A romantic evening with your spouse doesn't need to involve expensive restaurants or fancy hotel rooms. A date at home allows you to enjoy the company of your spouse without distractions. Shut off your cell phones, pagers, TV and other electronics that can interrupt the romantic tone of the evening. The definition of romance varies from one couple to the next. Customize the home date-night activities to fit your idea of romance by infusing your personalities into your plan.
Recreate a Date
Recreating a special date is one way to stir up some romance while reliving a pleasant moment in your relationship. If you went to your favorite Italian restaurant, make the same dish you ate that night. Buy the same wine you drank, purchase a tablecloth like the restaurant's table coverings and play the same kind of music that the restaurant played.
Plan a picnic at home in the living room. Move the furniture to the side, and spread out an old blanket on the floor. Include foods known for their aphrodisiac properties, such as avocado, bananas, oysters and foods with honey in them, according to Gourmet Sleuth. Finish off with some champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries for a traditional, romantic dessert that is also considered an aphrodisiac. A roaring fire adds to the romance of the indoor picnic idea.
For nature lovers, set up a tent in the backyard. If your city allows fire pits, start your own campfire. Even if you don't sleep outside, place a blanket in the grass and look at the stars together. Lanterns cast a romantic glow to the backyard area while maintaining the camp feeling. Use the outdoor time to reconnect with your spouse by sharing your favorite camping stories, memories as a couple and discussing places you'd love to camp together.
Massages offer relaxation, particularly if one or both of you are feeling lots of stress. Buy some massage oil in a scent that you enjoy. Take turns massaging one another, or treat your spouse to the massage. You can also hire a masseuse to come to your home to give you both a massage. Set up the massage in the bedroom. The bed can take the place of a massage table if you don't have access to one. Dim the overhead lights, or use candles to cast a romantic glow during the massage.
Treasure hunts aren't just for kids. Create a series of clues that lead your spouse around the house. Add a romantic touch to the clues, such as leading your spouse to a picture of your wedding day or a new piece of lingerie on the dresser. The last clue should lead your spouse to a candlelight dinner, a bubble bath for two or the bedroom depending on how you want the treasure hunt to end.
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