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Six Last Minute Date Ideas

February 14, 2018
Easy and quick last minute date ideas perfect for Valentine's Day

How many of y’all had Valentine’s Day sneak up on them? Yeah, I understand. Even with all the in-your-face advertising, so many folks find themselves scrambling to put together an evening for their significant other. So you come home with some wilted grocery store flowers and that’s the end of it, right? It doesn’t have to be! Even the biggest procrastinator can put together one of these last minute date ideas.

The key with these last minute date ideas is that they don’t need that much planning, but are still impactful. You will likely need to pick up a few items on your way home from work, but these ideas don’t require reservations or tickets. If you aren’t normally a Valentine’s Day rockstar, break out one of these ideas and step up your game.

Last Minute Date Ideas

1. Pop some popcorn, break out the chocolate and have a movie marathon. Choose a theme like romantic comedies, musicals, super heroes or even thrillers and try to pick movies neither of you have seen.

2. Have a super fancy dinner…at home with takeout. Seriously, go all out. Break out tablecloths and candles, the fancy dishes and get dressed to the nines before having pizza or Chinese food.

3. Have a board game night and place a friendly bet on the winner. Try classics like Monopoly and Battleship or new favorites like The Oregon Trail card game or Catchphrase. You could also invite another couple over to up the fun and the stakes.

4. Write and exchange love letters (bonus if you read them out loud to each other). Ok so this one will require a little work on both of your parts, but it’s such a sweet idea that I couldn’t skip it.

5. Candlelit floor picnic. How romantic would this be?! You could eat takeout, make something fancy or just have a regular weeknight dinner. The idea here is to have an indoor picnic full of candlelight (and maybe a glass or two of wine), conversation and together time.

6. Have an at-home chocolate tasting. People are all aboard the wine tasting train and it’s ok, but show me a place where I can try like 12 different kinds of chocolate without judgement and you will have my heart forever. It would so cool to bring home a bunch of different brands and types of chocolate to find your favorite. You can find some variety at the regular grocery store, but I am always impressed with the selection at World Market. They have so many different flavors!

Don’t be a Valentine’s Day dud this year! Even if it’s last minute, you can still put together an evening for you and your significant other that’s fun and unique. Do you have any suggestions for last minute dates? Add them in the comments so all the procrastinators can benefit!

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Winter Date Ideas

February 7, 2018
Winter Date Ideas

I know spring and summer tend to get all the date attention with their warm weather and outdoor activities, but winter deserves more credit! The cozy blankets, warm fires and the romance of snowy nights are truly the makings of a picture-perfect date. If you’re willing to get creative, you can come up with so many fun winter date ideas!

A lot of winter date ideas focus on the holidays or snow day activities, but let’s be honest, that only covers a small portion of the winter season. There are so many winter dates that aren’t holiday-themed or snow-dependent, even a few that you can do outside! The key to a good winter date (or any date for that matter) is lots of time spent together so ultimately it’s important to do something you both will enjoy.

Winter Date Ideas

Living room camp out

Drag all of the blankets, pillows and sofa cushions into the living room and set up camp for the night. Watch movies, eat snacks and snuggle by the fireplace.  This is a great, low-key date idea that won’t break the bank and still allow you to reconnect. You can also add in little ones fairly easily.

Netflix marathon

While you’re camped out on the living room floor, you’re going to need something to watch. Pick a TV series or set of movies on Netflix or AmazonPrime and binge watch all night long! Some recent favorites from my house: Psych, Bones, Downton Abbey or The Crown.

Ice skating

Ok so maybe this one does involve snow a little bit, but you can also find indoor ice skating rinks. Follow up your best pairs skating routine (or frequent falls) with a little hot chocolate (or adult beverage) and you’ve got a great date.

Watch a sunrise/sunset

Sunrise and sunset watching have long been a date staple and this doesn’t change during the winter.  With the shorter days of winter, you won’t even have to get up too early to catch a sunrise!

