New Date Night Ideas

On your first date, a nice meal and a few drinks is all it really takes. But after a while and you get more comfortable as time passes, it can be fun to add a little ‘spark’ back into date night. Instead of the same-old, maybe it’s time to get more creative with new date night ideas.

Below are 25 date night ideas to get you started, from things like a foodie date night eating each course at a different restaurant, to outdoorsy ideas for nature enthusiasts and Ferris Wheel adventures. Pick your favourite new ideas and use the others as inspiration for something else you might prefer. We’re sure your partner will certainly appreciate the effort and you might surprise yourself on how much fun and connecting it can be.

  1. Recreate the First Date You Ever Had Together – If you went to a movie, rent the same movie. If you went out for dinner, go back to the same restaurant or make the dish that you ate at home.
  2. Appreciation and Gratitude night – Set out a few candles, a nice healthy and light meal, and each do an exercise together of writing down at least 10 things you appreciate in your partner, and then at least 10 things you are grateful for in the world. Explain your list to each other and maybe talk through future plans on things you’d like to do more together.
  3. Kiss, Kiss, Kiss – Not for a first date, but if you’re a more seasoned pair, try mastering these 36 kisses: French Kiss, Sniff Kiss, Nip Kiss, Eskimo Kiss, Butterfly Kiss, Basic Kiss, Spiderman Kiss, Flavored Kiss, Vacuum Kiss, Fish Kiss, Tease Kiss, Candy Kiss, Ice Kiss, Firm Kiss, From Behind Kiss, Slow Motion Kiss, Opposite Kiss, Downward Kiss, Tickle Kiss, No Lips Kiss, Blow Kiss, Woodpecker Kiss, Lady and the Tramp Kiss, Shocking Kiss, High Low Kiss, Kiss on the Hand, Kiss on the Cheek, Kiss on the Neck, Kiss on the Fingers, Kiss on the Shoulder, Kiss on the Ear, Kiss on the Back, Kiss on the Navel, Kiss on the Nose, Kiss on the Eyes, Kiss on the Forehead. Not sure what they all mean? Just have fun with it.
  4. Do Something a Little Bad – Skinny dipping, light sidewalk graffiti, doing something you aren’t supposed to be doing can actually bring couples together. Plus, it’s great for a future story.
  5. Stargaze – It’s a bit of a cliché, but completely romantic. Who could resist a date that involves stargazing? To get started, download the Night Sky app so you actually know what you are looking at.
  6. Plan a Picnic – Whether you’re heading to a park, beach or even just your backyard or fire escape, put down a blanket, get a spread of yummy snacks, a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself a lovely, low-cost date.
  7. Go Camping – Borrow equipment from a friend if you don’t have your own, cook marshmallows over an open fire, and completely unplug from technology. You can even do this in your backyard if time is tight.
  8. Head on a (Mini) Road Trip – Pick a destination about an hour from where you live. It could be anything from a flea market to a restaurant off the beaten path and just drive.
  9. Head to the Farm and go Berry Picking – Berry picking is a fun activity, and one that allows for a lot of talking and getting to know each other.
  10. Take a Craft Brewery Tour – Learn something and get good beer in the process? This is pretty much a foolproof date. To find a tour, start by calling a microbrewery near you and go from there.
  11. Go to a Fancy Bar and Dress Up – Get dressed up, go to a fancy bar (hotel bars are an easy choice), and try something off the exotic cocktails list.
  12. Take a Workout Class – Take a spin class, a rowing class, or one of the myriads of trendy boutique workout classes that have popped up just about everywhere in recent years. Couples that sweat together, stay together.
  13. Rent a ‘Dream Car’ or convertible – Take your partner and your dream car you’ve rented on a daytime or weekend adventure, even if it’s just driving and exploring.
  14. Troll for Photobooths – Spend an evening looking for photobooths and taking fun photos together. The souvenirs from the evening are just a bonus.
  15. Take a Ride on a Ferris Wheel – Countless romantic comedies feature couples falling in love at the top of the Ferris wheel, and with good reason. Plus, there is something so nostalgic and wonderful about heading to a local fair or amusement park on a date.
  16. Take a Boxing Class Together – Not your typical date, get the endorphins flowing taking a boxing class together.
  17. Shop for Each Other – Head to a thrift store, set a budget, and pick out outfits for each other!
  18. Visit a Museum and See Something Unexpected – Going to a museum is a great date idea. Go see a controversial show, and the conversation will flow easily from there.
  19. Learn to Dance – Find a dance studio that offer sessions for first timers and couples. Looking to do something special? Consider booking a private lesson to start or just subscribe to local studios and they’ll often send out special promos and invitations.
  20. Meet for Drinks at a Local Landmark – From the Eiffel Tower, to the Empire State Building, to the Top of the Space Needle – head to a local landmark and admire the view, while creating your own movie worthy moment. If you’re on a mid-price budget, have a drink at home before you get public transport to the venue, share earbuds to listen to a special soundtrack/new band together on the way, have a fancy cocktail at the venue, then off to a gourmet pizza place after.
  21. Volunteer Together – A great first date idea, head anywhere from a soup kitchen to a home for the elderly to volunteer, while getting to know your date.
  22. Sing Karaoke – While you are on your karaoke date, don’t forget to do a duet. When in doubt, Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” can’t be beat.
  23. Make Homemade Pizzas with Wild Toppings – Instead of just any dinner, make homemade pizzas, and don’t be afraid to go wild with the toppings.
  24. Work on a DIY Project – Look through Pinterest for a project, and then execute it together.
  25. Have a Game Night – Dust off some of the fun games in the cupboard, or better still, How Game Are You?™ Intimacy Edition and plan a night in to talk, laugh, share and connect more with each other.

