Category: Date Ideas

Make Movie Night Magical

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Ah, the cinema. The collaboration of hundreds of talents, ranging from filmography to acting, from costume to set design, from production to directing. Cast and crew spend months of long hours fulfilling their visions, hoping to tell the stories from their hearts. And now it has become a lifeless, effortless date night option. The shame!

Although dinner and a movie isn’t considered the most impressive of date night choices, it has a lot of creative possibilities. If you want to make movie night magical, you have to create the magic yourself!

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25 Sites You Should Have Bookmarked

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The internet is more than cat videos and Facebook. It is an amazing resource that can and should be used to enrich every day life. Here are 25 websites we think you should browse on a regular basis.

 

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Date Idea: Mid-Autumn Festival

midautumfestival1When the moon is full in the midst of Autumn, Asia celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a great opportunity to go and play under the full moon with your sweetheart. After all, what is more romantic than moonlight and a sky full of stars? With inspiration from Asia’s Mid-Autumn Festival traditions, plan your own evening activities for the harvest celebration.

Midnight BBQ
Barbeques are the modern celebration for the Mid-Autumn Festival. With the bright beams of the full moon, why not throw a midnight BBQ for two? Or, if you’d rather not start a fire in your backyard in the middle of the night, plan a midnight picnic for two.

Design your meal to symbolize the harvest moon with round foods such as hamburgers, pizza, quesadillas, or quiches. There are also plenty of fruits that are round shaped, and even if they aren’t, you can use a melon baller to create mini-moon shaped treats.

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Mooncakes are the traditional treat prepared for the Mid-Autumn Festival, usually given as gifts. Their round shape represents the moon, and they are usually filled with nuts, fruit, jelly, and even egg yolk.

Cakes are a great way to show appreciation and affection to your sweetheart, friends, and family. Make little cakes for the people you appreciate, such as parents, in-laws, couples that have mentored you, or people who have served you or encouraged you in your time of need. Make traditional mooncakes (Christie’s Recipes has a pretty good recipe), or use a box mix to make multiple mini-cakes.

Moonlit Activities
The full moon provides the perfect opportunity to go on late night dates. With the extra light, you can participate in activities that you normally do during the day time. Go for a bike ride, look for seashells on the beach, or even go white water rafting. The moon should shed enough light for any activity of your choosing!

lanternfinLantern Making
Lanterns are a beautiful tradition during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Make your own paper lanterns to add to the fun of the holiday! Grab decorative paper and write things you love about your sweetheart, great memories you two share, or little love notes and create your own paper lantern. The web blog Oh Happy Day has good tutorials for homemade lanterns, along with Artsy Fartsy Mama and Festival. For the hardcore lantern makers, check out wikiHow’s sky lantern tutorial.

Romantic Reflection
The Mid-Autumn Festival is known for its food and fun, but it’s also known for its romantic influences. As you enjoy the harvest of the season, take time to enjoy the harvest of your relationship.

Discuss the seeds of your relationship (the first time you met, the expectations you had, etc) and discuss the growth of your relationship (how you’ve changed as a person, how the hard work of your relationship was worth it.) Then discuss what future seeds you like to plant, such as how you would like to see the relationship grow and how you would like to celebrate your relationship throughout the year. Write these things down in a journal and review it every full moon throughout the year to check your progress.

If you’re single, write to your future spouse by moonlight. Write about the seeds you are planting now that you hope to reap in the future. Write your future spouse every full moon until your wedding day, and then present them with your letters on your honeymoon.

Dates for the Mid-Autumn Festival
2013 – September 19th
2014 – September 8th
2015 – September 27th
2016 – September 15th
2017 – October 4th
2018 – September 24th
The Mid-Autumn Festival is also called Chuseok in Korea and Tsukimi in Japan.

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Dates for Foodies

finediningeditThey love ingredients. They talk about the cheesecake they had in New York. They talk about cooking techniques they learned from their grandmother, Mario Batalli, and books by Julia Child. They know the best markets for fish in more than one country. They’re foodies – people with a love for everything delicious.

