It’s easy to get stuck in a bit of a rut when you’ve been with someone for a while. You get comfortable, and before you know it you’re doing the same thing night after night. Well, I’m here to help! Here are 11 Unique Date Ideas. Give one a try this weekend.
I am a sucker for fondue. I grew up in the 1970s, when people actually made fondue on a regular basis. When I’m traveling, I cannot pass up the Melting Pot restaurants. I registered for a fondue pot when I got married, and not ironically. You get it. I love the stuff. My personal feelings aside, it can make for a really fun, romantic date. I wouldn’t recommend the entire 3 course fondue dinner. That’s a lot for an at home date! These days, fondue is SUPER easy to make. You can find cheese fondue and chocolate fondue at your grocery store that you can just melt and use. Pair cheese with cubed up pieces of your favorite bread (pretzel bread…yummmmmm), veggies (lightly steamed carrots, broccoli, zucchini, etc.), steamed baby potatoes, cooked and cubed meats such as chicken or steak, or seafood (shrimp works really well). With chocolate fondue, I like to use fruit, cookies or cubed sponge cake. Use those tiny forks and feed each other.
Surprise Netflix and Chill
My favorite twist on the typical “Netflix and Chill”. Snuggle up with your sweetie, fire up the Netflix, and close your eyes. Scroll through the thousands of choices with your remote, and select something at random. No peeking, no cheating, what you have landed on when you open your eyes is what you’re watching! This can go a couple of ways: you might find a new favorite, or you might hate it (which can end up with a fun night of ripping apart something as you watch…which I enjoy even more!)
Aren’t picnics the best? I love the ritual of it: picking the foods, packing up the picnic basket, laying out the picnic blanket, sharing picnic foods and a bottle of wine or Champagne. If the weather isn’t great, move the coffee tables do have a picnic on the floor, or have a picnic in bed!
I’ve been doing this with my family for years. You get in the car, go to the closest highway, and take turns choosing where and when to turn. Keep going until you find a quaint little town you haven’t visited before. Park, and walk around. Have lunch or dinner at a local restaurant (support small businesses!). Getting out of your comfort zone can be a lot of fun, and there are far fewer distractions when you’re not in your hometown. That way you can focus on one another.
Paint A Collaborative Masterpiece
Okay, “masterpiece” might not be the right word, but you get the idea. Pick up a canvas and a paint set at Target, Amazon, or your local craft store. It doesn’t need to be elaborate. Pick two or three colors you like, a couple of brushes, and create! This works best if you go for an “abstract “ feel. Less pressure (no offense to actual artists intended!). Just take turns adding to what’s on the canvas. When you’re both happy with it, let it dry, and hang it somewhere you can both enjoy it.
There are a couple of variations on this date:
First, instead of taking turns painting together on one canvas, you can get two smaller canvases and paint masterpieces for one another. Set up next to each other and paint away. Let those creative juices flow! You can put the painting your partner made for you in a private spot, hang them side by side, or take them to your respective offices.
The second variation is a bit more “adult themed”. There are painting sets you can buy where the two of you are the “brushes” (wink, wink) on a very large “canvas”. Hang that baby up and exchanging knowing glances when visitors comment.
Listen To An Audiobook
Remember how wonderful it was when your parents read to you as a child? You just snugged up to them and listened. As an adult, I can get the same feel from audiobooks. I listen to them all the time. When I’m in the car I almost always have one playing, especially when I have to drive long distances for work. I also listen to them at home. Audible is great, and you can listen on your phone, iPad, or computer. Pro tip: Don’t pick an audiobook that is 20 hours long for date night! There are plenty of audiobooks out there in the 1-3 hour range. Snuggle up (how many times have I said that so far? I love to snuggle!) and listen to something you are both interested in. The possibilities are virtually endless…fiction, memoirs, true crime, comed…you can find just about anything. If you do want to listen to a longer book, make it a series of dates!
There are two kinds of progressive dinners, and they are both a lot of fun. The “Traditional” progressive dinner is a group date. Several couples get together (it works best if you are neighbors, or live near one another) and split up the hosting duties. All the couples go to one house for appetizers, another for the main course, and still another for dessert. If there are more than three couples, you can have one couple supply the wine. You could also add a salad or soup course.
In the one couple “Dinner Out” progressive dinner, the idea is the same. Here, though, it’s just the two of you. Pick three restaurants in your town (I think it’s most fun if they’re restaurants you haven’t been to, but wanting to try) and have appetizers at one, then move to the next for the entree, and finish at the last restaurant (or donut shop, or ice cream parlor) for dessert.
The Phil and Claire Date
I call this the “Phil and Claire Date” because the characters with the same names on Modern Family do it every Valentine’s Day. I’ve also seen it in the movie “Four Christmases “, one of my holiday favorites. It’s a little bit of role play: you go to a bar in a local hotel (get a room…) and go to the hotel bar separately. Take on assumed names and pretend not to know each other. One of you sends the other a drink, you start a conversation as your alter egos…and take it from there.
Take A Class Together
A great way to enrich your lives and get out of that rut is to take a class together. Most community colleges offer fun classes that range from art to cooking, languages to fitness. You’re sure to find something that interests you both. You can take a class that only meets once for a modest fee, or go more in-depth. It’s so important to have something you enjoy together, and this may just be the way to find it!
Are you spending way too much time in front of the TV or on your phones? Fake a power outage and reconnect! Turn out the lights, put your electronic devices away. Light some candles, pour some wine and talk. Remember talking? The kind where you look at one another?? It’s really nice not to have any distractions.
Everyone wants to be pampered. Why not pamper one another? An at home spa night can be as simple or elaborate as your budget, time and imagination allow. You can pick up aromatherapy candles, bubble baths, face masks,and lotion for giving each other massages at your corner drugstore, or from a pricy spa. Do If you want to go all out, book a couples massage! Either way, take the time to relax and renew. Take care of yourselves tog, and your relationship will be all the better for it.
I hope you found something in this post that inspired you to take a unique date. Which one is your favorite? What do you and your significant other enjoy doing together to mix things up? Have you tried any of the ideas above? How did it go?? Let me know in the comments!