Are you embroiled in a long-term relationship, or have you just begun seeing someone new? Either way, there is a very good chance that dates involved. You've done the whole movie and dinner thing…why not try to mix it up a little? When you’re experiencing something new or possibly out of your comfort zone with your other half, you learn so much more about each other than you normally would otherwise. Here are some fun date ideas to mix up the ol’ dinner-and-a-movie routine:
Go Old School
Did you ever play Bingo as a kid? Or visit the arcade? Do you remember how fun it was? This is a great way to mix it up and experience one another in a different light – while having pure fun. Going to a bingo hall or an arcade affords you plenty of time to talk and get to know each other, while providing you with a simple activity at the same time to alleviate the possibility for any lull in the conversation.
Take Dinner and Dessert to a Whole ‘nother Level
What could be more romantic than baking cookies together on a rainy night, or preparing a meal together? You could watch Youtube videos and learn how to make sushi together, or a soufflé. A bottle or two of wine could also be involved…Or you can mix it up even more and watch the sunrise and make breakfast together.
Flex the right side of your brain by creating a photo scavenger hunt for each other that ends in romantic location (perhaps where you first met?), go paint pottery, or take art classes together to create a weekly date where you’ll both end up with a new skill. This also goes for going out dancing together- you can both learn how to Salsa and help each other learn and grow.
Keep it Classic….With a Twist
At the end of the day, what couple doesn’t truly enjoy a romantic dinner in New York City complete with the works – a sommelier, roses, candles, a driver. Take the time to go all out for a date. Dress up: him in a suit, her in a dress. Sometimes we get so caught up in the business in life, we forget to take time out to have a night where we can just be fancy.
…Going the Extra Mile
Plan a trip (full day or a weekend) into a city and be a tourist! For example in LA you could go to the Griffith Park Observatory and stargaze. In NYC you could embark on a romantic visit to the boat houses in Central Park, or visit the South Street Seaport for a romantic sunset stroll, or take a carriage ride through the beautiful parks and streets and take in all of the sites.
Dating and going on dates can start to feel common place, but sometimes couples need to remember why they are going on a date with each other in the first place: to spend time together and get to know each other on a deeper level. Whether you choose to go classic and romantic or think outside of the box, doing something different can strengthen the bond.