A Year’s Worth of Date Nights
After you begin to settle into married life you will find yourselves getting busy and filling each day with daily activities, but it’s important not to forget to make time for each other.
There are 12 envelopes here (one for each month of you first year of marriage) to give you ideas (and props) for one date night a month for just the two of you.
Simply open one envelope at the beginning of each month and schedule it in to that month.
I hope you enjoy your outings and if your first year goes well, you can reuse these envelopes next year! Fill it with gift cards, props, menus, gift certificates etc. to keep the romance alive and remind yourselves of how lucky you two are to have found each other!
Hipster Bingo Cards
Mall Scavenger Hunt List
Pencil or Pen
A ride to the Mall and back
A Copy of “Mall Rats” (optional)
Not only teenagers can spend an entire day at the Mall doing nothing in particular.
Head on over to the closest or best mall in your area around happy hour for a food court and mall restaurant progressive meal. Each course of the meal must be eaten at a different venue. Try appetizers at the cheese store, a drink at a mall bar, salad in the food court, entre in a mall restaurant and dessert and coffee at a coffee shop.
In between courses, grab a bench for some people watching. Play Hipster Bingo. Decide on the rules in advance (4 corners, 4 in a row, cross, etc.) Use a different color star for each round.
You can also play Mall Scavenger Hunt. No cash required!
Still want something to do after dessert? Head home and watch a copy of “Mall Rats” on DVD while you check out your new pile of free mall goodies.
Star Gazing Cards
Picnic basket or bag
Assorted cheeses, fruit and chocolates
A secluded area with a view
How many times in your life have you ever taken a moment to watch a sunset? How about with the one you love?
After dinner, head to the grocery store for an assortment of desserts such as cheeses, chocolates and fruit for a sunset dessert picnic. Pop it all in a picnic basket with a knife and head to a high park with a view.
Lay out the blanket and enjoy your desserts up until sunset. To make it more interesting, take turns being blindfolded and try to guess which items you’re being fed.
Watch the sun set together in silence.
Then put the glow bracelets on and get out the star gazing constellation cards. Lay on your backs and see how many you two can find.
Before leaving, find the brightest star and each of you make a wish: “Star light, star bright, brightest star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. I wish…”
Live Well, Love Much
Sponge Capsule Prescriptions
Glass of Water
Printed Disguise Kit
Laughter is the best medicine.
Start at home with your comedy prescriptions. Watch the sponge capsules develop into little critters. You should each take three and think about places you can hide them for your spouse to find later. I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face.
Then off to the arcade or mall with your disguise kit! Cut out all the pieces and take your photos in the photo booth “Amelie” style. Make two sets. One for you and one to rip up and leave out for other to find.
Then off to the comedy club for jokes and drinks.
Childhood breakfast cerals
Hopscotch Kit with Sidewalk Chalk
Cash for a Slurpee
Hang out like you did as a kid again!
Wake up on Saturday and watch Sat morning cartoons while eating your favorite sugar laden childhood cereal.
Walk or bike to the gas station and buy a 44oz Slurpee or Freeze (2 straws) and head over to a nearby park.
While you’re there be completely childish. Have a bubble gum blowing contest. Learn the rules of hop scotch and play it. Use the chalk to write your initials on a tree or draw portraits of each other. Blow up the punch balloons and see who can do the most punches super fast without messing up.
Find a spot under a tree or behind the bushes and practice kissing with flavored chapstick.
Bowl Me Over
Money for clothes
Bowling Drinking Game Rules & Variations
The couple that bowls together stays together.
First off to the local thrift store to pick out bowling outfits for each other. Look for bowling shirts or button down shirts in fun colors. Without washing it, put them on. Use the marker to write pet name for each other on the backs. Head to the bowling alley.
When you’re there, put on your fancy bowling socks and grab a couple of beers. Make sure to enter your pet names into the computer. Order some bar food and play the first round normally with the drinking game rules.
