Everyone wants to have a great date night but may not know exactly how to plan one or even come up with ideas for them. Well, it really doesn’t have to be so hard.  I’m showing you 5 easy ways to keep your date nights simple, so you can focus on having a good time with your love interest.

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How To Keep Date Night Simple

Be spontaneous

This past weekend, I was reminded about the Zuvaa Collection pop up shop tour event that was happening at our local mall.  I put it on my calendar a few months back but totally forgot about it.   One quick mention to hubby and he was all for it!

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Zuvaa Tour Pop Up Shop – Green Hills Mall, Nashville, TN.    5 Tips To Keep Date Night Simple | Naturally Stellar

Now, I knew he wasn’t interested in a fashion collection one bit but he was eager to do something that I would enjoy, so we rolled with it. 

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Zuvaa maxi dresses  – tour pop up shop, Nashville, TN     5 Tips To Keep Date Night Simple | Naturally Stellar

 

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Handmade Jewelry by Fanta Celah- Zuvaa Tour Pop Up Shop – Nashville, TN    5 Tips To Keep Date Night Simple | Naturally Stellar

 

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Zuvaa Tour Collection – Nashville, TN 5 Tips To Keep Date Night Simple | Naturally Stellar

If you’d like to check out the Zuvaa Collection tour, it’ll be at Essence Fest on June 30 – July 2nd.  Click here for other locations

Brainstorm ideas

Create a running list of date ideas and keep them somewhere visible.  Anytime you think of a great idea, just add it to your list.

Here are a few ideas I shared in an article I wrote for The Sexy Single Mommy a few years back. These are great examples of planning ahead and brainstorming. 

  • If one or both of you are trying to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.  Try to switch things up a bit.  Try something new like maybe going on a fitness date.  Incorporate things like a new dance class, long walks, bike rides or anything that will require vigorous physical activity.  Show them you’re interested in their health & well-being too.
  • If you or your mate are constantly busy and need to reconnect, something as simple as a romantic living room floor picnic might help restore the bond. Fondue, wine and some soft jazz can work wonders.
  • If you spend a lot of time taking care of young children, you may find your mind is occupied with child-ish things.  Planning a date that is more adult themed and sophisticated may be necessary.   Wine tastings, Art Crawls or anything cultural can make you and your partner feel grown up again.

Plan Ahead

I know I told you earlier to be spontaneous and you should be.  But some dates will require a bit more planning. Planning should be quick and kept to a 10-15 minute maximum.

For example, if you know you’re gonna do an Art Crawl this weekend, you can take a few minutes to research whether or not there will be free transportation. If so, you can write down what times the shuttle buses run or when you’ll need to be at each location for exclusive events. 

Don’t over plan or over think things

This goes back to what I was saying about planning ahead.  Keep your planning time short.  Don’t over think your date. Some of the best dates are the ones with room to grow.  Don’t plan every minute and second of your time.  Just go with the flow.

Pick restaurants with multiple offerings

On our last date, hubby picked Cheesecake Factory as our restaurant. We haven’t had a chance to eat there in a while because it’s always packed, super popular around holidays and the waits are normally an hour or more.   But we both love the variety of options on the menu, so we both get to go crazy on the foods we like.

Well, since we were going on an early evening date this time, the wait time was only 15 minutes!!  I was down for that. 

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Typhoon Punch – Cheesecake Factory   5 Tips To Keep Date Night Simple | Naturally Stellar

This Typhoon Punch was on point. It’s Absolut Raspberry Vodka with Passion Fruit, Pineapple and Orange Juice.  I’m a light weight when it comes to alcohol and this kicked in for me right away.   It was really delicious.  I think I might try to attempt to make this at home this summer. 

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Crab Wontons Appetizer- Cheesecake Factory   5 Tips To Keep Date Night Simple | Naturally Stellar

If you already follow me, then you know all about my foodie lifestyle.  Good eats and drinks are a must for me.  A date just isn’t good if I didn’t get a chance to try something delectable.  Like these Crispy Crab Wontons at Cheesecake Factory.  Man, these were good !  Not quite the touch of sweet you get from biting into Crab Rangoon, but these were delicious nonetheless.  I especially liked the Chili sauce that went along with these.   I’m not a fan of heat. But this sauce was perfect.  Just the right amount of kick without the burn.

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Mac and Cheese Burger with Sweet Potato Fries 5 Tips To Keep Date Night Simple | Naturally Stellar

 

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Macaroni and Cheese Burger – Cheesecake Factory 5 Tips To Keep Date Night Simple | Naturally Stellar

This is the Mac and Cheese Burger. It’s charbroiled and topped with fried macaroni and cheese balls and gooey cheddar cheese sauce. Yum!! Served with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion on the side.  They forgot my mayo, but I wasn’t mad.  I wish the meat had a bit more seasoning for added flavor, but overall it was a really good burger. 

I hope these tips will inspire you to have more date nights and spontaneous adventures together.  It’s really not about where you go or what you choose to eat.  It’s all about spending quality time alone together.  Relationships and marriages are never cookie-cutter so do what works for you and your home/life situation.  The point is to make time for each other.

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Women's Lifestyle Blog, Naturally Stellar | Beauty Contributor for Hype Hair Magazine | Freelance Writer and Content Creator| Candice is a passionate Nashville-based writer with a love for beauty, urban lifestyle, songwriting, travel, food and business. When she's not busy being Wonder Woman to her family, out exploring or catching up on her British dramas, you can find her sharing something interesting on her blog. Which more than likely she probably wrote at Noon, while eating a bowl of Captain Crunch.

14 Responses

  1. Kiwi

    I love all of the African print dresses for one, that should be my next date night outfit. I think spontaneity is always great for date nights too!

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  2. Carissa (The Green Eyed Lady)

    We love simple dates, even if its a trip to Target or the grocery store by ourselves we cherish the alone time and being able to talk and enjoy each other’s company together! Once our youngest is in school we will be able to sneak away in the daytime for a couple of hours!

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  3. mimicutelips

    I love their clothes. Babe got me a skirt and top from them. He and I used to do fun non traditional Day dates. We’ve biked to a movie, gone scuba diving and took a trapeze class.

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  4. Ty

    That’s pretty cool that your husband was down to go to the pop up shop. Most men would rather do anything but shop. All the ideas

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  5. Kemkem

    Oh l miss Cheesecake Factory and the food looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the tips. We like to cook a lot and have date nights at home, but when we go out, it’s usually for something we can’t make at home ..so sushi which we both love :-).

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    • Candice S.

      Yeah Sushi is one of my fav’s too 🙂 I’d love to start cooking with my hubby. We tend to switch off on the responsibility of cooking for the fam. It would be nice to cook a romantic dinner together and have a candle lit picnic in our living room. You inspired me. I’m gonna add that idea to my list!

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  6. Daria

    This is so awesome! While we are temporarily raising grand girls we need plenty of date nights, lol… Lordt (lol) how I miss these times we did date night on the regular. Now a days we appreciate when we do have the time and spend it wisely. I love the Cheesecake Factory, the best cocktails and appetizers… Thanks for sharing…

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