By Bree Fesh
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’m sure a lot of us are racking our brains with questions of what we can possibly do for a fun date. Unfortunately, on this alleged romantic holiday a lot of us just settle for going out to dinner and maybe seeing a movie, yawn. Where is the spice? Where’s the romance?! Well, no fear, because I’ve constructed a list of 10 fun date ideas for new and seasoned couples alike that will surely make this Valentine’s Day unique and memorable!
Eat A Dessert Only Dinner
Come on! Live a little and skip straight to the good stuff. You can go to your favorite bakery or restaurant and sample their dessert menu, leaving your sweet tooth more than satisfied. On the other hand, if you are feeling a night in, opt for you and your sweetie to bake some desserts together and sample each other’s!
Have a Friendly Bowling Match
If both you and your beau have a slightly competitive edge, head to the bowling alley for some fun! This is the perfect game for couples because it’s not too intense so it makes it easier to hangout and talk while doing a fun activity together. In addition, another bonus is most bowling alleys have a bar, meaning you can relax and have a few drinks as well.
Organize a Coffee Shop Hop
If you two are more early risers (and even if you’re not!) make a fun Valentine’s day morning by exploring your cities local coffee houses. It’s fun and you’ll be trying new places which is always fun! And if you’re afraid of getting a caffeine buzz, you and your date can just split drinks at each shop you got to. Another perk of coffee shops are you can sample some of their pastry’s or have breakfast.
Have a Game Night for Two
Time travel back to middle school—minus the braces and social awkwardness—with a night of various board games, Battleship (or in some cases, battle shots anyone?), Checkers, and Jenga. This is always a fun way to bond and have quite a few laughs during some friendly competition. And although alcohol isn’t necessary, it’s surely encouraged.
Take a Trip To the Zoo, Even If It’s Cold
One year, my ex and I went to the zoo during the winter and since it was cold, it was basically a ghost town. But, the neat thing was a lot of the animals (such as the big cats and bears) where actually much more active than they are during the warmer months! It was totally worth bundling up and spending the whole day there!
Create Your Own Craft Beer or Wine Tasting
Fun fact: Many local bars offer smaller, eight-ounce brew sizes, perfect for sampling new picks. Hop around a few neighborhood spots to try out the world of lagers, stouts, ales, and IPAs. Same goes for wine, and to add a little extra to the date and to avoid the drinking and driving conundrum (DUIs are not sexy) hire a limo for the evening!
Go On a Photo Scavenger Hunt
This is always a fun way to do something creative and explore your city! Grab two disposable cameras, scribble down a list of slightly far-fetched but still achievable places or things that would make for interesting photos such as an ice cream truck, classic car, or something that would make you laugh. (Or if you’re in Pittsburgh you can try and scope out one of the many funky decorated dinosaur statues or try and find the eyeball benches—yeah Pittsburgher’s know what I’m talking about!) Pre-determine an award for the winner such as a round of drinks at their favorite pub, and have a ball! This is also a great activity where you can give the smartphone/digital camera a break. It’s the perfect way to unplug while still capturing fun and memorable moments. The ambitious and craft-savvy among us can even turn the photos into a scrapbook to give as a holiday or anniversary present.
A Night In Rome—Or A City Of Your Choice—From Home
This is a cute, creative, and inexpensive way to bond and have a night in. All you need to do while your other half is out or at work is decorate your apartment like a restaurant in a foreign country. Make it cheesy as possible while keeping it looking nice. Decorating is easy, use construction paper and cheap things you find at Michael’s or any craft store. Then pick a dish you know both of you will like from which ever city you chose, cook it together and eat it by candle light while being in a “foreign city”.
Thrift Shopping Trip for a Dinner Date
Okay, maybe this is just the fashion blogger in me, but this is my idea of a fun, silly, perfect date: Together, you and your beau can visit a local thrift shop. Set a low price tag limit, say $10, and a time limit, say 20-30 minutes. Split up with the mission of rejoining after having purchased your date that perfect something for them. Explain why you chose what you did. Then, later on, you can wear said items on a date.
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