I know school is about to start back soon here in the south, but summer is still around for a while. We’ve had a lot of rain this summer. It makes for very humid days but incredible sunsets. I’ve always joked with Ian that I am a cheap date. It really doesn’t take a lot to impress me. Just quality time and good food. One of my favorite date nights this summer was when we went to a local seafood restaurant that we both love. They have the best salmon and parmesan truffle fries. We skipped dessert and headed to the ice cream store because dark chocolate ice cream is my favorite desert, and Ian is the best and takes me to all the places he knows I will enjoy. Then we headed to the lake by our house to watch the sunset. We had the camera in the car already, so Ian snapped a few of these. I loved how pink the sun made the water look.

I thought it might be fun to share some date night ideas for the summer time or really any time. Even when we were on a super tight budget when we first got married, we both thought it was important to do date night. You don’t have to spend a lot to make the most of your time together. Now that we have a little one, it’s even more important to carve out time for just the two of us. Thank goodness for grandparents 🙂 Anyways… here are a few fun ways to date this summer.

  1. Build a pallet and watch a movie. Indoors or outdoors. If you have a projector and a screen/sheet you can create your own little outdoor movie theatre. If not, throw some comforters on the floor with a bunch of pillows and rent the latest movie you’ve been wanting to see. Add a little smorgasbord or some homemade popcorn and it makes for a perfect night.
  2. Ice cream date. If you only have a short amount of time or a small budget, head to the ice cream shop and pick up a few cones and find a pretty place to sit or walk and talk. Like I said before, it doesn’t have to cost a lot to be special.
  3. Day date/Trip. I secretly love these the best because I get to steal a whole day away with him. You can visit a city you’ve never been to, road trip somewhere new or stay local.  Start with brunch and just spend the day shopping, coffee shop hopping, hiking, kayaking or just exploring and eating together.
  4. Get creative with the food. Go to the food truck park. Make your own pizza or sushi at home. Have a picnic at sunset (One of my favorites!)
  5. Stargaze. One of my favorite things Ian and I did when we first started dating was sit on the roof of this truck and watch the stars together. Bring some drinks, snacks and lots of blankets and leave your phone’s at home.

A few others include going to a zoo , aquarium or museum, walk around a flea market, visit a botanical garden, take a walk by the lake or canoe on the lake, feed the ducks, see a show/concert, see a sports game or have brunch and walk around a farmer’s market.

I’d love to hear what your favorite way to do date night is. Hope you have a great week!


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