James Kicinski-McCoy is a writer and blogger, specializing in strategic marketing and branding, is a co-founder and editor of Mother Magazine, and co-owner and creative director of Two Son. She lives with her husband and four children in Nashville, Tennessee.
With Halloween less than two weeks away, I wanted to put together an effortless Date-Night-In that offers a little adult-friendly fun to enjoy once the sugar-high passes and the kids have have gone to sleep. If you’re looking for a special way to treat both you and your loved one, why not cuddle up and enjoy a relaxing scary movie night together?
This Date-Night-In involves making homemade pasta, opening up a bottle of your favorite vino, and enjoying a mellow night right at home, eating by candlelight. I recently purchased a hand-crank pasta machine, and love the process of making it from scratch. It’s a lot easier than you’d think, but definitely requires two people. So, grab your special someone, pick out your go-to sauce (I prefer pesto with fresh grape tomatoes), and enjoy a fun and delicious Italian dinner.
What to do and wear in no particular order… Dust-off your pasta maker (you can always hand-roll and cut your pasta if you don’t have one) and take a quick trip to the grocery store to buy any missing ingredients for your dough and sauce. Throw on your favorite summer dress and sandals, and add a little glow around your eyes with a dewey face highlighter and pull your hair back with a beautiful barrette. Uncork a bottle of red wine, light a candle, listen to a summer playlist on a portable speaker, and then get down to business. Bon Appétit!
This Date Night In involves tackling that home improvement project you’ve both been meaning to check off the list, while having a little fun along the way. This could be painting a room, hanging a gallery wall with your favorite pictures, installing a new appliance, rearranging furniture for a fresh look, etc. You’ll get to spend some quality time with your loved one, while sprucing up the house and enjoying a night in.
What to do and wear in no particular order… throw on a comfy t-shirt you aren’t afraid to get dirty, pull on some overalls, tie your hair back with a bandana , lace up your go-to sneakers, and spin a good record that you both love. Freshen up with your favorite perfume and don’t forget to grab a six pack of cheap beer and snack on a pizza for two. Cheers!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I wanted to create a holiday-appropriate Date Night In for those of you who are choosing to celebrate at home. Just because you may not have dinner reservations doesn’t mean you and honey can’t get fancy and spice things up in the comfort of your own house. Hope you enjoy, and happy (early) Valentine’s Day!
What to do and wear in no particular order… Put on a pretty lingerie set that makes you feel good (top, bottom). Slip into your go-to little black dress. Add some extra height and color with fun pair of heels. Open a bottle of bubbly. Purchase some chocolate-dipped strawberries. Since it’s V-Day, it’s the perfect excuse to brighten up with a red lip. Spray a pump or two of your favorite perfume. Pick up a beautiful bouquet. Cuddle up with your sweetheart and watch a romantic movie on the couch.
This Date Night In is all about getting intimate, lighting a candle, listening to some mood music, and enjoying fondue with your special someone. Disclaimer: I absolutely love fondue, and if I could eat it every night for dinner, I probably would! It’s a fun, simple, and delicious alternative to the average meal, and even better shared with someone else. (Don’t forget the golden rule: if your piece falls in, you have to kiss your date!)
What to do and wear in no particular order… Pull out your fondue set and prep your bread, veggies, and cheese. Pick out your favorite bottle of wine and crack it open. Light a nice candle to set the mood. Throw on your favorite tee and a pair of pants with an elastic waistband for comfort. Slip on a pair of cozy socks and your favorite boots. Create a playlist of your favorite songs to play. And lastly, don’t forget to keep some lip balm nearby to keep your lips extra smooth for all of those kisses!