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Creative Date Ideas for Couples

 Creative Date Ideas for Couples

            Interestingly, it is not the big, grandiose displays of love and affection that keep a marriage/relationship strong. It is the daily and regular, small, positive behaviors and habits that work best. Researchers have even discovered a formula among healthy couples: there are five positive behaviors for every one negative behavior in the relationship. Often, when couples struggle in a relationship, it is not necessarily that there are lots more negative behaviors-it is that they have lost the many daily kind and thoughtful behaviors and routines that existed in the early part of their relationship. As regular ‘physical’ exercise builds strong bodies, there are regular ‘relationship’ exercises (ie. weekly date nights) that build strong marriages/relationships. Without the kids, try some or all of the following creative date ideas for couples.
Window Shopping: For an inexpensive date, do some window shopping at a mall.  Check out the latest electronic gadgets.  Get ideas for decorating your home.  Try on a new clothing look.  Take some goofy photos together in a photo booth.  Treat yourself to lunch at a restaurant you’ve never tried before.  Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open; this is the perfect opportunity to get gift ideas for your sweetheart for future occasions.
            Go For a Drive Together: Take a long drive together, preferably to a rural area without traffic. Take some snacks and drinks and get talking. Take the time to stop and enjoy interesting sites or things you come across that look intriguing.
            A Long Walk Together: Choose a route where you won’t run into people you know. Hold hands as much as possible while walking. This is a time for you to focus on each other while talking and listening.
Progressive Dinner for Two:  Go to several different restaurants, enjoying a yummy appetizer at one, your favorite main course at another and the dessert you’ve been craving at the last.
            The Way We Were:  Watch your wedding video or look at your photo album.  You might notice something that you missed the first time.
            Say Cheese: Get an updated portrait of just the two of you together. Go with a traditional pose, or something off the wall that demonstrates your individual personalities, ie. sports fan apparel, hunting gear, western wear, period clothing, crazy hats, etc. Have fun and be creative. You could even get your caricature drawn.
            Amazing Race:  (Group date with several other couples) Make a list of unique items located throughout the city such as a take-home menu from a local diner, etc.  Meet at a specific location and have one hour to gather the items on the list.  Meet back at an ending location.  Prizes for the winners.
            Surprise Dinner with a View: Plan a picnic dinner ahead (can be as easy as a bucket of chicken).  Run a few errands, and surprise your spouse by taking a detour to a beautiful lookout point.  Pull out the dinner and enjoy the beautiful view.
            Picnic with a Twist: Get your spouse out of the house for a while, and when they return, have a picnic set up on a blanket in the living room. As you enjoy your picnic, spend your time visiting with each other.
            Culture Night:  Make a list of different cultures.  Cut up the slips and draw from a hat.  Your date will then be centered on this theme.
Sources:  How to Date Your Spouse, Fun & Creative Dates for Married Couples, and 40 Unforgettable Dates with Your Mate.  These books (and many more resources) are available for checkout at the Extension office. The ‘Utah Marriage Handbook’ is also available for you to pick up and keep, FREE of charge.

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