5 Ways to Prepare for Date Night In

by Alli

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I well remember that special date night when my husband made reservations at an upscale restaurant and I got all dolled up for a romantic night on the town. It was that particular date that sparked 5 Ways to Prepare for Date Night In.

I recall how much I looked forward to that candlelight dinner with soft music playing in the background. Instead, we were seated right next to a table full of rowdy folks who didn’t realize that we were in a fine dining establishment. I wanted to tell them, but my husband held me back.

5 Ways to Prepare for Date Night In including playing with your food!

These days, I enjoy date night in. I can control the lights, the music, and the food. And trust me, there will be no rowdy folks ruining my evening.

5 Ways to Prepare for Date Night In

1. Get Dolled Up (a little)

I work from home and my standard uniform of yoga pants and my favorite sports team t-shirt just won’t cut it for date night in. That doesn’t mean you have to pull out your body-shaper and a formal gown. Wear something comfy, but pretty. Think sundress or jeans and a cute top.

I didn’t realize my favorite date night dress matches my sofa. The dress has pockets and is so comfy!

This is my favorite date night in dress.

I never wear makeup when I’m working from home. However, I do wish I still sported the beautiful complexion I had at 25, but it’s just not what it used to be. It takes a little effort these days to help me look my best, but it’s worth it. A little makeup goes a long way on date night.

2.  Set the Mood

Setting the mood goes way beyond dimming the lights and having the right music. Try something unexpected, like having a coffee and cookie bar on the coffee table while you watch your favorite movie.

Plump up your favorite pillows. It doesn’t bother me at all that my husband says my yellow pillows look like a big ole bird.

My favorite pillows

It’s easy to set-up a coffee and cookie bar for two. Brew some gourmet coffee, add creamer and your favorite cookies. Add it all to a pretty tray and you’re ready for date night.

5 Ways to Prepare for Date Night In

3. Grab Your Favorite Cookies

When planning a date night in, I like to feel pampered by having my favorite cookies on hand. Kroger always has exactly what I need.

Oreo In-store Photo at Kroger

Since lemon is my all-time favorite flavor and OREO is my favorite cookie, the New Lemon OREO Thins are perfect for date night. They’re thin, crisp and delicate.

OREO Thins are nice and thin!

Because I love my husband and chocolate is his favorite, I buy the New Chocolate OREO Thins just for him.

Chocolate OREO Thins

During date night in, it’s perfectly OK to play with your food! How about a game of OREO checkers?

OREO Checkers

4. Pick Two Movies

I always have two movies picked out – a romantic film for me and a manly-man movie for my hubby. Usually, my hubby insists that we watch my movie first – he’s such a southern gentleman. We hardly ever get to his movie. Wink. Wink.

Dim the lights! It’s movie time!

Dim the lights! It's movie time!

5. Walk Away From Your Smart Phone

If you’re like me, you’re never far from your phone. My phone seems to be an extension of my hand. One way I show my husband I really care is by silencing my phone and putting it away. Hey, if he happens to leave the room for a minute, take a peek. I’ll never tell.

Relax, curl up on the sofa with your partner, a good movie, and enjoy a night of pampering!

Enjoy date night in with OREO things

Whenever my husband and I need a little time for ourselves, we enjoy date night in along with our favorite OREO thins. Visit www.oreo.com/thins to find your favorite thin twist on the OREO you love. What’s your favorite flavor?





Linda @ With A Blast July 25, 2016 - 6:34 am

Love your date night suggestions ! Now that our kids are grown up, we really enjoy our date nights in, but neither one of us switch off our phones – we put it on silent though, just in case the kids need us in an emergency. We are yet to see the Oreo thins in South-Africa and hope that will happen soon !

zan July 25, 2016 - 8:16 am

I thought it was funny when you mention that your yoga pants matches your dress; your phone is an extension of your hand, and your husband’s statement about your yellow pillow. Glad you can find the amusement in this post. But isn’t it true how our phones have become like that? I agree that date nights in doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s the simple things. My husband and I used to have frequent date night ins (although we did not call it that) but now we have kind of gotten busy and tend to sneak in coffee and something sweet every once in a while. It is usually late at nights after the kids have gone to bed. We’ll catch a movie too but one of us usually end up falling asleep during the movie:)

Alli July 26, 2016 - 4:01 pm

That’s why we watch my movie first, in case I fall asleep. 🙂

Stephanie Phelps July 25, 2016 - 8:17 am

Love all the date night ideas. We actually did the Oreo checkers and had so much fun playing with our food and what a great win!

Anita Fonte July 25, 2016 - 8:34 am

Me gusta (I like) your date night suggestions. I also love Oreo cookies. I have to try the lemon flavor next as I feel in love with the new Oreo thin ones.

lisa July 25, 2016 - 11:29 am

These are great tips for date nite in! We do date nite at home more often than date nite out, but it’s so much fun! And we love Oreos.

