What do you consider a classic date night?
My version of a classic date night is dinner and a movie. Recently, I did just that: dinner and a movie with my boyfriend.
Now I don’t claim to be an expert on dating and relationships, but I know that I personally enjoy the classic date night and that it has made an impact on my relationships.
My high school boyfriend turned to friend and now boyfriend again took me to one of our favorite restaurants and then to the movies. It was like we were first dating again. It reminded me that sometimes going back to that feeling of everything being new and exciting is important to keep that spark alive.
Now granted, I’m only in my 20s, but I’ve seen how relationships can blossom and also how relationships can crash and burn. Coming from a divorced family and watching friends around me ride the relationship carousel, I’ve learned to appreciate all the little things in my relationships.
I’ve also learned, through observation, that doing the same old routine day after day and not “spicing things up” is detrimental to the health of a partnership. I watched my parents’ love disintegrate because they never did anything spontaneous or for themselves. Yeah, we went on family vacations occasionally and went out to dinner, but it wasn’t for them, it was for the whole family. I’ve heard it’s hard to get away as parents of young children, but it’s possible and it’s great for the marriage and evidently great for the family as a whole.
Date nights allow any couple to feel special and try something new. It also gives each person something to look forward to. Schedule a date in advance and mark it on your calendars. Schedule often enough to keep it interesting, but not so often it becomes routine or boring (or too much out of your wallet).
Again, I don’t claim to be an expert, but with technology, food delivery and the comfort of home, it’s easy, even as a 22-year-old, to not want to leave. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m happy staying at home, binge-watching Game of Thrones and scarfing down a Dominos pizza under my favorite Star Wars blanket, but getting out makes me even happier.
This past summer my BF and I got out as often as we could. Even taking a bike ride around our hometown and getting lunch at a local snack bar was a perfect day date. (Also thank you Grand Lake Bike Company for the Insta shout-out!)
My boyfriend and I still try to get out as much as we can even though he (sadly) lives three hours away. But when I go to visit him we make the most of it. One time he took me to putt-putt and let me tell you, I love putt-putt and we will be doing it again. Small tidbit: make the most of the time you get if you’re in a long-distance relationship.
In addition to the classic date night dinner and a movie, a day riding bikes and getting lunch and a round of putt-putt, I’ve compiled a short list of some date night (or day) ideas below.
- A walk, a bike ride and/or frisbee in the park
- Window shopping (my BF isn’t into this, hopefully, your SO is!)
- Go to the zoo, aquarium or botanical garden (my first zoo visit was in high school with my BF and it was such an amazing day)
- Amusement park, go-cart track, putt-putt of course
- Hiking (one of my personal favorites)
- Kayaking, paddle boarding, boating
- Picnic (preparation included)
- Vineyard tour (21+ obviously and drive responsibly)
- Farmer’s market, craft fair, music festival
- Museum, special exhibit
- Library (have your SO pick a book for you to read and vice versa)
- Coffee date
Classic Date Night
- Dinner and movie
- Pottery, painting, or any other crafting class (find a specialty studio that does an adult class with wine included!)
- Evening stroll or drive
- A night on the town, bars and dancing
- A movie, take-out, snuggling and homemade dessert
- Pick a new recipe and cook together
- Get cozy by the fire and roast marshmallows
- Plant a garden
- A day trip to a nearby town
- Rainy day TV show binging or movie marathon
- Anything really, it’s summer, it’s warm and it’s light till late.
- Pretend you’re a tourist in your own town
- Pumpkin patch, corn maze
- Haunted house or escape room
- Decorate for Halloween and pass out candy
- Carve pumpkins
- Sleigh ride
- Ice skating
- Holiday decorating
- Play in the snow
- Christmas light tour
- Make a gingerbread house
I’ve also found Pinterest to be a great resource for date ideas from anything that doesn’t cost you a cent, to extravagant nights that you’ll never forget.
If you have more ideas please send them my way and as always, stay tuned for more!