk
The fall weather is so pretty right now in most parts of the country. Why not get out and enjoy it? Look up nature trails or national parks in your part of the country. A nice morning or afternoon walk with snacks packed and pretty views is a great way to spend time together.
4. Out for Dessert
When people think of a “date,” I think most feel like it has to be an elaborate dinner and a movie combination. However, if you are busy people (or busy parents) you might only be able to sneak away for dessert.
It’s a great solution, though. You can hit up a nice restaurant and only spend $20 or less total on two desserts. You can relax and chat for an hour and be home before you have to pay your babysitter for extra time.
Plus, you can dress up just as you would for a nice dinner and enjoy each other’s company.
5. Free Museum
I often talk about going to free museums because I love them and used to work in museums. Plus, there are so many free ones! Where I used to live in Richmond, the fine arts museum was free every day, and they always had new exhibits. It’s a lot of work to keep a museum running if it’s free, so a $20 donation would be a nice gesture of appreciation for a fun afternoon date.
What are some other date ideas that you can think of that are under $20?