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:
|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?