Does your weekly date night consist of dining at the same old haunts or taking in a flick at the movie theater? Yawn — it’s time to try some new activities and reignite the romance. According to The New York Times, new experiences increase the amount of dopamine in your brain and recreate the intense feelings you first had for each other. Strengthen the connection with your significant other and experiment with these novelty date night ideas that won’t cost much or take you far from home.
Pantry diving is a game of creative cooking. Together, take a look at the food you have in the refrigerator and pantry. These will be the sole ingredients for the meal you are about to cook together. Make a dinner menu, don your cutest apron and get cooking. If the meal turns out to be a disaster, the laughter alone will strengthen your bond and give you lasting memories. Cost: $0 (unless you end up having to order in Chinese)
A good degree of vulnerability and trust emerge when you bathe together. Welcoming your beau into your typically private routine invites a level of intimacy you probably haven’t had in a while. Start by drawing a romantic bubble bath, add lightly scented lavender candles and play soft music. Take romance into the bathroom for playful sensuality, or simply relax together over a glass of wine and a game of bathtub footsies.
Outdoor Love Lair
Hang lanterns/string lights and cover the ground with soft blankets and pillows. Either project a film onto a drop cloth hanging from the side of your house or cuddle up with a laptop. Bring beverages and a cheese and meat tray and order that on-demand movie you’ve been dying to see. Let the stars and moon above shine down on your rekindled love in your outdoor lair.
Backyard Water Games
When you were a kid, running through the sprinklers would happen on a daily basis during the hot summer. Recreate that feeling of youth by playing outdoor water games with your partner, if a daytime date is on the agenda. Get some inexpensive super soakers and have a water fight. Make your own backyard slip-n-slide, and play water balloon piñata for a fun in the sun afternoon together.
Take a hike on a nearby trail and find a romantic spot where you can sit down together and take it all in. Bring along a list of questions that will engage you in some deep life conversation. These questions contain substance which will allow you to get to know your partner on a deeper level than ever before. Even if you’ve been together for three years, you are bound to learn something new. Some question ideas from Thought Catalog include:
- If you could have been a child prodigy, what would you have wanted to be skilled at?
- What is your weirdest deal-breaker?
- What’s the first thing you’d do if you were the opposite sex for one day?
Write a Poem or Song
You don’t have to be a talented artist to sit down together one evening and write a poem or song. All you need is some imagination to write lyrics and/or make a tune together. Whether you use an acoustic guitar or a kazoo is no matter; creating a piece of art with your beloved will open you up to a new level of intimacy.
Where do you even start? Come up with a subject like ‘the wind,’ ‘road trips’ or ‘passion’ and write the first line to your song. Then, let your partner come up with the next line and so on.
Reinvent date night to ignite your exhilaration for one another and keep your romance eternally alive.