If you are dating a foodie, you can make date night easily fun and memorable. Just center the date around a foodie’s favorite topic: food!

Go to a Tasting
Whether it’s cheese or chocolate, a sample platter is a great way to go with anyone who wishes to learn about a variety of flavors from all over the world. Look online and in the paper for nearby venues that offer tastings, or create your own platter to enjoy at home. Tastings are also great for double dates as well!

Join a Food of the Month Club
Larger businesses offer monthly samples of their company’s products. Join one of these clubs as a couple and get together once a month to test the lovely packages brought to your door. Subscribe to more than one food of the month club and see how you can combine the products together.

If you’d like a more hands-on experience, create your own food of the month club! Put together your own packages of treats to sample together.

pizzacookingeditTake Cooking Classes
Foodies love to learn how to make great gourmet dishes at home. Indulge their thirst for knowledge with a cooking class. Some places even offer date night cooking classes, such as Sur La Table. Cooking classes can be pretty pricey, but with some research you may be able to find some that are free. Check out local bakeries and specialty food retailers for classes. Or if it just so happens that you know how to do something your sweetheart doesn’t, host your own cooking class!

Create Your Own Cookbook
Do you have some family recipes you both want to pass down to your children? Or maybe you want to give a personalized gift to family and friends? Create a cookbook together. Combine favorite recipes in your book, adding in cooking advice, your special love story, and any bits of wisdom on love and life that you want to pass on. To mass produce your book, you may want to use a fundraiser publisher such as fundcraft.com. For only a few copies, sites like lulu.com should work well.

Thought: Don’t have enough recipes for a book? Why not try making a custom calendar? Create a collage each month of family photos and a special recipe to share.

Attend a Food Festival
Fruit festivals, Greek festivals, or BBQs all can hold plenty of excitement for a foodie. Local festivals are rarely in short supply, and they offer great samples. Be aware that some food festivals require tickets to be purchased in advance, or tickets may have to be purchased on site in order to taste food. Keep an eye out in the local newspaper for events, or check out foodreference.com/html/upcomingfoodevents.html

view of athens town from the restaurant of lycabetus hillVisit a Foodie City
A food lover will never turn down a bit of travel to enjoy high quality food. Plan a day trip around a nearby city that is known for its food. Big cities are the most impressive way to go, but a little research reveals great small towns that offer hard to find treats. Pay special attention to the type of cuisine your sweetheart likes best, then find a city well known for it.

Dates for Animal Lovers

Does your sweetheart melt at pictures of puppies? Do they coo over the kittens at the pet store? Do they watch Animal Planet religiously? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions perhaps you should consider a date with your animal lover in mind.

lions2Hit the Zoo or Aquarium
One of the most obvious date ideas for animal lovers is a trip to the zoo or to an aquarium. Tours, events, and entertainment are readily available at practically any zoo or aquarium. Create your own scavenger hunt or wild animal bingo board, view special exhibits, join in special events, and talk with zoo keepers to find out fascinating facts about the animals you are visiting.

Do Some Wildlife Watching
There are many types of wildlife watching for all preferences and price ranges. Take a boat out to do whale or dolphin watching, find specialty parks dedicated to butterfly viewing, go scuba diving to see underwater wonders, or grab a pair of binoculars and do some bird watching in your backyard. Research what’s available in your area.

Go See the Circus
Even people who say they don’t like the circus secretly like the circus. The circus is an energetic, lively place for animal lovers and non-animal lovers alike. Witness many exotic animals, see daring shows, and talk to incredibly talented acrobats and magicians. The circus is a great place to get in touch with your inner child and your inner animal lover.

Visit a Farm or Petting Zoosheep2
For a more rustic feel, try visiting a local farm or petting zoo. These types of places are usually cheap to visit and don’t take up as much time as going to a large zoo or animal park. Interact with cows, sheep, goats, and other farm animals, then set up a small picnic nearby and discuss what it would be like to live on a farm.

