By Sizzle from Sizzle Says
Pick a Picnic
One of my favorite things to do with my sweetheart is picnicking. There are so many variations that you could picnic your way through the summer without a repeat! I like to head over to the local Farmer’s Market to pick up some locally grown fruit, delicious cheeses and bread, then pack in some wine and head to the park. But you could make a picnic anywhere- even in bed!
Take a walk
I know this sounds like a “duh” kind of idea but seriously, grab your mate’s hand and take a stroll. Maybe venture to a part of your neighborhood you’ve never walked through. Take in the trees, the houses, and let the conversation flow. Or tackle a hike- from up top a mountain you can gain tremendous perspective.
When’s the last time you played Scrabble or Gin? Pull out the cards or the board games and see what a little friendly rivalry does for your relationship. Or take it on the go to a local coffee shop or on your picnic on a sunny day.
A lot of museums have free days or nights once a month. Check out your local museums and plan a date. Or take advantage of Art Walks. It’s a great way to infuse your relationship with a new perspective and think of the conversation starter it provides- especially if you’re both staring at the same piece thinking “Huh? I don’t get it.”
Flicks by Starlight
Here in Seattle we love watching movies outside. We basically love anything outside because THANK GOODNESS it is no longer raining. Maybe your town has something similar? Pack up a blanket and some pillows and snacks and take in an old classic together under the stars.
Take a class together- be it cooking, dancing, tennis, language, or whatever strikes your fancy. Learning together can be a bonding experience.
I am a firm believer that getting your endorphins going is directly proportionate to one’s sanity. Maybe you both love to run or have wanted to try kayaking (try the double one- it’s so much fun!) or think bowling is a hoot. Whatever gets you going, get out there with your partner and work up a sweat. Then come home and shower together.
When all else fails (or if you’re the indecisive type), try writing out three date night ideas on small scraps of paper, fold them, and put them in a bowl. Have your date draw their choice and, viola; you’ve got an instant date.
What’s your favorite cheap date night?
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