Hopefully a few of these date night ideas resonate with you already and are new. Some involve a little planning so maybe create a shortlist with your partner and plan to do one each month as a special treat, on top of your normal date night routine. View the details of the game or buy it now here or on Amazon You’ll often get back what you put into a relationship, so time to have fun and let’s see ‘How Game Are You?™’?

Romantic Games That Couples Play

Are date nights getting a little boring and you want to step it up a bit? One of the things connected couples do is look to shake up date nights every now and then. Romantic games are one way to share some time alone with your partner and reconnect to why you came together and the joys this close bond can bring.

Most romantic games are about innuendo. Do this, guess this and then take some clothing off or sip a glass of wine or something. This is more tit-for-tat (if you excuse the pun), and it can be funny, but not fun, and definitely not connecting in a meaningful/ sustainable way.

There is more to romance than just playing a game. It’s about setting the scene first and the game is the substance.

The keys are:

  1. Set aside some quality time free of outside distractions

  2. Create the mood prior to set the scene. Maybe a little note added onto your partner’s lunch, or a text in the morning (e.g. so looking forward to our romantic games night together), or cheeky meme sent in the afternoon

  3. Create a nice space at home. Even if you just moved house, you can set aside some clean space, maybe put a tablecloth down or layout some snacks or dinner and a few candles or aromatherapy oils. It’s a sacred space of communication and romance that you are making

  4. If you are in the habit of de-briefing each day, agree between you to skip that today, or limit it to 5 mins or so each. Tonight has a focus, and its romance and connection, not practicalities

  5. Food or drinks are great additions and they can be especially prepared or take-away, but a little presentation goes a long way and helps set a higher standard. Maybe celebratory champagne to toast each other and what you love about each other, or some favourite fruit just in season or a rare treat you rarely splurge on

  6. Put electronics to the side (and preferably on silent). If something needs to be done, agree between you when your night will start and do the task before you sit down

  7. Hold hands and take a couple of deep breaths together to let the energy and attachment to the rest of your crazy day dissipate. You are here now setting a scene for your romantic night of fun and games

  8. Giving gratitude can be a great grounding task. Each take turns to say what you are grateful for in the world, including each other, and be very present. If you are not feeling present, explain this to your partner so they don’t get mixed messages and see what they suggest to help you become more present. For some, its a glass of wine, or a shoulder massage, foot massage or your favourite music played and a few more deep breathes to slow down

  9. Forget about your day and talk about love, romance, great times you’ve had together, what you love in life and about each other

  10. Play your romantic game or question cards of your choice (further examples below). We created a game specifically for this and it’s a real-life conversation game and through this couples learn, laugh and as a result, romantic connection develops at a whole new level.

  11. Take some photos of you having fun, or just stop for a second to acknowledge your partner and what a fun time you’re having. This is a moment you can recall in the future or talk about on a road trip, and help take you back to the moment

  12. Use the time together as a reminder of how good it is to feel romantic again, more connected and focused on your relationship. Set a date for the next event, or take turns to plan things, be it a full date night out, or an easy low-stress night in.

If you Google ‘Romantic Games’ there aren’t a lot on offer that aren’t tacky or just about activities rather than connection. Games for romantics are usually suggestions like Scrabble with romantic words only allowed, or drinking, strip games. Other are more strategy or make believe games and have their place for some people, but don’t really set the scene for a great romance night, of true intimate and romantic connection.

