Date Night November

Can you believe it’s nearly Thanksgiving? We’ve prepped another date night that we hope will help bring you close together this month. Our recommendation? Read through the plan a day or two before your date so you can prep dinner and games with enough time to still have fun together.

Step 1 Prep: Plan for Dinner & Games 
This month you’ll be cooking dinner together. The prep and cooking time is about two hours, so make sure you scroll down ahead of time to see the recipe, go shopping/order in your groceries and plan your date so that it’s a success. Guys: Don’t chicken out here. We’re counting on you to lead in the planning!

Step 2 Prep: What I Like About You 
Before your date, spend some time on your own thinking of the ways you’re thankful for your partner. Grab a sheet of paper and write a list of 10 things, or click the button below to be fancy and download a PDF you can print and fill out. Bring this list with you to dinner.

Need help for getting started? Here’s two bits of advice: .

Your may be able to think up the best compliments, but sometimes it’s hard to put those thigns into actual, verbal words. Try to turn compliments like “you’re really good-looking” into specific statements like “you made that yellow top look really beautiful yesterday” or “I appreciate your kindness when disciplining our kids” rather than just saying “you’re a good parent.” This will require more thoughtfulness and time, but it’s really worth it! 

You may be making these date nights a priority because you’re looking for some positive ways to re-invigorate your relationship. We’ve all been in tough seasons where it feels difficult to express love for our spouse. There’s no one-stop-quote that can fix your heart when it comes to developing deeper gratitude for your significant other; however, we encourage you to start by looking at yourself (the only one you have full control over) and how you perceive your significant other. 

Romans 5:8 says that Jesus went to the extreme and actually died for us while we were actively rebelling against Him. It had to be difficult for Him to not only deal with our offense, but then also make the ultimate sacrifice in order for our relationship with God to be restored. When it’s difficult to be thankful, consider practicing your own (very human) version of what Jesus did for all of us: He put aside His preference and position and lovingly submitted to us for our greater good and the good of the relationship. 

Also, consider checking out these resources that Christ Chapel has for further exploring ways to grow in Christlikeness. Exercising this “relationship muscle” is important, and if you’re in a season where you don’t want to or you’re not used to complimenting your significant other, it’s important to start back at it — even when it doesn’t feel natural or good. 

Date night starts here!

Date Part 1: Set the Mood, Set the Music

Let the fire crackle or the leaves crunch under your boots as these acoustic guitar melodies set the mood for your November romance! Listen to our curated Spotify playlist “Date Nights – November Acoustic.” 

Date Part 2: Cook Something Together

We know you’ll likely be roasting a bird in a couple weeks, so let’s practice a roasting technique that’ll work on the big turkey day … but will be so much less stress. It’s just you and your honey in the kitchen so you can, of course, swap the whole chicken in this recipe for a young turkey, quail or any other bird your culinary minds want to try. 

One Pan Roast Chicken 
Total prep and cook time: approx. 2 hrs.

  • Some paper towels
  • A medium or large roasting pan (or use a 9 x 13 rectangular cake sheet)
  • Kitchen string (or plain twine)
  • 1 (5 to 6 pound) whole chicken
  • Salt (coarse Kosher preferred)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs 
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges (or substitute celery)
  • Optional: make this dish even heartier by adding a couple handfuls of baby new potatoes or small fingerlings
  • Olive oil 
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out and pat the outside dry with a paper towel.
  3. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and the garlic. Coat the outside of the chicken with the oil or butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.
  4. Place the vegetables into your roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top. Roast the chicken for 1-½ hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.
  5. (Move on to the next part of this date while you’re waiting on the oven.)
  6. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Return the vegetables to the oven to crisp up (unless they’re already crispy).
  7. Slice the chicken into big pieces, discarding the bones and carcass. Remove the vegetables from the oven and place chicken pieces on top of the vegetables and serve it altogether in one pan, spooning the juices in the bottom back over the top of the chicken pieces.

This recipe was adapted from Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken recipe. Click that link for an easy how-do demonstration of this basic recipe.

Date Part 3: Pre-Dinner Game Time

While your bird’s cooking, you have about an hour and a half to have some fun together. Here’s what to do:

What you need:  
2 disposable cups 
2 headbands 
Tape or hot glue 
Small ball, such as a ping-pong 

Step 1: Prepare by finding some headbands or sweatbands and taping or gluing a red solo cup to each one. Each player will have their own headband with a cup and a small ball in hand. 

Step 2: Face each other and throw the ball up towards the head of your partner. To make the game challenging, no overhead throws are allowed. Hands must remain within the tummy area, but player attempting to make the catch can move their head to follow the ball. 

Step 3: Each ball you catch with a cup is rewarded with a celebratory kiss! 

What you need:  
1 to 2 disposable cups 
Removable tape, such as painter’s or masking tape 
Optional: 2 straws, or snorkeling masks 

Prepare a smooth long table or surface. Draw or tape a line onto each end of the table. Each player may use their own straw. 

Round 1: Place two cups upside down on the same line and in front of each player. You must blow your own cup over the opposite line using the straw. You may choose to sabotage your partner by blowing their cup off the side of the table, but be warned … they may retaliate! Loser loads the dishwasher.

Round 2: Place one cup upside down opposite the finish line. Players must physically put their heads together (side by side) and blow as a team to move the cup towards the finish line.

Round 3: Place one cup upside down in the middle of the table. The players must stand on opposite sides and see if they can blow the cup off the other side of the table. Winner decides on dessert!

Dinner’s ready! Now it’s time for some intentional conversation.

Here’s a few things to talk about while eating dinner:

  1. Pull out that piece of paper with the 10 things you are thankful for about your partner. Use your dinner time to share those things with each other. Make sure you say thank you to one another for the effort and thoughtfulness put into these lists.
  2. Question: If we had an extra $2,000 given to us, what would you want to do with it?
  3. Now double that amount. If we had $4,000, would that change your answer? What else might you choose to do?

Post-Dinner

Intentional

Prayer

Husbands, you take the lead here. End the evening praying out loud with each other. Here’s an optional guide to help you get started:

  • Share areas of weakness you would like to grow in.
  • Share things you are thankful for in life, beyond what you just shared in your list.
  • Share challenges that are before you.
  • Hold hands and begin talking out loud to God about the things your partner just shared with you. Ask God to strengthen them in the areas where they feel weak. Praise God for the things they are thankful for. Ask for God’s help in the challenges before them. Take turns praying these things for each other.
  • Close in prayer over your relationship. The enemy (Satan) doesn’t want God to get glory from your relationship, so he will most likely try to spoil your efforts to pray together as a couple. You need God’s blessing and help to commit to spending this special time together during date nights, so ask for His protection and help as you commit to praying intentionally together. 

How was your prayer time? Be honest with each other about how you felt it went. It’s not going to feel natural if you aren’t used to doing it — and that’s ok! We’re going to help you get better about praying together as a couple this year during our date night series, so keep at it! 

Is there anything you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you and be there for you as you continue to grow your marriage. Here’s a link to an anonymous survey so we can understand what needs you might have, what challenges you’re facing and how we can help.

Give the gift of re|engage this Christmas. 2020 has brought challenges for all of us — if you’d like to spend the first part of 2021 focusing on your relationship, join us at re|engage in January.

To learn more and sign up for re|engage, email Ryan at RyanM@christchapelbc.org.

As part of our Family Focused ministry vision, we’ll be continuing these dates once a month! Go ahead and save Friday, Dec. 11 as your next CCBC Date Night. We’ll send you updates as the date gets closer, but you can also always check our events page and Instagram for more info.

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