Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my Hulu and my Netflix and can cozy up on the couch for hours binge watching shows, but how much conversation happens between me and my boyfriend during one of our shows? Pretty much zero. Sometimes we even find ourselves both scrolling through our phones and not even paying attention to the show. It’s nice every now and then to break away from that and spend a night reconnecting and making fun memories to look back on.
My boyfriend mentioned this recently. Once my dog’s training classes are over, we’re going to look into it! We cook at home all the time and think it would be really fun to try out new recipes to bring home. It’s also a nice way to work together to create something.
I did this recently and I’m obsessed. It was pretty easy and I LOVE my candle. You each can make your own. You can pick your own scents and candle holder and make it all right there in front of you. And you can drink wine while doing it, doesn’t that sound like a win-win?!
If you need a little practice in the communication area, this is the ultimate test. You’ve got to work together to get yourselves out of a locked room in just 60 minutes! It gets intense when the clock is counting down, but it’s super fun interaction and feels awesome when you escape.
Live Sporting Event
I can’t sit and watch sports for hours on tv anyway, but I love the adrenaline of watching it live. Thankfully here in Nashville we have a little bit of everything from hockey and football to soccer and baseball. Any season there is something to check out. Even if you aren’t rooting for the home team, you’ll get lost in the high energy atmosphere. And did I mention popcorn, pretzels and cocktails? Something for everyone.
Go For a Star Gazing Hike
Get lost underneath the star filled sky. Climb high above the city lights into peace and quiet where it’s just the two of you. Bring a picnic, or a bottle of wine and enjoy each other and the fresh mountain air. No mountain near you? Find a beach, a park or an open field. There’s gotta be one somewhere!
Again, I’m all about catching up on good television, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to get creative and work together. I think it helps you learn more about your significant other. It keeps you connected in a way sitting on the couch can’t.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Looking for something to do after dinner? Just want to change it up a little? I’ve listed some of my favorite “off the beaten path ideas” below.
Wine & Paint Night – Channel the inner Picasso in both of you with a paint brush and a glass of wine. Wine & Paint nights aren’t just for girl’s night out. This is a great after dinner activity for couple’s on Valentine’s Day. There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to see who can create the next masterpiece.
Sign up for a cooking class – They always say the way to a man’s heart is through the kitchen, which makes a cooking class the perfect date! Test out your palette while learning how to create new dishes and enjoy a nice meal together in a creative way.
A night under the stars at the Planetarium – A lot of Planetariums hold special events on Valentine’s Day because what is more romantic than spending a night looking up at the stars. Check out your local one and see what they have going on!
Take a scavenger hunt around the city – Plan a whole night of surprises. Trade on and off. Put him in charge of where to eat dinner, you take the dessert and alternate on nightly activities. The best part about the scavenger hunt, is neither of you tell the other what you have planned, you each make up clues and half the fun is in the guessing.
A night at the zoo – What is more romantic than hanging out with cute animals! Stroll past elephants, monkeys and bears hand in hand and hey, if it’s cold, just pull each other closer.
Test out your teamwork skills in an escape room – What better way to work on your communication skills than the escape game! The clock is ticking and the game is on. Will you make it out?
Volunteer – Give back together.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re like me and enjoy nice quiet nights at home in yoga pants and a ponytail, here are some fun date night ideas for staying in.
Play Board Games – This Valentine’s Day Jenga is a cute idea to remind each other all the things about the other you fell in love with.
Homemade Sushi – I’ve always wanted to make my own sushi at home. If you love cooking in the kitchen with your better half, this would be a fun one.
Fondue Picnic – Enjoy your own fondue night! Fondue kits are easy to find, like this one here. Lay a blanket on the living room floor, pour some wine, serve fruit or cheese on a platter, dip and enjoy.
Root Beer Floats and a movie – I love the idea of this root beer float kit. It would be the perfect treat to a night of movies like Grease or Sixteen Candles.