5 Steps to the Perfect Date Night / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


5 Steps to the Perfect Date Night

This post is sponsored by Grocery Outlet, but the content & opinions expressed here are my own.

Never underestimate the power of a date. Fred & I hop all over the place at any given time, so we rely on dates to have that one-on-one time. It allows us to spend some quality time together to cook, chat, laugh, sip on some wine, & just be together. If you're looking for an affordable date idea, take a look at how Fred & I spent our Saturday.

1. Pick a Day

The first step to a successful date is to pick a day that works for the both of you. No business, no other friends, no distractions. Dedicate this time to each other. Pick a day, schedule it in your calendar, & make time for the date.

2. Plan Your Meal

We grabbed everything needed for our date at Grocery Outlet. We visit the store at least once a week, scouring everything aisle by aisle. No joke. Grocery Outlet is one of my favorite grocery stores because I can save money & still eat healthy. Their NOSH section (stands for Natural, Organic, Specialty, Healthy) has so many great options like honey roasted chickpeas, mushroom pasta, & organic, fair trade chocolate!

3. Pick Your Wine 

Fred & I normally lean toward beer, but when it comes to date night we always opt for wine. It simply sets the mood. Thanks to the grocery bargains at Grocery Outlet, we bought wine to last for at least a couple date nights. Pull Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles, Indigo Eyes Cab, & Villa Marchesi Prosecco cost $21. Last time we went out for date night our wine cost $7 per glass per person. We only had one bottle of wine for our date, which cost $5.99. Score!

4. Time to Cook

Honestly, half the fun of date night is the meal preparation & cooking. We put the mushroom pasta on to boil. Fred handled the asparagus while I cooked the vegetarian-friendly steak. We talked about our Paris to do lists. We strategized about what movie to watch later in the evening. We compared cooking methods. Date night allows us to catch up, laugh, put on a podcast, & bond over food.

5. Enjoy Each Other's Company

We basked in the sun as we sipped our wine, grateful for spring's longer days. The birds chirped happily as we chomped on our delicious food. I loved the subtle mushroom flavor in the pasta. Paris is just a matter of weeks away, so we really appreciate discount grocery options like Grocery Outlet to help us save money but not skimp on quality. We had the perfect date, but as always it took half an hour to pick what movie to watch!

What's your ideal date night? Check out your local Grocery Outlet ad for $3 off! :]

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Grocery Outlet. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure. :]


  1. I agree, date nights are so important, especially for couples who've been together for so long. It's easy to take the little things for granted. We're pretty low key and yes, we enjoy the time we spend prepping in the kitchen too! (Though the clean-up, not so much lol!)

  2. Love these simple and oh-so-important date night tips. Looks like you two know how to have a successful date night :)


    Lee Anne


  3. This sounds absolutely lovely and perfect. You're reminding me that I need to put something on the schedule with my husband. You know that "nosh" also means food in yiddish? My grandmother used to always say that.

  4. Awe how sweet! I agree its so important to proactively plan for special date nights together. I am overdue myself :) Thank you for the reminder!

  5. This is great! I'm still on the hunt for my ideal wine though, hopefully going wine-tasting will help?

  6. This is just perfect! I love this so much; My boyfriend Danny would love something mellow like this!

  7. IG:SuetanyamchorghMarch 28, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Aww. Indeed it is important to make time for each other. Hope the wine was tasty.

  8. Date nights are something i should definitely work on, and this are really nice tips how to make it good and enjoy xox


  9. This is so great!! My husband is a chef so we work totally opposite hours. Sunday night is date night tho and we also try to make the time to do a meal just like this :)

  10. The perfect date night indeed! Love this!

  11. Aww love this post! Sounds like the perfect date night.


  12. Kimberly @ Berly's KitchenMarch 29, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Date nights are the best! Love these tips. They would definitely help to plan things out.

  13. yummm ! I love spaghetti squash ! I'm always looking for new easy, vegan meals.. this may be my new go-to :)

  14. I love date night! Such great tips, thanks for sharing!


  15. So lovely. I wish we had Grocery Outlet here so I can save money on healthy eating too haha Your post has definitely made me decide date nights are a REGULAR thing now haha Thanks for sharing yours!


  16. It really is - everything you said is so true. Hate the kitchen cleanup though. :]

  17. We did! It's nice to dedicated afternoon together& just enjoy each others company. :]

  18. Thank you for the Yiddish lesson. I somewhat knew that but not 100%. :]

  19. You're very welcome! Did you do the date yet? :]

  20. The Indigo Eyes wine was quite nice - my boyfriend often gets acid reflux with red wine but this didn't do that. :]

  21. Grab some wine & enjoy date night with Danny. :]

  22. Yeah, we've found that the more casual, the better. We're more likely to enjoy it. :]

  23. I have a friend who is exactly the same! Her husband is a chef & I think they only have Sundays together as well!! It doesn't have to be every week but maybe once a month. Date night like this is a great idea. :]

  24. Grocery Outlet is my favorite - no joke! And date night is definitely a necessity, especially if you been together a long time. :]


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