A couple weeks ago, our friends invited us and another couple we’re friends with over for a ‘couples date night’ - and then they told us they didn’t know exactly what the date would be….we’d have to wait and see what turned up in their January Datebox. ??! I had no idea what this is but was completely intrigued by the description. Our friends (the Z’s) have signed up for this monthly subscription box - think Rocksbox, Stitch Fix, etc - that provides them with a full end-to-end date night each month. Inside the box is the date idea, everything you could need for said date, and even some talking prompts to inspire connected conversation throughout your date. They’d had created a giant gingerbread house in December, and a night of cooking crepes together in November…they hadn’t received the January one yet but got a hint that they’d need a few other couples to join them on this one. And so we jumped on board!
We met at a local coffee shop after all the sitters turned up for our respective kiddos, and opened the mysterious box….it turned out to be a SCAVENGER HUNT! Each couple was given a selfie stick (to prove that each prompt was completed properly), a deck of cards listing out what needed to be found / done / photographed and how many points each item was worth, and a pen to keep track. They even included a trophy for the winning team - and a 2nd portion of the evening was to discuss hopes and dreams together as a couple, jot down a few things on a paper lantern, and then we were all to go together to the waterside and light them up. (Being parents of toddlers we ran out of time before the sitters had to go home, but I loved the idea of that second part just as much as the hunt itself!)
So, we all agreed on a length of time and where to meet at the end, and off we went on our kooky tasks!! When I say it was hilarious, there is simply no other word. I cannot remember the last time that M and I had such sheer silly adventures - much less the last scavenger hunt I participated in! That had to have been decades ago in grade school. I never would have thought of doing one for a date night. But OH MY GOSH. So much fun!!!! We had to convince a stranger to give us a big bear hug, get someone to sing the national anthem, find random items across our town and take pictures of us in front of them, even push our partner across a parking lot in a shopping cart! We didn’t win - but we laughed our rear ends off all night and had a lot of fun comparing awkward stories with the other couples when we reconvened!
When was the last time you did a scavenger hunt?? It got me thinking of other silly adventures you could have as a couple…if you are up for a bit of a laugh - and haven’t made your valentine’s day plans yet - these are definitely NOT the traditional ‘dinner date’ plans:
- The Pitch Perfect - aka the karaoke face-off. Think Jimmy Fallon & Joseph Gordon Levitt lip synching battles, but actually singing the songs. Do your prep work - pick your songs, practice your moves, and BRING IT! Try to keep as serious a face as you can. Afterwards, hit your favorite margarita spot to laugh about all of the shocked faces on the karaoke ‘regulars’.
- The Big Lebowski - yes, I do mean bowling. I always have a blast bowling with M, possibly because we are just so painfully bad at it. This one requires White Russians, bathrobes, and sock & sandal combos. Otherwise it’s just bowling!
- The Jamie Oliver - find a cookery class making something that neither of you have ANY idea how to concoct on your own. Wear matching aprons, wipe flour all over your partner’s face at some point, and speak to each other only in English accents the whole time you’re at the class.
- The Fake-Up - this is one that M and I have talked about doing before. Not for the faint of heart…..! Book a dinner for two at a fancy romantic place, start as you would any other date, and then at some point, turn the conversation into a heated whisper. Let it develop into a (faux) argument. Then the piece de resistance — say something loudly like “I can’t believe you would do that - with my SISTER?!” and throw your water in his face! Storm out and try to get to your car without laughing your head off, so you don’t give the game away. ;) Then go and grab dessert and coffee somewhere and relish the absence of epic drama in your relationship.
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And now, for your weekend reading pleasure - here are some brilliant posts of the week by some fabulous writers that you *must* check out:
- 5 Ways to Be More Intentional With Your Time >> Simplicity Relished. Are you putting off eating that frog...?
- Sometimes, You're Closer Than You Think >> The Girl Who Loved to Write. A fantastic reminder that sometimes, our dreams are not as far away as we fear they might be.
- What We Can't Delete >> How to Make a Life. Sheryl writes beautifully about the memories that we retain, even when we think we no longer have them.
- Sharing Kindness Over Negativity >> Ember Grey. It's time we stopped contributing to negative behavior - are you up for the challenge?!
Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend my friends!!