Big Guy and I aren’t big on the whole date night thing. It’s not that we don’t enjoy going out and doing things, except with two young kids, his full time job, my part-time job that might as well be full time, and a large family, we often desire to just be home and relaxing. We’re introverts and at the end of the week, we just want to recharge. Having a date is the last thing on either of our minds. In fact, if we could choose the ideal date, it would probably be to send the kids off to stay with the grandparents, and have some peaceful time in our own home. So, when I was asked to write about romance, I had to pause for a minute and think about what romance means to me.
I got to thinking about some ways you can romance your introvert, not just at Valentine’s Day, but all year round. There’s no hard and fast rule, but chances are he or she isn’t going to be as drawn to a flashy date or a night out dancing. That’s not to say we don’t enjoy those things, but there are other things that appeal to quieter personalities, too. I came up with a few simple ideas. If you’ve got kids, you can assume that the first step is either tucking them safely in bed for the night, or sending them off to stay with a relative. Note that these aren’t expensive or time consuming. They’re just about enjoying quality time together.
- Buy him/her a book by his/her favorite author, order in, and institute a quiet evening of reading together on the couch. Make sure dessert is involved.
- Put on some music, dim the lights, burn some candles or light a fire in the fireplace and spend some time slow dancing.
- Order in and sit down with a board game. You know, the old-school kind with no screens or chargers or controllers.
- Conversely, have a video game night. If you are both gamers, go ahead and choose your favorite games. If not, pick something cooperative so you can both have fun. Some of our faves? Boom Blox Bash Party (Wii) or any of the LEGO games.
- Make (and eat) fondue together. Eating fondue forces you to go a bit more slowly, and gives you more time to talk. Plus, it’s yummy and fun.
One of the things I most want in a date night is ease of prep and cleanup. A romantic meal is nice, but being faced with a mound of dishes as you try to relax is not. So, when I was asked to write about romance by Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante Pizza, it actually clicked for me. The frozen pizzas retail for $4.99 to $5.99, so they’re less expensive than sending out, but they’re pretty tasty. I tried the Quattro Formaggi (four cheese) and it had a thin, crispy crust and a good amount of cheese. They’re just the right size for sharing with someone else. The box says that it’s three servings, but I’d say that’s only true if 1) you have a lot of side dishes (which we never do with pizza) or 2) you and your date eat like birds. Two servings is closer to reality, although if you have a hearty-eater, you’ll probably want to supplement with something else or a great dessert.
Dr. Oetker’s Pizza is available in the frozen section of your grocery mostly in states along the East Coast, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, Baltimore, Maryland and New Hampshire. There are six varieties of pizza, so there is something for everyone, and it’s quick and easy to make.
Are you looking to bring a little more romance into your relationship? Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante Pizza is giving away a gift pack that will help you take care of dinner. You can pair it with one of the ideas above for a quiet, but romantic, night in. the gift pack includes a pizza cutter, a freezer bag, a coupon for a free Dr. Oetker’s pizza, and a Slice & Serve Board from Crate and Barrel.
In order to win, head over to Dr. Oetker’s site and let me know (below) which pizza you’d want for your romantic dinner. And if you have a tip for simple romance at home, I’d love to hear it. Don’t forget to add your info to the Rafflecopter Widget!
Disclosure: I received product samples from Dr. Oetker’s to facilitate a review and will receive additional compensation for this post. There was no promise of a positive review and the opinions contained in this post are my own. Giveaways is sponsored by Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante Pizza and the One2One Network.