Getting artistic with dating during a pandemic can be tricky for some, but there are so many things that you can do that are pleasurable and romantic at any stage in your relationship. The pandemic is an ideal time to cultivate intimacy and connection like never before, so use it to your advantage! That is why I created this list of creative pandemic date ideas.
Bare Minimum Treatment = Bare Minimum Results
I recently came across a post on Twitter, where a woman described an undesirable dating experience with a man. He asked her on a first ‘date’ which consisted of a walk in the park. He proceeded to share the cost with her when it came down to ordering from a food truck, which led to her disappointment and shock.
Ladies, I’m not here to judge. If you enjoy a walk in the park and don’t mind this treatment, feel empowered. As a woman, if you feel empowered to split the bills on dates, that is your prerogative. However, splitting the bill and that particular style of dating is not my ministry for many reasons – the main reason is that it doesn’t serve us in the long run. I want to preface this list of pandemic date ideas with a warning on accepting bare minimum dates.
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Be Discerning with Pandemic Dates
Since we’re in a pandemic, I advise you to be more discerning with ‘why’ you leave the house. This pandemic is a time when a man should be offering you incredible incentives to get out of your home’s safety. He should want to take you away for an incredible experience, not only for an excellent first impression but also to help ease your mind. A lack of intention and effort initially is a red flag, so don’t be surprised when that continues to be his behavior if you choose to move forward.
With that said, not every date has to be luxurious and over-the-top. The key is that effort is displayed because your partner wants to show you a good time and enjoy your company. That is it. All you need to do is show up and relish in the experience.
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How to Suggest Date Ideas When He Has No Clue
Sometimes, men need a lot of guidance when it comes to date ideas. From my experience, this doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. It just means that he needs a push in the right direction as he brainstorms. Before you get around to the date, make sure you detail your interests, passions, and activities that you’d like to do. Doing so will take the guesswork out of planning, and it will come more naturally.
20 Creative Pandemic Date Ideas
1. Picnic Date
Summer is the perfect time to experience a romantic picnic date. You can either cook the food or order takeout from one of your favorite restaurants. If you’d like to set the ambiance more, bring some candles and a music speaker (I highly recommend French lounge music – very sexy!). I have gone on a picnic date a few times and loved the tranquility and stimulating conversation that transpired through each instance. If you follow me on Instagram, I posted the process of ‘trying’ to cook a meal to accompany a picnic date under my recipes highlight.
2. Zoom/FaceTime date
If you are going through long-distance communication or simply don’t want to be bothered with going out, then I think a Zoom or Facetime date is a great idea. Get dolled up, light candles, and turn on a sensual playlist. Have the lucky gentleman order you take out from your favorite restaurant (it works even better if you order from the same restaurant!). Time the delivery or pickup so that you can both enjoy the dinner at the same time. It will be the next best thing to an in-person date!
3. Do a hobby together
The best part about dating is that it doesn’t have to consist only of a dinner date. Tennis, golf, horseback riding, painting, boating, and so many other possibilities are considered a lovely bonding experience that can produce fond memories. Remember: Dating is not a chore! It should be an activity of mutual enjoyment where you get to know each other on many levels.
4. Drive-in movie theaters
Since sit-in movie theaters are not as prominent lately, drive-in movies have become the recent trend. You don’t have to worry about being around large groups of people and can enjoy a film from the comfort of your car. My favorite part of a drive-in movie theater date is that you can bring your pillows, blankets, and food with no shame or need to hide your favorite snacks in a hefty tote bag.
5. Horse carriage ride Date
If you genuinely want to feel like a fairytale princess, go on a date in a horse carriage ride. This ride is a lovely excursion to do underneath the moonlight. I highly recommend this idea for starting or ending the rendezvous. However, this largely depends on the times that your local stable is hosting carriage rides. Although this date may sound silly to some, please don’t be afraid to suggest this if it’s something that you want to do. Show your excitement, and he will gladly oblige!
6. At-home wine tasting Date
Wine tasting is a perfect date idea for aspiring or true wine connoisseurs. Each of you can choose a few bottles of excellent wine and select courses to pair. Give yourself a Michelin star experience! I think this an ideal way for those who would like to practice their wine etiquette and brush up on your knowledge.
