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7 Date Ideas That Are Better Than Dinner and a Movie

You’ve been in the dating game a while, which is a euphemistic way of saying ‘forever.’ The result of that lengthy dating experience is that your go-to dates have become a little…trite. Dinner and a movie is played out at this point. How many coffee dates have you attended in your lifetime? Over 20? Over 50? Over 100? You could, of course, give up on formal dates and fall back on the tried-and- true Netflix and wine night-in, but that’s also a cop-out. Well, today is your luck day, friend. In a stroke of serendipity, you’ve stumbled upon this Ring Cam / The Yes Girls joint blog post. More importantly, you’ve stumbled upon seven dates that knock the socks off of dinner and movie. Each date is also ranked on difficulty and cost. We also noted if we thought each date would be best as a first or second date or if it was best for those in long term relationships. You’re welcome.

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  1. Make dinnerI feel that one of the greatest weaknesses of “dinner-and-a-movie” is that it’s inherently passive. You converse during dinner, but that necessitates sparkling and engaging conversation, which is a lot to expect from a first date. For most of us, that’s just increasing the chances of a slip-up or unsmooth joke. Going to the movie first and then grabbing a bite to eat helps facilitate conversation. However, this pales in comparison to the active problem-solving and team-bonding that comes with MAKING  your own dinner. I understand the trepidation from those readers who aren’t culinary savvy, but it’s worth noting that making dinner doesn’t mean serving a veal shank in a red wine reduction with  mushroom risotto and homemade tiramisu. Pasta and red sauce is an extremely easy meal to make and I say that as an abysmal cook. Pair that with a nice red and you’ve got a pretty tasty, cheap, and easy meal, hopefully with a lack of fires. Job well done, Romeo.
    Experience Level: First Date, Long Term Relationship
    Difficulty: 6
    Cost: Low
  2. Paintball, laser tag, or some sort of competitive bondingRelationships are essentially just sports teams plus romance, right?  You’ll run the risk of getting way too sweaty from the activity, so this is an activity best suited for the long term couples reading.  I’ve also never met a couple that was not reasonably competitive amongst themselves. Enjoy the sweet taste of victory when you plaster your beloved with paintballs like you’re in Black Hawk Down.
    Experience Level: Second Date, Long Term Relationship
    Difficulty: 5 Just don’t get too caught up in the bloodlust.
    Cost: Low
  3. Trivia nightThis is an especially good idea for the nerds out there and their sapiophile significant others. Most towns have a bar that hosts a weekly trivia night. It’s a new twist on the “dinner-and-a-movie” trope. You still have the opportunity to dine, but your entertainment is a lot more engaging than a movie. The trivia game you’re playing will also help spark great conversation topics and might provide you with ample opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of topics as obscure as 17th-century Swedish history and the moons of Jupiter. Hopefully this doesn’t alert your date that you’re a huge geek and scare them off, but you ran that risk when you invited them to trivia night. Cheers, nerds.
    Experience Level: First Date, Second Date
    Difficulty: 2. It’s as simple as being 21 and finding a bar. It helps if you know things, but it’s not required.
    Cost: Low
  4. Wine-tastingThis can easily be tailored to the tastes of the couple. Hate wine? Find the local microdistillery and set up a whiskey tasting tour. Red wine is of course, an aphrodisiac and nothing’s hotter than a guy or girl who can slug rye whiskey without wincing. (That being said, don’t bring a date to a distillery and then spit-take 100 proof liquor because you bragged, “Whiskey is practically water to me.”) I will note that this might be trying too hard for a first date. Save this one for a significant other. You’ll also know their alcohol preferences better than you would a first date. You also won’t run the risk of getting too drunk and scaring them off with your horrendously-bad tipsy dad jokes.Your significant other, at the very least, is probably used to your inebriated attempts at jokes.
    Experience Level: Long Term Relationship
    Difficulty: 1 The hardest part about this date is pretending to know wine and calling an Uber.
    Cost: Moderate
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  5. Dancing LessonsThis one’s for the women reading. The style is largely irrelevant. Swing, ballroom, salsa and hip hop are all viable options. Before surprising your date with dance lessons, make sure he/she is actually interested in the idea. This is a great way to learn new skills while getting to know someone. You can even joke about how having two left feet isn’t too bad when you have such a great dance partner to help!
    Experience Level: First Date, Second Date
    Difficulty: 6. This date actually requires effort and some modicum of skill. You will get a workout though! This is an easy was to strike up conversation about your favorite music genres. Although the cost might be a little higher, concerts are a lot of fun and a great way to spend time getting to know someone.
    Cost: Moderate
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  6. ConcertIf a packed venue isn’t for you, try to find a quieter bar or restaurant with a smaller band. As a rule, jazz and piano bars typically have ambiance-setting music. It might not be a ‘concert’ in the traditional sense, but it’s much more laid back and relaxing, which might be just what the doctor ordered for your date night. This is an easy was to strike up conversation about your favorite music genres. Although the cost might be a little higher, concerts are a lot of fun and a great way to spend time getting to know someone.
    Experience Level: First Date
    Difficulty: 2
    Cost: Higher-End
  7. Comedy Club. This is dinner-and-a-movie on steroids. You’re enjoying a show, so you aren’t constantly talking about tedious topics like your cats and her boring office job. However, that show in question is quite a bit more entertaining than some crappy B-list movie action flick that’s blatantly ripping off the Bond movies. This can be a pricey endeavor if you go to a legitimate comedy club or buy tickets for big-name comics. Having said that, you might be able to find a bar or restaurant hosting an amateur night, which can be a pretty good bargain. The talent might not be outstanding, but you can certainly find some side-splitting stand-ups at amateur nights.
    Experience Level: First Date
    Difficulty: 4. You might have to search a little bit for a good venue, depending on your geographic area.
    Cost: Moderate

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We hope these 7 dates replace your upcoming “dinner and a movie. You’re better than going on the same date week after week. Spice date night up a bit and do something a little more adventurous. Even if you decide to go on a date not on this list, we hope we got you thinking about creative ways to put some pizazz in date night. And if you’re looking for more creative date ideas, check out The Yes Girls’ Free Date Night Pass

 

Ring Cam would like to thank The Yes Girls for their collaboration to produce this blog post, as well as Pexels.com for the images. 

