5 Ways to Prepare for a Date

by Alli

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You probably don’t know this (I mean, why would you?), but my husband and I have been keynote speakers at many marriage seminars throughout the years and the first thing we tell married couples is this:  “Never stop dating!”  And I’m going to go a step further and share 5 ways to prepare for a date with your spouse. 

5 Ways to Prepare for Date Night with Your SpouseOur marriage is definitely not perfect, but we sure do love each other.  We’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, especially when the toilet seat is left in the up position and I stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night.  We’ve been married for 33 years and I do believe I’ve learned a few tricks on how to keep the spice in my married life.

Marriage is sometimes spelled W O R K, but work can be fun! Over the years, we’ve tried to never take each other for granted (and when I find myself doing that, I give myself a little wake-up shake).

I get it.  I do. You get married, have a couple of kids and often times romance gets pushed aside because life happens. It pays to remember that in the blink of an eye the kids will be grown and gone. You don’t want to be that couple you see in restaurants that are eating silently OR looking down at their phones.

5 Ways to Prepare for a Date With Your Spouse

1.  Pick out your outfit and shoes in advance.

Do you and your spouse date? Here's 5 Ways to Prepare for a Date with Your Spouse

Even when it’s not a dress-up date, I want to look my absolute best for a night of flirtatious fun!

Don’t wait until the last minute to realize your sexy blouse is in the dirty clothes hamper.  No, now is not the time to try and salvage that blouse. A spritz of cologne will not help. Pick out your outfit well in advance so you can make sure it’s not wrinkled.  Am I the only girl in the world who irons most of her clothes?

2.  Make sure you’re well rested.

Don’t scoff at this one!  I’m a morning person.  That means I’m up early.  If possible, on date night, I try to sneak in a 15-minute nap in the afternoon.  Since I work from home, this is totally doable.  I don’t recommend sleeping on the job if you don’t work from home.

3.  Take a nice, long shower or bubble bath.

Even if I’ve already showered that morning, I take another one.  I want to look my absolute best.

4.  Take time with your hair and makeup.

Most days you’ll find me with my hair in a ponytail and a freshly scrubbed face.  Remember, I work from home.  But on date night, I like to go all out.  I start with moisturizer, primer, the whole works – to make myself look natural with a touch of glam. Wink!  I also take extra time with my hair.

5.  Stock your purse.

My final step for preparing for date night is to stock my purse.  First, I clean it out.  How can my purse get so messy?  Also, if we’re going to a movie, I must make room for my decaf coffee.  Most movie theaters don’t offer anything sugar-free AND decaf, except water.  I don’t want water on date night.  I just don’t.  So I sneak in a decaf coffee from the local coffee shop.  🙂

5 Ways to Prepare for a Date with Your Spouse

Then I make sure I have ChapStick Total Hydration.  I’ve always said that if I’m ever stranded on a deserted island and I could only have one item with me, it would be my ChapStick.

It’s 100% natural, age-defying and instantly smooths and moisturizes. I can’t live without it.  It’s on my nightstand at all times and it’s always in my purse.  I’ve got to keep these lips kissable!

Date Night calls for Total Hydration ChapStick

What else is in my purse?  Advil Liqui-Gels and Nexium 24HR.  There’s no way I’m allowing a headache or indigestion (just in case we eat spicy food) ruin my date night.

Nothing’s faster on tough pain than Advil Liqui-Gels (among OTC pain relievers) and Nexium 24HR is the #1 prescribed acid blocker brand (based on IMS health data: total Nexium® prescriptions 2006 – 2014) and may take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed.

If I find myself running low on these date-night essentials, I make sure I swing by Walmart to stock up.

5 Ways to Prepare for Date Night

My favorite ChapStick and Advil Liqui-Gels are located on the pain relief aisle.
Ways to Prepare for a Date

DIY Pouch for Date Night

I even went as far as to make a little pouch for my date night essentials using Duck tape and a zippered bag.  It’s so easy.  Pick out your favorite duck/duct (both are correct, just sayin’) tape and cover the bag in whatever pattern you like. Flip to the other side and do the same.