Go Horseback Riding
Another classic choice for animal lovers is the romantic horseback ride. Look for a local horseback riding facility, or sweep your sweetheart off to a weekend getaway complete with a day of riding. Looking for something a little more exotic than horses? Try camel or elephant riding. These sorts of animals are harder to find, but they are often at Renaissance festivals or other large festivals, and you can always visit another country if needbe!

Take Your Dog Out to Dinner
There is a small percentage of restaurants that allow your loyal canine companion to accompany you and your date to dinner. (They might even have a separate menu for your dog!) Check out dogfriendly.com to see what restaurants in your area cater to your canine’s needs as well as your own. After a filling dinner, take a moonlight stroll with your sweetheart and your pooch.

dogshow2Watch the Show
Plenty of dog and cat competitions are broadcasted on television. Check your local listings for any shows coming up, then base an evening on watching the show. Make cookies shaped like dog biscuits or make puppy chow to snack on during the show. Give each animal your own scores, tallying up to see who you would pick as the winner. If there are no pet competitions on, you can always plan a special viewing of a wildlife documentary or a kids program on animals.

Head Out on a Wild Safari
Feeling adventurous? See if you can find a wildlife safari in your area. Scattered across the United States are large animal reserves that offer safari rides and other tourist attractions. Look for one near you, or book a trip to another country and try one of their safaris!

Valentine’s Day Randomizer

pinkdice2We want to make Valentine’s Day special yet easy for you. We fear that Valentine’s Day might over-whelm you – or worse, under-whelm you – and your plans will fall short of awesomeness.

So let’s make this easy: grab a die and roll it for each category below. Add your own romantic spin on each idea (see our article, The Art of Creative Romance) and voila – You have a solid Valentine’s Day date. (You can use this for anniversaries and birthdays as well. You’re welcome.)

Valentine’s Day Morning
1- Have flowers sent to their house around the time they wake up
2- Put a love letter under their windshield wiper
3- Make your sweetheart breakfast in bed or go out on a breakfast picnic
4- Be their singing wake up call
5- Leave a gift on their door step. Ring the door bell. Run away. (Even if you’re married!)
6- Give them a neck or foot massage before they go to work

Valentine’s Day Evening
1- Go dancing – whether it’s at a restaurant, club, studio, or at home
2- Cook an intimate dinner at home, proceeded by a board or card game
3- Attend a show, play, or concert
4- Go out to dinner, choosing a fancy place you rarely visit or a special place out of town
5- Go to a local event or place (check your newspaper or city website for ideas)
6- Turn a room of your house into a getaway

What Gift You Should Buy Your Sweetheart
1- Specialty food item they love, such as wine, tea, chocolate, spices, etc
2- Something R&R related, such as spa treatments, a hammock, massage chair, a vacation trip, etc
3- Something media related, like a CD, movie, video game, comic, or book
4- Something you can do together, such as a board game, event tickets, or a hobby project
5- A handmade gift – like a poem, wall hanging, bookmarks, etc
6- Something for outdoor use, such as tools, picnic supplies, sports equipment, or a swing for two

What You Should Write in Their Card (Yes, they get a card.)
1- Reasons you love them
2- Reasons why you appreciate them
3- A special memory of the two of you
4- How they’ve changed you for the better
5- Why you never plan to leave them
6- Why they are a great husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend

What You Should Tell Them Face to Face (Just fill in the blank.)
1- I appreciate your ____________
2- The thing I love most about you is ____________
3- You’ve taught me that ____________
4- I knew I loved you when ____________
5- My favorite memory of you is ____________
6- I’m so grateful that ____________

Enjoying Sports as a Couple

shuttlecockWhether you’re indoors or outdoors, participating or spectating, any type of sport presents opportunity for playful banter and fierce competition – two things that will spice up date night for sure! Here are six ways to enjoy sports as a couple:

Home Game

Place Your Bets
Make watching a game more interesting by upping the stakes with a little romantic wager. Bet on your team’s victory with a house chore, a date you want to go on, or a gift you would like to receive. You can even make it more exciting by receiving a prize every time your team scores a point.

