Resources for negotiating date night

Whether you read research articles or cosmopolitan magazine, you will be familiar with the importance of spending time with your partner. Whether your relationship is new or established, flourishing or estranged, finding creative strategies to spend time together can be a challenge. Here are a few resources that can help you get inspired to engage in a regular date night ritual.

Dating divas

This American website provides free monthly printable calendars full of ideas to keep the spark in your relationship. They have many ideas (and free printables) for romantic, indoor, outdoor, and group dates. Go check it out!

Date Nights SA

This local website provides ideas from all over SA including getaways. From dates where you can take your furry friend, to Cape Town outings under R200, these articles are sure to provide you with ideas you didn’t know exist.

Dating ideas in Cape Town

These two websites provide you with a myriad of Cape Town specific date night ideas.

http://www.capetownmagazine.com/date-ideas

http://datenights.co.za/the-best-dating-ideas-in-cape-town/

Date factory 

The dilemma with all of the above is that it still requires a little bit of planning. This South African enterprise provides you with a pre-planned date in a box.  For this paid service, you can expect a themed date, and something to eat and drink (excluding perishables). They ship anywhere in South Africa for free.

Although these services minimise many of the stressors related to date night, you may still find yourself experiencing date night “tension.” Try to take turns arranging date nights. Remember, it doesn’t have to be expensive and doesn’t have to be elaborate every single time. Include date nights in your budget to give you freedom to spoil yourself with something spectacular occasionally (without feeling guilty) or have money to pay for a baby sitter.

Date night is not a luxury, it is essential to continue to nurture your relationship.