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Our Favorite Date Night Ideas From Around the Web

We have some fabulous ladies on board to fill this section jam packed with date night ideas for you and your hubby.  And sometimes we’ll grab great ideas from around the web and share.  Either way, from super cheap to over-the-top elaborate, these articles have something special just for you!

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By Crystal Brothers
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At Home Date Night On a Budget

When my husband and I were newly married, we received some wonderful advice from a great couple.

They told us that they’d been having a weekly date night for 20+ years of marriage. As newlyweds, we decided to be intentional about a weekly date night.

After we became parents, my mom was more than happy to babysit for a couple of hours each Friday night so we could continue the tradition. 

So, for our first 7+ years of marriage, we have had a date night every single week!

Then, we moved away from my hometown. We’re now 2 hours from one set of grandparents, nearly 6 from the other. No more easy babysitter!  Couple that with a tight budget, and we knew we needed to get creative!

This is why I invented the no-prep, at-home, low-cost date – that I affectionately call the “Dessert Date”.  Thinking it was a great idea, I wanted to share it with you!

Everything for this date can be done within about 5-10 minutes. 

I thought it would be fun to make this a surprise for my hubby. So, I waited until the boys were in bed and hubby was in the shower, and then got to work.

The first thing I did was to lay out some nice clothes for him on the bed, with a handwritten note saying, “Put these on, and meet me in the kitchen.” Next, I put on some nice clothes myself and dusted on some make up.

I found the champagne glasses from our wedding, along with a couple of napkins, and a copy of the invitation from that day. If you don’t have glasses from your wedding, substitute what you do have.

You could also use a nice quote about love or marriage printed out, instead of your invitation. We don’t drink alchohol, so I bought some sparkling grape juice to go in the glasses.

I prepared my super quick, super yummy strawberry cream desserts.

Finally, I found the mix of love songs that played during our wedding reception. 

Honestly, because of the effort put into it,  this felt much more like a “real” date, than some of our out-to-eat, followed by a stop at Walmart “dates.” 

We had a lovely time staring into each others eyes like newlyweds.

The entire prep for this date happened during the short time that my hubby was in the shower, making it a very low-stress date. It was also very inexpensive – around $5 or so. And between the fancy plated desserts, the champagne glasses, candle light, and all of our wedding reminders, it was very romantic.

We both remember it fondly as one of our favorite dates ever — going out included.

If you’re needing some alone time with your husband, but don’t have the resources or babysitter for a night out, I would encourage you to get creative!  

You can make great memories right where you are.

What’s your favorite date night?

By Paula Rollo
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The BEST 2 Player Games for Date Night!

Since my husband and I have young children, the majority of our date nights are spent at home.

We do try to go out on a date once a month, but we still make an effort to spend time together at least once a week, interacting with one another, without distractions (such as TV or internet).

While we try to spend quality time together more than once a week, we are sticklers about getting at least 1 night in a week, regardless of our busy schedules. 

Game night is one of our absolute favorites for weekly fun. It’s been a challenge to find games that translate well to 2-player versions.

Several games that I enjoyed growing up, just don’t work with only 2 people. We’ve finally gotten a good collection of really awesome board games that work with 2 players. 

Here are a few of our favorites, so you can start working on your own collection of games for date night!

Best 2 Player Games for Date Night

Dominion – This will always be one of my favorite games! It can be played with up to four players, but works really well with just two! It’s a card game, we’ve played it for several years now and still love it! There are many expansions for the game (intrigue, seaside, hinterlands etc.) and they all add so much to the game! We’ve purchased each expansion as it came out and I have trouble choosing a favorite! 

Fluxx - This is a game that must be played with a good sense of humor. The rules are constantly changing, along with the goal of the game! It’s another card game that certainly will keep you laughing and keep you on your toes! We recently bought the “martian fluxx” variant and definitely prefer that version to the original. 

Glory to Rome - This is one of the more complicated card games, I’m still trying to wrap my head around playing it well, but it’s definitely fun! You each build your own buildings and try to come out on top! There are multiple ways to score points in this game, so it’s a challenge to choose which strategy to go with. It also makes the game fun though, because you never have to play it the same way twice!