Board game tournament

This idea will be better if it’s a group date and a few couples participate. Pick games that aren’t too complicated and involve a lot of group participation. Options like Cards Against Humanity and Catchphrase will be sure to bring out the laughs. The Oregon Trail Card Game is also a good option, especially for those of us who played the computer game as children.

Visit a museum

Museums are great additions to your list of winter date ideas because they aren’t weather dependent.  Plus you’ll walk away having learned something during your date which is always nice. Admission varies on museum topic and location, but many are free or offer discounted tickets for students or military.

Go indoor rock climbing

Winter date ideas don’t all have to be inside and involve snuggling! This is a great time to try an indoor activity like rock climbing. It’s fun, gets your blood pumping and is something you can both learn together.

Go see a play

You don’t have to travel to New York City to see great theater. Most major cities play host to traveling plays throughout the year and the winter is a great time to see one! If ticket costs are a bit too high for your budget, consider going to a matinee instead. Same performance, cheaper tickets. Colleges and universities also frequently put on plays (or have traveling productions stop there) and those tickets are usually VERY reasonably priced.

Theme dinner night

One of my favorite winter date ideas is cooking with my husband, especially if it’s a new dish.  You could totally have a theme-dinner night (think Italian, French or even nostalgic comfort food) and make the cooking part of the fun.

Go to an arcade

Arcades are not just for teenagers. Places like Dave & Buster’s are more and more popular among adults, especially since they have adult-only hours and serve alcohol. Plan to eat and drink as you try to win as many tickets or points as possible. Surprise your loved one with a prize you won for a fun keepsake!

Go bowling

Bowling sounds a little cheesy when it come to date nights, but it can actually be fun! Make it a contest and have the loser buy dinner or drinks.

Volunteer together

There are so many great causes out there in need of donated time and talent. Choosing an organization that appeals to you both and spending a day giving back is a unique twist on the date night concept.

Test your teamwork at an escape room

I think my husband and I are going to give this one a shot! These escape rooms are all the rage right now and can be a bit pricey, but seem like a blast. This is also a fun group outing idea for multiple couples or even single friends to join you.

Rent a cabin and have a romantic weekend getaway

This is probably the ultimate (and priciest) winter date idea on my list, but it should definitely stay on your list.  A weekend getaway is kind of like two or three weeks worth of dates combined into one outing and it can be really refreshing! Check sites like Groupon Getaways for deals that can make it much more affordable.

Share your winter date ideas in the comments below! For more date ideas, check out some of my other blog posts!

Winter Date Ideas

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Spring Date Ideas

March 7, 2017
Spring Date Ideas

I am obsessed with date nights right now, y’all. When your husband is gone for four months, you miss out on a lot of dates and I am all about making up for lost time.  Plus there’s something about spring in North Carolina that makes you want to get out of the house and DO all the things. I love coming up with spring date ideas for A and I to do throughout the season.

For me, a spring date should happen outside as much as possible. But don’t worry, I added a few indoor ideas to the list in case it’s raining or seasonal allergies keep from enjoying being outside.

Spring Date Ideas

Go on a hike.

Or nature walk if “hike” sounds like something crazy people do!

Take your dog(s) to the park.

You spend time with your significant other and your pups wear themselves out so you can have some quiet time later. Yes, my husband and I totally do this regularly.

Have a picnic dinner date.

I feel like picnics get limited use when it comes to the dinner hour. Make a picnic dinner (or grab some takeout) and eat it under the stars.

Tackle a home improvement project together.

I know this may not seem like the greatest date idea in the world, but if you approach it the right way, it could be a lot of fun! Plan the project together and work on parts that fit your talents until it’s complete. Then you can both kick back and celebrate your handiness!

Go strawberry picking.

Yum. Strawberries. Try not to eat more than you bring home!

Explore a local botanical gardens.

