P is for Picnic
For Valentine’s Day I decided to have a date night at home. I am a bit impatient and I do not like going out to restaurants on Valentine’s Day. There is always a long wait for seating and I don’t like waiting more than an hour. My husband was at work so I decided to take over the reigns of planning our evening. Honestly I had a great time planning the date.
Just for the record, I don’t think there is anything wrong with a woman planning a romantic dates. Yes it is nice when a man does it for us but we don’t always have to wait on our spouses and significant others to surprise us. Sometimes it’s nice to surprise them and it teaches them what we like! I loved putting together all the little details of our indoor picnic. We had never done an indoor picnic so I figured it would be cool to do one via candlelight. The best part of this date was the fact that I didn’t spend have to spend one dime. The decor was just things I had around the house and the meal was created from food we already had in the house. A very inexpensive yet romantic way to spend an evening with that someone special.
The picnic setting took about 15 minutes to create. It took me a few hours to determine what we were going to have for dinner! Initially I thought I would like to have finger foods but I finally realized I would much rather have real food! I scoured my pantry and freezer and ended up creating 2 new dishes. I was a bit uncertain about how they would turn out but to my surprise it was so good! I ended up making a Spinach and artichoke 4 cheese rosa pasta and italian chicken.
When my husband walked through the door I had the candles lit and the music was playing. He was very surprised and very impressed. He actually went to the grocery store and picked up a few items because he was planning on cooking dinner for me but I beat him to it. We had a great time. We ate, we drank, we played the how well do you know your spouse game, and learned how to light paint with our camera. Afterwards we just relaxed and listened to a station I created with Pandora!
I would definitely recreate this date in the future. It’s inexpensive and a great way to spend time with your significant other especially on a weekday where it may not feasible to go out.
How did you spend your Valentine’s Day? Ladies would you ever plan a romantic date for your significant other?