Campfire Date Night At Home [Printable Included]

Photo Credit: All's Fair in Love & Writing / Sandy Lo & Steven Clubb.

Cozy up in your backyard, balcony, or even indoors with a romantic campfire date night that’s perfect for almost any time of the year!

There is nothing more romantic than snuggling by a fire with your significant other. But not everyone has a fireplace or backyard for a big fire pit. We certainly don’t! Steven and I have an electric fireplace in our living room, but we definitely can’t roast marshmallows in it and our condo just doesn’t have the same effect I was looking for when I was thinking about a campfire date night.

As a born New Yorker, I have never been camping and never had a backyard equipped to have a fire pit. I’ve always dreamed about being closer to nature and going on a fun camping trip, with some modern conveniences of course… after all, I’m still a born city girl no matter how many times I’ve lived in the south. I’m not entirely sure how much I could rough it!

Now that I live in Florida, while I still don’t have a backyard, our condo does have a balcony that overlooks a lake. We decided to purchase a small tabletop firepit (only $30 on Amazon) and supplies for s’mores. But of course, we wanted more to our date than just stuffing our faces with gooey marshmallow deliciousness. So, I found a fireside chat card game and I finally decided to put the gigantic $8 book of ghost stories I got from Barnes & Nobles a couple of years ago to good use.

The idea was to stay outside in the night air for as long as possible in February! Granted, we live in Jacksonville so our wintry night could have been a lot colder, but it was still pretty chilly.

It was wonderful to snuggle up under some blankets and ask each other thought-provoking questions from the card game while sipping on warming old-fashioneds and feeling the heat of the flames in front of us.

For our s’mores, we decided to mix things up and instead of using just Hershey’s chocolate, we also made some with Reese’s peanut butter cups and Ferrero Rocher hazelnut chocolate bars.

After the s’mores and question game, we each picked a ghost story from the book and read them to each other. I’m sad to say that both ghost stories were a huge letdown. For short stories, the writing was overly detailed, not scary, and super hard to follow. Next time, I might stick to something more childlike. You can never go wrong with “Goosebumps” or “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark”, right?

Other than the crappy stories, the date night was cozy and romantic even if we got too cold by the end of it! A slightly warmer night would have been ideal, but I won’t complain since Steven and I both love the change of seasons. With both of us being northerners, we tend to miss fall and winter and love when we get a taste of it here!

If you have a backyard, you could totally set up a tent with pillows and a blanket and kick your camping night up a few notches!

And if you don’t have a backyard or a balcony, you could transform your living room into an indoor camping space. Our tabletop fire pit works inside too! You could set up a tent or blanket fort indoors and maybe use some kind of light projector to make you feel like you’re under the stars.

I was originally planning to make chili for dinner, but we wound up doing this date somewhat last minute so I whipped up salmon burgers over rice and veggies. Not exactly campy, but it was delicious!

Campfire Date Night Printable! 💙🔥💜

Even if you don’t have time to have this date on February 14th, you can do what we did and have it earlier in the month or later in the month. Or whenever! While heart-shaped everything is easier to find in February, don’t let that deter you from recreating this date idea any day of the year! A really great budget-friendly idea is to go to the stores right after V-Day and pick up supplies! Candy should be discounted and maybe even some of the craft kits will be as well.

Right-click and save. Print out and use as a guide or itinerary for your refrigerator!

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Author

  • Sandy Lo

    Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.