I have been with my man for 8 years – that is a lot of dates!
We don’t get to do a “date night” very often but when we do it is always a challenge to find something new to do. Not to mention for us driving to get a take out is like a date!
Here are some date night ideas for new love interests or for long timers like me:
- His/Her Favorite Restaurant
So we take turns going to our favorite restaurants. One night go to your favorite restaurant and another night go to his/her favorite restaurant. This keeps it fair and plus then you learn each others favorite places to eat at (great for gift cards/surprise dinners!).
- Go For A Drive
Every now and then we have a playlist of our favorite songs from over the years and just drive around – typically around sunset time. It is fun to just sing and dance together in the car. If you are a new couple this will still work! Every other song play your favorite song, after all if it is meant to be you will know all each others favorite songs!
- Redbox/Go To A Movie
We are home-bodies and like to spend the time we have at home. That being said we typically either buy a movie or rent a movie. We rarely make it to an actual theater unless we have a gift card. Mix it up and find a romance movie to cuddle up and watch! Don’t forget the popcorn and M&Ms!
- Mini-Golf/Driving Range
This is for my outdoorsy couples! Here in Phoenix we have several places that have mini-golf, go carts and arcades which can be fun! Beware though this can get expensive..
- Home Cooked Meal
Cook together while listening to love songs. It is fun to dance around the kitchen and make your favorite home cooked meals.
- Sports Game
No you do not have to spend $500 to go to a football game. I am talking about hockey or baseball – typically you can get tickets for pretty cheap.
One of our favorite places locally is The Melting Pot which is a fondue restaurant. What is great about this place is you can just order dessert instead of a full course dinner! So if you are just having a sweet tooth this is a great option.
- Local Fairs/Events
If you know your date is going to be on a specific day, look at your local city websites for current events going on. They have home and garden shows, pet expos, beer and wine tasting, tattoo expos, etc. Find something you would both be interested in!
- Farmers Market
Not many are into this type of thing but it is sometimes fun to see all the different things/foods. Plus these sometimes happen near shopping centers so you can turn it into a shopping day (if your wallet can afford it!).
- Outdoor Fire
Depending on the time of year – a warm fire pit outside is always nice. Grab some supplies to make s’mores and curl up next to each other underneath the stars. If you don’t have a fire put you can find them cheap online or make a DIY one (Pinterest!).
- Craft Night
Sounds cheesy – But give us a wooden bird house and that will keep us busy for at least an hour. Sometimes we compete at who has the best design 🙂 This is a cheap night in!
- Hot Tub/Swimming
In Arizona we can swim almost all year round. A hot tub can make for a more intimate night while a swimming pool would be more of a day time hang out.
- Video Games
I know when I first started dating my boyfriend we would play Call of Duty together. Ladies – this is your guys favorite pastime the least you could do is trying to enjoy it also. Plus this is a chance to get close and learn how to play.
This is great for those “first date/meet” types of dates – invite a few friends over to play some beer pong and have a good time. This is a great ice-breaker for the both of you – plus your friends can give their input!
Don’t stress over date night. The relationships that do not work out are the ones that are forced from the get go. If you are both open to trying new experiences then go for it! Don’t think you have to spend a fortune for a date, after all you don’t want to go broke trying to impress that special someone!
Comment below on your favorite date ideas!