I love date nights. Seriously, even though we’re old married folks now I still love our regular date night routine. It’s a big part of our relationship that we’ve cultivated over the years. We specifically carve out that time to do things together.
Whether they’re at home date nights. Going out with friends. Or trying new ideas together. I love them all. Date nights MUST happen in every relationship. Because we don’t have kids, and because we both value date nights so much we do at least 2-4 a month. That doesn’t include just the at home cuddles time each night.
If you’re new to the whole idea of a date night, try doing at least 1 a month and work your way up. If you’ve got kids I recommend finding other couples and swap babysitting duties so the cost doesn’t become prohibitive.
Today though, my friends and I decided to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Which for me was especially fun for me to think about. We’re really lucky to live in a very diverse area of Michigan. You might not know it, but we’ve got one of the largest population concentrations of Latinos, but more specifically Mexican-Americans outside of a border state.
So I’m very much aware of both history of Cinco de Mayo, and the fact that it’s a completely Americanized holiday. Much like St. Patrick’s Day is in relation to Irish heritage. But just like I’ll wear green in March and enjoy some Shepherd’s Pie in May I embrace learning more about our neighbor to the South and spice up your date night with some multiculturalism.
Find the Best Mexican Restaurant in Town
Because of our great Hispanic connections in town there are several options for truly authentic Mexican food in town. This makes Meaghan and Dustin very happy. I am not so blessed, because I have very sensitive taste buds and sadly while it smells delicious. Eating most ethnic food is too intense for me. BUT if you’re not such a wimp, finding the best Mexican restaurant in town is a great Cinco de Mayo date night.
DIY Mexican Food
If the closest your town gets to Mexican food is Taco Bell…which is to say not at all close to Mexican food… Stay in and create a great meal together! Make homemade tortillas and tacos. Or, Dustin is especially a fan of these enchiladas. You could have a salsa date night and make the seasons first batch of fresh salsa. Cooking together is a great experience, and can be very romantic.
This one sounds like a lot of fun, I haven’t found any place local yet to do it. But I’m definitely keeping an eye out! If there is a distillery or funky bar in your town that serves great tequila they’ll often have tequila tastings. It’s very similar to getting a flight of craft beers. Find a good DD, or walk to this place and have fun trying the different liquors.
Foreign Movie Night
Because Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican victory over the French I feel like you can embrace both cultures and watch a Mexican movie and French one. Check with your local library, Netflix, or Amazon Prime for some great options. Netflix has a great selection of foreign films that I really enjoy. And movie date nights are always a classic in our house.
Check Out A Local Festival
If you’re lucky enough to have a sizable Hispanic population in your area see if you can find something going no to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and go join in! Learn about a new culture, meet some new friends, and eat some great food.
Here in Holland we have Fiesta which is put on by LAUP (Latinos Americans United for Progress) each year right before Tulip Time. Which just so happens to always fall close to Cinco de Mayo. There is great music, lots of food, dancing, and shows that all make for great dates.
Whether you take a salsa dance class together, or just get out there and get your groove on, dancing makes a great date night. Even if you’re absolutely ridiculous on the dance floor like I am, it’s so much fun to do together. Definitely stick with the theme though try salsa, mambo, merengue, the tango, or another fun energetic Latin dance style.
Hope these ideas have inspired you to spice up your date night for Cinco de Mayo! Even though we’ve completely Americanized the whole holiday it’s still a great opportunity to spend time together and maybe learn a little something about another culture. If you’re looking for some more ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year check out the ideas my amazing friends came up with!
Cinco de Mayo Date Night Ideas, Little Blog on the Homestead
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Cinco de Mayo Cactuses, No Bohn’s About It
A Cinco de Mayo Wedding, An Aiming High Wife
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