Cute Date ideas

Cute Date Ideas for a Lazy Weekend

Sometimes, after a crazy, stressful week, you just want to put on your comfy sweats and collapse by the time Friday night rolls around. We all need a lazy weekend once in a while to recharge and refresh. But what if you still want to have a fun date? Here are some cute date ideas for a romantic, lazy weekend.

Book a night at a romantic Bed and Breakfast
A relaxing, romantic B&B is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a lazy weekend. Try to find a B&B with a crackling fireplace or a jacuzzi tub for two. You can venture out of your room for dinner if you want, or ask your host to send up a cozy supper for two to your room. Forget sightseeing, just be open and spontaneous and do whatever feels right.

Linger over brunch
Whoever invented brunch is a genius! It’s the perfect meal for a lazy weekend date. You can sleep as late as you want and then head out a decadent brunch whenever you feel like it. Unlimited mimosas are a must (but make sure you avoid a hangover!).

Movie marathon
Head to the cinemas for a movie marathon. Perhaps you can pick one movie and he can pick another, or you can choose a theme: adventure? Rom-coms? Documentaries? IMAX? Popcorn and snacks are essentials.

April 12, 2014

Cute Date Ideas for Foodies

If food is your passion, we’ve found some romantic and cute date ideas to keep you – and your taste buds – tantalised.

Visit a farmer’s market
A farmer’s market is the perfect place for a morning or afternoon date. Stroll together browsing through the season’s best fruits and vegetables. Sample local cheeses and smoked meats, baked goods and gelato. Then go home and cook up a spectacular brunch with all the locally-produced treats. You make the eggs, he makes the cocktails (hint: mimosas just need freshly-squeezed orange juice and sparkling wine!).

Tour a vineyard and do a wine tasting
Few locations are as scenic and relaxing as a vineyard. Take a tour of the vineyard and winery and learn about the whole process of wine-making. There’s nothing like being outdoors in the sun and fresh air together to make a date feel fun and energising. Then, try the wines, comparing tasting notes. Relax together and choose a few bottles to bring home with you as souvenirs of your romantic date.

Do a food safari
Forget travelling overseas to experience different tastes and cultures – have a food safari in your own city. Spend an evening hopping from place to place, grazing on delicious bites from around the world. Maybe you could start with a plate of soup dumplings at a Chinese restaurant, share some grilled skewers at a Malaysian hawker food stand, and finish with Korean BBQ (late-night karaoke is optional, but recommended!).

Get out on the ocean and catch your dinner
OK, so you think fishing is not for you? After spending a few weekends this summer fishing, I can tell you it’s completely exhilarating! Consider taking your date on an unforgettable deep-sea fishing trip and catch the freshest dinner you’ll ever enjoy. Or you can hop on a fishing charter or hire a private boat with all the fishing gear included. Sail out onto the open water and just have fun together as you see who has the superior fishing skills. When it’s time for dinner, get out the BBQ, pop open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate your fresh catch.

Discover a new restaurant together
Is there a new restaurant that’s creating lots of buzz? Start with cocktails first and really make a night out of it. Ask about the restaurant’s signature dishes, or consider the tasting menu so the chef can highlight their favourite dishes for you.  Try to book a romantic table out of the way of the busiest part of the restaurant so the two of you have a lovely spot to talk about the food, and each other, and really soak up the atmosphere.

What are your favourite food date ideas?

February 5, 2014

4 (Non-Cheesy) Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

So you want to do something fun and romantic on Valentine’s Day, but then, of course, you don’t want to be a cliche. You want a genuine experience with your partner, not a Nicholas Sparks novel brought to life.

What are your options? How can you create a special night for the two of you (without rose petals on the bed or edible underwear?). Here are four Valentine’s Day date ideas you’ll both love.

Cook together
It sounds too simple, right? The best dates are often just that: simple. Cook something delicious, but not too complicated. Spending time together in the kitchen on Valentine’s Day should be fun and flirty, so no stressful soufflés or tricky tapenades. What do you both love to eat? Maybe you can recreate a dish you ate together on your first date, on the night you got engaged, or any time that was memorable for you as a couple.

Make a mess, spice things up, and then enjoy the meal together together. This is the time to open that bottle of wine you’ve been waiting to open on a special occasion (while it gathers dust on your wine rack). Make the meal feels like a celebration, which it is! You’re celebrating your love, and that deserves a toast.

Pack a picnic and go to an outdoor movie
The weather’s perfect for a picnic, and really, is there anything more romantic? If you can drink wine under the stars while watching a movie on the big screen, you’ve got yourself a pretty perfect date. Fill a basket with fun foods and a bottle of bubbly and spend Valentine’s Day in the fresh air.

