Let’s face it: date night can get a little repetitive. There’s nothing wrong with the classic dinner-and-a-movie combo, but sometimes it’s nice to switch up your routine. If you’re feeling like you’re stuck in a rut, look no further than your favorite films to inspire some creativity!
Going dancing might seem like just another ordinary date idea, but I personally know very few couples that have ever actually tried it out. Take a cue from Silver Linings Playbook and learn a new dance together. Whether it’s a professional class or just you two dancing around your house to some music, don’t stop until you’ve each picked up a few new moves.
We’ve all wandered around convenience stores at one point or another, but ever do it on a date? Take a trip to a local convenience store, grab a basket, and put together the best meal that you can come up with. Maybe try and buy a little more than the carrots Annie and Rhodes shared in Bridesmaids, but feel free to enjoy on your car under the stars just like they did.
Pick up a paintbrush or pencil and head to an art class! This can be a great way to do something fun and different while still spending quality time together. It certainly seemed to work well for Jack and Rose in Titanic. Nudity not required.
When you’re just starting to get to know someone, a one-on-one romantic dinner can feel a tad too intimate. Instead of anything ultra romantic, take your date to a fun, low-key party where you can socialize with each other without feeling too much pressure. The girls from Clueless might not have had the best luck with the party approach, but I promise your night will go better.
Drive-in movies are becoming a thing of the past, but they still exist if you look hard enough! Pretend you’re back in the 1950s with Danny and Sandy in Grease and locate the closest drive-in theater for a new take on movie night.
If you’re in the New York area, be as cliché as possible and take a trip to Serendipity 3 in NYC. Pretend you’re Jonathan and Sarah in the movie version of Serendipity and sip on frozen hot chocolates together. Then, feel free to wander the city until something else strikes your fancy.
If you’re anything like Jim Bennett from The Gambler, then it’s probably best to steer clear of any casinos. However, if you have a bit more self-control, give yourself and your date a small allowance to gamble away on the slot machines! Whoever earns the most winnings has to buy the other person dinner.
Don’t settle for dreary dates any longer. Do yourself and your partner a favor and try out something new this weekend. If you decide dancing and art classes aren’t your thing, at least you’ll have a new experience to talk about at your next dinner date.