Date Night

Regular date nights are one way that my husband and I make sure we stay connected.  Have you and your spouse been on a date lately?  What’s in your purse on date night?

5 Ways to Prepare for Date Night






Heather @ Kraus House Mom November 5, 2015 - 6:40 am

I always get decked out when my husband and I go out on a date, I have three kids and it’s not often I get to look fancy in public. My husband also takes the opportunity to “clean himself up”.

NYC SingleMom November 5, 2015 - 7:45 am

I love your list but think be well-rested is the best on. I’m like you a morning person so if I have to do dinner (with wine) and dont take a nap, yikes. I am such a dud and want to leave early. Date night is so important a time for couples so you want to be there in the moment to enjoy it.

Ashley November 5, 2015 - 8:23 am

My favorite night is date night! I love to wear my hubby’s favorite “black dress” & boots for fall/winter. Lip balm & Advil are in my purse just in case too!

Shasta November 5, 2015 - 10:52 am

Date nights can be so much fun. I always pick my outfit ahead of time and make sure I am feeling ready and well before we go out. I would hate to waste the alone time by not being prepared!

Jennifer November 5, 2015 - 11:36 am

date nights are SO far between for us so I try to make them special too. And I agree, ChapStick is one thing I ALWAYS have no matter what. I cannot live without it either

Terri Ramsey Beavers November 5, 2015 - 12:34 pm

You’ve pointed out some really great ways to get ready for date night. I’m single but due to back injuries, I don’t date much, it’s too much of an effort and painful as well. Maybe if i I had a plan on how to get ready for date night, I wouldn’t back out of them all of the time.

Wendy November 5, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Love the idea of stocking your purse. So easy to have things on hand so your night is not derailed by something so easily taken care of.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy November 5, 2015 - 2:05 pm

These are great tips to prepare for a date! Picking out a good outfit and stocking the purse are essential! I always have my ChapStick with me, too!

Zan November 5, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Did not know you speak to married couples so regularly! Awesome tips for people like me. And my purse is always a mess, too. But I have little kids to blame:) Congrats on 33 years of marriage, though.

Megan Elford November 5, 2015 - 4:17 pm

I never go anywhere without my lip chap and Advil, for sure! The last thing you want to ruin your evening is dry lips and a headache, lol!

Sarah Bailey November 5, 2015 - 5:37 pm

These are some fantastic ideas, I wish I could say we managed to go out on datenights more! x

Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations November 5, 2015 - 7:52 pm

I always have a pain reliever in my purse. These are great tips, especially about the long shower!

Mistee Dawn November 5, 2015 - 11:25 pm

These are really great tips! I cannot wait to have another date night with my hubby, he has been working such long hours we have not had the time.

Dina Demarest November 5, 2015 - 11:59 pm

Lip balm, my cell phone, some cash and Advil are in my purse for date night. My husband never thinks to bring anything other than his wallet.

Tyra November 6, 2015 - 1:48 am

Date nights are such a good idea for married couples to keep it interesting! And I love the idea about taking a nice hot bath or shower to unwinde and being rested before the date…Good call!

Polarbelle November 6, 2015 - 6:47 am

We’ve been taking time once a week for a date, so I’ve been doing these things. Especially knowing what I will wear the day before so that I can spend more time on doing something special with my makeup.

Stephen Parry November 6, 2015 - 8:24 am

This is such a good time of year for date nights. Going to the cinema, or to a nice restaurant while its chilly out is so nice 🙂

ricci November 6, 2015 - 10:19 am

Congrats on 33 years together, that’s rare these days. I love all of your tips, I especially like stockage your purse for whatever may come up!!

aaronica (the crunchy mommy) November 6, 2015 - 6:49 pm

date???? what’s that?!?!? ha!

i can’t wait to celebrate my 33 years with my hubs!

Rosey November 7, 2015 - 11:08 am

These are good tips. And I laughed out loud about the dirty laundry. Been there, done that… 🙂

Naresh Kana January 25, 2019 - 5:25 pm

Good tips. Thanks.


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