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Even when you have the best intentions for spending meaningful, quality time with your spouse, let’s be honest: after a long day of work, it can be all too easy/tempting to crash on the couch and scroll through Instagram or turn on the TV. While neither of those things is bad from time to time, they don’t quite do your relationship any favors. In the Marriage Planning section of the Southern Weddings Planner, we included a box to brainstorm tech-free weeknight activities for y’all to do together, but in case you’re stumped, here are a few ideas to get you started–and best of all, they’re all are just as, or close to, as easy as a Netflix marathon!

What ideas would you add to this list? We’d love to hear!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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Like last week’s Cozy Fall printable (State Fair BINGO! Have you printed yours?), this week’s is designed to help you plan a fun and easy date night — or maybe more than one! In fact, we can see this challenge being a year-long endeavor. The goal? Try every Southern delicacy on the list of favorites our team compiled. Many of y’all (especially those born and bred beneath the Mason-Dixon!) will be able to check off several at the start, but we’re guessing that few of y’all will have tried every single one. (And even if you have, maybe your boyfriend/fiance/husband has not!)

Download your printable here.

Once you’ve gone through the list and figured out where you stand, decide together which foods are at the top of your list to try. Whether you scout out the best local version or try your hand at making it yourself, we guarantee there’s a cozy fall date night waiting to happen!

Happy eating, y’all!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Kentucky hot brown…you’re next!!

  2. avatar Carly reply

    the items on this list are the reason I love the South.

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If you’re looking for weekend date night inspiration that is inexpensive, fun, and memorable, then you’re in luck, because today’s Southern Newlywed couple is dishing up just that! Brandee and Rhett’s favorite way to reconnect is to simply lug their handmade coffee table (don’t miss the story behind it below!) out to their backyard and set up a picnic with whatever was already on their dinner menu. It’s an idea that couldn’t be easier to do on short notice, and I know we’re all excited to recreate this sweet evening with our own beaus–extra points for eating off of wedding china or following dinner with a fancy dessert!

Thank you so much to Carolynn Seibert for these sweet images!

By day: Brandee is an artist and Rhett is a realtor.
Where they live: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

How they met: Rhett and I met when I was a senior in high school and he was a junior is college. I didn’t think much of it until a mutual friend of ours told us separately that we needed to get to know each other, because she thought we would be a great fit. She even said that she could see us getting married! I thought she was crazy at first, but Rhett and I started hanging out, became friends, started dating, and three years later, we became husband and wife!

Their wedding: We were married on Rhett’s parents’ property in Covington, Louisiana on March 23, 2013, and it was the most dreamy day. They have huge fields and a massive red wooden barn, so we had the ceremony in the front field and the reception in the barn and back fields. Most people say rain on your wedding day is awful, but I would have to disagree. It rained on our wedding day, and it was still the most beautiful outdoor wedding in history, or at least, that’s what Rhett and I think! We had all of our closest family and friends there, and the day was filled with love, laughter, dancing, and tons of good food. The menu included fried chicken, a mashed potato bar, biscuits and gravy, cornbread, pies, and cobblers. It was a big, Southern, vintage barn wedding, and it was the best day of our lives!

Brandee and Rhett’s top five favorite date ideas:

1. Picnic in our backyard: Rhett and I love to set up a picnic area in our backyard and have dinner and dessert. His dad made us a beautiful coffee table out of the wood from our wedding backdrop, so I bring that table out to the backyard and fill it with food and flowers. We sometimes even do this for breakfast! It’s the perfect date, and we love that we can just step outside our house for it. On a newlywed budget, it’s nice to not have to drive somewhere and pay a lot of money at a restaurant.
2. Coffee date: Magpie Café is a precious coffee shop in our town that serves handmade pastries and food. They use all local ingredients and they have the best coffee in town.
3. Barnes and Noble: Sometimes, Rhett and I like to grab Starbucks and go sit in a Barnes and Noble to read the iSpy and Where’s Waldo books. You can read the books in the store, and all you pay for is coffee!
4. Local cuisine. Bistro Byrons is a local restaurant that serves authentic Louisiana food. Rhett and I love to go there for a more fancy date night.
5. Takeout in the park: We love getting Cane’s and bringing it to the park to eat, and then getting snowballs for dessert!

A little reminder: we’d love to hear from you! Our hope is to feature REAL couples in the South – your inspiring friend, super talented cousin, or neighbor with the cutest house – the kind of person everyone would love to “e-meet.” If that sounds like you or someone you know, take a peek at our Southern Newlywed submission page and shoot us an email!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Ashton Dreyer reply

    That coffee table is beautiful and the outdoor picnic idea is charming. What a great way to slow down and enjoy!

  2. avatar Laura reply

    I love these ideas! My husband and I like to look at the I Spy books at Barnes and Noble too :)

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