Do you just love the idea of romantic dating with your special person? Maybe the romance has gone out of your long-time relationship or you have a new love and want to set the stage for a date to remember. There are abundant ideas for romantic dates at home as well as in a favorite outdoor setting. All you need are two people and a place that sets the mood. Whether same-sex, hetero or other, romantic dates can lead to special relationships and much more.
From the start, a good date sets the stage for romance and helps to break the ice between two people who might find a strong connection. Your experience together might be just the beginning of a relationship of sharing and caring that lasts for decades. Or it might be just a fun way of getting to know someone in a setting that allows eye contact and conversation.
Romantic First Dates
Whether you met in the traditional way, though a family or friend introduction or through the technology of online dating, with the consideration of safety in your surroundings, first dates can be romantic. Here are some dating ideas for first dates. You may be meeting just to get to know the real person, instead of the one you have been chatting or video dating. Why not meet quickly and then arrange a real date if the possibility of romance beckons? Here are some ideas to consider; you might want to begin with the first one. The following are some dating ideas for first dates.
Meet in a quiet coffee shop
This is mainly if you have not met in person before and want to know more about them. Maybe you met online and have been chatting. Now is the time for face-to-face conversation. Going during the quiet times can be more romantic that meeting during the morning coffee hour. This type of date is especially great if you want to meet in a safe public setting, where you can leave if it gets awkward (when romance does not make any type of appearance!)
Have dinner in a quiet restaurant setting
Going out to dinner is a great time for sharing conversation and getting to know each other. Just remember to not pick a place surrounded by screaming babies or unruly kids, as that may kill the romance before it happens.
Go wine tasting at a local vineyard or winery
Some sips of wine may help relax the first-date nerves. You’ll also have some things to talk about as you enjoy the different wines or stroll the beautiful surroundings of the vineyard grounds. Remember to talk to your date, not just on the bouquet, taste and texture of the wine, but on the personal ideas that will help you get to know them and might lead to a second date.
Going on a date with a familiar couple or your best friend might be a good way to get to know your person in a setting condusive to romance blossoming. Aside from taking the pressure off you two, it will give you the chance to get to know your date better in a social setting. (Leave, however, if the other couple starts fighting; this will not be romantic!)
Romantic Ideas For Couples
If you are already a couple and have been for a while, a romantic date may be just what you need to bring the fire back into the relationship. Maybe you have just been too busy with work or family (yes, these important things!) and have let the romance slide.
Perhaps you have not been on a date with your honey in a while. It may be time to enjoy the small things together again, while being there for each other. It involves going out as well as staying at home. There are some romantic ideas for couples that do not have to cost much, in terms of time or money. What are they? Here are some ideas to think about.
Dinner at a quiet quaint restaurant
Add a bottle of wine and your honey, and you have a setting for romance.
Go out ballroom dancing
If there is a place nearby for this romantic dance, take your sweetie and go waltzing or fox trotting. The tango will be fun as well as bring back the fire between you.
Plan a weekend getaway
Just getting away from the everyday chores of life can set the stage for romance. Attend a sports event or go skiing, then have a quiet dinner. You can also stay at a romantic bed-and-breakfast, where you can skip breakfast and stay in bed.
Book a couples massage
Relaxation and attention to the sensual pleasures may be the first step in a romantic day together. It may be a new and delightful experience for your honey, and who knows what can happen besides taking a nap?
Go to a comedy club together
Laughter or romance? Both can happen, as laughter relaxes and begins a sense of intimacy. It helps people to bond and brings them closer.
Finding out what your partner loves may be the quickest way to plan a romantic date. Trying something new and taking a risk may also fuel the fire of romance.
Become a tourist in your local town
Never visited the local museum of history? Too busy for a browse of the art museum? This is your chance; grab your honey and head to the museum for a sexy day of culture or learning as well as romance. View it with fresh eyes and later discuss it over a quiet lunch or dinner.
Have a picnic
Pack a lunch and blanket and head to the great outdoors to enjoy nature. If more convenient, you can picnic on your living room floor.
Head to the beach
Wind, sun, sand and water lead to fun and discovery. You can then snuggle with your honey, after finding a less populated part of the beach. Enjoy sensual touch as you apply suntan lotion to your partner.
Enjoy the slopes with your special person, then go inside for hot cocoa and a laugh at the fun adventure you just enjoyed. Even if one person is on the bunny slope, this can be a great shared experience when you sit down together.
Take a hot air balloon ride
For a special occasion date that gives you a new view of the world, grab your sweetie and take to the skies. Sunrise is especially romantic as you float above it all.
Watch the sun set
Never take the time to enjoy this most romantic way to end the day? Make it a date. If you are lucky enough to live near water, head to the beach. Otherwise, see it from a top floor of nearby building. Make a toast to another beautiful day.
Build a snowman
This adventure together just requires snow and a few props. Share ideas and fun together in a snowy setting, as romance grows and melts your heart, with the addition of your new snowy pal.
You can also build a castle in the sand, if the snow doesn’t fall in your town!
Rent a kayak
Explore the outdoors and quiet waters with your sweetheart. Watch nature as you glide along with your honey.
Learn a new skill together
You don’t have to be experts, but you can do crafts, paint or even do card tricks, as you have fun and share your newfound knowledge.
Take a long drive
The privacy of your car plus the low cost of this date combine to form the perfect date. Enjoy the beauty of nature together and listen to your favorite playlist, all from your private cave on wheels. Park, when romance calls, as you want this to be a safe date.
Take a long walk
With good weather, this can be a relaxing and refreshing time to renew romance. The outdoor experience may give you a whole new way of seeing your honey.