Race for the Galaxy - This has always been one of my husband’s favorite games, but I’ll be honest, it took me awhile to get on board. I love the game now, but there’s definitely a steep learning curve to it, and it may take awhile before you really feel like you can play it well. 

Carcassone - This was one of the first games we purchased together (about 4 years ago) and we’re still getting lots of enjoyment out of it! Carcassone is a tile-laying game, and it allows you to build cities, roads, farms and cloisters and connect them to one another to gain points. Very fun game, and it’s always neat to see all the scenery that you’ve built together at the end of the game!

Famiglia - Another card game, this time the cards represent different “mobster” families. Each color card allows you to do a different action, and thereby gain better cards into your “family”. It’s simple to learn, but there’s a surprising amount of strategy involved!

Pandemic - This game is unique because, instead of playing against one another, you are on a team against the game! It’s shockingly difficult and a lot of fun to get to work together in a game instead of having to compete. There’s also nothing quite like trying to save the world from multiple viruses! You really feel like you’ve accomplished something awesome together when you win this game!

Tigris & Euphrates - This game is truly one of our favorites. It has a longer play-time than most, but it’s definitely worth the time! You play on one board and build your own little kingdoms by laying tiles of various colors. You are then able to join kingdoms or invade one another, and gain points. It’s a very interesting game, especially since you don’t know how many points the other player has earned until the end of the game! 

Suburbia - This is one of our newer games. It’s also a tile laying game, but instead of building farms or roads you create buildings for your city. The strategy is in which tiles you put where, as well as which tiles you choose to build. We only purchased this one a few weeks ago but it’s already a favorite! 

Agricola - Remember that popular Farming game on Facebook awhile back? This is a game that is very similar, but with lots more strategy! You are a farmer, and you must build your hut, farm your land, raise cattle and feed your family! It’s a very interesting game and quite the challenge!

Zertz, Yinsh & Dvonn - These games are more abstract than the others I’ve listed. Instead of having a theme or story to them, they are pure strategy (like chess or checkers, but more fun). These games can be bought separately and played as a single game, or can be combined with a couple other games in the series to form a huge tournament. We currently own two in the series and are working our way up to have the whole collection. They are quicker games and deceptively difficult! 

I’ve created a list on amazon with all of the games, so you can find them easily, instead of needing to do multiple searches. This is an affiliate link to my 2 player games list on Amazon. 

These are our absolute favorite 2 player games! Have you ever heard of any of them? Share with us on the Happy Wives Club Facebook page.

We’d love to hear about your favorites!

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Free Date Idea: Take a Fantasy Tour Around the Globe

Happy anniversary!  Can you believe it’s been a full year since the Happy Wives Club book was released on January 7, 2014.  Where did the time go?

Since it is, technically, it’s birthday or anniversary, or whatever celebratory thing you want to call it, how about we create a brand new -and scrumptiously unique- date idea?

Free date ideas are the best kind in my book. With at least 52 potential weekly date nights in a year, you can never have too many ideas to choose from. And if your hubby is like mine and loves variety, it’s a great idea to have a few plans in your back pocket and ready to go.

Today we are combining food, travel, TV, *and* using a little inspiration from the Happy Wives Club book– what’s not to love?

One of my favorite parts of the Happy Wives Club book was feeling like I was seeing, smelling and tasting all the places Fawn went to interview happy couples and learn their secrets to happy marriages.

When I was thinking about a FUN and FREE date night idea, I remembered how much fun The Hubs and I have watching House Hunters International and fantasizing about whether or not we would ever live anywhere but home.

Soooo I thought it would be even more fun to go on a fantasy vacation, inspired by the fabulous locales in the Happy Wives Club Book and approved by the hubby!

What you will need:

1. Laptop or Tablet – to cue up the Travel Channel’s website.

I suggest taking all the links below and opening them in new tabs, that way they are cued up and ready to go so you have the mechanics out of the way and can snuggle and discuss as you go along the tour.

2. Some yummy food – check out great snack ideas inspired by the book (see links to fabulous recipes at the end of every country I’ve listed below.)

3. A little conversation – one of my favorite things to do with the hubby is PAUSE THE TV and DISCUSS. Would we want to go there? What do we want to see? Is it a “must-go-before-we-die-place?” or a “would-be-nice-but-eh-place?”

