Bored of the same old dinner-movie routine? At a loss of how to spice things up? Want to bring back that first flush of romance because it’s been way too long? Then try these fun out-of-the-box date night ideas that will certainly ignite that spark in your relationship that is so desperately needed at this point. Simple or extravagant, it really does not matter; but what does are the memories. So, make some. Here are our top 3 fun and out-of-the-box date night ideas to try.
1 Balcony Date / Garden Date: Often, our balconies end up gathering dust (because it opens up on to the main road, or it’s used as a spare space to hang clothes. Whatever the case may be, most balconies don’t necessarily get a whole lot of loving.) For this precise reason, spruce up your balcony with some comfy floor cushions, thrown in some tea or fairy lights and music to step up the romance factor, and have a small midnight feast of your favourite goodies and drinks with your significant other? It’s cosy, intimate and doesn’t cost a penny. Added bonus: If you have a lush green backyard, hook up a projector and, boom, you’ve got yourself a very own private outdoor screening of your favourite movie.
2 Surprise Date Night: Some of the most memorable dates are ones based on spontaneity. However, with others, some amount of sleuth and prep work is required. Similar to the concept of a secret date night, where both parties are aware of a plan but don’t particularly know what’s in store, a surprise date night, well, is a surprise. But instead of the run-of-the-mill surprises, how about taking it up a notch or two or three and blow your significant other’s mind, by whisking him or her on a hot air balloon tour? Alternatively, if being up in the air in just a basket makes you uneasy, then hit the ground on an adventurous ATV ride, and explore the different kinds of terrain.
3 Treasure Hunt: The preparation involved for this will take some time, but it will be worth it at the end. Using the background of your relationship (obviously) your clues can be in the form of direct statements and easy hints, or if you are the creative sort, you could incorporate your poetic or silly limerick skills, or even use social media to get to the next clue. If your significant other and you are technology obsessed, then frame your clues around technology, and use WhatsApp or SMS to get the answer to your next clue. It is entirely up to you if you want to stretch it the treasure hunt for a day or two, or for a week before the grand final reveal. Pro Tip: Add an IOU naughty and nice activity points to every clue that is successfully solved, and redeem it later.
What are your out-of-the-box date night ideas? Share your ideas with us in the comments section below.
Simran Mangharam is an expert on relationships and co-founder of Floh.in, a curated network that connects singles in real life.