Romantic dates at home
You do not need to go out on the town to have a romantic date. You can do these ideas in the comfort of your home. These ideas are easy and fun and can spark romance where the fire has become just embers.
You may have kids at home; wait until they are in bed to begin your special date. Romance should take preference; so put family matters aside and enjoy the quiet time with your sweetheart. When you are lucky enough to have someone who loves you, plan a special time to be with them and explore that love.
Cooking together will bring you closer, if there is not time the pressure. Decide on the menu ahead of the night and get the ingredients beforehand. New tastes or new takes on traditional Indian recipes; it is all your choice. Savoring delicious food together can be a very romantic date. Add candles and wine to celebrate the evening when you sit down to enjoy it.
Power Outage date
What better way is getting to be with the other person than without lights! Turn off all electronics and focus on the electricity of each other. Use candles and a fireplace, if you have one, and let the flame rekindle.
Car parked date
Park your car in your driveway and make out. It can get real steamy real fast. Just make sure you are in your driveway, not in a public place, as meeting your local cop is not very romantic. Remember to turn on the car’s A/C because you’re both going to get very hot!
Set up a tent and snuggle inside with your honey. You’ll have all the amenities of a kitchen and bathroom nearby, but the romance of the stars will shine above. Lay on the ground and stargaze before bedtime calls from the romance of the tent.
Patio prom night
Officially invite your honey first. String up some sparkling lights and dance the night away. All you need are some dress-up clothes and your date, which might even be your spouse. If you have kids, put them to bed, and get ready for a romantic evening out on your patio with your honey. Beforehand, get the snacks and champagne together. Oldies can set the dance mood to this romantic evening.
If allowed, build a campfire in your backyard. If your locality does not allow it, go inside for a evening in front of the blazing fireplace. Sit on the floor and roast marshmallows or make s’mores. Then huddle together.
Read romance novels to each other
This will get you in the mood quickly. Borrow a book from the library or find one at a second-hand store ahead of your date. Take turns reading to each other and then watch your own sparks fly.
Play crafty together
Doing a project with your sweetheart can bring on the romance, as you both get lost in creativity and the moment. Not perfect? Don’t fret, as the goal is the fun of sharing the experience, not becoming an expert.
Do a puzzle together
Putting the last piece in place calls for a celebration. What better way than with your sweetie? (Even if the puzzle is not done, you can still celebrate.)
Enjoy a breakfast date
Instead of date night, make it a breakfast with mimosas and your sweetie. Then begin a lovely day.
Listen to a podcast, instead of watching a movie
Tired of watching movies? Cuddle together as you both listen to a favorite podcast.
The Romance of Giving Back
Giving back to the community may be a way to explore a date that may have romance. While serving others, doing good gives you a chance to spend time with your partner, seeing them in another light. Here are some dates with a feel-good feeling.
Clean up a beach
Volunteer for a beach cleanup and then spend time on the pier or at the beach with your honey.
Plant trees at a park or on a sidewalk
Gardening and planting trees bring a revival of love as well as beautifying the world. Share this experience.
Donate blood, while holding hands
Romantic? You can decide. All we know is that is so good for the community, and you will feel good afterwards.
Serve a meal at a homeless shelter
Bond while doing this great deed.
As you can see, romance in dating does not have to cost a fortune. There are many activities that you can do at home that lead to a romantic evening. Donating your time together is another way to see the best side of your sweetie, sparking romance as you both give back to your community.
Enjoying nature together is another way to invite romance to a new relationship or rekindle an old one. Exploring new places, tasting new things and just sharing experiences can be very romantic. New adventures, such as going kayaking, rock climbing, hiking or just walking can take you out in nature and help you appreciate the wild of the earth as well as the wild in each other.
A romantic date does not have to be at an expensive or fancy restaurant. The most romantic dates take place under the stars or out in nature. Focusing on your sweetie is romantic, and quiet conversation or sharing beauty may set the stage.
The five stages of dating, according to Mingle, are as follows:
– Attraction, then romance
– Reality and power struggles
– Exclusivity and commitment
– Engagement and possible bliss
1. Attraction is the first stage. This is when the connection may develop. You may have met through mutual friends or through a dating website or app. It can last several months and has been called the “honeymoon” stage.
2. Reality can creep up slowly. It is the period when you may spot flaws in your partner.
There might even be things that annoy you. It is a sad fact that this is the stage at which many relationships end.
3. Exclusivity and commitment happen once you pass the reality stage. You both express the desire to see each other on an exclusive basis. You may be accepting of the dreams, goals and life wants of the other person. You might decide to live together at this stage.
4. Intimacy means nurturing true love and building a bond. Both of you become vulnerable, as you share deeper feelings and your past.
5. Engagement means you decide to pledge a lifelong commitment. Planning a future together, you still may have ups and downs in the relationship, however, the bond lets you work together in a solid relationship.
There are many ideas for romantic dating. Some involve a quiet setting, such as dinner at a romantic restaurant. Some may be in your own home, such as cooking together. Others may take you outdoors, under the stars or doing an activity, such as walking, in nature’s beauty.
You may just be doing the following:
– Dating for enjoyment and fun, no strings attached
– Dating with a purpose, to see if something more develops
– Dating with marriage and possibly introducing your person to your parents
One type of dating may lead to another, or not. You can date just for fun, while adding a bit of romance. Or you can date with the idea of seeing whether a relationship can develop. The third type of dating will be romantic, but this is where family enters into it. Will they meet your parents and you meet their parents? Are they marriage material? Will they be part of your South Asian tradition? All this is will become apparent, when you are dating with marriage in mind.
Paying attention to him and his likes will be the beginning. Light touching and showing him that he matters to you will leave an impression. Setting the stage for romance may be a part of it as well, such as with music and candles. Paying attention to him is the most important part.