Ah, date night. Break out the wallets, and let the night’s festivities begin. Tried and true, dinner and a movie, a rousing round of mini golf, and a home cooked meal from your sweetie, are all great date night activities, but let’s be honest, if you’re always doing the same things, or develop a routine with them, your relationship’s bound to get boring … and expensive.
Date night should be one where you go beyond the usual how was your day, or how was your week conversation. The further you are into a relationship, the deeper you should be connecting with your man. A movie every so often is great, but as we all know, you won’t be having any type of meaningful conversation before it begins. There are plenty of date night activities that are going to give you both the opportunity to connect more, while not breaking the bank or taking place somewhere you don’t feel like you belong.
Watch a sunset – Cheesy sounding? Yes. Regrettable? No. One of the best dates I ever had with a guy was going to a nearby lake and watching the sunset over the water. It was quiet, there weren’t many people around, the view was gorgeous, and just waiting for the sun to disappear gave us more of an opportunity to talk. We actually ended up in such a deep conversation that the person responsible for closing the gate had to tell us to leave.
Go to a BYOB painting class – Groupon and Living Social have tons of these deals posted during any given week. And before you dismiss it because neither he nor you are overly artistic, know that you don’t have to be the next Picasso. A lot of these places will have the design traced out on your canvas, so you’re essentially doing a paint by numbers thing. It’s casual, relaxed, and did I mention, BYOB? C’mon, good times are sure to be had.
Get physical – Now, before your mind wanders too far down that path (although, you can do that too) I mean be active together. I know so many couples who work out together, whether it’s vigorous or a nice 30-minute post dinner stroll, the point is that you’re either going to be sharing a passion, or developing one together. Think about it, you can do just about anything from biking, walking, weight lifting, running, to maybe even some classes. Maybe one night you can go to his karate class, and then one night he’ll do an aerobics class with you. Most gyms and studios will have a drop in price for classes, or even a first class is free type of deal.
Go technology-free – I saw this one on Pinterest, and when I thought about it, loved all of the ideas that came to mind. I know it’s hard nowadays to even consider putting your cellphone somewhere out of reach, let alone shut it off, but it’s only for a few hours. Think about how romantic it’d be to lay under the stars without text messages, emails and Facebook notifications interrupting your date. And if you don’t want to go out, eat dinner by candlelight, then curl up and either read together, share stories, or just talk until you fall asleep.
Movie marathon – Pick a theme, then dig through your DVD or Blu-Ray collection, log in to Netflix or hit up a Redbox, and get started. If you’re both movie people anyway, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. It’s cheaper than going to a local theater and you’re in the comfort of your own place (Hello, sweatpants anyone?!). To prevent from always watching the same genre, write them on little pieces of paper and pick from a hat. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up watching something you would’ve never given the time of day, but then end up loving it.
*Unless you’re me, and the movie you get stuck watching is Clerks … I know, I know, there are a lot of Clerks fans out there, and I promise you, I really did try, but I just couldn’t get into it! I have to give my boyfriend at the time some serious props though, he watched The Exorcist, The Notebook, and I think I talked him into watching Titanic once when it was on TV. The only movie he asked me to watch was Clerks and at some point I just stopped paying attention. Boyfriend 3 – Me 0 in the movie compromise department.
Now, these are just five suggestions. Pinterest has an entire date ideas section. There are some pretty creative things out there, give something new a try. If there’s something you and your honey love to do, share it in the comments section so others can give it a try too!
Peace, Love & Stories,