Whether you've just started seeing someone or you're about to celebrate 25 years of marriage, a sweet date is a great way to spend time together and strengthen your bond as a couple. No matter how long you've been together, there's no denying that regular date nights can get expensive. In fact, the average cost of a date in America is roughly $100! Fortunately, planning a fun and affordable date doesn't have to break the bank if you ditch the fancy restaurant and pick up the ingredients to make your own meal at home instead.
Here are some tips to plan a romantic date night at home.
1) Create a playlist for a cozy night in. We love romantic jazzy tunes like Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon" or Barry White's "You're The First, The Last, My Everything." Crank up the volume for a slow dance or two after dinner. Just make sure the music won't disrupt conversation with your dinner guest. Add a few fun songs that you know will make your date laugh.
2) Set the mood. Dim the lights, light some candles, and transform your space to bring restaurant ambiance right into your home. Feel free to get a little dressed up to make the evening feel extra special.
3) Plan the menu. Instead of ordering a pizza or getting takeout, put your culinary skills to the test by cooking a delicious meal that you both enjoy. You can either cook for your date or make the meal together. Cooking together can be fun and romantic as long as you don't kill each other in the process or burn the house down! Start by picking out a menu and pick recipes you both want to try. If you’d like you can even theme your dinner for a trip abroad from the comfort of your home.
4) Don't forget dessert. While making dinner with your significant other can be pretty straightforward, you don't want to ruin the vibe by spending hours waiting for a cake to bake or pulling out a carton of ice cream. Pick a dessert that is quick and easy to make, and that you can both do together. Churros are a perfect option for this. The San Diablo Fiesta in a Box kit comes with a dry dough mix packet, the churro maker, cinnamon sugar, and dulce de leche filling so there's no need to hunt down a recipe or scour the grocery store. There is no doubt that these delicious homemade churros will make your partner fall head over heels. If you want your date night to get extra *spicy* you can coat your churros in San Diablo's Inferno-style cinnamon sugar. It's our classic blend of cinnamon and habanero pepper to add the perfect amount of spice to your dessert without overpowering the flavor of fresh-made churros.
At-home date nights don't have to be boring, and neither does the dessert you make to round out your romantic evening. Turn churro nights into a yearly anniversary or Valentine's Day tradition, a monthly practice, a weekly routine, or even a special celebration after a bad day at work.