No matter how many babysitters you have on speed dial, parenthood will likely entail a certain number of Friday and Saturday nights spent at home. And when your littles are in the sweet spot of sleeping through the night AND being tucked into bed by 7 p.m., you’re left with a generous amount of time to have a proper evening. You may not have sold-out concert tickets or sought-after reservations at the newest restaurant in town, but that doesn’t mean surrendering to a tragic evening of your kids’ leftovers and “House Hunters” reruns. You’re awake; your kids are not; make like grown ups and plan a date night in.
It takes so little to make the mundane feel special. Slipping into my favorite monogrammed jammies after a long day feels juuust right. Tossing an opera-length pearl necklace on top of them, well, it’s silly (and invariably makes my husband laugh) but it’s a small gesture that makes wearing pajamas on a Friday night feel decadent instead of depressing.
A no-fuss romantic meal? There’s an app for that! Postmates can bring you takeout from literally anywhere in your major metropolitan area, and while they charge a premium, their fee is still far less expensive than hiring a babysitter. (And let’s be real, it’s kind of awesome to have delivery options other than pizza or crappy Chinese.) Ceviche has been my jam lately, so Priss & Vinegar has been ordering supper from Nopalito on the regular.
Or make your meal even simpler with an indoor picnic (as seen above). Cheese might be my favorite meal any night of the week, but putting it on a pretty platter with a basketful of baguette slices and accoutrements turns a regular old slab of cheese into something Insta-worthy. Add a significant bottle of wine you’ve been cellaring and break out your favorite two-person board game (we enjoy playing backgammon (badly) and dominoes) and you’ve got yourself a perfectly pleasant, television-free evening without exceeding the range of your baby monitor.