Spring=gorgeous gardens, so take advantage of them.  Many botanical gardens are free, but even those that do charge a fee aren’t terribly expensive.

Make dinner from all local ingredients.

Farmers markets are opening up all over now and you can make a whole day of shopping and preparing some really tasty food. If you’re feeling very adventurous, shop for each other and then cook whatever you get!

Plant a tree in your yard together.  

Imagine how much joy you’ll get watching it grow as your relationship/family does.

Go camping. 

Cooler spring temperatures are perfect for camping, especially if your summers are on the steamy side. Not really into sleeping outside? Then make s’mores in your backyard! They’re the best part of camping anyway!

I can’t guarantee that A and I will get to all of these spring date ideas, but we’re going to give it our best shot! What’s your favorite spring date idea?

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31 Days of Dating

August 1, 2016

You guys. It’s August. Where did my summer go and how can I get it back?! I’m officially in that weird place where I both want time to stop because we have some not so fun stuff in our future and hurry up because we have some very fun stuff in our future.  Today we’re focusing on the super fun stuff: our 4 year dateaversary! Yes it’s a thing and yes we celebrate it! Well I force us to celebrate, but it’s kind of the same thing. This year, I’ve decided to go BIG and date my husband every day for an entire month.

What the what?!

I know it sounds a little crazy, but we won’t get to spend our wedding anniversary together this year so I’m channeling all of that energy into our dateaversary.  My plan is this: every day this month, I will do something to date my husband. They won’t all be actual dates; that would be far too pricey. There will be a mix of small gestures and evenings out throughout the month that hopefully make him feel extra loved. And because I can’t help it: I’m sharing my plan with you all! But shhh…don’t tell A!

31 Days of DatingSo what do you say? Do you all want to date your husbands/fiances/boyfriends along with me?! You can do as many or as few of these prompts as you want and in any order that works for you. Feel free to make them your own and share what it looks like when you date all month long using the #31DaysofDating hashtag on social media!

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Fun Summer Date Night Ideas

July 8, 2015

There will always be a special place in my heart for summer date nights. I’m not sure if it’s the extended daylight or just being outside all the time or maybe because that’s when A and I met, but I think dating is better in the summer!

I love summer dating so much that I’m pretty confident A and I go on most of our date nights between May and August.  Until this year that is. Thanks, deployment. But don’t worry! I’m keeping the date magic alive for YOU with some fun summer date night ideas.

 

  1. Go to a drive in movie. They aren’t as common anymore, but they are still so much fun! Roll down the windows, recline the seat and enjoy! If there’s not a drive in near you, you could set up a home movie theater in the backyard.
  2. Camp out in your backyard. I’m not what you would consider a “roughing it kind of girl”. Give me my running water and AC please! But all that being said, a backyard camp out could be just the right amount of outdoorsy for me: it’s all the fun of camping, but without the biodegradable toilet paper. Bonus points if there’s an inflatable mattress and some sort of S’mores situation.
  3. Have ice cream sundaes for dinner. Speaking of delicious sweet treats, summertime is the perfect time for ice cream. And what’s more fun than ice cream for dinner? Buy all the fixings you could possibly imagine, put together your dream sundae and then be ready to run around the block a few times to come off your sugar high.  This date isn’t complicated, but it could be a lot of fun.
  4. Go to a baseball game. This is one of my favorite summer dates of all time. A loves baseball and I love baseball food.  If your town has a minor league team or two, you’re in luck because ticket prices are usually very affordable.  Our local team even has a fireworks display on the weekends!
  5. Attend an outdoor concert.  I think this may be the classic summer date night, but it’s that way for a reason! Concerts are just way more fun outside, even if you’re not a huge fan of the band. In the summer, every genre of music imaginable takes place outside so there’s something for everyone.
There you have it: five great ideas to fill your next date night with a little sunshine and summertime.  Which is your favorite and what idea would you add to the list?