When was the last time you went on a real date? We’re not talking about dinner and a cocktail, but a real, awesome, adventure filled out-of-your-comfort-zone date? …We were afraid of that! Spring is in the air, and we say what better time to try something new then now. Whether you’ve been together two months, or ten years it’s only natural for date nights to fall into a routine. Shaking them up isn’t always easy either but we’ve got some do’s and don’ts to go by that will help you ditch the drab while keeping the love and focus on what really matters – each other!
Date Night DO’S
Get out of your comfort zone and try something new.
It doesn’t have to be as extreme as skydiving or bungee jumping, but every so often it’s nice to break out and try something you wouldn’t normally do on a Thursday night. Check local deal sites like Groupon and go from there.
Give your partner your undivided attention.
Meaning, it’s time to put down the phone and have a real conversation. Think about when you first started dating and you were getting to know each other – discussing your ambitions or what you’re currently passionate about can be a great place to start. If you have to keep the conversation on low-down at home, break out the adult conversation and engage one another.
Get out of the house.
Yes, while we do agree there are times when a casual, romantic date night can take place behind your very own front door that is not always the case. Home is a place you share all the time and it’s easy to fall back into everyday routine when you’re there, so if you’re looking to shake things up go to a place where you’ve both never been and new experiences can be the topic, not the chores list.
Get dressed up!
Date nights are a time to bring you closer together and take a break from your daily nine-to-five routine, and that includes your clothing. Dust off that dress shirt, or dig out that dress from the back of your closet.
Date Night DON’TS
Plan something you won’t enjoy.
Getting both of you to break your routine is hard enough if one party isn’t interested, but it’s even harder if whoever is doing the planning isn’t convinced as well. Date nights don’t come around every day so make sure you will enjoy it and have fun along the way.
Spend money just because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do.
Plenty of date nights can still be fun and memorable and not break the bank because the main focus is connecting with one another. In fact, try putting a money-cap on date night – you’ll be surprised how inventive you’ll get when you’re pressed too.
Bring a third wheel.
Date nights are between you and your significant other, and should not be confused with a ‘casual night out’ among friends. That is all.
Sweat the small stuff.
Date night is a break, a pause, a timeout or a chance to set aside your daily life – don’t ruin that one night out by bringing up past arguments or getting frustrated over little things out of your control. Time is too precious and you should see it as a chance to go with the flow. Use this as a time to laugh, joke and playfully reconnect to the person you fell in love with.