The first thing that comes to mind when I think of
a date night with my husband is usually dinner. Maybe a movie.
Starbucks afterwards if I'm lucky. Or, let's be honest - the fact
that there even was a date night should have me jumping for joy!
For 2014, in an effort to maintain our marriage mojo, my
husband and I vowed to go on one date night a month. Every month.
For a whole year. That's a whole lot of dinners and probably too
Recently though, I was given a real treat. To
prevent "date night boredom," my husband and I attended Date Night
at Ignite Glass Studios for an unconventional
night of fun. For a limited time only, Ignite will open their hot
shop after-hours for a special glass blowing experience for two.
Couples will be able to create their own glass heart - a design of
their own choosing! I wasn't sure what to expect at first (just
glad to be headed somewhere other than a movie theater), but my
mind was open and I was excited to try something new.
When we first arrived at the Ignite Glass Studio I
was initially captivated by the colorful glass designs in their
retail shop. Everything from paperweights and vases to penguins and
snowmen (adorable, by the way) adorn the shelves of this elegant
space. Then it was off to the hot shop in back to create our
My husband and I worked with Pearl Dick, an amazing
instructor with over 16 years of glass blowing experience, to
create our heart. She showed us the ropes - heating the glass,
adding color to the glass, then shaping the glass - using tools of
the trade. The entire process only took about 20
The rest of the class time can be spent sipping on
complimentary champagne and snacking on chocolates while mingling
with other couples. Glass pieces need to cool for a 24 hour period
so plan on returning to the shop, or having your custom-made piece
shipped to your home.
There's still time to sign up for a Date Night on
February 12 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Reservations are required and can be made at (312)
465-2389. You can also register for additional classes - like
the Discover Glass class. I had so much fun at Ignite Glass that
I'm seriously considering making a return visit!
Amanda Ortiz is a full-time working mom to two kids (a teen and a toddler), living in suburban Chicago.
See more of Amanda's stories here.
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