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WHAT'S THE OCCASION?

Dating ideas by event type, or mood

 

~ Quotes by women writers ~

CASUAL

I simply do not distinguish between work and play.

~ Mary Oliver

 

MOVIE MARATHON

Dress down (PJs, anyone?) and select a few movies to watch with your besties.

Take turns watching everyone's favorite. 

HEAD TO THE MUSEUM

Look up various museum options around you (even consider ones

requiring a day's road trip) and get a load of culture.

GAME NIGHT

Gather a few favorite games for a fun night in. 

BREWERY TOUR OR WINE TASTING

Take a peek into the makings of some of your favorite adult beverages. 

GO TO A LOCAL EVENT

Whether it be a high school football game, community theater play, 

fundraiser event, or open mic night, support your neighbors and neighborhood

by showing up to one of their scheduled events.

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ROMANCE

We are each other's magnitude and bond.

~ Gwendolyn Brooks

ALT. HONEY-DO LIST 

Make individual lists of your favorite activities and take turns

completing each one with your partner. 


GET CREATIVE 

Take an art class (pottery, painting, sculpting, etc.) and create pieces for one another.

COUPLES MASSAGE

Relax with your sweetheart while someone else does the hard work.

GO SHOPPING

Not your typical shopping spree...head out to select something for the other!

GO TO THE THEATRE

Skip television for the evening to enjoy live entertainment.

VISIT A GREENHOUSE OR BOTANICAL GARDEN

Flowers are nature's aphrodisiac. 

GO OUT (OR STAY IN) FOR BREAKFAST


Make a point to wake up early to go out for breakfast

(or make it at home) to help kick-start your day.

CHOCOLATE OR CHEESE FONDUE


Melt chocolates or cheeses and have various dips to go along.

Pair with a fine wine (optional).

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RELAX

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.

~ Sylvia Plath

 

TAKE A YOGA CLASS

 

With so many options for yoga these days, there is hardly an excuse not to try!

GET A MANI / PEDI

Indulge in some [colorful] self care.

TAKE A WALK

It all starts with breathing in and out; one foot in front of the other.

HIRE A MAID

Sit back and enjoy the cleanliness you didn't have to sweat over.

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SPICE UP

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.

~ Gloria Steinem

DESTINATION SATURDAY (or Sunday)

Select a destination 1+ hours away to check out on your day off.

ATTEND A BURLESQUE SHOW

A unique variety show you'll remember not to forget.

EXPERIENCE DRAG

Check out when and where local drag shows are hosted in your area. (Go, girl!)

SING KARAOKE

Practice your favorite song in the shower. Then test your skills in public, just for fun.

TAKE A COOKING CLASS

Skip grocery shopping and enjoy themed cooking in someone else's kitchen.

[FIND &] GO TO A POP-UP RESTAURANT

This one may take some research and pre-planning, but you'll enjoy

 a more rare and unique experience when dining at a hidden gem.

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CELEBRATE

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.

~ Emily Dickinson

 

DRINKS @ A SPEAKEASY

Instead of  going out to dinner, spend a little extra on drinks for the night.

There are so many cool places to enjoy a fabulous cocktail.

ORGANIZE A POTLUCK

If hosting a large group for a special occasion, ask everyone bring a dish

so all can enjoy each other's company to the fullest.

HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER

No matter the event, have a photographer document the celebration.

Frame your favorites, or gift them.

HOST A PICNIC

Gather at a nearby park where you can serve food and play outdoor games, 

maybe even set up a bonfire (if permitted). For less stress and mess,

consider having the event catered.

RENT A BOAT, OR LIMO

 

Let someone else do the driving while you enjoy light snacks and drinks, on water or land.

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ADVENTURE

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.

~ Alice Walker

 

GO GLAMPING

A twist to camping without even needing to supply your own sleeping bag!

Options include: glamorous tents, huts,  teepees, yurts, trailers, and more.

 

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE

Enjoy city and/or country views (if you can get over your fear of heights).  

TANDEM BIKE RIDING

For a different, more collaborative, type of bike riding.

TAKE A ROAD TRIP 

There are so many unique sights you can stop to see on your way

to a destination 4, 5, 6 hours away (requiring not much more than a weekend).

EXPERIENCE A THEME PARK

Roller coasters, ferris wheels, and water slides are never too far away.

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ACTIVE

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

~ Charlotte Brontë

WORK OUT 

Mix up your activities at the gym. If staying home, watch a work out video.

Consider an accountability buddy.

TAKE A NEW FITNESS CLASS 

Make a point to try a new fitness regime. Attend a few times to get more out of it.

CLIMB A ROCK WALL

Bring a partner you trust and test your belay skills and climbing ability.

GO DANCING

Choose a style and get to boogey-ing! Wear good shoes.

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OUTDOOR

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. 

~ Margaret Atwood

TAKE A HIKE

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a backpack

with enough water and food to last.

LACE UP THE SKATES

There's a set of skates for just about any weather.

RIDE A BIKE (or Segway)

Go ahead, go for a joy ride.

You can hit up a variety of trails depending on your wheels.

CANOEING OR KAYAKING


Try it on a river or lake, even in the ocean. You can always rent equipment

or join a tour group that includes rental gear.

GO STARGAZING

You'll need to get away for the city for this one, but you'll be glad to see

sights that are quite literally out of this world.

FIND A CAMPGROUND

Even if you do not own your own camping gear, you can rent it.

(Check your local outdoor supply store, or browse options online.)

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