Ready for the World Tour? (You don’t even need a passport! Score.)

Cape Town, South Africa

This one is on my own bucket list. I loved this video because I must admit, I was curious to see the South African version of McDonald’s. It does not disappoint.

The recipes from this fabulous part of the world:

And who could forget about the red cappuccino’s Fawn raved about, and are only served as espresso’s in South Africa? Well, this may not be identical but I think we found a way to enjoy the taste without needing to take the flight: 

Perth, Australia

When I was a kid Olivia Newton John was one of my idols (thank you, Grease! And yes, it’s still the word.) So Australia has been magical and beautiful since I was 13. When Oprah went during her final season, I fell in love with it all over again.

When I was looking for the most viewed videos on Australia it turned out to be a review of their Superman roller coaster.

That reminded me of one of the things I just love about travel – the way you can plan a thousand details and yet a place will surprise you and the last thing you thought you would ever do there turns out to be your favorite part.

So, here is the link to Superman Down Under -

And a little dive into the Great Barrier Reef –

And a little 5 Star Spa Day to relax after all that exploring!

And we can’t forget some great local recipes from down under (or what the locals call “Oz”) - 


Since we are half way around the world already, let’s just hop over to Mauritius for some “Street Eats” and snacks.

Don’t forget to try out some of the fabulous Creole food from Mauritius -

Or you can do what Fawn did when dining with a French couple married more than half a century, enjoy some fabulous (and buttery) French cuisine -

Europe – Rome & London

Let’s wrap up our world tour with some Gladiator school in Rome –

a mini tour of Rome neighborhoods -

a look around London -

and finally, the food!

While in Rome…eat as the Romans do:

While in London, authentic fish and chips are a must:

Winnipeg, Canada

According to Fawn, those living in Winnipeg will be the first to tell you there’s not a whole lot to do there other than The Forks.  But what they do have and are so proud to share (aside from a beautiful culture and love for family and mastering the art of simplicity): Poutine.  It’s so popular, Canadians even tried to make it their official national food.

These are just a few of the 12 countries Fawn visited during her research for the Happy Wives Club book, there’s so much fun to see and learn about.

After this date night, always remember that it doesn’t take a lot of money to travel the world – just an Internet connection and a little creativity.

Where do you and your spouse want to travel next? Please share in the comments.

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By Tammy Greene
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4 Fun Summer Date Nights

There is something about the summer sun that makes me feel at home and happy. 

On the first day of summer I welcome in with a happy heart the heat, the bbqs, the swimming, the vacation time.

But, what I look forward to most is spending the warm summer evenings hanging out with my husband. There is little else that brings my heart so much joy.

Summer is a time when you can forget the traditional date night of heading to a restaurant.

It is the time when you can get creative, head outdoors and enjoy the lingering summer sun with the one you love.

Here are some ideas for fun summer dates to spend with your sweetie.

Go To A Drive In
A drive in movie is, without a doubt nostalgic and romantic. And, there is something undeniably tender about snuggling next to your sweetie under the summer night sky and sharing a box of Milk Duds.

Revisit your youth and pack up the car with chairs, blankets, pillows and sweets and take your spouse to a good old fashioned drive in theater.

Do an online search to find a drive in near you.  No drive in theaters around?  Check event listings in your area.  Many cities offer movies in the park for a similar experience.

Dance at an Outdoor Concert
There is nothing quite like an outdoor concert.  But, going to a big expensive concert isn’t necessary in order to take your sweetie on this fun date.  Many towns offer concerts in the park with local bands.

Pack up some fold up chairs and buy some take out and sit back and enjoy the local culture.  Hear a song you like?  Ask your spouse to dance.  Summer air, good food, music and your sweetie? Now those are the ingredients of a great date!

Go For a Drive
For as long as I have known my husband he has loved to put together a summer playlist of music. Back in the day that meant making a mixed cassette tape.  Now it is as simple as dragging and dropping our favorite songs in ITunes.

For a great summer date, make a playlist that your spouse would like and hit the open road.  Go for a drive with the windows down, the music on and sing out loud together.   See where the road and the music takes you.

Watch a Meteor Shower
One of my favorite date memories is when Husband and I drove up to the mountains and laid in the bed of the truck watching a meteor shower.  Talk about romantic.

