Go out on Creative Dates
Dating can be more than dinner and a movie. Creative dates are a good way to find out more about the other person. Creative dates can range from romantic to silly. Focus on what you like to do, but don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone to try something new.
Make a candlelit nighttime picnic. Go to a baseball diamond, unfold a blanket, light a couple of candles and lay out a spread of food. After you eat enjoy the night sky.
Snuggle around a campfire. Build a fire on the beach or at a campground. Bring blankets, coffee or hot chocolate. Tell ghost stories or talk about your campfire memories from childhood.
Gaze at the stars and peer through a telescope to see them close up. The moon and stars make for romantic ambience. If it’s too cold then find a planetarium. The city, a local museum or college may have a planetarium you can visit.
Take a helicopter ride to see the fireworks. Seeing fireworks from the ground is thrilling but seeing them from an eagle’s eye view is truly memorable. Reserve early since there are only so many helicopters available and they book up quickly for that night.
Take a limousine ride to look at the holiday lights. A luxury date in a limo with a driver and a glass of champagne will impress your date. Most limousine companies know where the best light displays are. Just ask them when you call to reserve the car.
Do a progressive dinner. Start with appetizers at one restaurant, go to dinner at another and have dessert at a third place. You choose one place and your date chooses the next place to go.
Go to sightseeing in your own city. Get a guidebook for your city. Pick out some local attractions you’ve never visited and spend the day as tourists.
Go to the rodeo. Cowboys give the crowds big thrills riding bulls and bucking broncos. Check your local listings for a rodeo near you. Have a steak dinner to make the night authentic.
Go to a painting, pottery, or other art class together. Getting creative on a date tells you a lot about the other person. Look for a class at a local art studio, community center or college.
Go to dance lessons. Even if neither of you is a great dancer, learning to dance together can be romantic and fun too. Some dance clubs offer free lessons before the club gets busy. You can also try a local dance studio or dance club.
Volunteer together. Build a house, dish out food at a shelter, pick an angel off the holiday tree and shop for gifts. You’ll be happy you did a good deed. But you can also find out if your date has compassion for others.
Go to a shooting range. If one of you is a gun enthusiast then a shooting range can be a fun place for a date. The more experienced shooter can give some lessons to the novice one. Gun ranges may have guns you can use while you are there.
Teach each other something new. Creative dates can expand your horizons by teaching each other about the things you like to do:
- shooting pool
- playing tennis
- playing piano
Go to the beach and build a sandcastle. It will bring out your creative side and you can see how you work as a team. Alternatively, make it a competition. See if your date is a competitive person and have some fun in the process.
Build a snowman. This is the wintertime version of building a sandcastle. The added bonus is that you can have a snowball fight or make snow angels when you’re done.
Have a water balloon or water gun fight. Surprise your date with a gift of a water gun or a bucket filled with water balloons and let them take the first shot. You’ll know right away how spontaneous your date is.
At Home Dates
Make your own pizzas. Cooking together is a sure fire way to get to know each other. Buy raw pizza dough at a pizzeria. Put toppings in bowls and build your favorite pizzas. A glass of red wine always goes with pizza.
Put together a puzzle. Doing something together that still allows you to talk takes the pressure off since you have something else to focus on. For fun, pick a puzzle that will surprise your date when it is complete. You can order puzzles made from your own photo or that spells out a message.
Whatever you decide to do on a date, bring your sense of humor and sense of adventure. It’s not about everything going perfectly, it’s really about getting to know your date better and being yourself.