Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Love Notes: Date Night In Essentials

{small ways to show great love}

I admit, this might be a little late coming off the heels of Valentine's Day. But, between living on a budget and watching snow fall outside my window as I type this, I am personally a huge fan of the date night in.

Sometimes, the fact that you're on an at-home date sneaks up on you.  And sometimes, it's too easy for Andrew and I to do the bare minimum, watching Netflix while eating chocolate chips out of the bag and wearing pajama pants with holes in them.  Don't get me wrong!  I think there's true romance to be found in familiarity.  But, I think there's also much to be said for putting in a few little efforts that can make all the difference in your date-mosphere.  Taking a few minutes to tidy up the living room, making or buying a more elegant treat than raw chocolate chips and making a nice presentation of it, lighting a candle, and surprising each other with a new-to-you movie or album can all add an element of novelty and magic, and who couldn't use more of that?

And so, with the money you'll save on going out (and, if you're in our boat, a babysitter), I humbly suggest spending it elsewhere to build a Date Night In collection over time, with stuff you'll look forward to breaking out:

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Slippers | Jerusalem and Gjelina cookbooks | Necklace | Earrings | Cheese Boards | Wineglasses | Jenga | Rose Gold and Blue Candles (the prettiest, most delicious scented candles I've ever used!)  | special Matches | Alpaca Throw | Perfume

Add the likes of these to your wedding registry if you haven't thought of them already!  And I'd love to know what I missed: what are your date-at-home must haves?


2 comments:

  1. We did an at home date to save money this Valentine's day too! We decided to head to the farmers market for some extra special ingredients that didn't break the bank too and had a super relaxing kid-free couple of hours! I love the idea of making the space special with little details like you suggest! :)
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    1. That is awesome! We did that for the first time on our anniversary last year--being home alone was weird at first (I was so used to going out while Aaron stayed home), but ended up being really wonderful!

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