Even if you are skilled at opening conversations and creating safe places for intimate discussions, if your partner is less communicative for whatever reason (tired, flat, disconnected or just not valuing the time properly), it becomes harder to initiate or achieve a meaningful discourse. One solution is to sit down, think of some great conversation starters and your own way to start it. Make it fun and be interesting but not too provocative or push the other persons emotional buttons as you are trying to build connection and conversation, not win points.

Questions can be simple like: 

  • “What’s something in our lives together that you really appreciate at the moment?”
  • “What would you like to do more of as a couple?”

Or make them more romantic or steamy:

  • “What kind of romantic gestures do you like the most?”
  • “What’s something we haven’t done in the bedroom for a while we should think about?”

Creating these conversation questions can take quite some time. Lucky for you we’ve done the hard work and spent hundreds of hours developing questions to get your romantic games started.

How Game Are You? Couples Intimacy Edition is the “BEST ROMANTIC GAME EVER” we think’.

Think of this as a real-life conversation starter. The game starts with a Pledge Card to set the scene for a truthful game. Player 1 selects a Level 1 (1 chilli) card with simple ice-breakers to get conversation going, and then you move to more open-ended general questions. The next level (2 chilli cards) is about relationships specifically, romance, gratitude and date nights. Level (3 chilli) is more about physical intimacy questions, but in a tasteful way. 

You’ll learn a lot about yourself, your partner and your relationship. At the end the winner gets to choose a task for the loser, to be performed over the next 14 days or they have to pamper the other player in whatever ‘reasonable’ way they want. It’s a fun game to play and conversations linger way after playing the game, providing a basis for better understanding and more meaningful connection between couples. There are many romantic game nights to be had with over 150 base cards plus the bonus 4 chilli image cards.

How Game Are You? Couples Intimacy Edition is now available through our website, Amazon US and Amazon AU or Ebay AU. View the full details of the game here or order your copy now for yourself or as a gift, and be one of the first to play it.

Main Definitions Of Intimacy

The dictionary defines ‘intimacy’ as closeness or sexual intimacy, but did you know that the main definitions of intimacy? An interesting way to define intimacy would be blending of hearts. Intimacy with our partner allows us to ‘see into’ who are partners really are and makes our companion ‘see into’ us as well.

The thing you need to ask yourself is this: what does intimacy mean to me and us as a couple? This can be a definition in relation to marriage or any relationship. To define intimacy is really to define how both of you relate to each other and to what depth.

Intimacy meanings

Some in psychology today see intimacy as more than just being close or being sexually intimate. The true main definitions of intimacy is not just about two bodies merging together for sex. Intimacy could have a different meaning for different people. What is the meaning of intimacy? The concept of intimacy involves a mutually consensual relationship where two individuals reciprocate feelings of trust, emotional and physical closeness toward each other.

Here are the 4 main definitions of intimacy and what they mean for you:

1. Intellectual intimacy

Are you both on the same wavelength? Do you ‘get’ each other? Can you talk ‘til all hours of the night about anything and everything—even stuff like kids and finances? That is what is meant by the definition of intellectual intimacy. It’s not that one person is smarter than the other; more so that you have a similar approach to life and enjoy conversing with each other. You may have different ideas, but you work to come together.

2. Emotional closeness

Many couples may be together for a long time but lack this type of intimacy. That’s because this one is probably the scariest. When you are emotionally close, it means you are vulnerable. You let your guard down and feel safe doing so. When you feel this kind of closeness, you can tell each other anything and feel accepted. You both can “feel” what the other person is feeling.

3. Spiritual bond

Probably the last thing you think about when you see ‘intimacy’ is spiritual. But if you believe that God or some higher power wants us to love each other, then it makes sense. We aren’t here by accident, and somehow, we find each other. We form strong connections. When you form a spiritual bond, you both understand each other’s spiritual quest and beliefs. You allow the relationship to have a spiritual competent. Why do we not harm others, just because it’s the law? No, because we believe life is precious. That is a spiritual bond. When you achieve that in your intimate relationship.

4. Sexual expression

Being ‘intimate’ is at the root of the word ‘intimacy,’ but what does that mean? Is it just sex, or is it more than that? The definition of intimacy in a relationship is different from couple to couple. But the ideal has to do with sexual expression. If you are both able to feel free to express yourselves in a sexual way and feel comfortable with each other, then you have reached a good level of intimacy. It is more than just sex—you are sharing that most special part of yourself, and vice versa.

Final Takeaway

All in all, each type of intimacy is a process. It can change, so work on it with your partner for a more fulfilling and satisfying relationship. The above shared 4 main definitions of intimacy and what they mean to you, can be a good base to build an everlasting intimacy with your significant other. To define and explore intimacy at so many levels, is an interesting journey, one that you must take. Bon voyage.

