This article was written by Lynn Joseph on behalf of Sherley Altidor.
Being in a relationship for over 20 years, I can say that I am close to an expert when it comes to date night. I will pat myself on the back for this one because it’s not easy keeping it fresh.
You really have to be creative and step outside the box to continue the adventure of falling in love with each other all over again on a night out (or in). Routine dates can get boring after awhile, so I’m here to give you some ideas for switching it up. I myself have not tried all of these ideas and all of these suggestions may not work for every couple. My hope is that this list will help spark the connection between you and your partner as you find the right date night for you. Let’s jump on!
Exercise At Home – Skipping the gym for a more intimate setting at home might be just the the thing that gets one of you or both of you into yoga. There are a ton of different work out regiments that can be done at home, so take some time to talk about which ones suit you and you’d feel most comfortable doing on a date night, before the real work out begins.
Stay in For a Movie – For the fellow homebodies out there, take your at home movie experience to the next level. Set up a concessions stand. Make your popcorn on the stovetop for a change or order gourmet popcorn (Garrett’s anyone?). Create a scrapbook to make “tickets” of the movies you two enjoy at home. Watch a double or triple feature. Project the movie onto the wall instead of watching on the screen.
Go for a Walk – Another way to get the body moving is to take a nice stroll around town. There’s no need to build up a sweat. Your walk could be around a local or state park, a museum, or a new neighborhood. The options are endless. Whether new or familiar territory, taking in the surroundings on a nice day or evening will help you clear your minds and see the beauty in the journey you are walking together.
Clean the House Together – Some of you may be thinking, “What the hell?” I get it. This is not for everyone. But for me, I am super happy when hubby pitches in on the domesticated things and making it a friendly competition with a reward at the end of this particular night might make this Marie Kondo style date all worth it.
Book Club – This one is not just for avid book readers. Take the time that you need to pick a book to read and talk about with each other. Whether it’s talking about the book every week or talking about a new book every month or every other month, the time is set aside to reconnect and get to fall in love all over again through literature.
Walk the Dogs Together – Since we are pet owners, this is great way for us to catch up with each other as opposed to one of us being tasked with the duty alone. So take out those earphones on your walk and talk with your partner.
Picnic at Home – Whether in your backyard or indoors, there’s something rejuvenating and calming about taking the time to make space in a natural setting. So get back to basics and enjoy the simple things.
Indoor Pedicure – Buy a spa pedicure set to pamper each other and cater to your significant other. We bought a set at Walmart, so be on the lookout for inexpensive sets. It’s totally worth it.
Meditate – Meditation is very calming. Especially if the week or month may have been stressful, sometimes all you need is someone beside you to relieve stress and meditating together might be just what you need.
DIY Skincare Self Care – If you’re reading this blog, chances are you love natural skincare products just as much as I do. What better a time to get your significant other on board by making soaps and masks together?
Create an Indoor Camp – Remember when you were a kid and made forts in your bedroom and living room? Something tells me that an adult fort is much more fun.
Love Note Treasure Hunt – Write (color coordinated) love notes to each other or things you want your partner to do that night and hide them around the house for a treasure hunt unlike any other.
Play Truth or Dare – This is an oldie but a goodie, that can certainly be more fun playing as an adult, especially if you put a theme on the dares or questions.
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