When you read the title of this post, did you think, “National Spouses Day? Is that even a thing or is Lynn just making up holidays now?”
Nope, my friend, I’m not making this up. National Spouses Day is a real thing and this year it’s on Sunday, January 26, in just 2 weeks! It may seem as if this has nothing to do with home decor, party planning, or DIY projects, but it does, more than you realize.
E and I have a Couples Game Night Party on Martin Luther King Weekend. This is our way of bringing close friends whom we consider as a family together to enjoy themselves, together. No children are allowed so that the couples can do that. Just be couples.
We hope with this event, it will spark our friends to set aside a day each week as we do to spend some time together reconnecting and even if they can’t manage once each week, at a minimum, once each month.
You may or may not know, but creating a home that’s full of warmth, love, and laughter. If there is stress and tension in your marriage, if you and your spouse aren’t speaking, if you and your spouse aren’t talking, the list goes on and on, I can promise you from experience, you aren’t fostering a house full of warmth, love, and laughter.
Celebrating and enjoying Spouse’s Day and help you do just that! So today, I’m sharing with you 10 things you can do for your spouse on this special day. Remember, it’s not how big the gesture or the gift, it’s the thoughtfulness, love, and care you put into honoring your spouse.
Cook his favorite dinner
This may seem like a small gesture, but cooking his favorite dinner will go a long way. If you aren’t sure what it is, drop some hints so that you can find out and plan accordingly. Add a tablecloth to the dining table, or even better, if you live somewhere with warm weather, grab a table and tablecloth and set the table outside!
Turn the bathroom into a spa
Who doesn’t like a nice, relaxing day? Turning your bathroom into a spa is a great way to relax and to spend some time together and just kick your feet up. Decorate the bathroom with flowers and candles and turn on Pandora with some jazz or classical music and just soak in the tub. The grab some massage oil and give him a great massage. What happens next, is up to you!
Have a nice quiet evening on the porch with wine and snacks and soft jazz music.
Just as with the dinner, an evening on the porch with wine, snack, and jazz. Grab a string of white lights to add some nice lighting and ambiance and enjoy laughing, talking, and connecting!
A few snack ideas are
- A charcuterie board
- A nice wine
- Crab-stuffed mushroom
- Mozzarella and Tomato Crostinis
- Bite-sized filet mignon
- Spinach dip
- Crab dip
Have a personal chef come into your home and cook
As you can see, dinner is big for me. There is something about dinner and having a magical time. Find a chef who can come to your home to cook dinner so that you and your spouse can enjoy each other.
Go on a quick getaway trip
If feasible, plan a trip and surprise your spouse with a quick weekend getaway. You don’t have to go far from home. Let me tell ya, just telling your husband, “Hey, back a bag.” will work wonders. Even if all you can manage is a staycation for one night at one of the nicer hotels in your area, it will be much appreciated and well-received.
Buy that one item he refused to buy himself
E and I window shop all of the time. In doing so, we each will see things, but don’t buy the item. This is the perfect time to get that item he didn’t buy for himself that day you all were out and about. Talk about a surprise!
Do his chores for him
I HATE vacuuming and doing laundry. HATE it. Luckily for me, E agreed to take on those chores, but it’s not his favorite thing to do either. What is your spouse’s chore around the house that he doesn’t like to do, but someone has to do it? Do that chore for him the week of Spouse’s Day and give him a break.
Buy a gift card to his favorite store/restaurant
E has a lot of stores where he likes to shop. The times where I am stuck and lost on a gift to give him, I go to one of his favorite stores and get him a gift card. I am a gift card giver, y’all. Some people see this as lazy gift-giving, but I see it as letting the person get exactly what is wanted.
Be his chauffeur for the day
I stole this idea from E. A couple of years ago for my birthday, he drove me around to wherever I wanted to go to eat and go shopping. The only thing I had to do was to ride in the back seat and let him be my chauffeur. Can I tell you how fun that was? A lot! Be your husband’s chauffeur for the day.
Create a coupon book for later use
Create a coupon book for later use. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It doesn’t have to be printed. It doesn’t have to have a lot of coupons. You don’t have to be creative. You just have to do it. Remember, it’s the thought. Remember it’s the effort. It’s the love that goes into it. It’s the thought. Your coupon book can be as simple as a few pages with the coupon written out by hand. Here are some ideas for your coupons.
You can use this template for your coupons.
This coupon entitles you to ………
- A massage for ____ minutes
- Your favorite meal
- Be free from the one chore you hate. I will do it for you.
- Have an iron-free day. I will iron one outfit for you.
- See me in your favorite lingerie outfit that I have.
- Have me watch a (his favorite sport) with you without complaining and sighing.
- A bath. I will give you a bath.
As you can see for spouse’s day, you don’t have to do this big grandiose idea. Remember that the idea and the thought goes a long way.