Turn off the Sound
Be your own sports commentators. Mute the game you’re watching and make up your own commentary with your sweetheart. Silliness recommended.

Candlelit Sports Game
Do you have a ping-pong table or a badminton set at your house? Dim the lights to make the game not only more romantic but also more challenging! Set up your game in the evening, as use solar lights, candles, fireplaces, fire pits, or even well-placed flashlights to create a warm glow as you try to beat your wonderful opponent.

Away Game

Go to a Game or a Tournament
Head out to a local sports game or tournament. The best part about seeing a game isn’t the view from the seats, but the company. Hit a major league park, a local high school stadium, a big city sports arena, or a gymnasium tournament for some fun entertainment and some quality time with your date.

Take Up a Sport
Is there a sport you have always wanted to try? Why not make it a date? There are a ridiculous amount of sports out there begging to be tried. (No, really. Look at this list.) Take turns picking a sport to try out each month. Perhaps one of them will turn out to be a sport that you both will enjoy and invent further time in as a couple.

Organize a Couples Game
After you’ve tried out a variety of sports, bring together other couples who are interested in the same sport. Organize boys against girls, creating stakes that make the game a bit more interesting. (Such as losers have to do the dishes for a week, or they have to hand feed the after-game dinner to the winners!)

Early Bird and Night Owl Dates

morning Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, explore the different options your favorite time of day has to offer. But don’t forget to step out of your normal routine every once in awhile and schedule a date at the time you usually sleep through!

Early Bird Dates

Morning Hike/Walk
Morning is the best time of day to get some fresh air. Find a good trail you can hike and get up early enough to see the sunrise together. End your hike or walk with a breakfast picnic. Try not to discuss anything negative or stressful during this time, instead, talk about things that set up the rest of the day to be wonderful.

Breakfast Picnic
No need for heavy preparing for a breakfast picnic. Grab some smoothies or bagels, or make a quiche, then sit somewhere scenic and enjoy the fresh morning together. Encourage each other for the day ahead.

Go to the Gym
Take a gym class in the morning together. Some classes start as early as 5am and can be a fun activity. Take turns deciding which exercises to do for the day. Challenge each other and cheer each other on.

Yard Sales
Early mornings are the best times to check out weekend yard sales. Rummage through other people’s stuff together and see if you can find anything romantic. Look for things such as board games, sports equipment, or poetry books that you can enjoy together.

Local Coffee Shops
Try a different local coffee shop in the morning once a week. Give each coffee shop a rating depending on service, drinks, and crowd. Or if you have a favorite coffee spot, take the time to try a different thing on the menu each day. Either way, do what you can to enjoy your cup of coffee and morning conversation.

nightowlNight Owl Dates

Midnight Movie Showing
Movie theaters love their late night showings. If you go late enough after the release and late enough at night, you might find that there are very few people in the theater. Or you can see a midnight release of a new movie.

Nighttime Picnic
Pack some warm drinks and soups, or fruit and chocolate if the evening is warm enough. Spend some time star gazing and talking about the universe. You can even set up a picnic in your backyard, with candles or solar lights for a romantic ambiance.

Cosmic Bowling
Cosmic bowling is open until the wee hours of the morning and is a good idea for a casual nighttime date or a late double date. Bowling alleys usually include arcades and food, so be sure to check out those things as well. If you’re not into cosmic bowling, try cosmic rollerblading or play sports with glow in the dark equipment.

Karaoke
Places that have a karaoke night are open late, and this is a good way to get out of your comfort zone. Sing duets or love songs, choose songs for each other to sing, or just cheer on the other singers. Don’t worry if you can’t sing; karaoke isn’t about being talented.

Arcade
Arcades are usually open pretty late and have plenty of games for two. Also, depending on the type of arcade you go to, you can also play billiards or shuffleboard. Play co-op games, challenge each other at shooting or dance games, and see if you can find old school games that you grew up on. Relax, have a good time, and play hard.