#8 – Indoor Beach Fun – this one takes some planning, but it is well worth it. Living in Florida we can go to the beach anytime we want, but you’ll never find one as private as your own living room! First, plan what you’ll have for your beach-side picnic – some ideas: fruit, coconut fried shrimp, potato boats (twice stuffed potatoes), steamed broccoli. For dessert how about banana split for two?
Spread a large beach blanket with lots of rolled towels to use as pillows. If you have one a beach umbrella set in a large pot of dirt or sand would be a nice effect. Beach chairs work well for comfort. Strings of patio lights or candles would add the extra mood lighting. Again, go to the library and check out any CD’s or DVD’s you can find with ocean sounds. Wear your bathing suits – if it’s too cold throw on a thick robe or better yet – snuggle! After dinner you can curl up under the beach blanket and watch a beach-themed movie like:
- Riding Giants – a documentary detailing the history of surfing (not necessarily romantic, but the guys will like it especially) or
- Jaws – I still think the first one was the best!
Don’t forget to have a board game or deck of cards handy to challenge your spouse to some competitive playing – you name the prizes!
This date can also be done after dinner to make it easier on the planning and budget – pop some popcorn, have candy and cokes – you’re all set!
# 7 – Puzzle Night – when was the last time you put together a large puzzle? Put on your favorite listening music, light a few candles around the room, Clear the dining table and start by putting the edges together first. The great thing about this date is it’s relaxing, you’ll have lots of time to talk about all sorts of things, and it’s free! We would suggest that you make a few topics off limits for this date: children, work, family issues, etc. Keep the focus of this night on being together and laughing. Life can often times become so serious that we forget how to enjoy an evening just being together. You could add a few surprises to the night too, by writing bonus features on certain pieces of the puzzle. You could mark the back with a little red heart and make up what the heart represents! Who said puzzle making was boring…
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