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Now that you’ve made your own chalkboard date box for you and your significant other or as a gift for another couple, how do you decide what dates to put inside? Grab some snacks and adult beverages and start brainstorming.
1. Start with the things that you’ve always wanted to do together “one day.”
Is there something that you’ve always wanted to share with your significant other but simply never gotten around to?
- Do you have a hobby that you enjoy doing and would like to share why it is special to you?
- What is on your personal bucket list that now is something that you want to experience with your spouse?
- Would you like to finally host that “adult” dinner party or fun group date at your home? (This mystery group date is my recommendation.)
- Is there a significant place from your childhood or even adulthood you’d like to share with your significant other?
2. Use categories to facilitate brainstorming. Here’s the ones I included in my date box cards:
- Food and Drink- Restaurants, Winery, Breweries, Food Trucks, Tastings, Pick Your Own Fruit
- Shows- Plays, Concerts, Movies, Comedy, Improv
- Classes and Activities- Cooking classes, Arts and crafts classes, Community college classes, Yoga
- Outdoors- Parks, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sporting Events, Fairs, Festivals, Gardens, Water sports, Fishing, Hunting
- Arts and Culture- Museums, Orchestra, Opera, Ballet, Art Galleries, Plays
- Day and Weekend Trips- The Big City, Mountains, Beach, Historical Sites, National Parks, Roadside Attractions
3. Ask for recommendations.
- Look for recommendations from your favorite bloggers, like I did with this post. Here are some of the dates that are on my date night bucket list this year.
- Ask couple friends who live in your city what their favorite spots to experience as a couple are.
- Have your parents tell memories of what some of their favorite dates together have been over the years.
4. Look on a map for locations that are within a two hour drive of you.
These locations could make for a fun day or weekend trip that won’t break the bank. Here are some tips for making the most out of a weekend trip.
5. Include at least one splurge date.
Is there an activity or meal you’ve put on the back burner because of its cost? Start putting aside money from every paycheck to eventually make that dream a reality. In the meantime, have fun by creating your own staycation.
6. Don’t forget to include at least one bucket list item that is a little bit of a challenge or out of your comfort zone.
It doesn’t have to be skydiving or bungee jumping. It could just be something that stretches you a bit. Like trying a new kind of ethnic food if you are a picky eater. Or taking ballroom dancing classes even if you are extremely uncoordinated.
Remember to document your fun adventures together. Take pictures of the adventures you have together and write the highlights on the back of your date cards.
What is on your date night bucket list for this year?