Relationships are hard work, no matter how magical they may feel. Every relationship starts out the same— infatuation keeps you two enthralled in each other’s company no matter the day, weather, or occasion. As time passes, things change, you grow comfortable, and the fire that once was may feel more distant than it used to.
Keeping the spark alive after years and years of unconditional love may feel difficult, but that doesn’t mean things are imperfect! Those brilliant sparks are still there, it’s a simple matter of enlivening them.
With these 11 date ideas, you and your partner will be instantly transported back into that coveted honeymoon phase.
Plan a picnic
Break out the wicker basket, fresh bread, and pressed juices— a sunshiny day is a perfect call for a picnic day at the park. Fill your feast with you and your partner’s favorite treats and create a romantic playlist of all the songs that remind you of him or her.
Go on a staycation
Vacations for two can be expensive. If you’re not looking to break the bank, planning a staycation may be the ultimate answer to rekindling the flame. Take a quick trek up to the closest lake or mountain in your town, rent a cabin or Airbnb, and make a weekend out of it!
Take a dance class
What better way to get the love juices flowing than with a bit of tango or salsa? Taking a couple’s dance class is a great way to get close and turn simple movements into art in motion. Not much of a dancer? Try a Zumba class— they’re more about exercise and dynamic movements than rhythm.
Hit the mini-golf course
Got a competitive bone in your body? Challenge your partner to a game of mini-golf. This playful take on an otherwise slow sport comes with plenty of fun and amusement park-style treats.
Volunteer at a charity event
Giving back to the community is an excellent way to bring a smile to both of your faces and everyone you help serve. Whether it’s a marathon run, a neighborhood block party, or a soup kitchen, volunteering is a great way to boost your mood and do the world a bit of good.
When’s the last time you two visited a new bar? You’ve got your regular local spots but have you made a point to visit any of the newly opened spots downtown or in the suburbs? Plan a night where you bounce from bar to bar, trying a drink you’ve never tried before.
Cook a meal from scratch
Maybe one of you is more of a chef than the other, maybe you’re both into cooking, or maybe neither of you are! No matter how good or bad you are at whipping up dinner, making a meal together from scratch is a great two-person activity. At the end of your kitchen escapade, you’ll have a delicious meal waiting to be devoured! Try these easy from-scratch meals:
- Shrimp tacos
- Spaghetti and meatballs with pesto sauce
- Cheesy Polenta with tomato ragu
Though clubbing may feel like anything but an ageless experience, nightclubs are a great place to channel your youthful spirit. Before heading to the local spots that remind you most of your college days, do a bit of research and find a club that best suit your music taste and age group. There’s something out there for everyone! And don’t forget your cute date night outfits! A little sparkle never hurt anybody!
Get crafty with a DIY project
Looking to up your interior decor game? Making your own pottery to decorate your window sills or creating your own canvas artworks is an incredibly fun partner activity that activates the creative side of your brain. Put on some soft tunes and get your imagination cranking.
Though there are plenty of negative connotations about being a tourist in your own city, there’s nothing wrong with having a preserved sense of wonder! Whether it’s revisiting the historic buildings in your city or taking a boat tour, sightseeing is a great way to take in the fresh air and appreciate the gorgeous city you live in.
Did we miss anything? What have been your most memorable date ideas? Let us know in the comments below.