A date 1 year in the making!
For this date, you'll need a large box or chest to store things in!
On New Year's Day, you and your special someone start filling a box with things to make up a date with. Things like wrapped gifts and cards for each other as well as games you can play together, movies you can watch, or candles you can light are all good ideas! Continue adding to the box all throughout the year, but don't go digging through it to see how full it is or what's inside! Just add your items and leave it alone. Wrapping things helps prevent the other person from getting too curious and spoiling things.
On New Year's Eve, take the box of goodies and set it out, then at midnight (or in the morning on New Year's Day,) open up the box and explore its contents together!
If you both enjoyed the process, start a new box for next year!
When the good packing snow blankets the streets, it's the perfect time for a snow date!
Start off by setting out two mugs with cocoa mix inside on the counter. (Alternatively you could set things up for making tea if you're just not a hot cocoa fan!)
Place a kettle on the stove, leaving it off for now and switching it on when you get back! (even if you're only going as far as your own backyard!)
What does one do on a snow date? There are the usual options;
And then there are some more unique ideas. I recommend gathering buckets you'd use for building sandcastles and building a snow castle! You can also mix it up and build fort walls, then have a snowball fight from behind them as you try to take down your darling's defenses!
Snow leaves a lot of options, so bundle up and go have some fun with it! When you're ready to call it a day, return home to some hot cocoa and cuddle up next to each other as you reflect.
It's almost Christmas time, which means many neighborhoods will have lovely displays outside!
With your dearest, take a walk around town at night, looking at Christmas lights. This date is best when there's snow!
Too cold and icy? Or are you not able to do the walk? A slow drive with Christmas music on can also be romantic!
End the evening inside with some hot cocoa, tea, or coffee, while Christmas music plays softly in the background. Talk all about the Christmas holiday and enjoy it to the fullest together! Also share some of your best memories from a Christmas in the past, then memories since times together, and what you imagine for future holidays.
If you’re not a big fan of the cold and love baking, then this date’s for you!
The idea is to make something together, set the table and enjoy it over some candlelight.
Turn on some music and preheat the oven, it's time to bake something delicious with your darling! For this date you'll want to gather the needed tools and ingredients first, then get together and start baking! It can be anything from pizza to steak, just depends on what you both like.
Don't forget dessert!
Make the date extra sweet by being romantic about the process! For example, when rolling out cookie dough, extending your arms around the other person is a very intimate way to go about it.
What you’ll need:
Cream together shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl. Blend in the rest of the ingredients. Chill dough for an hour. Set oven for 400 degrees fahrenheit. Roll out dough and cut into desired shapes, and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes.
For frosting mix powdered sugar and milk in bowl until you get a consistency you like. Separate into smaller bowls and add food dye to get desired colors.
All done! Enjoy!
You read that right! For this date you're going to make a date!
You and your special someone will need a box to place the items in and, of course, have a couple in mind to gift it to! The nice thing about this date is that it can be tailored to your liking!
Step one: Pick a Theme!
It's good to have a theme in mind for the date. Having an idea in mind will help prevent aimless shopping or struggles to think up what to add to the Date Box.
Will it be a date for indoors or outdoors? Romantic, funny, or both? Will it involve a movie or an activity? Work together with your sweetheart to come up with a plan, or use one of the dates on here as your theme!
When Andrew and I made a date box for another couple, we did a movie theme which included a bowl for snacks, the snacks to go into the bowl, a blanket to snuggle under, and the movie. We also threw in a little joke gift!
Step two: Shopping!
Recommended: Take a trip out to some stores and buy things that fit the theme of your date idea for the couple! Grab something to drink on the way there, have fun and tease about the possibilities!
Alternative: If you don't really like browsing stores in person, or if it's hard for one or both of you to get out, you can shop online! This can make it a lot easier to find something you know they'll love.
Keep in mind that you can also always make gifts, which turns the gift box into a fun project for you and your honey to do! Consider printing out Date Cards (index cards with a different date idea on each one) and packing them in your couple's gift box.
No matter what, be sure to treat yourselves to something nice while you're shopping!
Step three: Packing!
Once you've got the presents, it's time to pack up the box! You could use a gift basket or bag as an alternative to a box.
Step four: Give it to your couple of choice!
I hope you had fun making it! Now gift it to the couple and enjoy their surprise!
Have you ever camped out, loved it, and missed it in the colder months? That's not a problem with this date for married couples, as it can be done anytime of the year, no matter the weather!
Gather together sleeping bags, snacks, a good book and anything else that you might take out camping, then pick a room in your house to make camp with your sweetheart!
If you don't have sleeping bags, you can use lots of pillows and a comforter instead like we did!
Ready to enjoy the great outdoors with the love of your life? Here's how to add a little competition to make things interesting!
For this date you'll each need to bring a camera and a timer. Most cellphones usually cover both!
Go out to a nature reserve or nice wooded area and get your cameras ready! Separating during the competition—so you run into different animals—is advised, so you'll want to establish a meetup spot for after the time is up.
Once you're ready, set your timers (I recommend setting them for about 10 minutes) and go take pictures of as many different animals as you can! If you would like you can count all species of things like birds separately to increase your options! (Just make sure to establish these rules ahead of time!)
When your time is up, go to your meetup spot and compare your photos to see who got the most shots!
If you enjoyed this round you can have a best 2 out of 3 by taking pictures of different flower blooms, or different types of mushrooms, or maybe animal tracks! Your options depend only on the season. When you're done with the games, take some pictures of each other in different areas, then find a place to sit down together and look through all the photos together.
A nice plus to this date is you can make an album, either online or with a book, and remember the experience for years to come!
The autumn weather is often cool and comfortable, with bugs at a minimum, making it perfect for a picnic!
How many picnics have you and your Honey been on? Well I’d say it’s time to add one to that!
A few things to keep in mind for the date:
A picnic in the fall where the leaves change color is a great sightseeing experience, and one way you can make this date extra special is picking out a leaf together after you eat. Choose a leaf that is thin and flat with low moisture and preserve it with a little note from each of you about the highlight of your date! (An easy method to preserve a leaf is placing it between some paper then setting heavy books on top and leaving it to dry, though you can look up other methods!)
Once your leaf is ready you can frame it with an overview of your date, or store it in a journal, scrapbook, or photo album.
What if the two of you could make a date out of cute and fun ideas, and of good deeds?
When you do something good for someone else, you feel good. When you're able to share in that giving experience with the love of your life, you'll both feel great!
To start things off, sit together and make a list of all the deeds you want to do in a day, then let the date commence!
Here are some ideas which you could pack into one day:
After you're all done, share your favorite experience from the date with one another!
Ready for autumn?
Why not go to a pumpkin patch?
You can go to the patch for a hayride, pop by some stands to look at fall decor, and enjoy whatever else they might have set up. You and your loved one can pick out pumpkins or gourds to carve or paint once you get back from the venture! What you carve or paint is completely up to you!
No patch? No problem! Lots of places have fall festivals, but even if those aren't an option where you live you can still go out together to stores and make a fall party for two! (They do sell pumpkins all over the place, after all!)
Make a list of activities you two might enjoy doing, such as
You can also take some beautiful photos together when the tree leaves change colors!
Have fun together this autumn!