Picture this: You and your hubby slowly floating along a river-road in Venice, in a beautiful little gondola while your guide sings authentic Italian songs to you. Later you finish a shared plate of spaghetti Lady-and-the-Tramp style. Sound nice?
But what if you can’t afford that? Theme night! Take a little trip to Italy without ever leaving the house! …Well except for a quick visit to the grocery store. 😉
So what exactly do you need for a theme night? Well actually it’s your call, but I recommend: Food, Music, Entertainment, and a couple little unique decorations or “special touches”. Ready?
So many options! You could do anything here! Pasta is always a great bet, but then of course there are so many other delicious seafood and meat based Italian cuisine choices. And of course you will need some bread!
Quick & Easy: Order from Olive Garden’s To-Go Menu! Or, pick up a frozen lasagna!
Quick & Cheap: Order just sauce and bread sticks from Olive Garden’s To-Go Menu! Yes, they will sell you a bowl of that delicious alfredo. (Or could buy a jar of regular sauce at the grocery store.) Also, bread sticks are cheaper at Fazoli’s if you have one of those (12 for $3 at Fazoli’s vs. I think 4 for $3 at Olive Garden.) Then make your noodles at home, maybe toss in a can of chicken, and you’ve got a delicious fresh Italian meal!
Homemade Dinner: Buy some take-and-bake bread sticks at Walmart, OR grab some Italian bread and slather it with butter and garlic, OR buy a delicious baguette! Cook up a delicious Italian meal, go authentic, create your own recipe, or make a family favourite spaghetti recipe!
All-Out Gourmet: Make your own NOODLES! So much fun and 10x yummier. (More on this in a later post…) You could also try your hand at some homemade bread.
Ready for dessert? Try these delicious recipes:
Okay this is easy, go to your favourite music streaming software or app or website, and literally search “Italian Music”. If you want a quick link, here’s a Pandora playlist: Italian Cooking Music.
- Woot woot! Movie night! How about Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck? Or if you don’t mind that only a small portion of the movie qualifies for our theme, why not try The Princess Bride?
- Alternatively, you could celebrate the arts and draw each other! =D You don’t have to be Picasso to have fun!
- Or, learn to dance the tarantella!
- Dress up like your at a masquerade and pretend you’re going to attend the Carnival of Venice!
4. The Final Touch
Why not dig into that box of Christmas stuff and pull out some white lights to hang over the area you’re eating dinner?
Or, if you want to be a little adventurous, rent, buy, or borrow a little rowboat and take a picnic somewhere. Let your phone play some Italian music and pretend you took that Gondola ride!
Lastly, don’t forget to learn how to say “I love you!” in Italian! Maybe a couple other sweet phrases too!
- Ti voglio bene! (Tee voh-leeoh beh-neh) – I love you!
- Ti amo! (Tee ah-moh!) – I love you!
- Ciao bello/a! (Chee-ah-oh behl-loh/lah) – Hello beautiful!
- Bacio (Bah-choh) – Kiss
- Mi manchi. (Mee mahn-kee) – I miss you.
- (NAME)-ino/a (…eenoh/eenah) – Little (NAME) – a term of endearment, i.e. Zachary = Mio Zacharino – My little Zachary
- Bambino/a (Bahm-been-oh/ah) – Baby
- Tesoro (The-soh-roh) – Darling (literally, treasure)
Well, mio tesoros, I hope that this has given you some ideas of how you can romance your way to a little slice of Italian romance some time soon.
P.S. Do you have any more ideas of how to make your date night a little more Sicilian?
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