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7 essentials for a romantic date night in

Skip the reservations in favor of the perfect date night in.

7 essentials for a romantic date night in

You know the advice for parents given by relationship experts everywhere — don’t neglect the date night!


Unfortunately no matter how much you buy into the philosophy, finding time to get away and reconnect (not to mention track down and secure a babysitter) is sometimes easier said than done. But don’t ditch the romance just yet, mama.

Here are seven essential things you need to plan a perfectly romantic night in.

1. For sips to savor: A Bright Cellars subscription

Who says you need to be a sommelier to plan a wine and cheese night? Skip the snootiness and get a subscription to Bright Cellars, the wine club that sends you custom selections based on a palate profile you create by taking a simple taste quiz. Based on your answers, Bright Cellars sends you personalized wines every month (you can skip a month if your schedules get too jammed). The best part? The selections get more and more personalized with each bottle you taste and review in your profile. Cheers!

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Pro tip: Signing up for a subscription is a great way to keep date night in the books. And you can use our link for 50% off — you’re welcome! ?

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2. For a tasty pairing: The Tasting Board

If you like the wine, you’re going to love Bright Cellars’ sister company, The Tasting Board. Their subscription service sends you four cheeses matched to your taste preferences, which sounds like a match made in heaven almost as good as you and your partner. ?

Pro tip: Be sure to review your cheeses each time you taste for an improved flavor profile with each shipment.

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3. The best glasses to clink: Riedel Veritas Wine Glasses

Widely renowned as some of the best lead-crystal wine glasses ever made, these cabernet glasses from Riedel Veritas feature varietal-specific bowl shapes designed to enhance the flavor of your favorite bold red. And did we mention they’re dishwasher safe? #momwin

Pro tip: Prefer whites? We’ve got you covered, mama.

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4. For proper plating: Thirstystone Cheese Board

No judgment if you want to eat off of paper plates (who does dishes on a date?), but might we suggest a more grown-up serving platter? The Thirstystone Cheese Board is a stylish backdrop for your favorite artisanal cheeses and snacks and features four protective feet to keep the board in place while you nosh.

Pro tip: Can’t tell your gruyère from your gorgonzola? Write on the board with chalk to label each savory bite.

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5. If you’re feeling adventurous: DateBox

Date night is all about reconnecting and energizing the spark that brought you together — which is why DateBox is the perfect way to plan an adventurous evening in. Subscribers received themed boxes packed curated activities, snacks, and prompts to help couples engage and even learn a new skill. (But don’t worry, most of them can still be done from your couch. Kids are tiring, yo.)

Pro tip: Sign up to get a box every month, or have them delivered at three- or six-month intervals.

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6. Or...if you’re not: Netflix

We would never knock Netflix and chill. If you and your partner are just looking for a night of relaxation, pour a few glasses of wine and curl up on the couch to catch up on the TV shows and movies you’ve missed out on (movie theater + babies = not happening).

Pro tip: Feeling extra decadent? Watch it on your tablet in bed. You wild thing, you.

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7. When you’re ready to cuddle: DaDa Bedding Collection Luxury Throw Blanket

Really, is there a wrong time to cuddle on date night? We didn’t think so. This super soft sherpa blanket from DaDa Bedding Collection will add the perfect cozy factor to a movie on the couch, snuggling up with a couple glasses of wine, or whatever your evening holds. (None of our business!)

Pro tip: The blanket is big enough to share, but so soft that you just might want to buy two.

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