We absolutely loved our December Date Night in Box, which had a “Winter Wonderland” theme - just in time for Christmas! Although we ended up having our date night a week after Christmas, it was still fun and let me hold onto all the Christmas vibes just a little bit longer!
In case you’ve missed my previous posts, Night In Boxes is a subscription-based company that curates monthly “night in” experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. They offer both Date Night In boxes and Kids Night In boxes, and there is also a faith-based option you can choose to incorporate into any of the night in boxes. I look forward to receiving these boxes every month and it has really helped me and my husband prioritize time for each other, which we weren’t always the best at doing in the past.
Every Night In Box comes with an optional dinner menu and this month’s menu included parmesan and garlic crostini, pancetta and sweet pea gnocchi (all the carbs for this pregnant mama, please!) and peppermint pudding for dessert. The recipes were provided by Marina Makes and I love that Marina is a fellow blogger. Her recipes are always delicious and creative, and relatively easy to make!
To set the mood, you are also provided with some “Table Talk” suggestions. Scott and I usually pick one to start with and this allows us to focus conversation on something more than the kids. We are often guilty of sitting down to a nice dinner and somehow talk about the kids the WHOLE time - anyone else do this?! It’s an easy thing to talk about because we have our love for the kids in common, but it’s also important to ask each other questions and listen to each other like we did before we had these little munchkins to talk about ! We also turn on the specially curated Spotify playlist provided that fits in with the box’s theme. And I almost always find a new song that I love!
We absolutely loved the activities that were part of this month’s date, which allowed us to get crafty and also have a little fun and be silly. The first activity was creating a sweet treat with the provided ingredients. Scott and I both love being in the kitchen, but we rarely cook or bake together. So it was fun making these adorable Christmas Tree treats - and there was enough left for the kids in the morning!
Once our snack was ready, we sat down together to create string art using the hammer, wood square, embroidery thread, nails and template provided. We had fun working on this together and I really love the finished product that we can add to our collection of Christmas decor. I look forward to pulling it out every year!
Next, we played a Winter Wonderland-themed Headbands game. We each wore a headband holding a card on our head. Each card had a word on it and we had to ask each other questions to try to guess the word we were displaying. There were three rounds of cards to play and the last round was customizable, which was a lot of fun to do as well!
The last activity was to sit down and create a gift for one another by writing a sentimental letter. It was a great way to end the date and allowed us to reflect on and express our thoughts and feelings toward one another, which we don’t do often enough. We decided to keep the letters for later, and will each choose our own moment to gift our letter.
If you are interested in learning more about Night In Boxes, would like to order a box or try a subscription for your family, click here or leave a comment below and I will be in touch with you! We LOVE them, and I think you will too!