Schedule a couple’s massage
Okay, this one may sound cheesy, but once your cares are being melted away by a warm, relaxing massage, you won’t care.  And trust us, most men might role their eyes at the idea of a massage, but we’ve yet to meet one who hasn’t loved it as much as you. After a session of pampering, both of you will feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready for a sexy evening in.

Do something adventurous
Whether adventure for you means a light hike or a ride on a rollercoaster, get outdoors and do something a little challenging together. There is nothing more exhilarating than getting out of your comfort zone and enjoying a daring adventure together. Take in the breathtaking view at the top of a mountain. Spend the night at an amusement park. Jump in the waves together at your local beach. Get outdoors and hold hands. You’ll have an unforgettable experience.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about red roses and heart-shaped chocolates if that’s too cheesy for you. Just think about what would be most fun for you and your partner and go with it. Celebrate your relationship and enjoy each other without any distractions. If you’re both relaxed and doing something you enjoy, your Valentine’s Day is sure to be a memorable, romantic date!

What are your favourite Valentine’s Day date ideas?

January 23, 2014

5 Hot Summer Date Ideas

It’s hot, the days are long, and you’re stuck for date ideas with your honey. There’s no better time to plan something fun and creative, whether it’s your second date or you’ve been together for, well, ever. Get inspired with these cute date ideas that make the most of summer.

Summer festivals
It’s raining festivals and fun across the country right now, from the Sydney Festival to Melbourne’s Friday night markets at Abbotsford Convent. Hit up your local Time Out website and check out their event listings. Or take a road trip to check out a nearby festival.

Dinner alfresco
Move your dinner outside in the summer. Many parks have free or cheap barbecues. The meal doesn’t have to be fancy – pack some drinks and cook up some steaks or seafood, sit and watch the stars – it’s even better than camping (all the romance, but no public showers to deal with). A picnic in the park – or on your balcony, is just as fun. Just don’t forget the citronella…

Cool off
Temperatures are soaring, so cool off with your honey. Hit up your favourite ice cream or frozen yogurt shop – it’s a great way to start or end the evening. See if there’s an aquatic park near you and splash around like kids. Sometimes finding refuge in air conditioning is the best answer – you can never go wrong with a bowling alley, cinema or crank up the AC at home and have a movie marathon.

A little culture
From outdoor movies to Shakespeare in the park, summer is the season to enjoy the arts without the stuffiness. Stop bemoaning the lack of live music and check out the bands at your local pub. Or do a gallery hop and unearth some undiscovered artists.

Sand and surf
Whether you sunbake, surf or stroll at sunset, there’s no better place to be in summer with your partner in crime than at the beach. If you don’t have a beach near you, enjoy the water at home with some daiquiris by the pool. No pool? No problem! We picked up a kid’s blow-up pool and it’s the best $30 we ever spent!

What are your favourite summer date ideas?

January 17, 2014

Best Date Night – For One

Let’s face it – everyone likes a hot date: the wine, the soft lighting, the excuse to indulge. But why wait for someone else to take you out? Here’s how to have the best date night ever – with yourself.

As Oscar Wilde once said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” So rather than a night out in uncomfortable heels making boring small-talk, wondering if he’ll pay or you’ll end up going Dutch…why not spend a night in spoiling that special certain someone – you.

Slip into something more comfortable
We all know the date night classic line “let me slip into something more comfortable” and those baggy, faded sweatpants are just the trick. Whether it’s for work or our social life we often spend so much time making sure we look ‘just right’, but on date night you don’t have to. By snuggling up in your favourite fluffy socks and wearing that eight-year-old Elmo t-shirt (sans bra), you get to escape the critical eye of the outside world and can just relax and enjoy being super comfy. After all, there’s something luxurious (and glamorous) about giant knickers and a headband. And just like wearing the right gym-gear can make you keen for a workout, so too can changing into your loved-and-lived-in pajamas help you change gears and unwind.

Indulge in something delicious
Dinner and a movie is a date night tradition, but when you’re spoiling yourself, keep the indulgence – but save yourself the hassle of venturing out. Take a moment to think about what your favourite foods and flicks are without pandering to someone else’s dietary requirements or obsession with Wolverine. It’s an opportunity to really enjoy yourself, so don’t stress about calories in the camembert or the cost of the Chianti and just go with what feels good.

For me – it’s the ultimate Holy Trinity: Ben, Jerry and Ryan Gosling (ice cream and eye candy? I’m only human). I love a bit of girl-power in films, so anything from Bridget Jones to Easy A is a winner. Otherwise, get stuck in with a marathon series of Downton Abbey or Girls.

Films not your thing? Then snuggle up with a good book. Just because it’s date night doesn’t mean you have to read a Mills and Boon but I can’t think of a better solo date than a glass of wine, candles and a fab read while Rod Stewart croons away in the background.

