Some adults can frolic like children in fresh snow–then there are the rest of us. Don’t forfeit dates this winter. Here’s some love for people who hate the cold.
If winter hits and all you can think about is how the weather outside is frightful, don’t despair. There are plenty of dates that you can enjoy without getting a drop of snow, sleet or soot on your boots. Be creative, be open and be engaged because no matter what the season, the most important part of any date is being in the moment—together.
For those of us who’d rather skip from fall to spring, that three-month period in between requires a bit more ingenuity. I invite you to try these … there’s one for every week of the winter!
Have a Winterized Picnic (bonus points for “grownup” hot chocolate)
Pack the blanket, fill up the picnic basket with all your favorites from the local market and spread it all out in front of the fireplace. If you don’t have access to a fireplace, make one out of cardboard or light the room with candles. Be sure to include a thermos of hot chocolate with a little Bailey’s added in to toast your winter-inspired picnic.
Ready, Set, Go… on a movie marathon
Pick a movie genre together and take turns choosing films from that genre to watch together. Romantic comedies may get old after a while, so add a twist—make them all French! Stock up on gourmet popcorn and you’ll never have a reason to leave the house.
Join a Book Club for Two
Select three books you’re both interested in reading and get two copies. Each month read a different book and discuss. If there’s a steamy scene or two, even better—you may have to reenact those scenes for a deeper discussion!
Be creative in the kitchen and experiment with homemade soup recipes. Make it even more fun by pairing each with a different kind of bread from the local bakery as well as a local brew.
Enjoy a Weekend Unplugged
If you have the opportunity to get away from it all, do it! Hop on airbnb.com and select a romantic getaway spot that’s less than two hours away to minimize winter drive time. Pack up the car with everything you need; that way, once there you don’t leave until it’s time to go home. And your cell phone? Leave it off and in your suitcase. If you don’t see it, you won’t be tempted… and won’t you be busy with “other” things anyway?
DIY Wine & Cheese Tasting
Ever go to a wine and cheese tasting and think to yourself, “That’s not how I would pair it.” Now’s your chance to pair it your way. No rules. No guides. No boundaries.
Dress Up for a Night in at the Theater
It’s a drag to get dressed up in bad weather as snow boots and evening wear never look good together. Forget the going out part! Put on a fancy outfit, get dinner catered and listen to opera music or watch your favorite musical. Seeing each other spiffed up will create sparks, so you won’t even want to go out.
Create a Theme Night – Tropical Style
Once I had a party in the middle of February where everyone had to dress like they were on a Caribbean island and bring things you’d only find in the Caribbean. We had ourselves fooled for a few hours—except for the snow and salt we dragged all through the apartment! Nix the group and make it a party for two and you’ll minimize the mess and maximize the romance!
Keep the bubbles going all winter by enjoying champagne with a dash of fruit and a bubble bath with a sprinkling of bath salts, flower petals or locally made scented soaps. Light some candles and you’re definitely in for the evening. Be sure to avoid using glass in the bathroom though… nothing ruins a bubble party more than breaking a champagne glass or bottle!
Board Game Bonanza
Create a weekend around your favorite board games. It’s a great way to be a kid again, plus, you can wager bets so the “loser” has to give a foot rub or a shoulder massage and maybe a full body massage as the final game challenge.
Work in Together
Do a home work out together to get the adrenaline pumping. Afterwards cool things down with a restorative yoga session. Only have one shower? Guess you’ll just have to share it when the workout ends.
Host a Dance Party
Let’s face it. It’s way more fun to dance at home as you can play only what you like, have all the space you need without worrying about someone stepping on you—and, you never have to wait in line at the bar. Choose your favorite decade and let the moves flow because you’re alone together and can totally let loose![image: via inquisitir.com]