Then add a variation to make it harder and play again.
At the end of the night use the marker to write in the name area of the front of the shirt either “High Roller” or “Gutter Ball King/Queen”.
A Very Merry Un-Birthday
Large Cupcake or small Cake to share
Candles and lighter
Mini Birthday Gift Bags
Tea and a tea service
Let’s get in our birthday suits!
First to the dollar store or dollar spot to shop for each other’s birthday gifts. Rules: can cost no more than $3 and must fit in one of the little gift bags. Be creative! Include items to use together or items that are symbolic of things you have or want to do.
Grab a big cupcake or a small cake to share from the bakery on the way home.
At home. Light the candle and sing happy birthday or Alice and Wonderland’s “A Very Merry Un-Birthday.” song.
Blow out the candle together then exchange gifts. Finish the night by watching Alice in Wonderland while you drink tea and eat cake.
The Early Bird Gets the Bookworm
Money for coffee and sweets
Glue stick or tape
Pencil or Pen
A Digital Camera or Camera Phone
Bookstore Hunt Cards
Book it, Baby!
One morning, head to a good bookstore.
Using the hunt cards and a camera, take pictures of everything on the list. Take time to explain your finds and share jokes.
Reward yourselves with a coffee and sweet from the coffee shop area.
Then buy each other a book and dedicate it to them with one of the bookplates.
Downtown Julie Brown
Disposable or digital camera
Around Town Scavenger Hunt list
Pen or Pencil
Around town or in the city, this scavenger hunt sure is witty!
Take your camera with you and head downtown, uptown or into town for this photo scavenger hunt.
When you’ve completed the list, got to a photo-printing kiosk and print them out.
Head to Subway or another favorite eatery and relive the fun while putting the photos and items in your photo album.
The Land Down Under
Zoo Bingo Card
Pen or Pencil
Trail Mix ingredients
Plastic Ziplocks or Tupperware
Start at home making a batch of your favorite trail mix. Chocolate, pretzels, cereal, nuts, etc. Bag it up and head to the Zoo.
Using the bingo card. Try to find as many Australian animals as you can.
When you’re done, head to The Outback Steak House for dinner. Make sure you both order a Fosters (It’s Australian for beer!)
Finish off the night at home watching “Crocodile Dundee”.
A roll of pennies
Cash for a horse drawn carriage ride
Victorian Manners Cards.
Follow the old rules of courtship.
First head to the mall for an Old Fashioned Photo. Choose a Victorian style and make a romantic pose.
Then to downtown for a horse drawn carriage ride.
Feeling gentlemanly? Offer the lady a bouquet of roses from the market first.
On your ride, read each other the Victorian manners cards.
Have the carriage drop you off at a fountain and using the roll of pennies, make wishes while taking turns throwing them in.
Afterwards go to a fun store and buy each other a “token of love” trinkets, items of clothing and accessories are popular choices. Explain why you chose that item.
Secret Asian Man
Wok Tok Game
Take Out Box
Chinese or Japanese Take Out Menus
Kung Fu Movie
Everybody Wang Chung Tonight!
Start by picking out a fun Kung Fu Movie like “Crazy Kung Fu” (campy), a Jackie Chan film (funny), “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (Dramatic), or “Kill Bill” (violent).
Then order your favorite Asian delivery food.
While you’re waiting for it, cut up the strips of Wok Tok and put them in the take out box. Take turns pulling them out and guessing the answers. Put the ones you can’t get aside and at the end, you can check the answer sheet.
Then curl up with your food and movie.
Garage Sale hunt list
Pen or Pencil
List of nearby garage sales
Using Craigslist or the newspaper, make a list of garage sales to visit (times and addresses) on the blank garage sale card.
Hop in the car and start cruising the neighborhood.
Use the hunt list to see how many items you can find.
Who knows, you may find a super find for your little love nest. If you do, make sure to use the permanent marker to mark it “Date Night” and the date.