8 creative date ideas (that'll win you another date)
Armed with these great ideas, you'll rock that second date, and it won't be long until it's time to plan the third. And the fourth. And the fifth....
8 creative date ideas
1. Make a farm-to-table-meal
They say certain foods are an aphrodisiac and, certainly, there’s a certain kind of gastronomic pleasure that you can take from the food you eat, very similar to the kind of physical pleasure and intimate desire partners feel when spending time together. If done right, cooking can be a perfect parallel (and perhaps even the perfect segue) to a romantic evening for two. There is the same heightening of and exploration through the the senses.
Sure, you could take a cooking class but that’s pretty been-there-done-that. This creative date idea will require you to find & head to a farm for the freshest produce and craft a meal together out of nature’s bounty. Picking produce at a farm is a lot of fun and prepping a fresh meal for two can be equally as engaging — with a delicious result.
2. Get out on the water
Canada's waterways are great places for fun, creative dates. There are plenty of beautiful rivers and canals to skate on in the winter (particularly if you're near Ottawa, Edmonton, or Winnipeg), while in summer the lakes have their turn to shine.
Not only are the lake shores perfect places to swim and socialize, getting out on the water with your date can be a wonderful way to spend a summer's day. Canoe across Lake Louise, kayak on Lake Ontario (or take a paddleboat around the Toronto Islands): the method doesn't really matter so much as the fact boating gives your peace and quiet to talk to your date while also providing stunning lake backdrops to take the pressue out of constantly having to come up with new conversation topics. It's ideal!
3. Pack your bags!
This is an incredibly fun and spontaneous way have a completely memorable date. You don’t have to go too far and you choose whether to stay overnight or head back on the same day. It will feel like you’ve left for an adventure without actually taking a full-blown vacation!
If there’s a town or city you’ve been dying to check out, book your date for the whole weekend and let them know if they have to bring a few overnight supplies. They’ll be intrigued for sure. Once they arrive, you can surprise them with airplane tickets or you can book a car rental and throw in a little road trip along with the novelty of actually exploring another city together! Hot tip: If you’re booking a flight, look for last minute deals on hotels that may accompany the price, included as a package.
4. A themed movie night
We thought another “drive-in movie” was not among the most creative date ideas ever, nor were we particularly impressed with the standard “dinner and a movie”. So what about a themed dinner and a movie? This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in really fun and relaxing way. Not only do both of you get to know each other’s favourite parts of pop culture, you can cook a relaxing meal together and enjoy a movie. Plan to get in to some pretty heated debate about storylines and characters.
So, pick a movie like Jon Favreau's Chef, and make your own Cuban sandwiches. Watch Chocolat and (this one's obvious) have some chocolate. Or rent Sideways and make sure to have some Napa wine on hand (just avoid the merlot!). If you’re both movie buffs, you could even host a mini Oscar party - a great, creative, group date.
Read more: can't decide which flick to watch? Our members recently picked their favourite rom-coms - did yours make the cut?
5. Ask 36 Questions
This creative date idea comes from a study performed by psychologist Arthur Aron and his team, who explore if intimacy can be accelerated with a series of increasingly personal questions. The idea behind these “36 Questions” is that, through the process of asking and answering, the relationship that might just be blossoming suddenly becomes intensified and is the perfect pre-cursor to actually building feelings of love.
This is definitely not for the faint of heart (especially in the early days of dating), but couples who love a challenge or first date partners that want to add a little zing to their time together can certainly choose to embark on this journey together. It’s outta the box — and we love it! A good tip to facilitating this conversation and making sure both of you are enjoying, however, is perhaps to preface the 36 questions with a brief conversation about boundaries. You can make your date feel more comfortable by letting them know that they don’t need to divulge anything they don’t feel absolutely ready for.
Read more: 36 questions sound like too much? Try our top 10 first date questions as a way to ease yourselves into the conversation
6. Use your connections
Here’s a good one that’s sure to score you impressive points with your date. For this, you’ll have to use your friends and connections. Make a list of people you know well, who work in industries that have some kind of “back-door” access. This could be access to a stage-show, behind-the-scenes for a gig or concert, or a social event like a museum or gallery exhibition set up. The more creative the better!
Alternatively, if all else fails, book a chef’s table for your date’s favourite restaurant and it will be a memorable night your date won’t soon forget. Just make sure you know what their favorite restaurant actually is before you book it!
7. Pitch in together
Couples that volunteer together, stay together. Or, at least, have a great shot at another date. This creative date idea allows you and your date to get involved in the community, lend a helping hand for a good cause and will bring the both of you closer together.
Which activity? That's up to you: volunteer at an event, garden for an elderly neighbor, clean up a beach together, or help out in a community centre. Spontaneous date ideas like trips and classic date ideas like dinner and a movie are great fun, but volunteering together rests on a strong foundation: shared values. You each get to see a more compassionate side of each other. Haven’t you heard? Kindness is definitely the new sexy.
Read more: this date might appeal the most if you and your partner's love language is quality time (i.e. the thing that makes you feel most valued is the time spent together). Doesn't sound totally like you? Learn your love language here.
8. Make a photo scavenger hunt
A really enjoyable way to keep getting to know each other, while exploring your own city and bringing back some childhood fun, the photo scavenger hunt is one of our favourite creative date ideas.
Together, when you meet, note down a list of slightly crazy but possible places and items you’d want to take a picture of and go hunting for them! Work in a reward at the end: whoever spots the most picture opportunities buys the other the first round of drinks as you’re relaxing after your date. Bonus points if you can load it on your social media of choice, with a hashtag just the two of you will get!