Bertolli Prize Package Date Night Giveaway

The kids, my husband and I decided to spend the Easter weekend doing the vacation thing in our own home town. We booked a hotel down on The Plaza and decided that we would spend the weekend being Kansas City tourists. Our “staycation” was meant to rejuvenate us, get us away from home for the weekend, and provide a memorable experience.

We had a wonderful time, but as the weekend progressed, it became more and more clear to me that what we really needed… my husband and I… was the same type of experience but without the kids. 6 of us scrunched into two beds… long, leisurely lunches trying to talk over the 3 year old chatter box and the 10 month old food thrower just wasn’t quite the rejuvenation our marriage needed. We needed to get away… or at the very least, we needed a date night.

Date nights have always presented a challenge for us because for 1…we have four kids and when you justify the cost of a babysitter versus the cost of going out, it just never seems to be worth it. Secondly, we are extremely busy so simply finding the time and energy to go out seems difficult.

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine and she mentioned that her and her husband have an at home date night once a week. They feed the kids and put them to bed early and then have a special dinner just the two of them. It solves the babysitter dilemma and the time dilemma. It sounded like a great solution for what Nick and I needed.

Bertolli just happened to come to the rescue to make our date night a cinch. Armed with 2 coupons from Bertolli for free Bertolli Frozen Pasta meals, my husband went to the store and grabbed their Shrimp Scampi and Linguine meal and their Roasted Chicken Cannelloni. Within a very short time, dinner was on the table and my husband and I could focus on catching up with each other… not cooking, not cleaning up after an extravagant cooking session… just talking and eating. It was a great night.

In addition to the two coupons for free meals, Bertolli also helped set the scene by providing a stainless steel wine aerator and wine pairing guide, an Andrea Bocelli CD of greatest hits, 2 Crate & Barrel dinner bowls, 1 large Crate & Barrel serving bowl, a candle from Crate & Barrel and sage napkins with silver napkin rings. Our evening was complete, thanks to the wonderful folks at Bertolli.

Are you in need of a date night? Do you want to be swept away, in your own home, to a true Italian experience? Do you need some spark back in your love life and just a little push in the right direction? Do you want to have just a small time investment so you can spend your evening gazing lovingly into your sweetheart’s eyes? (Ok – I went a little overboard with the cheese there… I know…) Bertolli is giving one of my readers the chance to enjoy an at home date night, just like Nick and I had. Simply leave a comment on this post that includes what an ideal date night would look like for you! 1 winner will be drawn to receive a complete Bertolli prize package, including coupons for 2 frozen Bertolli meals and all of the things to set the scene mentioned above (minus the loving husband… he’s mine!). The winner will be drawn by the Random Number Generator next Friday, April 16th. All entries must be turned in by 5pm on the 16th CST to be considered for the drawing.

Unfortunately, because of the large weight of this prize package, Bertolli is only able to ship to entrants within the United States.

Once again, the prize package includes:

·         Coupons for free Bertolli Frozen Meals for two that will transport you to Italy in just 10 minutes
·         Stainless steel wine aerator and Bertolli wine pairing guide
·         Verona Pasta Serving Bowl, two matching individual bowls, contemporary red wine glasses and cloth napkins from CB2
·         An orange luminary candle and two contemporary brushed silver napkin rings from Crate and Barrel
·         The Best of Andrea Bocelli CD

Thanks for entering and good luck!

For more Italian inspiration, make sure to check out Episode #2 of Into the Heart of Italy: The Secrets of the Fungaioli. I have loved watching this series unfold… I hope you will too!

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  1. Woman&Warrior says

    So glad to hear about your rejuvenating evening! Hope to win and have a delectable night staring into some soft brown eyes. Sigh…a girl can hope. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Jennifer says

    My dream date would be just to have a date! Let’s be honest–how often do you get a date when you have two small kids at home. I do love a good home-cooked meal every night, so a break from cooking would be nice.

  3. Stacy R says

    Dream Date…having dinner with some really great friends from Arizona and KC? Dare to dream..on a cruise ship maybe or vacation spot? Alas, I will look at photos instead. Reality…dinner without trying to feed the twins and forcing the 4-year-old to eat!

  4. says

    oh goodness. date night would be some wine, some quiet music and my sweetie. if we were by the water or dining al fresco, all the better :)

  5. Caroline H. says

    Since we just bought our first house, part of our kitchen is still packed in boxes. So recent dinners have been hectic. Perfect date night for us would be going out to a restaurant (no clean up!), then coming home to cuddle on the couch and watch a movie.

  6. says

    Sounds like a wonderful evening! To solve the expense of a frequent babysitter, we used to trade date nights with friends. With a group of four friends, we each took a turn watching all the kids in our house, so one night a month, we get everyone’s kids, but the other three date nights, we were kid-free. Just another way to go! As for a perfect date night … sign me up for cooking a meal together and enjoying an impromptu picnic in the backyard underneath the stars with a bottle of wine and good company. Only those with a wicked sense of humor and strong sense of family and self need apply.
    .-= Cate O’Malley´s last blog ..Tomato and Salami Salad =-.

  7. Sara says

    Ideal date night…it’s really quite simple. Alone. With my honey. No one else. For several nights. That is all.

  8. Kacey says

    My perfect date night would mean that the kids were gone, and my husband fixes one of his specialties and while he is doing that we actually have quality conversations without interruption. We also would enjoy some glasses of wine.
    After dinner, we would watch a movie – a chick flick and he would like it!

  9. Patricia says

    Our son is grown and gone, so every night is date night. There is no one I would rather be with than my husband, even after 38 years!

  10. Heidi says

    An ideal date night for me would be a nice dinner I didn’t have to cook or clean up after and then a nice long walk along the beach with the hubby.

  11. Sharon Fox says

    A date night would be any time I could have the WHOLE day to do nothing but relax and think about how wonderful an actual date night would be!!

  12. Carrie says

    Our ideal date night would be one where we didn’t have to worry about $$ or family – where it was truly just us!

  13. Stephanie Grant says

    My ideal date night would be a night where we send our son to his grandparents and just spend the evening watching movies and cuddling on the couch with out the ruckus of a 2yr old! Maybe a nice homecooked meal with some candle light :)


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