Having little ones has been a life changer. I love my beautiful kids more than anything but in terms of Mr Tink and I getting some alone time together, things are well how can I put this … Non-existent!
Gone are our lazy mornings in bed followed by late breakfasts by the beach. Goodbye boozy lunches together and hello force feeding a 1 year old while I try to eat one handed in between begging Master 6 to eat his meal that’s cost me an arm and a leg. You could say restaurants have lost their pizazz.
So how do we keep things alive without turning into house hermits? Dinner Dates at home!
Since I discovered dinner dates at home our world has changed and our weekends have become more exciting. Now when I say a dinner date at home I’m not talking beans on toast by candle light I’m talking a gourmet meal from your kitchen (no lean cuisines) and a little bit of effort.Typically when I plan a dinner date at home I talk to Mr Tink about the menu and to make it extra special and more datey (a Mrs Tink word) I do 3 courses.
A menu that we both love is:
- Bacon & Sour cream Backed Potato Boats
- Garlic Prawns with Rice
- Chocolate pudding & ice cream
I open a bottle of champagne and have a little glass while I prepare, then once the kids are in bed I turn off the TV and turn on some mood music and have a little sing as I cook our dinner.
It’s amazing just how therapeutic it is to have a little jig as you ease into the night. As dinner is cooking I get a little ‘Martha Stewart’ and dress the table with a table cloth, napkins and lovely cutlery. Then I finish by lighting lots of candles to set the mood and to transform our family dining room into ‘Restaurant a la Tink’
When I plate up our meals I try to be fancy shmancy (another Mrs Tink word) by presenting and garnishing as a restaurant would – a nice change from me dumping the food any which way on the plate as I usually would during the week. I also like to write little messages on the plates and glasses which Mr Tink also loves.
Unlike during the week whilst trying to eat quickly and feed little people, we take our time and spread the 3 courses out over the night drinking good champagne (who am I kidding? I don’t share! Mr Tink has beer) and talking while listening to the best of the 80’s and 90’s.
Our little date nights at home have become a favourite for us both and something we try to do at least once a month. So would you like to create a date night at home?
- A date (super important and makes for a more talkative night although if you’re solo you don’t have to share dessert or wine)
- Something special to drink (champas is my fave)
- A playlist with all your favourites (80’s/90’s will get you rockin’…. Right said Fred will certainly bring the house down)
- A menu plan (something different that you wouldn’t normally cook)
- Lots of Candles (my faves are Hyams Beach Candles because they smell amazing!)
- Table cloth, wine glasses and crockery and don’t forget your Wine Glass Pen for messages.
And boom your off and running! On that note lovelies I’m about to start planning my Saturday Night in.
Bon appetite x
To celebrate, I am giving you the chance to WIN a pack of 3 Wine Pens for your special in house date night. For a chance to WIN simply share with our judges what would be on your menu for your at home date night? Our judges will pick their favorite answer and announce a winner on the 14th of October at 9pm
Good Luck x
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