Happy hour typically occurs during the week from 5 to 7 p.m. and is an easy (and affordable) way to enjoy a mid-week date. "Happy hour is a great time to have a causal date with your significant other while reaping the financial benefits of great deals, such as cheap appetizers, discounted drinks and food specials," says NYC dating coach and sociologist Yue Xu. "The atmosphere is always lively and flirty and creates a 'new couples' vibe."
Remember how much fun it was to double date? You can still do it -- and make new friends at the same time. Meetup groups are a great way to meet others with interests similar to yours, says Xu. And being with new people in unfamiliar environments will automatically draw you closer to one another. As a couple, you'll feel like a team as you explore your interests with others… and meeting other people will give you a ton of stuff to gossip about afterward.
Send the kids off to Grandma's house and stay home for an adults-only game night. Kourtney Jason, author of The Naughty Bucket List: 369 Sexy Dares To Do Before You Die, encourages couples to play games that help get them in the mood after a long day of work:
Making out in the car is hot stuff… especially now that you have that roomy family van. Drive to a secluded spot where you can cloud-watch, stargaze or watch airplanes take off, says romance author Joanne Rock. Kiss each other, fondle each other… do whatever you think you can get away with.
Take the joy of cooking to the next level and seduce each other with food. La Figa: Visions of Food and Form is a new coffee table book full of seductive recipes and food ideas that will have your partner eating out of your hand (and off your stomach, neck and everywhere else). Award-winning photographer Matt Freedman paired up with Seattle's Sensual Chef Tiberio Simone to prove that "Food is a pleasure. Food is love. Touch is affection. Food and touch are the basic ingredients of life."
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