Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Date Night to plan and a giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is commenter No. 3 , Springbird. The winner has been contacted.Thanks to everybody who participated !
It would be fair to say that since the birth of my son about 4 years ago,
TH and I have had very few opportunities to have some alone time. 
Add to the fact that we come from a culture where dating was traditionally not prevalent and that we do not have family here to babysit our child - that makes planning for a date night even more difficult.But both of us agree that it is imperative to be able to spend time together, without any distractions, such as TV or attention hogging kids (no matter how well behaved your kids are , if they are 4 years old,they will definitely want to be the center of attention ! ) So to that end, we have been making efforts to free up time such that we can at least sit together and spend time,either watching a movie together or discussing favorite topics or even planning for the immediate future. We either let P watch his favorite show for 30 minutes, or made sure that he was engaged in an activity that would keep him engrossed for at least half an hour. We still couldn't go out together, since we both work and we haven't really found any babysitter that I would want to leave my child with.

When MyBlogSpark sent me a kit that would make Date Night In easier , I was excited..I made simple plans to send P to bed earlier and cook a meal using the Wanchai Ferry and Macaroni Grill kits that came with the prize pack. I was going to use the 30$ visa card that came with the kit to purchase some nice place mats and candles to make a romantic table setting. (So what if we couldn't go out by ourselves to a nice restaurant..) The dinner kits looked easy to prepare ...the instructions are easy to follow and you need to add just a few everyday ingredients to make a complete meal for two. Although the kits are intended to be made with meat, it would be easy to substitute vegetarian/vegan options like tofu or seitan or tempeh.

Well, all planning aside, hectic work schedules, pregnancy and an active preschooler made it difficult to bring this about.But I haven't given up my attempts to make this happen.We have found a babysitter with whom we are all comfortable. Its now a matter of carving out the time so that I can cook and set the table and have a nice relaxed meal with TH !
I will update this post once I do get to have that date night !!

MyBlogSpark ,Wanchai Ferry and Macaroni Grill want to give one of my readers a prize pack of their own, containing two dry dinner kits and a $25 visa card. All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment saying how you would plan for a date night with your significant other.
The giveaway ends on 01/07/2011 at 11.59 pm.  I will use a random generator to pick the winner.
Please note that the giveaway is open to US residents only.
Also, do enter your email address when you leave a comment. Otherwise I am left with no way to contact you in case you win !

(Disclaimer: The products, prize pack and the information was given to me from Wanchai Ferry and Macaroni Grill through MyBlogSpark.The opinions and post content are all my own ! )


  1. We would have a date night at home, with some take-out food brought home and, a movie, and a nice dessert.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  2. Since our children are older, I basically would ask him for a date, and then plan to have dinner out, and a movie. I think that's the best - there are always movies we want to see and dinner out, that's always a treat too.

  3. Oh Chhaya! Why didnt u mention abt ur date night to me....u r welcome to leave P at our house any day u plan to have one.

    I would love to enter to the contest u have here. Date night for us would be the similar to urs...to just have some nice home made dinner and watching a movie together once the kid falls asleep.

  4. I'd get a good movie, some desserts and sushi to make a fun date night at home.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  5. I would turn off the phone, turn off the TV and turn on some music

  6. We would have a campfire in the back yard after the kids went to bed. avennett AT verizon DOT net

  7. A movie with apple pie and ice cream.

    tahearn at roadrunner dot com

  8. Dinner and a movie at homed curled up on the couch with my Hubby is the perfect date night!


  9. A night AT HOME alone would be great :) We're always with the kids when we're home, and have been for nearly 10 years now, so it would be great to enjoy our own setting in quiet!!

  10. i would get my sister to babysit the kids and i would make a surprise romantic dinner for hubby :)

    marci h
    tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com


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