Ideas for a Romantic Night With Your Spouse

A romantic night breathes life into any marriage.A romantic night breathes life into any marriage.

It takes work to keep a marriage strong, but every union needs some fun too. Ideas for a romantic night with your spouse are only limited by your imagination, but the best ones need little setup or preparation beyond a movie rental or a quick scan through entertainment listings. That way, you can whip up an evening of fun on a planned date night or whenever you need some time together.

Bordeaux and Board Games

Playing board games releases the day's stress and allows both people to reconnect and relax. A bottle of wine and the right game can spark an evening of romance, whether it's a few rounds of Scrabble or a giggly game of Twister. Shorter games are better; setting out the Monopoly board for two people may just become monotonous without a quick pay-off. While family-friendly board games are innocent fun, there are also couples-only games that get married hearts in the mood with a reward of a kiss or other romantic adventures with the roll of the dice.

Movie Night

Pop some popcorn, break out the blankets and snuggle down for a movie night at home. Watching a flick in the family room means not circling for a parking spot, no movie theater prices and spouses can talk without being shushed. Pick a DVD both partners will enjoy, or decide on a mini-marathon of comedies, thrillers or action-adventure titles. If it's a rare evening alone without the children around, a movie that doesn't feature puppets or animated characters may be enough. For an extra shot of romance, pick a film that both of you enjoyed when you were dating. Seeing that movie could inspire all those exciting feelings again.

Time Travel Date

To get that giddy, first-time feeling again, plan a date night straight from those past teenage years. Go roller skating or dancing, and afterward drop by a hamburger joint. Find a drive-in; they're becoming rare, but they are still out there, and watch just as much of the movie as you did when you were 16. Scout out a retro diner with a jukebox that still plays all the hits from those good old days, whether it was doo-wop or new wave. At the end of the evening, spend a few minutes in the car saying good night before heading into the house. A quick trip back into time can reinvigorate a relationship and keep the romance flowing.

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About the Author

Beth Bartlett has been freelance writing for nine years, and her work has appeared in such publications as "Meetings South," "Angels on Earth," "American Profile," and "Mental Floss." She also writes a weekly humor horoscope column for print and the Web.

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