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Not Just Your Typical Dinner and a Movie

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.


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lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
I don't get how people can be so lacking in creativity - my boyfriend and I go to the beach/pier, to an arcade (we love to compete), go to plays, go driving, go to concerts, or just hang out and talk. None of these are crazily original ideas - I've seen other couples doing every one of these things, but somehow, people can;t get past dinner and a mocie...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great ideas. But I like to think no matter what I'm doing I'm happy just to be with my boyfriend. :)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Since we just moved to the desert, we didn't know what to do for a while. We became members at the zoo (which also has hiking), we love movies so we see lots of those, walk down el paseo and people watch. We like to go on bike rides too, usually stopping at taking a break at starbucks or something. I love going up the mountain on the tram (wish it wasn't $20 each time!). Not sure what we'll do when it hits 115 degrees, but I'm sure we'll survive!
emalove emalove 9 years
I love dinner and movie night...but my husband and I like to get out and do other things too. We're not the kind of people that can sit in all the time. When it's cold outside and snowing, it's so much nicer to curl up and stay in with a movie and some takeout, though. It's SO much easier to plan fun things to do in the summertime. Picnics, the beach, bike-riding, tennis, weekend getaways to Cape Cod, a vacation to Key West...these are some of our summer plans! No boredom for us!
designerel designerel 9 years
all great ideas! museum hopping is nice too, you can learn something and browse leisurely.
legallyblonde legallyblonde 9 years
For our second night out, my date took me figure skating @ Rockefeller Center! After that we tried out food in various cafes and shops, then hit up Times Square. It was an amazing date as it was both planned and spontaneous.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
we like going night skiing when it's nice out it's romantic, because it's dark and quiet, we can snuggle on the chairlift when it's cold, and it's exhilerating and fun. it gives a perfect 10 minute opportunity to chat, and then a little break in the conversation so it never gets dull (this was especially great for our first date...not so much now!) then you can have some apres-ski beers or hot chocolate in the lodge added bonus: going in a snowstorm, so you can ski the fresh powder and go on closed runs. so exciting!
omilawd omilawd 9 years
I like the picnic idea. Occasionally, my boyfriend and I will go on picnics but pack nontraditional picnic foods (Taco stuff is our favorite).
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