Over the last few weeks, Austin and I have been noticing that we spend a ton of time watching TV together. At the end of a hard day, it can be so easy to sit in front of a screen and mindlessly binge watch Jack Bauer take on terrorists.
While there is nothing wrong with spending time together in front of a TV, one of our goals going into our third month of marriage is to spice our night life up a bit. So I have compiled a few date night ideas for the married, the dating, or the single best friends with nothing better to do this Saturday night.
1. Have your friends over for a game night!
Cold weather is coming! From Scattegories to monopoly, games are a fun way to not only spend quality time with your significant other and but love on friends in the warmth of your home. I have heard great reviews about the Speak Out , a game where you put in a mouth piece and try to describe things. It could be a great way make a fool of yourself in front of your favorite people.
2. Go on an oldies drive.
Go on a drive and listen to your favorite songs from childhood or your awkward teenage years. Make sure you don’t hold back. We all know you had a thing for The Backstreet Boys…
3. Go to a local game.
Whether you live in a town that loves high school football or have your own college baseball team to follow, cheering on your team and eating gross yellow cheese can be a fun bonding experience.
4. Read a book together.
Here are my personal recommendations:
Marriage: You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity by Francis and Lisa Chan
Dating: The Mingling of Souls by Matt and Lauren Chandler
Single and ready to mingle: The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas
5. Take a night away.
This one may not work for those of us who are monetarily challenged (Lord knows I won’t be taking advantage of this one for a hot minute). Take a night to just get away! Go to a bed and breakfast in either your city or even go far away. Sometimes just one night without home’s responsibilities to consider can be beautifully rejuvenating.
6. Get Fancy!
This might be my favorite. Get all dressed up. Put on some smelly stuff. Hit the town. Whether you go cheap and have a
picnic or go all out and eat at the local five star, treat yo self!
7. Have a night hike.
You choose where ya go! Don’t forget your flashlight. Creepy or adventurous? I’ll let you decide.
8. Create a bucket list.
Spend time determining some of your own fun things to do! But make sure you go all out. Some of the things on my bucket list with Austin include publishing a book together and traveling across the world to spread the Gospel. Go big or go home!
9. Bake together!
Who doesn’t love mixing together sweet ingredients, licking the batter, then having a delectable treat throughout the rest of the week? If you’re feeling really crazy you can try to imitate Buddy from Cake Boss and have a cake decorating competition!
10. Go on a bike ride.
Or a run. Or a walk. Whatever will get you up and moving!
11. Try a progressive dinner!
Start somewhere for appetizers, hit up another place for your main course, and finish it off with dessert at your local coffee shop or bakery. Or you can do what those of us who are trying to pay off student loans do: progressive fast food dinner. Twice the jank. Half the price.
12. Christmas shop online.
Too tired to get out but need to get some shopping done? Y’all. Amazon literally has everything. From a Starbucks Gift Card to Blanket Scarves that are half the price, you can literally start and finish your holiday shopping in a matter of minutes. And if your man is anything like mine, he will love the fact that he doesn’t have to get out and fight the crowds!
13. Have a photo shoot.
Maybe you’ve got friends in the right places and know someone who can shoot good pictures, but if you’re like most of us, you might have to pay for a photography session. Try hiring a photo journalism student for a discounted price. You could even order a nice Camera to document your own moments from day to day.
14. Love on someone.
We all know someone who is going through something. Take some time to write a note, grab some comfort food, and pay a visit.
Face-to-face communication is something my generation desperately lacks. We are so use to a screen shining in front of our face that we often neglect to purposefully converse with those we love. Take a few hours and ask one another probing questions:
- What has been the best moment of your week so far?
- What has been the worst moment of your week so far?
- If you could eat any meal over again, what would it be and why?
- Did you do the things you wanted to this year?
- How do you want next year to be the same? What about different?
There are so many more, but I will leave it to you to come up with them. Spending time with other people is what The Lord put us on this earth to do. Relaxing in front of the TV is fine every now and again, but making memories is so much more fulfilling.
Share your date ideas in the comments section and don’t forget to follow on the side or bottom of the screen!