We all have our own ideas about romance---some like it simple and low-key, others like it outlandishly extravagant with all the bells and whistles.
I'd like to think that I'm somewhere in the middle. I do so enjoy the occasional fancy French restaurant outing, bottle of red wine, and an accompanying long-stemmed red rose. On the other hand, my ideal romantic evening tends to be one in which I can dress in cute and comfortable clothes (there is no true comfort in a French restaurant, as far as I've witnessed), laugh loudly, obnoxiously, and uninhibitedly at my husband's jokes, and not have to worry about embarrassing myself by using the dessert fork for my salad.
How horribly gauche...
Dr. D and I have found many local establishments over these past few years that fit the bill for a perfect date night. For me, a perfect date night is a night in which we can share lots of unique and delicious food without breaking the bank (tapas fit the bill nicely), indulge in adult beverages at an environment that is conducive to conversation (no loud club music or belligerent undergrads!), and have the option of doing something fun or competitive to pass the moments in between our brilliantly witty banter. (Yes, we do think rather highly of each others' hilarity... it's one of the most healthy aspects of our marriage.)
Before Dr. D set out for his most recent away rotation, we made it a point to have one of our "ideal" date nights, and I'm happy to say it was exactly that. Good food, plenty of laughs, and some playful competition at the dart board.
I'm also happy to report that the evening went so well that we didn't have to call Elvis for a good time.
What are some of your favorite ways to spend date night?