25 Great Ideas for a Date Night In

Having a great date night with your significant other doesn’t have to mean a night out on the town. Here are 25 great ideas to have a great time right at home by adding a little creativity to make things special.

  1. Grab the laptop and plan out a fantasy vacation. Money is no object, so explore where you would stay, what you would eat, tours you would take, what you would wear, and souvenirs you would bring home. It’s almost as fun as the real thing, and much more affordable!
  2. Give each other a “Chopped” challenge by putting a handful of random ingredients in a shopping bag and exchange them. One of you creates dinner with your ingredients and the other creates a dessert.
  3. Recreate your first date, but at home. Cook the same meal you first ate together, find that old movie to watch together, or set up a bowling lane in your hallway. Whatever it was, rekindle those first flames with a creative repeat.
  4. Read to each other from a favorite book or a sexy novel.
  5. No need to embarrass yourself in front of a class. Learn to dance together by finding instructional videos online and then trying them out together.
  6. You like Chinese food, but he prefers pizza. So why not do a little of both? Order your favorite take out from different places and enjoy your own food festival.
  7. Get in your pajamas and make breakfast for dinner and eat by candlelight. Try one of our favorite breakfast menus for inspiration.
  8. Learn some birding basics and go birdwatching in your backyard. You’ll discover a whole new world right outside your door.
  9. Build a fire in the fireplace and spread out a soft blanket with some pillows. Add a cheese plate and a bottle of wine and you’re set for hours of romantic relaxation.
  10. Have your own karaoke night alone or with friends. Borrow a karaoke machine or sing into a hairbrush, but whatever you do, belt out a love song for your date.
  11. Get out your favorite board game, but add some “naughty” twists to the rules. (Wink, wink.)
  12. Do you know your significant other’s lifelong dreams and wishes? Write out your bucket lists together and then post them somewhere in the house as a reminder.
  13. Pack a picnic and head to the backyard for a private, romantic, eat-with-your-hands meal. Bring a blanket big enough to sprawl on, some good music, and a book of poetry to read.
  14. Prepare a deluxe bubble bath to take together. Splurge on some fancy soaps and loofahs, light some candles, and bring a plate of chilled berries and drinks.
  15. Give the opera a try without the expensive ticket and uncomfortable seats. Watch famous opera arias online, or rent a popular opera and watch it together. (Subtitles help, so look for one that has them.)
  16. Give each other massages. All you need is a bottle of massage oil, a new age music playlist on Pandora, and some simple tips and tricks to get started.
  17. Buy an exotic food at the grocery store and learn how to cook it together. Ask your grocer for tips and ideas, and even recommendations. You may discover a favorite new food!
  18. Learn the night sky and do some stargazing together after dark. Get a map and look for the naked eye constellations, or use a telescope to explore more hard-to-find clusters.
  19. Take a long, lingering walk around your area. Hold hands, walk slow, take time to stop and smell the roses.
  20. Have a wine tasting together. Choose 3-5 bottles of a specific type of wine, ranging in price and have a tasting together.
  21. Do your best Barbara Walters and interview each other. Use these questions for inspiration or jot down your own probing questions to learn even more about each other.
  22. Have a pretend power outage. Turn off the power to the house and shut down all those handheld devices. Enjoy the quiet and the candlelight and get creative to entertain yourselves.
  23. Use your best sound system and create a concert of your favorite songs, or look up your favorite artists in concert and enjoy the best seats in the house.
  24. Get a new perspective and climb up on the roof together. (But be safe!) Enjoy the view, the quiet, and a chance to reconnect.
  25. Have a cookie bake off where each of you choose a favorite cookie recipe and put your baking skills to the test. (Search our Recipe Index for some Mrs. Fields favorites!)

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Last-Minute Delicious St. Patty’s Day Ideas

It’s not too late to celebrate the luck of the Irish with some delicious St. Patty’s-themed food. Here are ten great ideas that will likely get you kissed!

Create delicious four-leaf clovers using a craft punch and fresh basil leaves. Sprinkle them on pasta or even a platter of appetizers.

