The dating phase of life is so special. You spend all your time hanging out and having fun with your significant other. Then couples get married and a lot of time they forget to have fun together. Couples tend to get too bogged down with work, money, family, friends, life, and in my case pets! Brian and I from the start wanted to be perpetual honeymooners. That’s why it’s so important for us to just have fun together. We came up with the idea to have weekly date nights. Each week we would switch off who plans them. The only problem is we don’t have a lot of money to blow on date nights, so we’ve had to learn to be frugal and still have fun. It is possible to date on a dime! Here’s one of my recent date night ideas.
Unbeknownst to Brian, I prepared vegetable pizza, a favorite meal of his. When he got home from work I met him at the door with a clue and sent him on a scavenger hunt. I had so much fun coming up with the clues. And Brian had a lot of fun trying to figure them out. In order to make the scavenger hunt doubly fun, I bought some of Brian’s favorite candy and hid it with the clues. I also hid date night items with some of the clues. I gave him a basket to collect the candy and items in. The candy was the only expense for this date night (under $5). Here’re some of my clues:
“Shadows, heat, blowing, blushing, curling, spraying, sprunching. I hold the key to breaking your heart.” This clue led him to my make-up drawer and a fast break bar (teased about in the second part of the clue).
“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but the truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it, as no other woman in England would have borne it.” Brian had trouble with this one, probably because it’s taken him two years to read Emma by Jane Austen.
“I warm, I cook, I prepare most of your dinners. Without me food is uncooked, without me you have nothing. In me you shall find something.” The stove with a crescent roll that was left over from the pizza crust.
“I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so, the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her.” Brian and I both love to read. Great Expectations is a book we read together when we were first dating.
“I hold much metal and cardboard, all of which will be thrown away, but the contents will be consumed. A clever detective always wants me, but morning, noon, and night is interrupted.” This led him to the pantry and to Columbo, our entertainment for the evening.
“I complete your search. I begin your date. I hold your dinner. I seat your date.” Dinning room table where the vegetable pizza, candles, and me waited.
One of the hints led him to a jar with questions printed and cut into small slips of paper. After dinner we took turns pulling a question from the jar and asking each other. After the questions were done, we popped popcorn and watched Columbo. Columbo is one of Brian’s favorite TV shows. Remember when you’re planning a date night for your spouse to focus on them. You’ll both have fun, and your spouse will feel cherished.