How to plan the perfect date night for Valentine’s Day or Any Day

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Whether you’ve been together for a few months or decades, date nights are critical to any relationship. So often we get caught up in our day-to-day lives and we forget to take time for those who mean the most to us. Why not plan something special to rekindle that spark? Here are a few tips for planning a date night to remember:

Plan ahead.

First, make sure your partner is free. Then put it on both of your calendars, like you would with any appointment. Then the planning can really begin. If you’re taking him or her to a nice restaurant, you might want to make reservations. Also, don’t forget about the little things. Be sure you know how to get there, where to park, etc. You don’t want anything to go wrong, after all.

Do something you BOTH want to do.

Pick an activity that matches your interests as individuals and as a couple. For example, if your partner is a huge sports fan, but you aren’t, you might not enjoy the time together at sporting event. Instead, choose something you’ll both appreciate. This can go a long way in relationship building. There are plenty of local resources to find events in and around Fort Wayne. For a list of area event check out Whatz up –  or Visit Fort Wayne.

Dress appropriately.

Are you going to a four-star restaurant? That means no jeans. Or are you going for a hike? Then don’t forget outdoor apparel. If the activity is a surprise, do your partner a favor and let him or her know what to dress for.

Don’t forget the extras.

Most women will be smitten by flowers and chocolate. Such tokens of affection can go a long way.

Be flexible.

Sometimes things go wrong and you have to deviate from your plan. If the date is a surprise then your partner will be none the wiser. Just go with the flow and things will work out.

Don’t break the bank.

Date night doesn’t always mean going out and spending a lot of money.Plan a picnic in your apartment complete with a tablecloth on the floor, a picnic basket, and finger foods. Or, maybe a dinner and movie are more your style. Redbox, Netflix, and Amazon OnDemand are great resources for inexpensive movies.

Whatever you do, a little quality time can go a long way. What are you waiting for? Start planning your date night tonight!

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