Grasshopper cocktails are a fun adult dessert drink at your party.

Mint green rice krispy treats are a crowd pleaser for all ages and sizes.

A loaf of Pistachio Quick Bread is delicious and fun.

A batch of rich Guinness Brownies will go perfect with your St. Patrick’s Day toast.

This Cheesy Pesto Bread is a show-stopper, and completely easy to nosh on while a crowd gathers.

Wow your family and friends with these impressive but easy to make St. Patrick’s Day Cream Puffs.

Pretty and delicious, these Key Lime Swirl Cheesecake Bars will keep well, but they won’t last long.

And finally, a tall carafe of Rainbow Sangria will bring the sunshine to any get together.

Great Oscar Party Ideas

Mrs. Fields Secrets Oscar Party
The hottest party in Hollywood is happening Sunday, but your house can be just as glamorous and fun with these clever Oscar party ideas. Invite some friends, don some fake eyelashes and get your acceptance speech ready because you’re about to to win best party host!

1. A range of flavored popcorns are perfect party fare. Have savory and sweet varieties.
2. These Tuxedo Cake Pops look so dapper. They might win best dressed.
3. You can recreate the Hollywood sign in a number of creative ways, but cupcakes would be dreamy.
4. Add a wedge of star fruit to give your bubbly drink the star treatment.
5. Make your napkins look like nominee envelopes for the ultimate touch.
6. Add your own labels to drinks so that everyone can enjoy an “Oscar Buzz.”

And don’t forget to download your free Oscar Dress Rating Card to keep track of your favorite (and least favorite) fashion looks.

Valentine’s Catalog Preview + Early Bird Discount

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Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. If one of your new year’s resolutions was to be more organized, why not take a moment to browse our amazing Valentine gift ideas and get your gift ordered today? With Mrs. Fields, you select the delivery date, so you can order early, have it delivered exactly when you want it, and forget about it. Plus, we’ve got an early bird discount to sweeten the deal! (See below) But first, here are some of my favorite picks from our current Valentine’s Day catalog:

Sweet Heart Box

The variety in our Sweet Heart Box is unbelievable! Bite-sized cookies and brownies along with frosted cookies and our delicious new raspberry bark. This is a gift for those who like to mix it up a little!

Little Bits of Love Box

Our Little Bits of Love Box is a perfect offering for new love, true love, or even a secret admirer. It’s just the right size and full of our favorite flavors!

Love Monkey

Sweethearts tend to share pet names, but now you can share our Love Monkey with your own Love Monkey. He shows up with an armful of our favorite cookies!

Valentine’s Combo Tins

Few things make someone’s heart swell like the sight of a Mrs. Fields tin. We’ve got Valentine’s Combo Tins in a variety of sizes and contents, so that you can give your special valentine exactly what she wants!

Valentine’s Heart Big Cookie Cake

Our Big Cookie Cakes are a favorite for special occasions, but our heart-shaped Valentine Big Cookie Cake is a perfect for this special occasion. Plus, you can have your own personal message written on the cake, up to 20 characters.

“Owl” Always Love You Box

With moving wings, our “Owl” Always Love You Box is a fun and thoughtful gift, for a valentine or even for your kids. The box can become a special decoration for years to come.

You can shop all of our valentine gifts online and request your own catalog too. As mentioned, blog readers enjoy a 15% discount off their entire order by using code 14AEL at checkout. (Offer good until February 12, 2014.)

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Mrs. Fields Secrets Thanksgiving activities
While you’re busy getting the last details of Thanksgiving dinner together, here are some great ideas to keep little kids entertained and out of the kitchen:

1. Fruit Turkeys will make a perfect quiet activity at the kids’ table, not to mention a great appetizer!
2. Turkey Bowling in a hallway will keep the kids occupied and laughing it up.
3. Oreo Turkeys are almost too cute to eat. Almost. You might even find a few adults taking part in this craft.
4. Decorated Marshmallows with edible ink can be used later in hot cocoa. Kids will love writing on their food.

Do you have any favorite ways to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving?

