Romantic Date Night that Won’t Break the Bank

In my mind every season is the right season for romance. I’ve lived what happens when you don’t make love a priority. And if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that great lovers don’t wait for the other person to make a plan for romance. They know romance happens when you make it happen. So why not step out there and take the initiative to keep love and togetherness thriving in your relationship with a romantic date night that won’t break the bank. Here is an idea for a romantic evening together that Jim and I really enjoy.

First, if you have children, either arrange for them to stay overnight with grandma or simply put them to bed early. Make a pallet of blankets, comforters, and tons of pillows in front of the TV. Think “clouds” soft, cozy, and comfy.

Next, choose from some fun, Romantic Themed Dinner ideas below. You can crack open a bottle and make the meal with your sweetheart or have it prepped and ready to go. Then, after dinner and a romantic movie, invite your husband to stay the night for a lover’s tryst in the clouds. Warning, you might not get much sleep.

Italian night: Make Pizza, lasagna, spaghetti, or your favorite pasta. Grab an Italian wine, and finish the meal with a gelato or tiramisu for dessert. Cuddle up to an Italian themed movie while you eat: The Italian Job, Roman Holiday, Letters to Juliet, etc.

A Night in Paris: make a Quiche or a French Onion Soup. Add a French wine, try your hand at a dessert soufflé or an easy crème brulee. Cuddle up to a French themed movie: A Good Year, French Kiss, Sabrina, etc.

All American night: Make hotdogs or hamburgers with all the trimmings. Grab a beer and finish with a cheesecake dessert (or watermelon if you’re watching your girlish figure). Cuddle up to You’ve Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping, Ghost, Sleepless in Seattle, etc.

Southern Night: Make (or take out) great BBQ ribs, baked beans, and potato salad. Grab some Iced Tea or your favorite beer or wine. Finish with Apple Pie or a simple Peach Cobbler and vanilla ice cream. Cuddle up to Sweet Home Alabama, Gone with the Wind, The Notebook, etc.

British Night: Make an easy Shepherd’s Pie or Bangers and mash. Grab a beer or wine and finish the meal with an English trifle or bread pudding. Cuddle up to Pride and Prejudice, Notting Hill, Ever After, The Wedding Date, etc.

Beyond the Border Night: Make tacos of any kind, enchiladas, or tortilla soup. Whip up some Margaritas and finish with a flan dessert. Cuddle up to Zorro with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Take the Lead, A Walk in the Clouds, etc.

Romance is about putting out the effort to show your affection to the one you love. Nothing says, “I love you,” better than planning a night for a little “you and me baby time.” Enjoy!

What about you? Are there inexpensive, romantic dates that you and your man enjoy? Please share your ideas with us!

Stay Lovely,




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