This summer, head out past the city lights between August 10th and August 13th to catch the Perseid Meteor Shower.  Grab some blankets, pillows, wine and dessert and have a romantic night among the stars.

Whatever it is that you do for date night, get out and enjoy the summer air.  The freedom and hope that summer brings comes and goes so quickly.  Don’t let it fly by without taking some time to enjoy it with the one you love most.

By Paula Rollo
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Listening Night

You know the old saying “opposites attract”? In many ways, that was true for my husband and I. While we certainly have our similarities, there are many ways in which we are opposite. 

My husband, for example is and extrovert and kind of a genius. He taught himself to read Greek in less than a year, and his idea of a relaxing afternoon is studying his tremendously thick C++ computer programming book.

I’m an introvert that would rather spend my time working on my blog, writing books or reading a young adult novel. And for the record, I can’t understand computer programming to save my own life. 

Needless to say, sometimes each of us are more than a little bit bored by the other’s interests.

My husband can drone on for hours about the intricacies of his latest computer program that he’s designing. Not a topic I’m particularly interested in, but then we also have the times when I’m babbling non-stop about blog stats or social media algorithms and he’s as lost in that conversation as I am when he discusses Greek with me!

That’s why listening night, is important to us. And no, we don’t call it that, it’s nothing official, it’s just taking the time, to really, truly listen.

Usually when my husband jabbers on about something I don’t understand I give a half-hearted “mmmhmmm” and move on to something else. It’s okay, because he gives me a tired “that’s great honey” when I talk about my blog and after a bit he tends to change the topic too. We both understand, because these aren’t our shared passions, and they don’t have to be. 

But sometimes, it’s still good to take the time to truly listen. To ask questions and do your best to comprehend the other’s interests. Even when they are completely beyond your realm of understanding, like my husband’s are to me.

When I do this it’s my way of saying “I love you” to him in that moment, as I try to understand whatever has his smart brain intrigued for today. I hear the “love you” back from him as he grins and cheers with me when I break a blogging milestone or tell him about a novel that had me in tears. 

Listening night doesn’t have to be something official, (although it can be). It’s just the simple decision to put aside phones, and switch off the tv, to look each other in the eye and truly try to understand what your spouse is fascinated with, even when it doesn’t also fascinate you. 

Comment Below:  When was the last time you and your hubby had a listening night? Do you have opposite hobbies like we do, or are all of your interests similar? 

By Paula Whidden
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Board Games – They’re Not Boring Anymore

A blanket stretched across the floor welcomes you to a new dating adventure.

The fire sizzles, bringing waves of warmth into the living room. Candles provide accent lighting. The essence of vanilla lingers in the air while soft instrumental music plays in the background.

Now add Monopoly.


You venture to a local park. The sun wraps around you with its warmth and light. You notice the children playing, walk hand-in-hand, and stroll past people walking their dogs. You find a picnic table, sit down and pull out Mancala.

Is your imagination sparked?

If you found yourself bored with board games in the past, take a chance and try again.  The only limits to how much fun they can be come from you. 

Though some couples love video games, it’s time to get away from the mesmerizing screen and just enjoy each other.

You can spread out on your bed to watch a well-known movie and play a board game.

You could take one with you to the mall. Then, play while you comment on the people who meander past you. You can even take one with you as you sit and munch on your favorite fast food.

If you find yourself stuck on which ones to choose, make a date and go to the toy store. Maybe you prefer a classic like chess, or you may pick a more recent game. Stroll down the aisles to notice what catches your eye.

You may discover that each of you is interested in different types of games.  Feel free to choose two. Have a date with his game of choice, then another with yours. Or, set your own path. Decide that you must both agree. You become the sales person attempting to make your spouse interested in the game of your choice.

My husband and I used to travel with a mini scrabble game and play while we waited for our flight to arrive or depart. In my younger years, I despised Scrabble. Tim made it immensely more fun. In the early days, he even let me cheat until I improved and beat him by hundreds of points.

Play Uno or Scrabble or Checkers. Be indoors, outdoors, or grab a travel version and play at an airport or train station. You’ll compete and talk and laugh. Win, lose, or draw, as long as you enjoy each other, it will be anything but boring.   


