Love Monkey is pleased to welcome In The Clotheset to sprinkle some womanly knowledge! Jenina and I have worked well together and think alike because we are simply awesome. Duh.
Its a downright magical time of year, maybe it’s the heat, maybe its that we are all wearing less clothes. Whatever it is romance is in the air and its sweet.
This is the time of year when date nights can become moments that take your breathe away. The season has so much to offer lovers, with carnivals, street fairs and theater in parks all across the country.
The fact that most events are free or almost free of charge also means you can impress without the stress.
So if your looking for some inexpensive ideas for your next date…..I’ve got them! I’m here to help because it’s what I love to do, now go out there and get some summer loving.
Putt Putt is fun fun and a super low-key, laid back kind of date. Perfect for a first date because there’s plenty of distraction and action to help move the conversation along.
It’s also really inexpensive, depending on the course, a game for two can cost as little as $20.00.
A great way to work up an appetite which is an even greater excuse to grab a bite and a beer together when your through! A cuddle and a kiss can’t be more then a putt putt away on such a sweet date like this!
Total Cost w/casual dinner: $50.00
Movie Picnic in the Park
Plays & movies in the park are common in cities and towns across the country, typically free of charge. Just search in your area and find a schedule and movie that you like the best.
It doesn’t matter if the movie is a cheesy ‘B’ sci-fi, an action/adventure or Rom Com because this kind of date is less about the movie and more about the intimacy.
A shared blanket, some wine, some fruit and the twinkle of stars and movie screen makes this one of the most romantic dates on the list.
This is also a super casual date, no dresses, heels or ties needed and when you find the perfect spot you can even kick off your shoes to wriggle your toes in the grass…..the perfect moment for a first kiss!!
Total Cost for a tasty basket: $30.00 (the movie is free & so is the basket if you’ve got a portable cooler at home)
Might I suggest:
Get there early so you can find a great spot and bring a big blanket so you can create lots of space between you and other movie-goers.
Fill your basket with light and refreshing snacks that wont smell or spoil in the summer heat. Things like crisp dry white wine, berries, grapes, hard meats, cheeses & crusty breads work really well for a picnic basket.
Don’t forget dessert….dark chocolate & strawberries are a simple, sweet surprise.
Farmer’s Market Brunch
This is a great date for the busy, working couple, married or living together.
Late nights and hectic work schedules don’t always let us connect on the week nights.
This date makes it so you can wake up together and enjoy a day filled with opportunity…..one never knows where a morning date can lead!
If you’re lucky enough to live in a town or city with a Farmer’s Market nearby then wake up and head on out.
Grab some coffee, your lover & a tote bag to fill with the fruits and veggies you’ll cook and eat together for brunch.
Take time, walk around, see the sights and smell the smells, hand-in-hand.
Before you know it you will be in a perfect mood and ready to eat you’re farmer’s market feast.
Then you can carry the date to the kitchen and cook together….you’ll be able to catch up on everything you missed out on during the week!
Total cost for recipe below: $18.00
Might I Suggest
8 Large Eggs
3/4 Cup Milk
1 Med Onion
1 Small Red Potato
2 Vine Ripened Tomatoes – sliced
1 1/4 Cup Steamed Spinach
fresh cracked pepper & sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 375°. Heat a sauté pan with olive oil
(If you’re pan has a plastic handle wrap it with double-thickness aluminum foil before transferring to oven)
Beat eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in medium bowl. Add onions and potatoes to pan and cook until onions are softened
Reduce heat, add spinach and pour in egg mixture. Arrange tomato slices and small spoonfuls of goat cheese on top. Cook about 2 more minutes on the stove then transfer to oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Get it golden brown and make sure there is no runny egg in the center.
Remove from oven and slide out of pan onto a cutting board. Cut into wedges and serve warm.
A Wine Tasting Event
Search for wineries that might be closest to you, if you don’t live in a wine friendly place then turn into a day trip and take the scenic route.
A wine tasting is a great “getting to know you” type of date, especially if you have to take a drive to get there. This kind of date takes time so bring someone you want to sip and savor as much as the wine.
Total Cost: as much as $50 per person though many places host free promotional events for merely the cost of a bottle