The How Game Are You?™Couples Intimacy Edition was designed to help couples particularly with points 1 and 2. Pre-order the game for yourself or someone looking to expand their intimacy with their partner and start a conversation that really matters. View full details here or Buy Now  for quick delivery direct or through Amazon (US) and Amazon (AU).

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Keeping A Relationship Fresh And Exciting

Playing is one of the most effective tools for keeping a relationship fresh and exciting. It brings joy, energy and flexibility to the relationship. And the same time it can also be a tool in healing pains caused by arguments and hate. Regularly playing together enables us to learn to trust and feel safe around the people we’re with. Trust helps us to work together, to be more open to intimacy and confident to try new things. And these efforts can improve the relationship quality you have not just with your family, friends and co-workers but mostly your love relationship with your partner. Here’s some ways on keeping a relationship fresh and exciting:

  • Play helps develop and improve social skills. As a adults we already know the basics of socialising, and as we constantly practice play and humor we’re polishing more those skills. And one prime example of this play and humor skills is flirting, that is for an ‘adult’ kind of interaction.
  • Play teaches cooperation with others. Cooperation doesn’t stop at working as a team, but as well as breaking down those walls so you can reach out more and the team work you’re building is more genuine. This goes as well with love relationships, with play and humor you’re breaking down the wall between you and your partner working more as a team, adding and keeping things more exciting, fresh and vibrant.. In a new love relationship, it helps individual overcome awkwardness towards the other person during their dating and getting-to-know stage.
  • Play can heal emotional wounds. Playing allows you to be engage in a positive and playful behaviour that are common in child development. This behaviour can also create the same positive behaviour for adults. For example, for an emotionally insecure person playing with a secure partner, play and humor can alleviate this negative emotion and behaviour replacing it with a more positive action and connection. This positive and playful behaviour also allows people in a love relationship to easily overcome differences and deal with tiny misunderstandings easily.

We’ve developed a fun game to help with all of the above called How Game Are You? If you want some some extra fun in your relationship, buy the game to finally take things up a notch. How Game Are You? Couples Intimacy Edition is now available through our website, Amazon (US and AU) and Ebay (AU). You can view full details here or order your own copy of the game now and be one of the first to receive it. Let the fun and romance begin and take your intimate relationship to another level.

Romantic Games For Couples

Are date nights getting a little boring and you want to step it up a bit? One of the things connected couples do is look to shake up date nights every now and then, and romantic games for couples is one way to share some time alone with your partner, learn, laugh and see what happens on a new level 😉

There are a number of games available for couples, from card games to board games, from trivia games to strategy games and unfortunately, most are cheap and tacky. Some are rightfully designed to get to know your partner better, but most seem to just set the scene for titillation and miss the main part of a great date night, and future nights – true intimate connection.

Even if you are skilled at opening conversations and creating safe places for intimate discussions, if your partner is less communicative for whatever reason (tired, flat, disconnected or just not valuing the time properly), it becomes harder to initiate or achieve a meaningful discourse. One solution can be to get together with a bunch of friends and create romantic but also respectful conversations and games. Easier said than done I hear you say, but now there is an answer.

Dinner parties are fun by themselves, and the combination of good people, good food and maybe even good wine that can make the night go up a notch. Use this environment to bring in some cheeky fun, banter and laughs all in a safe place with friends. Whether it be fun sex trivia, or dares, or comparing opinions, the table environment allows fun, laughter and often conversations to be had that can be a little harder one-on-one.

These conversations also linger on well after the dinner party and provide the basis for better understanding, discussion, re-thinking childhood taboo’s and more meaningful connection between consenting adults. The good news, is that rather than having to create your own romantic games night and ideas, it’s been done for you and you can order now and be playing in just a few days.

The new theme game How Game Are You – Couples Intimacy Edition is designed to take the romantic game concept and make it easy, fun and encourage intimacy conversations (emotional and physical) between couples. It can be played safely with a number of couples or singles over dinner parties and is tasteful, respectful and no keys need to be thrown in any bowls! The game has invitations, instructions, meal ideas, table settings, all the special placemats, cards and items to facilitate a great night and ensure a fun and tasteful night.

How Game Are You – Couples Intimacy Edition was specifically designed to open fun and interesting conversations about sex with the objective to reduce stigmas and judgements. Through this it re-ignites a sense of fun and passion for couples wanting to understand more their emotional and sexual side in a fun and tasteful way.

So get the gang together!

You can check out this article to know more about romantic games for couples or view the full details of the game. How Game intimacyAre You? Couples Intimacy Edition is now available through our website, Amazon (US and AU) and Ebay (AU). You can order your own copy of the game now and be one of the first to receive it. Let the fun and romance begin.