I'm not going to lie, it's been an absolute age since Jacek and I have had a date night - much to my dismay. The two of us are always so busy and finding someone to babysit the boys while we're out and about is always a task, especially as our family members live out of town and are working all hours.
As the days go by though, I've realised that Jacek and I really do need a break from the kids once and awhile. Just some one-on-one time where we can enjoy a date together and have some laughs together. So, it's time to find a babysitter, someone reliable and who we can trust to look after the boys just as well as we do, without feeling like we have to rush home.
I feel as though finding a good babysitter is our only option now, as family just aren't available much these days and we don't have any other people to help look after the kids and we desperately need some time together.
We had agreed on having a date night once a month. A chance for us to have some 'us time' and to just enjoy being in each others company again doing fun things, because if I'm honest 'the couch' isn't the hotspot I want to be stuck on every Friday and Saturday night anymore.
I'm twenty-six for Gods sake, I need some excitement! So, in light of all this I've decided to put together a list of some fun and alternative date night ideas, things we wouldn't normally do but which I'd love to do throughout the rest of the year and hopefully they'll give others some date inspiration too.
Go to an outdoor movie. You know, like Grease style where everyone pulls up in their cars and watches a movie on a big outdoor screen? That. There's actually an outdoor cinema about fifteen minutes from our house and we've never been - shame on us. It only operates during the summer so this summer I'd love for us to go out and watch a film in the great outdoors, it'd be such an alternative from a normal cinema date and all from the comfort of our own car too.
Have a scavenger hunt. I think this would be such a fun idea and a really exciting one to put together too. Now that the nights are longer and brighter I'd like us to spend some time together outside and what better way to make it more interesting than putting together a little scavenger hunt for my other half? I'd have a ball putting together clues, hints and prompts and choosing a prize or two for the end. It'd be so much fun egging him on and seeing him trying to figure out my clues for each stage - yes I am easily impressed!
Have a BBQ and drinks on the beach. This is something we've never done in our area at night and there are so many beaches to this so I really want to do this some night soon. We could get one of those little disposable BBQs, make up some cocktails and mocktails (for the person driving home) and just sit amongst the sand dunes, watching the stars and listening to the lull of the waves drifting in and out on the shore - romantic huh?
Have a themed date. I'm all for themed things - parties, clothing, days out, etc. so what could be more fun then a themed date night? One or both of us could choose the theme and match everything to that, from the food to the music, the film we watch, the places we go, etc., we could even dress up for it, if we wanted to go all out of course.
Go bowling. This is something Jacek and I have never done together even though there's a pretty decent bowling area in our city. We've talked about going there a few times but just haven't gotten around to it, I really want us to do it this summer, it'd be a laugh seeing each others poor bowling skills!
Go to a gig. This is a date night we have had before and it was great fun - I was the only blonde and the only girl at a local metal gig but it didn't phase me. I know Jacek loves seeing live music and has been wanting to go to another gig as of late so we should just go for it and go out and enjoy some music and drinks together.
Visit a psychic. I am so into seeing psychics, spirituality and the paranormal and I'd love for Jacek to see how fun of an experience it is visiting a psychic too so I'd love for us to make a date out of it. I've gone on psychic visits with friends and family in the past so why not my partner too? It'd be fun to see if they mentioned either of us to the other and see if our fortunes come true - if not at least we had a fun time!
Hot air balloon ride. Now this certainly wouldn't be cheap but imagine the memories?! I have a slight obsession with hot air balloons at the moment what with my dress, my sons t-shirt and my soft furnishings so to actually go on one with the one I love? Priceless.
Watch the sunset and moon rise together. Is there anything more romantic than watching the sunrise or sunset together with the one you love? No, but possibly watching the moon rise - did you ever see that before, I didn't until last week, what planet have I been living on?! It was romantic thought and it's something I'd love to witness with Jacek too.
Photoshoot date. As you all probably know I love photography and capturing a moment in someones life. What better moment to capture than a date and the love between two people? I'd love to set up the tripod and capture moments between my other half and I in the meadow or somewhere else quite scenic, they'd be beautiful reminders of a lovely, simple date together.
Visit a historic place. Jacek and I have visited a lot of historic places together during the years and each time was so much fun exploring and learning about past times. You and your other half could pretend to be king and queen of an old castle - imagination is everything when it comes to dates people!
The first date night. Have you ever thought about your first date, the excitement, the butterflies and suspense you felt before meeting your other half? I would, only I didn't get one! So how much fun would it be to reinact (or actually have!) a first date. Meet somewhere, pretend you don't know each other and fall in love all over again? I know my whimsical self would love this.
Road trip. One of the best days Jacek and I have ever had together was when we drove around the Ring of Kerry in a day. We saw so much, experience all kinds of weather in that one day in one of most beautiful spots of the world and I even bought a played a tin whistle on the way home to him in the car. It was like something out of P.S. I Love You and I want to do it again.
Write letters to each other and post them. As a former snail mailer I absolute love this idea and think it's so romantic. My first boyfriend (I'm only ever had three mind, including Jacek), used to write me letters and leave them in my locker at school. It was such a special thing for someone to do for me and I'd love for Jacek and I to do this for each other, a Valentine's card one a year isn't enough, we need more romance!
Play truth or dare. Go outside, choose a scenic place and play truth or dare together. I used to love this game as a child so how much fun would it be as an adult? I'd have to come up with some very risque ones for Jacek if he picked dare!
Have a picnic together. Pack up a picnic, sit on a blanket by the lake or somewhere else you both really love and just enjoy being together. This is something I really want to do soon in one of our favourite places.
Mini-break date. If you fancy having your date last a whole lot longer than a night or a day why not surprise your other half to a mini-break date? I took Jacek away to Amsterdam as a birthday gift and that was our little date weekend together, it was perfect and something we must do again soon.
Eat chips along the seafront. Is there anything nicer than chipper chips smothered in salt and vinegar, ate on a bench along the seafront beside the one you love? This is such a simple date idea but one which I really like.
Go dancing together. Okay, if dancing isn't for you then you could always substitute it for clubbing. This may not be for everyone and although Jacek and I aren't dance fans or that fond of clubbing there is a decades themed nightclub in our city and we're both mad to get to the 90's floor one night. There'd be nothing more fun than having a few drinks and dancing along together to Rhythm Is A Dancer with each other - big box, little box people!