43 Date-Night Ideas
Romance Each Other continued...
Head to your local department store and challenge each other to come up
with the most romantic, intimate gift possible. Two things: It can't cost
more than $20, and it must be used that night. You'll find that you really need
to think about the essence of each other to come up with an offering that hits
the right note. "Frank knows that I love bath products, but I never buy
them because they seem like too much of a luxury," says Pamela, 38. "So
every once in a while, when we're out for the night, he'll pull me into a store
and pick out some bath salts or oils. Then, when we get home, he'll run the
bath for me, wash me from head to toe, and dry me off."
Take a trip to nowhere. No packing, no planning, no idea. Just get in
the car and start driving off into the sunset together. Stop when you're hungry
or thirsty. If there's an interesting sight or town, pause and explore. So much
of life seems to be about following the agenda. By following your heart
instead, you'll recapture that exciting sense of the unknown you felt when you
two first met.
"Let's Stay In!"
Get cozy with these no reservations required dates:
Create your own private blackout. There's something cinematically
sexy and romantic about a blackout, but you don't have to wait for the electric
company to put you in the dark. Just forbid all use of electricity (yes, that
includes the cell phone and computer) and close all the curtains. Light a few
candles and then play shadow games on each other's bodies.
Meet for a midnight snack. Nibble on whatever sweet thing is on hand
or have a s'mores tent party (after the kids are in bed). Hook up a makeshift
tent with a rope and a blanket, then roast a couple of marshmallows in the
toaster oven and sandwich them with chocolate graham crackers. Don't worry
about making a sticky mess — you can lick the crumbs off of each other
Make tube time more special. If you're both addicted to The
Office, make a date of it: Munch on a bowl of cubicle-worthy microwave
popcorn. Sopranos fans? Pour each other a glass of Italian wine.
Another way to direct connect with him: Watch a show that you wouldn't normally
view; taking a break from your usual TiVo list can launch lively
Feed each other. Cut up an assortment of sexy juicy fruits: mangoes,
papayas, raspberries, and strawberries. Don't refrigerate, as fruit at room
temperature has the most pungent aroma and releases the most flavor when placed
on the tongue.
Ready, Set, Speed Date!
Even you have time for these quickie rendezvous: