Now that lockdown is lifting, parents can finally enjoy some alone time without the kids, with grandparents, other family members or friends now being permitted to spend time in each other's "support bubble".
Whether you're a first, second or third-time parent, some one-on-one time together is essential every now and then. Not only will you finally get some peace and quiet; the experience of connecting with your partner will make you feel like independent, and a little more like yourself again, giving you that footloose and fancy-free vibe you so crave now you’re a parent! Whether it’s once or twice a month, it’ll make all the difference. So, have a look below for some of our fun and totally inexpensive-ish ideas for you and your other half to enjoy.
1. DESSERT & COFFEE
If the outbreak has made money a little tight and you don’t want to spend any on a fancy meal out, you could have your dinner at home, put on something pretty, and slip out for a coffee and dessert date! This is a great way for you both to re-connect after a long day/week with no little bodies weighing you down (literally).
2. MIGHTY FUN MINI GOLF
Crazy golf isn’t something that’ll break the bank, so being able to have fun, laugh and get close during each section of the course will keep the atmosphere cute and romantic. Plus, a little healthy competition might be just the thing you need to spice things up.
3. TRIP TO THE ZOO
This one will have to be hidden from the kids! Zoos have reopened and the weather is looking up, giving you the perfect setting for a relaxing day out. The low-key outings can sometimes be the dreamiest - especially when sweet sea lions, cheeky chimpanzees and pesky penguins are involved.
4. WALK IN THE PARK
Whatever the weather, a simple walk in the park is a lovely way to cosy up together as you take in the greenery hand-in-hand. On warm days, pick up a Mr Whippy from the local ice cream van, and on cooler days a cup of hot chocolate adds a sweet touch.
5. PLAY TOURISTS
Tourist hot spots over the summer period can be so beautiful - especially now there are significantly less tourists around! With flowers in bloom and the sun beaming down, it's sure to be the perfect setting to re-connect. Whether it's a beautiful riverside walk or a break on the beach, switch it up with a day-date where you can still be home in time to read the kids a bedtime story.
6. FANCY FONDUE
If you can't rely on anyone to take the kids off your hands for the evening, an in-home date night is on the cards! Put your little bundles to sleep, turn the romantic tunes on and enjoy a fondue set with some wine. There's just one thing you'll have to agree on - will it be cheese or chocolate?
7. MOVIE MARATHON
Many of us have been doing this in lockdown anyway, but you could make it an extra special movie marathon night by ordering a projector and creating a cosy outdoor cinema in the garden. Be sure to choose a selection of your all-time favourite movies and snacks, snuggle up with a warm blanket and unwind together come the weekend.
8. GO BACK IN TIME
Why not go down memory lane, and choose an activity that you did when you first met? It could be that second-date stroll, the restaurant you had your first dinner, or visiting that pretty pub for a drink and board games. It’s always nice to re-live that ‘blast form the past feeling’, so get your thinking caps on and try to remember what you loved to do as a couple before your baby arrived.
9. A NIGHT AWAY
So, this option is a little more expensive but totally worth it if you’re both craving some ‘alone time’. Getting a family member or close friend to stay the night with your little one(s) will allow you and your partner to relax in new surroundings. Take a bottle of fizz, massage oils and favourite snacks to use during your romantic staycation. There are some amazing cabins in the woods and glamping sites available to encourage you to try something new.
10. DOUBLE DATE
Get your child ready for a sleepover in your support bubble, and plan a double date with your closest buddies. It could be as simple as hosting a dinner or meeting for a drink. Rather than the goo-goo-ga-ga you hear 7am-7pm you’ll be able to converse and actually talk about adult things – yay!
11. LIFT WEIGHTS DATE
That’s right, we’re saying it... go to the gym together! Now gyms finally have a reopening date, this could be a great way for you both to let off some steam after being cooped up together for so long. You can enjoy helping each other with moves and you’ll come out feeling refreshed and energised.
12. GET ARTSY
If you have both been artistically blessed, why not have your own life drawing class? Get the sketchbooks out, and either take it in turns striking a pose while the other draws you, or do each at the same time. For a fun twist, do it like Jack draws his French girls! With some laidback tunes and a bottle of wine, you're sure to enjoy a nice relaxing evening.
Do you have any date night ideas that you swear by? Leave a comment in the section below, we’d love to hear them!