The other day I overheard a woman complaining to one of her girlfriends that once you hit a certain point in a relationship, dinner and a movie just don’t cut it as date night anymore. But wanting more (or needing to spend less) from the typical date night is truly a common complaint for everyone in a relationship or couples just starting out. To check out the suggestions I’ve come up with to add some pizzazz to your date night,
- Go for a hike and have a picnic. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy hiking gear, but search trails in your neighborhood online, pick one around three miles long, throw on your tennis shoes, and get walking and talking!
- Go to the farmers' market or another food mart and taste away! Not only will all the people-watching give you plenty to talk about, but finding out what he likes and dislikes is a great way to get to know him better.
- It seems like the traditional invite for a home cooked meal has gone out of style, but there’s nothing more thoughtful than preparing dinner in your own home for someone else to enjoy. Kitchen disasters are just fodder for good date night banter.
- If you want to be a traditionalist and go the restaurant dinner route, at least find the kitschiest place in town. There are tons of great old-fashioned diners or mom and pop Italian joints everywhere that are usually more exciting and less expensive than your typical date night dinner locale.
It only takes an Internet search or two to find out about any events in your neighborhood — from an art show to an improv show — so start looking now, and next time it’s date night, you’ll have plenty of ideas to choose from.