Studies have shown that reading is one of the most effective ways of beating stress – and when combined with other spoils you’re bound to feel the benefits.  Reading is also shown to encourage a good night’s sleep, so perfect TLC if you’re feeling rundown. My latest favourite is A Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling’s village drama.

Pamper your date
If you’re the productive type, this is the perfect time to catch up on a little beauty maintenance. Something as simple as a face steam over a bowl of almost-boiling water and lemon wedges followed by a clay mask can do wonders for your complexion while helping you feel languid and lovely. Paint your nails, shape your brows, rub some fancy oils into your cuticles; do whatever that makes you feel divine.

And skip the guilt because it’s not all aesthetic benefits, studies have shown that taking care of yourself work to nurture your self esteem and sense of self, which beyond making you feel great, has positive effects on both stress levels and depression.

So for the best date ever, stay in with a super-hottie – you.

Kate Jones blogs about writing and pop culture at Calvicle Capitalism.

January 9, 2014

Top 5 Date Ideas (From First Dates To Long-Term Love!)

Whether it’s your first date or an anniversary dinner, planning the perfect date often leads to high expectations and zero results. So we’ve put together our top 5 ideas for all types of dates.

1. Date ideas for the first date

?This is the time for the both of you to get to know each other, so try not to put too much pressure on it. Since you are relative strangers, it will be tough to come up with the “perfect date” without knowing each others’ likes and dislikes, so keeping it neutral is a good idea.

Start the evening off with a coffee or cocktail to get some conversation going, followed by a movie and then dinner. Yes, it seems like a cliché, but it works! It is important to have dinner after the movie as it will give you a failsafe conversation topic and avoid those dreaded awkward silences.

2. A light and entertaining second date?

This is where it gets interesting; having already overcome that monstrous hurdle that is the first impression, you now get to lighten the mood.

Show that you listened to him during the first date – if he’s into stand-up comedy, take him to a comedy club; if he’s the outdoors type, choose to explore a national park; if he’s a gamer, unleash your inner child and compete in some arcade games.

3. Have some real fun

?These types of dates are best when they are with a guy who you already know. Maybe you’ve had a few dates already, or he’s someone you’ve been friends with for a while.

Taking him to a live music concert or festival is a great bonding experience, and it shows that you either have the same interests, or that you are willing to try something new. Amusement parks are also fun as they unleash your inner child – and you can grab onto him in times of sheer terror!

4. The romantic date or special occasion date

Men can be just as nostalgic as women – recreating your first date (or another memorable one) is sure to get his heart beating faster.?

Or you could pack a picnic with all his favourite snacks and find a nice secluded spot just for the two of you. If you’re not keen on spending too much, try visual reminders of just how much you love him. Get some helium-filled red balloons and tie little messages to the end of the string on each one; these could include how he makes you feel, things you love about him and significant photos of your relationship.

5. Something fresh and creative

?Doing something out of the ordinary can relight that spark in a long-term relationship, or it could ignite a new one. Here’s some more cute date ideas:

* Learn a new skill together in cooking courses or acting classes

* Relieve some stress at a shooting range – chances are high he’ll find you pretty ravishing in action à la Angelina in Tomb Raider

* Be a tourist in your home city for a day – go see the landmarks, museums etc

* Embrace nature and show him that you’re not just a city slicker

* Try a trapeze lesson – as long as the two of you aren’t afraid of heights!

What’s your best romantic date idea?

June 5, 2013

5 Fun Spring Date Ideas

Spring has officially sprung, and that means love is in the air. Stop mooching on the couch with your man and enjoy these great 5 outdoors date ideas that is sure to put the mojo back in your relationship!

1. Belt it out at karaoke

Why does everyone have so much fun at karaoke? Because embarrassing yourself over one-hit-wonders is a lot of fun! Hit up your favourite Chinatown noodle joint then cruise over to a pumping karaoke bar and challenge yourself to a late-night duet or two!

2. Go for gold at barefoot bowls

You’ve been wrapped up in your winter woolies for so long, it’s time to get some sun on your skin and feel the grass under your feet. Many bowling clubs offer barefoot bowls on weekends, and who can say no to a cheap beer?

3. Visit a farmer’s market

Take a walk through your local farmer’s market. Start with a coffee then stock up on gorgeous spring produce. Head home and prepare a delicious lunch or dinner with your fresh ingredients: think of it as a masterchef mystery box challenge!

4. Take a river or dinner cruise

When was the last time you took a cruise? Now that the days are longer, enjoy a stunning spring sunset on the water with a glass or two of bubbly (but don’t forget to pack a cardi or scarf!)

5. Stroll through the botanical gardens

Flowers are in bloom, bees are buzzing, and what could be more romantic than a stroll through the botanical gardens…pack a picnic and while the afternoon away.

What’s your favourite spring date idea?

August 31, 2012