7. A day at the beach
If you are fortunate enough to live near the coast, don’t take it for granted! Pack up your car and head to the beach for a relaxing day in the sun. If you like activities such as surfing, paddleboarding, or simply sunbathing, then this is an excellent opportunity to take it easy with your potential (or current) love interest.
8. Hire a private chef
I love the idea of exclusive experiences on dates and highly encourage women to try it. Have your gentleman hire a private chef to cook your favorite cuisine, and it will surely be a memorable encounter. To take it a step further, consult with a sommelier for appropriate wine pairings with each course.
9. Romantic campfire night
If you have access to a bonfire, why not enjoy a romantic evening where the two of you roast marshmallows, eat fabulous food and get to know each other in an intimate setting? Get cozy, let your guard down a little, and have some lighthearted fun.
10. Go to a farmer’s market
In my opinion, grocery shopping dates are amongst the cutest. It is a simple, everyday errand that has arguably turned into somewhat of a sport. However, shopping at the farmer’s market is more of a novel experience because you can taste different foods before buying. It is an easy way to get familiar with a person and break the ice if you need to.
11. Take a private tour
Private tours may vary depending on which stage of opening from the pandemic that your state is in, but there are private tours that are entirely different from the traditional tourists’ route. A couple of years before the epidemic, I went on a date with a gentleman where we did a private Hollywood tour because I enjoy silly stuff like that. We had a phenomenal time, and both learned a lot about the city, despite him being a Los Angeles native. Thinking outside of the box and doing what you desire is always a great call!
12. Rent a boat
If you are near a beach or lake, renting a boat for the afternoon is a fantastic idea for a date. I’m a strong proponent that anything coupled with beautiful cuisine will always be an exquisite time. You can also invite friends for a double date to fill up the boat!
13. Make a charcuterie or cheese board
14. Online shopping Date
If you’re anything like me, you love shopping. I think this can be a cute date while indoors, cozied up on the couch with a glass of wine while you get to know each other’s style. Online shopping is a great way to show him what you like (for future gift purposes), model your new outfits or accessories for later, and get a feel of what his preferences, too.
15. Pick out flowers at the nursery
Shopping for flowers is a very calming experience that puts me in a good mood, so I think it is a perfect way to start your date. You don’t have to spend your entire time at the nursery, but it is a nice gesture to stop and smell the roses literally.
16. Have a game night
Being a competitive spirit can come in handy for a friendly game night. Whether it is just the two of you or a couple of other friends tagging along, it’s a great date to sit back and let loose.
17. Go to an art gallery
Art galleries are not a thing of the past and make for a great conversation to provoke thought and activate the right-brain energy that many of us crave. It is also a great way to support your local artists and enhance your knowledge of fine art.
18. Host a sip-and-paint Date
The best part about a sip-and-paint date is that they are so easy to arrange at home. Find a photo or painting that is simple enough for both of you to follow accompanied by drinks and food of your choice. Laugh, tease, or praise each other on your progress accordingly. Paint and sips are always a pleasant time!
19. Learn a new language together
If you’re trying to learn a new language, the best way to practice is to do it with another person. It doesn’t have to be an utterly academic affair – make it festive! Order food that predominately consumed in that region, decorate, listen to the music of the language, or watch foreign films. This is a charming pandemic date idea that is interesting and potentially stimulating.
20. Botanical garden Date
There are few things more romantic than a garden built for amorousness. In some botanical gardens, there are picnic areas that allow couples to enjoy a peaceful, warm rendezvous with floral displays to set the mood. It is not a traditional date, but don’t limit yourself. Have your date call ahead of time to unravel a delightful, distinctive encounter.
Pandemic dates do not have to be a dull or bare minimum affair. Learn to connect and tap into your creative energy. This period is a time that allows so much freedom for that. If you don’t come across a man who is willing to comply with any of these suggestions, stay at home. I promise you that you are better of taking serene walks in the park by yourself or with a girlfriend.
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