Tips for an easy and perfect summer date night in



It’s important for spouses to go on dates. But, with four kids at home and no family close by, it’s also super duper expensive. A sitter will cost us at least $50 for an evening out. Then adding to that the cost of the actual date, and it adds up.

It’s safe to say we have a lot of date nights at home. After the kids go to bed, and the house is relatively quiet (let’s be honest, the dishwasher or washing machine is probably running), we lock in for date night.

Our latest date night, we watched The Longest Ride with their suggestions for a perfect summer date night. Mr. Serious and I both enjoyed the movie and we will definitely watch it again. It’s a great love story and perfect for date night.

The Recipe for a Perfect Summer Date Night

Order in from you favorite restaurant.

Who wants to cook? Somebody still has to go get it, but you aren’t paying for a sitter and you don’t have to clean up. Win.

Eat your meal outside with candles, just like Luke and Sophia.

I have to be honest. It’s too hot to do that here right now. But, setting up and indoor picnic is a definite close second. 

Blend up your favorite drink.

I’m adding this one in because I like to have a margarita or a glass of wine while watching my movie. The husband, he prefers a beer.

date night in

Dessert is a must.

You don’t have to tell me twice to have dessert. This Cowboy Bark sounds like a great option. Maybe you can have your kids help you make it before they go to bed!

Longest Ride Cowboy Bark

Create a cozy spot to watch your movie.

We are big fans of the couch with pillows and blankets. And sometimes, Mr. Serious lets me put my feet up on him. Get cozy and close!

Press PLAY on your movie and enjoy.

For us, we usually start the movie as soon as possible. Because, let’s face it, we get pretty tired and can’t stay up too late.

Have snacks ready.

So, we just had dinner and maybe dessert, but there is something about watching movie, The Longest Ride included, that makes me want to have a snack. 

At home move date night

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What makes a perfect date night in for you?

*Thank you to Target and Fox Insiders for providing the movie and the date night kit. All thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

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