Valentines Day – How to Have a Romantic Dinner Without Ditching the Kids

December 21, 2015 by  
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Valentines Day – How to Have a Romantic Dinner Without Ditching the Kids

Got kids? Many of us do. So, after buying your spouse or significant other some flowers or a gift, the thought of paying for a babysitter and dinner on top of that is enough for some well intended couples to just skip the fun altogether. You don’t have to. Here is how you can still get your romantic dinner without ever leaving your own home:1. Involve your kids. Unless you have babies (which should let you have dinner at some point while they nap or sleep), kids can be a great asset to your experience. Some toddler and school-age children will cherish being a part of making their parents Valentines meal special. Obviously, if you have teens they will want no part of their parents romantic moments and will hide as quickly as possible, but they may find a little joy in helping the younger siblings participate. At the very least, they can keep them occupied during your meal. Your children can be your food server and bring your meal to you, fill your water, present your dessert, or simply show you to your table and disappear.
2. Set up a private dinner area. For a truly private experience without distractions, it is a good idea to create a private dinner area. You can do this in your bedroom, or in the corner of your family room — anywhere you can create some private space. To do this in your family room, move the furniture aside if necessary, and simply attach a sheet or other lightweight material (like a large tablecloth) to the ceiling using duct tape, tacks or push pins. Then, Voila! Your own private dining enclave. Be sure to set the table as if you were dining out, and don’t forget the candles.3. Have a special activity planned for the kids. Keep your kids occupied while you eat by planning a special activity they can do in their rooms, or at least in a room you are not in. A special movie, popcorn in bed, a new coloring book — whatever it is they are into. This way, they have a special Valentines evening, too.
When you have a family, you have to find creative ways to keep your budget in line without skipping out on the pleasures of enjoying romantic dinners. Creating your own experience at home helps saves a few dollars, which you can spend on a treasured gift or flowers, and maybe even some sweet Valentines gifts for your kids.


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