Date Nights

At Home Date Night On a Budget

When my husband and I were newly married, we received some wonderful advice from a great couple. They told us that they’d been having a weekly …

The BEST 2 Player Games for Date Night!

Since my husband and I have young children, the majority of our date nights are spent at home. We do try to go out on a …

Free Date Idea: Take a Fantasy Tour Around the Globe

Happy anniversary!  Can you believe it’s been a full year since the Happy Wives Club book was released on January 7, 2014.  Where did the time …

4 Fun Summer Date Nights

There is something about the summer sun that makes me feel at home and happy.  On the first day of summer I welcome in with a …

Listening Night

You know the old saying “opposites attract”? In many ways, that was true for my husband and I. While we certainly have our similarities, there are …

Board Games – They’re Not Boring Anymore

A blanket stretched across the floor welcomes you to a new dating adventure. The fire sizzles, bringing waves of warmth into the living room. Candles provide …

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  • SaCh’e Events&Design

    Awesome ideas! My event company is dedicated to creating special events to strengthen marriages. Date night (quality time) is a must. Thank you for this beautiful purpose. God Bless

    • Fawn @ Happy Wives Club

      Love the idea of what your company is doing! Very cool.

  • ANASTASIS Marriage Ministry

    These are great ideas, some my husband and I have done, others we will do. We are facilitators of a marriage ministry and we will share some of these ideas with the couples so they can “keep it fresh”! Thank you so much and God Bless.

  • JB Guidotti

    He was really surprised about the “date night” I set up for us! It really melts my heart to see him that happy. I’m so glad and honored to be part of this club. God Bless!

    • Fawn @ Happy Wives Club

      That looks amazing!! He’s a happy camper. Love seeing that :) .

  • Yolanda

    My husband and I will be celebrating our first anniversary on Valentine’s Day. I was looking for things to do when I found this website. This is awesome. I don’t know anyone talking about this site, so I will be the one to pass it around. I am so excited. I will also learn from those of you who are experienced in marriage.

    • Fawn @ Happy Wives Club

      Thanks for spreading the word, Yolanda! Appreciate you.

  • rheanna

    Hello there, can i ask your planing to have a date with my husband on skype because his in abroad and i want this coming valentines day to become speacial..i hope you guys can help me..Thanks in advance..God bless..

  • Nicole

    My husband and I have been married for 10 years now and well, we don’t seem to have anything to talk about. When we do a date night we rarely speak other than the boring everyday activities, which take less than five minutes to cover. I’ve tried asking questions that I think he could elaborate on but I just end up getting yes, no, or short answers versus sparking a conversation. Any suggestions on how to find things to talk about after 10 years? I’ve also tried not saying anything to see if he’ll start the conversation and it usually sounds like crickets. I Would love to hear from those who may have had this happen in their marriages and any suggestions to spark conversation.

    • Stephanie

      I think setting an intention to connect and letting him know that you are spending this quality time with him to do so helps set the stage. Let him know you care about him and whats going on in his inner world, his hopes and dreams, concerns etc. Take some pressure off yourself to have a busy conversation and just let your time together flow and see what happens. We are celebrating our 17th anniversary this month and know that designated time alone together is what helps us connect the most. For us it’s usually the hour we lay in bed before falling asleep but its also that time away from home (there’s always something to be done) a walk in the park or mall, dinner out, that kind of thing. Sometimes we don’t talk much but just having that time together that we know we are there for each other is just what we need. Good luck!

      • Fawn @ Happy Wives Club

        Such great advice, Stephanie! Thanks.

  • T. Wykoff

    My husband and I are newly weds, we married Dec 31, 2013. He works offshore and spends many days and night away. Some times it maybe 3 months at a time away from home. So I try to do something special a couple of nights before he leaves out. Before he left this time, I went and picked up a bottle of champagne and some strawberries. I went into our bedroom while he was watching tv, set it all up, light music, candles, with the champagne and strawberries. So when he said he was coming to bed he walked into a very relaxed room and was surprised at what I did without him knowing. We just simply sit on the bed, talked about everything, and enjoyed the time of sharing the day. So, today I was surprised to see a post on his FB page. He doesn’t post much on his page, but him being away in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico….it made me an even more….Happy Wife.