November 12, 2013

Date Night Idea Jar

The Date Night Jar

This one goes out to all the mamas and daddies who like to take the night off every now and then and maybe get a little jiggy with it. Maybe not. It's up to you, really.

If you're anything like me, you have all these incredible plans to do daring, novel things on your date nights...until it's date night. Then, you're like, "Uhh, want to just get McDonald's and have sex later?" I mean, that's nice and all, but it's not fantastic.

There is a solution, you know. And I thought about keeping it all to myself, like I normally do with great discoveries, but that's not really fun, is it? The solution is the date night jar, and here's how you do it (I stole this idea from Shaina at Rejoicing in the Rain):

Get some popsicle sticks or tongue depressors. I don't condone stealing them from your doctor's office before the doctor comes in, but...desperate times call for desperate measures, know what I'm saying?

Paint those sticks a few different colors of your choice. You're going to be color-coding the sticks by the cost of the date night idea; for example, natural (non-painted) is free, yellow is cheap ($), green is moderate ($$) and blue is expensive and requires a little planning ($$$).

This is the fun part. Brainstorm some fun date night ideas and write them on the sticks, making sure you keep with your color code. Here are some examples:

  • Indoor picnic (free)
  • Camping in the living room (free)
  • Bathroom spa ($)
  • Go bowling ($$)
  • Thrift shopping for the weirdest item ($)
  • Go hiking (free)
  • Test drive a car you can’t afford (free)
  • Weekend getaway ($$$)
  • Go camping (free)
  • Dinner & drive-in movie ($$)
  • Theme for dinner and drinks; Mexican, Italian, etc ($$)
  • Go to a concert ($$)
  • Make your own wine ($)
  • First date redo (free)

Now, gather your sticks and put them in your date night jar, which can be anything from a coffee mug to a mason jar. Decorate it, if you want. Tie some ribbon or twine around the top or add a label to make it your own.

When date night rolls around, if it ever does, you'll have zero excuses to just end up watching Netflix and passing out before 10pm. And when you get back from your hot date, you'll be so happy that you might just call me up to say "Thanks, Deb." And I'll say, "You're so welcome, but don't ever call me at 1:00am again."

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