For a great date night, consider staying home instead. And
if the goal is to end up in bed (or on the floor near the bed),
what could be more convenient? Nothing kills the mood more than
having to drive the babysitter home.
You know what also kills a mood? Yoga pants. Baseball
caps. Stubble. Treat this like a real date and dress up. Shave. Put
on lipstick. It may feel silly, but if you were going out you would
dress up. And why? To impress all those strangers? Surely you can
do the same for your own spouse.
Divide up the work. Put one of you in charge of the menu
and the other in charge of décor and entertainment. For the décor,
think candles, flowers, romantic music. Hide anything that has
Fisher-Price on it. Set a nice table with your best china or throw
a blanket in front of the fireplace for a picnic.
If you are in charge of the menu, keep it simple. The last
thing you want for your hot date is to spend half the night slaving
over the stove. And overeating is a definite no-no. Opt for simple,
delicious bites of food. Bonus points for finger foods-to feed each
other, of course.
For my sexy date night menu, I started with a light
arugula salad. Arugula has a peppery bite that makes it more
exciting than lettuce, but it won't get in your teeth like spinach.
Dress your salad up with crumbled goat cheese and a champagne
For the main course, try Penne a la Vodka. It is easy
to prepare-you can make the sauce while the pasta cooks-yet
elegant. The red pepper flakes give the dish just the right amount
of heat for a spicy evening.
Don't fuss making a fancy dessert. Put together a plate of
indulgent bite-sized treats, like chocolate-covered strawberries,
grapes and rich truffles.
Or, think about all the money you are saving by not going
out and splurge on a bottle of Piper Heidsieck Brut Rosé Champagne
and nine-piece box of Exotic Truffles from local favorite Vosges
Haut Chocolate ($103).
After dinner and dessert, do something fun. Think dancing
to your favorite tunes, soaking in a bubble bath, playing your
favorite board game or watching a provocative movie with lots of
Emily Paster is a mom of two living in River Forest. Her food and parenting blog is West of the Loop (westoftheloop.com).
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