Pam July 25, 2016 - 12:46 pm

These are great tips for a date night in. We rarely do a date night in but I think it’s something we should try more often.

Cristi Comes July 25, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Ooh pretty dress. I love this date night idea and I think I just might have to steal it! 😉 My phone is also an extension of both of our hands so it’s definitely important to put it down and focus on each other. {client}

Annemarie LeBlanc July 25, 2016 - 1:38 pm

My mom always said, “never stop dating your spouse” and I put that into practice. We do date ins too because we don’t like rowdy crowds and not so good food. Thanks for these ideas!

Jeanette July 25, 2016 - 5:31 pm

I have always been tempted to buy those Oreos, but have not yet! I love dating my spouse! We usually do a date night every few weeks. Most of the time we just stay at home and watch a movie!

Liz Mays July 25, 2016 - 5:44 pm

I’m pretty sure we’d like those new Oreo Lemon thins. I wouldn’t mind picking out a couple movies and having a few Oreo thins as snacks.

Sarah July 25, 2016 - 6:14 pm

These are great ways to prepare for date night in! I appreciate that you shared these, will have to think about them!

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai July 25, 2016 - 7:14 pm

I love date night in! These are great tips and OREO Thins sound fabulous. I love OREO cookies, but have never tried the Thins…putting them on my shopping list. 🙂

Life With Lorelai

Alli July 26, 2016 - 4:00 pm

You’ve got to try the lemon thins. They are so good!

Kathleen Kennedy-Leon July 25, 2016 - 7:47 pm

These are some great date night suggestions. Having a date night with my hubby is an important weekly or almost weekly event that we both look forward to. The anticipation of this evening each week, is something that both helps us get through the daily grind.

Bella July 26, 2016 - 12:02 am

I love how simple this is! Whenever my husband thinks date night he just assumes that means spending money but it’s really about enjoying being together.

Mimi Green July 26, 2016 - 8:14 am

I love this, God knows we don’t have date night often enough. I’m going to try this and see how it goes.

With the temps 100+ even going out at night is really stuffy and hot.

natalie z July 26, 2016 - 9:19 am

with 3 kids, at-home date nights are the only way to get a date night sometimes. Thanks for the tips to make ours worthwhile!

Jeanine July 26, 2016 - 9:53 am

Awesome suggestions! We haven’t been out in the real world on a date night in so many years I can’t even remember (8?) so we are always doing ours in! These are some great tips I’ll have to remember!

Amanda Love July 26, 2016 - 10:46 am

Nothing is better than a date night at home, that’s for sure! I love that you can just relax and not worry about going in crowded places or dealing with unruly people. These are lovely ideas as well!

Christy Garrett July 26, 2016 - 12:46 pm

I love this idea. We typically watch movies when we do date night at the house too.

Dawn McAlexander July 26, 2016 - 7:46 pm

I really love that dress! It has some really vibrant colors and I love that. That’s the kind of dress that I could see myself wearing.

Heather S-G July 26, 2016 - 8:54 pm

OREO Thins are my favorite kind of OREO. These are some fun ideas for a date night in. We do movie nights a lot…maybe I’ll dress up one of these days…

Melissa L July 26, 2016 - 9:29 pm

Some sure great ideas! I have date night in all the time!

Jasmine Watts July 27, 2016 - 8:57 am

These all are wonderful ways to prepare date night in. I’m going to try this and see how it goes.

nidhi chauhan July 27, 2016 - 12:15 pm

I am loving all your date night tips. Very inspirational too. Oreo thins are my favorite type of oreo. Can’t wait to buy more for the party coming next weekend. Thanks!

ILona July 27, 2016 - 1:00 pm

I love the key lime flavor one!

Niki Petersen July 27, 2016 - 2:20 pm

What great ideas for a date night. My husband and I love our date nights, and they are so important. I love the checkers idea. I love the Oreo thins mint.

Robin Rue July 28, 2016 - 10:08 am

This is such a cute idea. I love the idea of getting dolled up just a little bit even though you are staying in.

CharityS July 29, 2016 - 4:27 pm

I really needed some new date night tips!

Brenda Haines July 31, 2016 - 11:37 am

I need to try the lemon! Thanks for the tips, I haven’t been on a date in many years!

Savannah August 12, 2016 - 6:50 am

There’s nothing quite as special as snuggling in for a date night! Grandma has been wanting to watch my son for awhile now, so this gives me the perfect surprise idea for my husband! We’ve been needing some downtime-however, I think I’ll be making some homemade cookies for our date night <3 Thanks for sharing!

Rachel Beltz August 24, 2016 - 3:26 am

I love these suggestions heh! Oreos would be a kicker to any little date night! Especially the mint ones!

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