If you follow Jordan Lee Dooley, you have probably seen a post very similar to this. Jordan Lee posted 25 of her own date ideas on her blog Soul Scripts. You can head here to see her post from last summer.
I thought I would take a stab at 35 of my own date ideas. Each of these ideas have been tested and approved by Caleb and myself, and we truly enjoyed them. Our favorites have been numbers 1 (Chopped at home), 10 (Children’s books in the bookstore), and 18 (Pottery Painting). Our entire relationship has been spent in a pretty small town so we learned quickly that creativity is key when planning our date nights. Here is our list of 35 creative date ideas:
Chopped at home – pick three ingredients and a time limit. Start the timer and compete to see who can make the best meal/dessert with the ingredients you picked
Go to a play or theatre – check to see if your town is showing any plays. Our university shows plays each year that we love to try.
Explore a small town that you have never been to – doesn’t need to be far away. Just explore something close to you that maybe you have never been to.
Learn something new together – photography, baking, music, a new language, art, etc.
Have a pizza and movie night – make homemade pizza dough and pick up a classic (or new) movie to watch together or with a group.
Themed Marathon – Pick a theme and watch all episodes of your favorite shows related to that theme (ex. The holiday episodes of the office or Gilmore Girls)
At-Home-Melting-Pot Chocolate Fondue – grab a crock-pot and some mason jars. Fill the crock pot with water until it is about 1/4 full. Place the mason jars in the water and fill with different varieties of chocolate chips (Personal favorite: milk chocolate and peanut butter chips). Let the chocolate melt on high for 20-30 minutes while stirring frequently. Cut up fruit, Rice Krispies Treats, or other snacks and enjoy your dessert fondue.
Plan your dream trip at a local book store or coffee shop – Pick a location, search for fun Airbnbs, lookup books in the bookstore, and learn about your dream vacation spot.
Children’s Book Bookstore Date – Pick out 3 children books each and read them together over coffee or dessert. My personal favorite is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, and Caleb’s current favorite is The Book with No Pictures by B.J Novak.
Coffee or dessert crawl – Find three or four local coffee shops or dessert spots and taste the same item from each place. Pick a favorite. Who knows, you might just find the world’s best cup of coffee!
Geocaching – You can find the geocaching app here.
Volunteer – Contact a local homeless shelter, food pantry, or church and see if you can volunteer together.
Hit up open houses – Caleb and I LOVE pretending we are on the hunt for a house. We have joined in on open houses in multi-million dollar neighborhoods on many occasions. It feels kinda silly but it is SUPER fun! If you aren’t up for pretending in person, hit up Realtor.com or Zillow and look at fancy-schmancy houses in your area. (Houses in The Hamptons are my personal favorite to look at!)
Open mic & game night – Find a local coffee shop that puts on open mic nights. Grab a game and play at the coffee shop. If you are musical and brave, you could even join in on the open mic.
Thrift Shopping – Set a budget and shop for yourselves or for each other. To make this date especially unique, pick out four outfits for each other. Each outfit should be inspired by a different decade. Try on the outfits and take lots of funny photos!
Go on a hike or take a walk – Call me old-fashioned but some of my favorite dates with Caleb were spent walking around in his family’s neighborhood. Try going on a walk and just spend time talking together. It’s nice to talk without a TV in front of your face sometimes.
Pottery Painting – Find a local pottery shop near you and go paint a bowl, a plate, a figurine, or a mug. My favorite travel mug is from a date Caleb and I went on to a pottery shop in Beavercreek.
Explore a Local Conservatory or museum – This is probably the nerd in me speaking but I love learning new things. If you and your significant other also love to learn, try looking up local conservatories or museums and explore them together. Many of these places are free or very cheap.
Eat at a hole in the wall restaurant in your town – Don’t just eat at chipotle or cheesecake factory every time you go out. Try a local restaurant and don’t judge the restaurant by it’s appearance alone… well, maybe a little. Sometimes those judgements are accurate. Check Yelp.com for reviews or ask around for suggestions.
Go on a Mini road trip – Decide on a city within 1-2 hours of home and just go. Run to Walmart for road trip snacks and create a Spotify playlist of all the classics. Make fun memories in a city close to home and enjoy drive-time conversations.
Themed Date Night – pick a decade and plan a date to “fit” that decade. For example, Caleb and I picked the 1940’s/1950’s. We found a local diner called The Spot and dressed to fit the ” theme”.
Group Game Night – Call up some friends, bake some cookies, and enjoy tea/coffee while you play some games.
Try a new kind of food – Make the food yourself or try a new restaurant. The only stipulation on this one is that it has to be something you have never tried before. (ex. Thai Food or a Vietnamese restaurant)
People Watching – Sound a little creepy? It might be, haha! But its fun! Pick up ice cream or your favorite dessert and head to a local mall, park, beach, or public spot. People watch while you enjoy your dessert.
Coloring in the Park – Grab a blanket, coloring pencils or crayons, your favorite snacks, and a coloring book. Head to your local park and color while you relax in the sun. To be honest, when Caleb and I did this, he just took a nap and I colored. But it was still fun!
M & M Bowling – We’ve all been bowling like 500 billion times since we were kids. It was like the ultimate (and only) fun “group date” idea when we were in middle school. To make bowling just a little bit more interesting, buy a bag of M & M’s. Pick a random twist for each color. For example, every time someone in your group blindly draws a red M&M, they have to bowl like a granny.
Let Him Pick – ladies, it might not be your favorite date ever, but let your man decide what to do once in a while. You might even come to enjoy the things that he chooses (like Call of Duty WW2, haha!).
I even have proof.
Walk around Costco or Sam’s Club on Sample Day – Enough said. If you do this, or have done this, we would be such good friends!!
Fill out “How Well You Know Me” quizzes or Personality Tests Together – Here is a link to a free and fun personality test that Caleb and I refer to frequently. You can learn a lot about your relationship and your significant other by taking personality tests. Use it as an opportunity to grow together and talk about the things that you could do better together!
Goodwill Puzzle Night – Buy the biggest puzzle you can find at your local Goodwill and see how much you can finish in 2 hours.
Community Classes – Look up local classes offered in your community. Caleb and I might try out a local square dancing class with a group of our friends this month.
Attend a Live Local Concert – In the warmer months, you can find these at local outdoor malls, restaurants, or theaters.
Attend a Local Sporting Event – If you are really on a budget, attend a soccer or football game at your high school alma mater. Don’t live near your alma mater? Attend an event at whatever high school is nearest to you.
Walmart Scavenger Hunt – Hit up Pinterest and search, “Store Scavenger Hunt” for ideas. Here is a link to my favorite.
Recreate Your First Date – always a great go-to date idea. Reminisce in all the memories and talk about how much you have grown since your first date.
Thanks for reading! I hope that you enjoy these date ideas as much as we have! Feel free to check out my older posts below or follow me on Instagram to stay up-to-date with my latest blog posts. Comment down below and tell me what your all-time favorite date has been, what your first date was, or which of these dates stood out to you as especially interesting! I love hearing from you 🙂
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