Keli Gwyn
Romance on a Budget: Fast-Food Celebration

You can add romance to your life without spending a ton of money.

A little time and some creativity is all it takes.

When Gwynly and I were younger and our mortage payment was taking a big bite out of our monthly budget, we decided to celebrate our 13th anniversary on the cheap. We couldn’t afford to go to a swanky restaurant, so on Dec. 19, 2000 we headed to In ‘n Out Burger with a few items to spiff up our table.

The staff thought our decorations were great. Some of the customers were impressed, others were amused, and still others looked at us like we were nuts. The important thing was that, despite our financial limitations, we had a blast.


A recipe for romance fast-food style.

Pick a date to celebrate.
An anniversary works. So do birthdays.

Choose your favorite fast-food restaurant.

Fill a bag or basket with some table decorations.
Tablecloth, cloth napkins, place mats.
Candlesticks, candles, vase, flowers.
Real plates, utensils, and glasses.

Select a table and decorate.

Order your meal and enjoy.

 ❤ ❤ ❤

What special days have you celebrated at a fast-food restaurant?
How did you make your celebration special?

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Recommended Read: A Promise to Love

Do you love marriage of convenience stories?

If so, A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller is one you’re sure to enjoy.

About the Book

Ingrid Larsen, a young Swedish immigrant, arrives in Michigan in 1871 to search for her brother who has disappeared into the woods to work the dangerous lumber camps. Destitute and barely hanging on to hope, she encounters a newly-widowed farmer who is struggling to raise five children on his own. Marriage would solve both of their problems, and so Ingrid proposes to a man she barely knows. She will fight to protect her new family–but the hardest battle of all will be winning the heart of her new husband.

My Thoughts

I read Serena’s RITA award-winning story, The Measure of Katie Calloway, last year and loved it. When I saw her latest release was a marriage of convenience story, I ordered it right away, sure I would enjoy it, too. I did!

A Promise to Love is an excellent read. Serena B. Miller is a gifted storyteller. Her characters are awesome. I fell in love with Ingrid from the start. She’s real, fun, likable, and has a heart of gold–along with a nice pinch of spice. Joshua is a great hero, although this grieving widower has a few lessons to learn. My heart went out to him as he made some startling discoveries.

The story, set in Michigan in 1871, is rich in historical detail. It moves along nicely. The action-packed ending kept me flipping pages well into the night. I highly recommend A Promise to Love and look forward to reading more of Miller’s work.


Are you a fan of marriage of convenience stories?
If so, what are some of your favorites?


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Happy Thanksgiving!

You are awesome!

Your visits to my blog make my day.

Your support means the world to me.

I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.


This year has been a milestone one for me.

My debut novel’s release was a lifelong dream come true.

Thank you to all my readers. You totally rock!


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