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Free Date Ideas Sent to Your Email Inbox

Life is crazy busy! Seriously, who almost died of busyness over the Holidays? ME FOR SURE! And we all know that one of the first things to go when life gets busy is Date Night Planning. It’s an easy thing to back-burner since you can always just fall back on the good-ole “Dinner and a Movie”. But that gets repetitive and boring and certainly doesn’t spice up your love life at all. So we have made it easy!
3,000 of you know exactly what I’m talking about – our Monthly Date Night Pass! On the first of every month your email inbox gets one or two date ideas to keep things creative. AND IT’S FREE!!! Next month’s email blast is going out in just two days so you still have time to sign up for some ideas for your Valentine’s Day Date!!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE DATE IDEAS TO BE SENT TO YOUR EMAIL!

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Vacation Photoshoot

Last Fall when my husband and I were in Paris we scheduled a photoshoot with the super talented Gabi Alves Photography and I am obsessed with the pictures from it! She captured some great moments (both posed and candid) and the Eiffel Tower was just perfectly sitting in the background ;) Then we grabbed a seat and sipped some delightful Parisian espresso. PS, did I mention that Gabi’s favorite type of photography is a proposal!? We bonded while chatting about the raw emotions and sincere love that spills out in those moments while a man gets down on one knee.

Before your next trip, make sure to look up some local photographers and schedule some time with one! It doesn’t have to be a full day (don’t take too much time out of your vacation!) but something quick and easy. And, if your next trip happens to be in Paris, reach out to Gabi I promise you won’t regret it.

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Photo Credit: Gabi Alves

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At Home Date Idea: Let’s Be Kids Again

Most of the time, you realize that it’s been forever since you and your loved one went on a date together. Your schedules are crazy, you just want to relax, or the budget doesn’t allow for it. So that’s where this great blog post comes in. We are starting a new series of At Home Date Ideas and I can’t wait to share the first one with you.

For my first idea I wanted to let out our inner kid behavior, so I’m positive it’ll be a fun one. Start with Mickey Mouse pancakes in bed! Now who wouldn’t want that? Some sausage, orange juice, and maybe spice it up with some Champagne.

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Head downstairs and I test you to leave all electronic devices upstairs! Still in your pajamas, gather all the blankets possible. I’m sure you know what’s coming next. FORT TIME! This is so fun and I still enjoy doing it with my significant other. Build a fort in the living room and close all the blinds. So cute and romantic!

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By this time, y’all are in the mood for some serious down time. Then pop in a DVD of your childhood favorite movie. Maybe Sleeping Beauty, The Incredibles, or Monsters Inc. (my personal favorite.) Make some buttery popcorn into a big bowl and bring it into your fort. This time together will be restful and recharging; something I’m sure the both of you need.

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After the movie, head outside for a brisk walk. Head to the nearest park or down to the river, where y’all can chat and hang out outside. If it’s too cold/hot, do a mini in home workout that has both of you laughing. I’m sure your abs will be hurting more from that. Maybe see who can hold a plank longer?

After that, I’m sure its time to rinse off. So put some bubbles in a nice warm bath and relax. You both need it. Enjoy this time together without any interruptions. Both of you get caught up in everyday life that has you not spending enough time with each other. I hope that you enjoy this post and stayed tuned for the next In Home Date Idea!

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Small Ways to Show Your Significant Other You Care

Ever come home from a long day at work just wanting to rest and order in take out, but the dog ripped your favorite pillow, your AC went out, and the kids haven’t done their homework. I’m sure everyone always has those tough days where they just want some kind of comfort and reaffirmation. This would be a great cue to pick up on as a significant other to do something nice for them. Here are some ideas that will make her heart beat 10x faster:

  1. Surprise her by making dinner
    When she gets home from a tough day at work, which you already know about from talking with her, she comes into you in the kitchen making dinner. Throw something in the crockpot, put some chicken in the oven, or have steaks out on the grill, this will ensure a happy happy significant other. [Image Credit Link]
  2. Massage at Bed Time
    After all the dishes are clean and the kids (dogs, cats, birds) are in bed, tell her to come next to you. Play some music and give her a short massage.
  3. 10 Free Coupon Book
    These are always fun to give! 10 Free coupons that they can use whenever they want. Here are some examples: 1) go to a nice dinner, 2) one free massage, 3) foot rub, 4) do the dishes for a week, 5) breakfast in bed. So cute and so simple! [Image Credit Link]
  4. Messages throughout the House
    I have always been a sucker for sweet messages from my loved ones! I know you all remembered when your mom used to write on your napkin for your school lunch. How about do this around the house? Messages on the bathroom mirror, in the refrigerator, on her favorite DVD case, or on her nightstand. These simple gestures can sure go a long way. [Image Credit Link]
  5. Spa Day
    Now every girl (or guy) needs a spa day once in a while. Book an appointment for your significant other on a day where you know they are completely free. Give them the day off by letting them have a stress free day by themselves (or with friends). [Image Credit Link]

These are only a few ways to make your significant other feel special. You should be making them feel special each and everyday. Thanks for checking in!

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