Introducing the Mrs. Fields Basketball Team (And what’s in it for you!)

Mrs. Fields Secrets Basketball Team
We are so honored to introduce to you the Mrs. Fields Basketball Team! Our delicious cookies are the fuel behind this incredible team, coming to you from the Pinoy Asian Basketball League in the San Fernando Valley of California! This group of serious (part-time) ballers is dressed for success in the bright signature red of Mrs. Fields and ready to do some serious dunking. (They are equally adept at basketball and cookie dunking.) The new season begins this week and we’re inviting all of our Mrs. Fields cookie fans to become fans of this amazing team and follow along during the season. We’ll keep you updated with game highlights and player bios and treat you with fun giveaways to help celebrate the team’s success.

And speaking of treating you, local fans are invited to attend games where Mrs. Fields will have FREE cookies available for fans. So show up in your bright red, bring your posters and cheer on the team and enjoy a fresh Mrs. Fields cookie for free while you get to know Papa J, Boom, Dolph, Lolo and all the other players on the team.

You can keep up with the team on our Facebook page and Twitter feed as well as right here on the blog.

The first game is tonight, November 21.  Time: 9:15PM Location: Francis Polytechnic High School. Be there if you’re a smart cookie!

Fun Halloween Party Favors

Mrs. Fields Secrets Halloween Party Favors
No Halloween party is complete without the perfect party favor. I scoured Pinterest for my favorite DIY ideas for your own monster mash!

1. Use a potato to create a creepy skull stamp for favor bags.
2. Just about everybody will want a glowing eyeball ring at the party.
3. Mummy candy cans can hold a bevy of  treats for party guests.
4. These broomsticks full of candy are cute and simple.
5. Halloween treat cones can serve as decorations too.
6. These candy bar covers are simple and fun.
7. Play Doh dressed up like monsters is a great idea if you’re worried about sugar overload.
8. A tray of sweet ghosts couldn’t be easier.

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Super Slumber Party Tips & Ideas

Mrs. Fields Secrets Slumber Party Ideas
Ah, the slumber party, a kid’s dream come true. But a slumber party can be a parent’s worst nightmare without some good planning. Check out these great tips and ideas for making your party one that everybody enjoys!

1. Sleep masks made of felt are a fun activity and party favor (plus, they actually encourage sleep!).
2. These Pizza Pops are tasty, portable and a fun spin on regular pizza.
3. Popcorn is a perfect treat for slumber parties. It’s not too sweet and it’s easy to vacuum! Consider setting out some fun mix-ins too, like m&m’s and pretzels.
4. For breakfast, serve french toast on a stick. Another fun twist on a classic and you don’t have to worry about having everyone seated at the table.
5. No slumber party is complete without karaoke. Gather a fake microphone and some rockstar costumes to enhance the experience.
6. Using sheets, pillows and strings of Christmas lights, you can create a magical fort, perfect for ghost stories.
7. Write out different activities and put them each inside a helium balloon with a time written on it. This will keep the party moving along and keep an element of surprise going all throughout the party.

TIP: Be prepared for late night homesickness by making sure you have all parents’ phone numbers and cell phone numbers handy.
TIP: Avoid frustration by making any house rules clear at the beginning of party.
TIP: Slumber parties rarely involve any slumber. Clear your calendar for the following day for plenty of rest!

Creative Outdoor Ideas with Glow in the Dark Paint

Mrs. Fields Secrets Glow in the Dark Paint
I love the idea of simple details like glow in the dark paint transforming outdoor spaces at night. Whether you’re planning a party or just giving your yard a special touch, let these ideas inspire you:

1. Small, stenciled images on a garden path will reveal themselves in the dark and also help light the path.
2. These flower pots glowing bright at dusk make quite a statement.
3. Spray paint stencils on the lawn in glow in the dark paint to add a festive (and temporary) touch.
4. I love the idea of an illuminated path like this, leading guests to a party.
5. Using a paper doily as a stencil, transform simple cement stepping stones into lacy, glowing art.
6. These tree stumps are colorful by day, and glowing bright at night—fun for seating or tabletop decor.

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