Date nights can help maintain the spark in any relationship. Many couples experience the fizzling of their initially explosive union as they deal with the drudgeries of day-to-day living. While you can’t really quit your job and focus all your attention on your budding love, you can prevent your romantic flame from extinguishing by planning and implementing romance-inducing date nights.
Planetarium Star Gazing
Many lovers enjoy lying out under the stars. While this is a great, eco-friendly date option, a few poorly placed clouds can foil the entire evening. Make your star-gazing date foolproof by visiting a planetarium. Recline in the cushy planetarium seats with your partner, sitting hand in hand while the staff guides you through an explanation of the wonders of this galaxy and beyond.
Mix and mingle with the wild animals that inhabit your local zoo. Take your lover on an exotic jaunt, complete with lions and tigers and bears. Many zoos are open well into the evening, allowing you to miss the heat of the day and plan a twilight visit before a romantic dinner. As the sun sets over the animal enclosures, you and your partner can walk hand-in-hand through your own private safari.
Date Night In Bed
Many couples start out their date night eagerly anticipating taking a trip to bed together at the evening’s conclusion. Instead of waiting all night to sink into the cozy cushions of your bed, make this soft spot the location of your date. Rent some movies, buy some take-out and light some candles. Lead your partner to the bed and canoodle all night as you relax and create enough romantic sparks to ignite a serious love inferno.
Late Night Picnic
Many people plan their picnics for daylight when they can bask in the sun. Instead of following the norm, deviate and set up a late night picnic for you and your partner. Prepare a picnic meal, or purchase one if you are not a great cook. Set up a blanket, spread out some flowers and light some candles. The cool evening breeze and dim lighting will set the perfect atmosphere for your date. Select your date location carefully as many parks close at dusk and nothing ruins a well-planned evening like a park ranger breathing down your neck.
Tour of Your Life
If your relationship is not a recent fling but a lifelong union, revisit some of your relationship’s high points by taking your partner on an “Our Life” tour. Create a list of places of importance in your life. Include the location of your first date, the place at which you got engaged and the hospital at which your first child was born. Create a hand-drawn map of these romantic locations. Present your partner with the map and allow her to follow it. Make the last stop on the tour a romantic dinner, perhaps even complete with a memorable present.
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