There’s nothing quite like the excitement and energy of a new relationship. The rush of emotions and desire to be with your new loved one 24/7 is a wonderful and overwhelming experience like no other. But once the honeymoon period cools and your relationship takes on more responsibility, such as children and a mortgage, spending time together (just the two of you) can get pushed down your list of priorities.
If that sounds familiar, then don’t worry – It happens to us all. However, don’t think that you have to put up with a spark-less relationship for the next 40 years. Introducing ‘date night’ once a week, fortnight, or however often you can is a great way to set aside time for your partner and reintroduce the excitement of dating to your relationship.
To help you get started we’ve put together ten ideas for ‘date night’:
1. A candlelit dinner
If you want to inject some romance back into your relationship, then look no further. Let your partner know you’ll be surprising them and ask them to dress for dinner. Then put on some soft music and set about turning your dining room into a candlelit oasis away from the stresses of everyday life. If you’re a competent cook then preparing their favourite dish will be well received, but if you’re not so confident in the kitchen, consider ordering in from a restaurant they love.
2. Duvet and dessert night
Got a sweet tooth? Then this is your perfect date night. Fill the fridge and freezer with delicious treats, bring the duvet down and, with a single spoon, share these indulgences with each other. Sharing a spoon will bring you closer and ensure that you’re paying attention to your significant other.
3. Take a dance class
The cast of Strictly Come Dancing are renowned for on-show romances with their dance partners, and it’s no coincidence. When you exercise your body releases ‘happy hormones’ such as endorphins and dopamine. These chemicals make you feel more content and help you bond, stimulating similar feelings to those you felt in the first flush of love.
4. Turn off the lights
…And all the other electrics in the house. Light a few candles, pour some wine and enjoy each other’s company – distraction free. With no TV, tweeting or texting, you and your partner can rediscover what made you fall in love in the first place.
5. Spend the night in a hotel
It doesn’t have to be a lavish 5* hotel to be special, simply spending the night together somewhere new will allow you to leave your everyday routine behind. Do all the things that feel too indulgent at home, such as sipping on champagne, feeding each other chocolate coated strawberries and taking a bath together.
6. Nostalgia night
Switch off the television and bring out photographs and scrap books from your relationship. Remember that first holiday in Greece? Can’t believe how young you look in your very first photograph together? Reminiscing, sharing memories and realising the evolution of your relationship could just be what you need to reignite the spark between you.
7. Picnic under the stars
A warm summer’s evening presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the peace of the fading day. Take out a blanket and arrange it in a romantic spot, preferably with a great view. If you can’t get a babysitter, even your back garden will do. Bring along something chilled and some of your partner’s favourite foods, then lie back and star gaze.
8. Movie night
Take it in turns to share your favourite flicks with each other. Be it rom-com or horror, De Niro or DiCaprio, snuggling up to your favourite films is the perfect way to get close again, from the comfort of your own sofa. Don’t forget the popcorn!
9. Take a scenic drive
If you’re lucky enough to live in the countryside, then a scenic drive is a great way to spend some one-on-one time with your partner. Take a camera to capture beautiful views, make a mix tape of songs from the early days of your relationship and bring along some snacks.
10. Cocktail making
You don’t have to live in a big city to bring a bit of cosmopolitan glamour to your relationship. Grab a cocktail mixer, find a website with some cocktail recipes you haven’t tried before and stock up on the ingredients. Take turns at picking out a cocktail to make and serve it to your partner in a fancy glass, complete with cocktail umbrella.