Dating isn't just for the youngsters. It's something every married couple should continue to do regularly to keep that flame burning. These are some of our favorite date ideas for married couples. Give them a try. Take risks. Be vulnerable. Have fun. Here are six creative ideas your spouse is going to love:
This idea is so genius you're probably wondering why you haven't done it before. Even those who don't love camping can get excited knowing they're going camping in the living room. The best part is, you've probably already got most of the materials sitting in your garage gathering dust.
: Clear a space in your living room and set up that old tent you never use. Throw in some sleeping bags. Download a nature sounds app on your phone or computer (there are plenty, for free). Find an ambient campfire video on YouTube to play on your laptop or computer. Netflix also has a virtual fireplace that would work. Grab some glow stars from the nearest store or buy them easily on Amazon here. Stick them to the ceiling above the tent (hopefully you've got a mesh ceiling on your tent so you can see through to the stars. Don't set up the rain tarp).
If you want to go above and beyond, grab some pine-scented air freshener. An electric fan can also add some ambience, not to mention a nice breeze. Climb in with your spouse and have fun! Play some card games, get out and roast marshmellows in the oven, tell scary stories and cuddle up close. You'll be surprised by how real it all feels.
Also, it's adorable, especially for couples who have been married for a while.
This one is super simple, but surprisingly fun.
: Simply transfer your mattress from the bedroom to the living room. Add snacks, a fuzzy blanket and a sappy movie and you've got yourself one romantic evening.
If you've got a little more money to spend to prep for this one, I'd recommend buying a cheap projector. Set a white sheet up on your wall or just take some pictures down and use the wall itself to project your movie. The big-screen feel within the comfort of your own bed, with your spouse, is awesome. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show.
(Buy the projector on Amazon here.)
You can make this as big or as small as you want. Send your spouse on a journey across the whole city, or just keep it within the walls of your own home.
: Plan. Planning is underrated nowadays, but you've got to do it. Carefully decide where you want each clue to lead. Maybe each clue location is associated with a strong memory from your relationship. Throw in some challenges with some of the clues. Maybe they have to eat something to get the next clue. I won't give too many details on how to create your scavenger hunt because it should be creative and personal to you two.
As for the treasure at the end of the journey ... you're a married couple. You'll figure something out.
This is a great game for foodies (and can get pretty hilarious too).
: Grab a measuring spoon (I recommend your tiniest spoon, but you can decide that). Grab all the spices you've got in your kitchen and line them up. Blindfold your spouse, fill up the spoon with however much/little you'd like, but know that too much can be a bit risky (a whole tablespoon of cinnamon is a bad idea). Next, dump your chosen spice in your spouse's mouth. The goal here is for the taster to guess what the spice is. Either take alternating turns, one spice at a time, or have one spouse keep going until they guess correctly, then switch.
If you want to expand the game, try using flour, brown sugar, or even liquids like pickle juice or your favorite soda. Get creative and have fun!
This ideas was suggested to me by a man I highly respect and who knows what he's talking about. I'm bittersweet about it because the marital benefits are quite obvious, but it sure is sappy.
: Both spouses should take some time to think deeply about the other. Each of you make a list of traits and attributes you love about the other person. Then, under whatever romantic circumstances you choose, take turns sharing your lists with each other. Be vulnerable (I'm looking at you, husbands).
This date might actually take two or three or twenty-three dates to actually complete, but the result will be a cherished memory in your family.
: Using your phone or any recording device you've got, make a short film for your kids. You might not be the most technically savvy couple in the world, but just do your best. Cater the content of your video to the age of your children. Use costumes. Sing. Be sappy. Be silly. Get creative. It might make your kids gag now, but they'll love it when they're older. Remember: only you and your spouse are allowed to work on this. That means you've both got to plan, film and edit the project. Date nights aren't date nights with a camera man and a boom operator in the background. Keep it simple. Keep it sweet.
Prepare a special red-carpet evening to debue your film to the kids.
What dates have you gone on with your spouse that we all need to try? Let us know in the comments.