From apps to drinks, dinner for two can set you back big bucks. That’s why most couples are opting to save cash and spend some date nights in. But if you’re bored with board games or the typical take-out and a movie combo, there are plenty of ways to make a special occasion out of just hanging out at home.
Go South of the Border
It's simple to create a Mexican fiesta in your living room. My husband and I are big fans of this "theme" night. Whip up homemade guacamole, margaritas and a taco bar with all of your favorite fixins. Invite your amigos over and have them bring food or drinks for a great low-cost evening in.
Nothing pairs better with Merlot than Mario Kart. So, get your game face on and challenge your sweetie to a little friendly virtual competition instead of just zoning out in front of the TV.
Night at the "Winery"
Clearly, vino is often a key component to a successful date night in. Swing by Trader Joe's (they have a fabulous selection of budget-friendly bottles) or your local liquor store and pick up a few varieties of wine. Have your own wine tasting at home with your man, or invite some friends over to partake in the drinking festivities. If they each bring a bottle, you'll have quite a spread to sample. Discuss the wines you like best and find some new faves to keep in the wine rack. Good bread and several hunks of cheese are a must. Tip: If you're not a wine drinker, try beer, cheese or chocolate … anything goes!
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