Not-Netflix: Date Ideas for Couples Who've Been Together Forever
While there are some things long-term couples do well—intuit when the other is in a bad mood, share clothes, team up for Pictionary—they’re kind of hopeless when it comes to planning a date that extends beyond the comfort of the couch. Because making an effort is romantic and all, but after about the three-year mark, it’s literally so far down the list of priorities booking an appointment with your dentist ranks higher.
But every so often, it’s nice to remind one another why you’re in it for the long-haul by getting creative on the date front. Whether you’re saving for a house and don’t have much cash to spend, or want to reignite the levels of obsession you once had for each other (which have probably now been channeled into your Shiba Inu) no matter the budget, there’s an idea somewhere in this list that’s for you.
Read on for date itineraries that’ll give you heart-eyes all over again.
Start restaurant hopping
Find a list of the hottest restaurants in your neighbourhood (fancy is fun, but cheap is even better) and next time you want to get dinner somewhere but can’t agree on a spot, refer to the list. Cross each place off once you’ve been with the goal being to humblebrag to friends and colleagues that you’ve been everywhere worth going.
Take a pasta-making class
This is the gift that keeps on giving. You learn to make pasta (is there any culinary skill more impressive?), there’s an eating element involved on the day, and it’ll become a fun thing you can do together at home.
Join a mixed team sport
Having a fight because one of you forgot to take the wet clothes out of the washing machine? Channel your frustrations into team sports (think: touch football or basketball) so by the time you get home you’ll have forgotten why you were angry in the first place.
Buy really expensive cocktails
Get fancied up, find your nearest most-Instagrammed bar, and order cocktails—the $25 kind you’d usually scoff at before ordering the house white—and bask in the fact that you’re doing it for the laughs and not the need to impress one another.
Sign up for pub trivia night
The perfect mix of a heavily discounted steak, cheap beers, and the opportunity to badger strangers because they don’t know which actress is married to Ted Danson (it’s Mary Steenburgen, FYI).
Pack a picnic
It’s such a romantic idea in theory, and the kind of date you always say you’ll get around to doing, but how often do you actually make it happen? It’s incredibly easy to just pack a blanket, some wine and snacks, and go somewhere pretty. Most importantly, put down your phones and talk to each other.
Go for a walk at sunset
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that everything looks prettier at sunset. Also bring your wallet along and make a spontaneous bar stop.
Spend the afternoon at lawn bowls
Next time a sunny Sunday afternoon rolls around, scope out your nearest bowling club and play a few rounds. It’s a guaranteed way to avoid the Sunday blues.
Watch an old movie
Couples can spend entire nights arguing over what to watch to just settle for another episode of the show they’ve seen a million times. Find a list of the most iconic films ever made and pick one of those to watch instead (remember, compromise is key).
Spend a weekend out of town
Staycations are fun and all, but there’s something extra special about exploring a new place with your significant other. Find a cute cabin on Airbnb, play cards over cheese and wine, then wake up early the next morning to explore the town.
Discover a second-hand bookstore
Split up and search the shelves for old treasures. Better yet, instead of picking books for yourself, find ones you think the other will love.