Living with your loved one can get boring quickly if you don’t make an effort, things like being tired after work, being skint before payday and just generally being a bit old and dull can mean date nights and spending quality time together become a thing of the past – especially after the two year mark! Jordan and I aren’t overly romantic, I think we’re more fun than cheesy but we know how to have fun without spending silly amounts so here’s a few ideas if you’re stuck…
I have to admit that I’m pretty bossy when it comes to cooking and Jordan point-blank refuses to be sous-chef to my head chef. However, there are times where we will prep, make and eat dinner together – ideally when we’re not overly hungry otherwise things can get a bit much. Grab some wine, put on a playlist that suits you both (no Pink Floyd this time, bf) and have a leisurely evening in the kitchen cooking up a top notch dinner. This can be a recipe for disaster (see what I did there) if you have a small kitchen or whatever, but it’s perfect for Friday nights in – you would be slaving away over the cooker anyway so you may as well make it fun. I often cook up dinner while Jordan gets the sides sorted – ie. food is on the table quicker. We spend all evening in our kitchen sometimes, choosing songs, making cocktails and tucking in to a big dinner. I make something fancy (chicken nuggets) and we light some candles – it’s easy but super nice.
This is the most fun, especially as I’m not the biggest cinema fan because they’re always so cold and loud. We stockpile on buttery popcorn, pick a bottle of wine (hmm I sense a theme here) and perhaps a bowl of sweets or ten (forty is ideal I’ve found). Prop up the pillows, add in some cushions and throw a duvet in to the mix. Pick a film or two, spend roughly ten minutes finding the ultimate lounging sweet spot and chill out. Both Jordan and I can have quite stressful days (as I’m sure everyone does, unless you test cashmere socks for a living) so unwinding like this is the dream. Sure, there’s the odd bicker over which Ryan Gosling film to watch, but it’s easily resolved. All of them, one after the other.
If you usually go out for dinner every now and again, switch it up! Go somewhere for amazing cocktails first and then move on to a place you’ve both never tried. I keep an eye on Twitter for new places that have recently opened and google restaurant lists in Glasgow, that way we’re always trying something new. See what else is on in your local town/city – I know in Glasgow there’s drive-in cinema nights through Itison, we also have things like the Science Centre (maybe this is only open during the day but what if its not?! Shocker) and also Ashton Lane for pretty late night fun. The best events are tucked away waiting to be uncovered so keep this in mind!
It’s usually a good idea to plan ahead with these things, but sometimes being spontaneous is what it’s all about. I really recommend keeping an eye on Itison in general, it’s so good for events on the cheap! There was a point where I bought a deal from here every day for a week, we were dining like kings.
My bee-eff and I share a mutual love of music, so I am always keeping an eye on the concert listings around here. Going to dinner somewhere new and then a gig would be my ideal date night, the fun is ENDLESS. Over the last little while we’ve been to see Editors, Mystery Jets and The Twilight Sad. I make sure I check out the ticket sites constantly – although I see Bombay Bicycle Club are playing here while we’re away which is obviously soul-destroying. If music ain’t your thing, check what’s on at the local theatres or whatever – I know the Scottish Ballet here put on some incredible shows!
This is probably best done near payday if you’re feeling flush, but sometimes going to the next city for the night is most exciting. We have Edinburgh really close so sometimes we have gone through for the night if both of us are off – I check lastminute.com for secret hotels. You can usually get 4 or 5 star hotels for much less last minute – ideal! Although Edinburgh is right next to us (we live across from the train station, it takes under an hour) we hardly ever go unless Jordan has a gig there or we have another reason to be there but whenever I am there I just think why am I not spending all of my spare time here? Silly.
I find being in a new city so inspiring, I just want to do everything – eating, seeing, shopping, drinking (naturally). Get some plans together or just chill in a swish hotel all night watching repeats, there’s no rules with date nights.
This is just a few that we partake in, more to inspire you than anything else. Anyone else love a good date night?