The first stages of being a new couple are so exciting and special!
You can’t get enough of each other and spend most days walking around with a silly grin on your face; the world looks beautiful! You may have done some formal dating involving going to dinner or perhaps grabbing a coffee. You may be spending most evenings together so you want to do new and exciting things.
So if you want to revel in your new found romance, here are some relaxing and romantic evening ideas to try out.
1. Cook together
Get hold of some cook books (We recommend ‘Date Night Dinners’ by Sloane Taylor) and choose a meal together that you have never made before.
Cooking together is lots of fun with plenty of opportunities for laughter, talking and enjoying each other’s company.
How the dish turns out doesn’t really matter; If it all goes wrong, you can turn it into a food fight and will have funny memories to laugh about later.
If it turns out to be the best thing you have ever tasted, you will feel like a team and can enjoy a tasty romantic meal together!
2. Have a cooking for each other competition
This is great if you have a competitive streak!
Name two evening of the week, one that you will host and one that your other half will host.
Set rules to the game, for example having to make a starter with salmon or the main needing to contain chicken. If you have a hard time deciding, you can add some extra fun into this by using the Foodie Dice. You simply roll the dice and it gives you a fun combination of ingredients that you need to cook with.
Give each other scores and compete for a price that you have agreed on.
For example, if he wins, your next date is playing video games of his choice; if you win he has to watch that romantic comedy that you have been dying to see at the cinema.
3. Go for a long evening walk
This idea is perfect for those warm summer nights! Take a long stroll along the beach, the park or even just around the neighborhood.
This will give you plenty of time to get to know each other better and you can find a bench to stop of for a bit of an evening kiss and cuddle.
Walking, or just being being outdoors in general, can be surprising romantic. The key is picking the right time and place. Near sunset is probably the most romantic. The beach is a great place to walk, but a park or local neighborhoods are good as well.
4. Draw each other
Visit an art gallery for inspiration and later pretend you are artists.
The point isn’t to draw a fantastic portrait, but to have a laugh. Take turns to draw each other and either admire the amazing art work or laugh you head off at the funny stick men/women.
What better than to have an excuse to stare at your sweetheart intently for a while?
5. Have an evening picnic
If you live close to the beach or in the country side, get a blanket some tasty food and a bottle of wine and find a nice spot to relax in.
Beaches are quieter in the evenings giving you alone time under the stars that is filled with romance. You can also achieve this if you have a flat with a balcony!
6. Go out on the town
Show off your new sparkling relationship and have great night out!
Enjoy a meal, go bowling, play some pool, have a few drinks and finish the night of with some dancing!
It will be a night to remember and you will feel fantastic holding each other’s hands everywhere you go!
7. Recreate your first date night
Set up a first date like atmosphere from home by pretending that it is indeed a first date. Each of you can even dress up for the date and use the phone to pretend to call the other to see if they are ready to go out.
Sometimes it is very exciting for couples to go back to the very first time that they met and this is what signifies this evening. Only this time around, you two get to create a completely new date and do whatever you like as opposed to what you did originally the first time.
Creating a date from home can take on any atmosphere that you like from the traditional candlelight dinner and a movie to doing something totally off the wall. Use your imagination and make your get to know date as very special as your first date was.
You and your partner must determine the setting by setting the mood ahead of time. Men and women can do many things together, so the sky is the limit virtually.
8. Have a romantic candle light dinner
While it’s just the two of you enjoying some alone time, enjoy dinner by candlelight if you can.
Even if talking is minimal that’s okay. Look into each other’s eyes and remember what made you fall in love in the first place.
Don’t rush through dinner if you have no reason too. Enjoy this sacred time together because you know it might not happen again for a while.
9. Have an evening on bed with dinner
Another creative idea is Bed and Dinner.
Bed and Dinner is not only about food. It is about the food of love.
Make the menu comprised of romantic foods – Figs, almonds, honey and certain fruits, such as raspberries and strawberries etc. For a romantic treat before heading off to bed make a quick chocolate fondue and dip strawberries. Let the warm chocolate bring romantic thoughts to mind as you feed each other.
11. Give each other a massage
Massages can be extremely romantic and relaxing as well. Spend your evenings giving each other a massage. All you need is a massage oil preferably essential oils, the scent of which the both of you like. For example, black pepper, rosemary, jasmine etc. We recommend this hypoallergenic Lavender, Almond and Jojoba Oil blend from Maple Holistic.
12. Paint together
Buy an adult coloring book and paint together. We recommend this country romance coloring book by Jade Summer.
Another idea is to draw and paint on the same canvas. He starts painting from one end and you start painting from the other. No matter how it turns out, you have a work of art that you can frame and hang on the wall or store away to look back later.
13. Make an abstract love painting
Buy the Love is Art Canvas and Paint Kit and create beautiful modern art as you get intimate with each other.
This kit comes with a large plastic sheet that you can put down to protect your floor from paint splashes, specially treated cotton canvas that is non-allergenic, 4 ounce specially formulated non-toxic washable paint, disposable slippers so you can walk to the shower, and a body scrubber to help wash the paint off.
14. Watch old photos and reminisce
Take out your stack of old photos (or videos) and reminisce about the old times. You can even show him photos from your childhood and he can show his. This can lead to a lot of fun ‘getting to know each other’ time.
15. Do a backyard getaway
During the spring and summer nights, it’s always nice to step outside to look at the stars, listen to the wildlife and just take a moment to realize that it’s just the two of you in this great big world.
You can enhance this experience by putting up some tiki torches, lighting candles or making a fire in a fire pit.
Play some music inside your house, and turn the volume up enough so you can hear it outside, or bring a portable device (like a portable Bluetooth speaker) outside. You can even buy some flowers to decorate your deck or patio.
16. Play a board game
Board games can be a lot of fun and lead to some deep bonding time. You can choose to play a regular games like Chess, Monoploy, Game of Life, Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, Zenga etc. or buy some romance themed games.
If you have a hard time finding a romantic game, check out Loopy, you will love it.
17. Play a get to know each other game
Buy the Our Moments card game for couples and play it with your partner. Each card in the pack carries a thought provoking question that can lead to some deep conversations.
Plus this has an added benefit of getting to know each other on a deeper level which will lead to stronger, deeper connections.
18. Sing for each other
If one of you knows how to play piano or guitar — or any other instrument — sing through your favorite songs together. Grab a bottle of wine and make it an at-home karaoke bar.
You can also search for karaoke songs on Youtube and sing along. No microphone needed.
19. Build a pillow/blanket fort or tent
Building a fort out of pillows, sheets and rope in the living room can be a lot of fun. Use fairy lights and/or LED candles to add to the romantic ambiance. Once you finish building your cozy fort, get in there for some romantic time – watch a movie, read a book, listen to music, play a board game, tell each other stories and what not.
20. Solve a jigsaw puzzle together
If you want to make it even more interesting, go for a 3D puzzle like this one where you get to recreate the Eiffel Tower.
21. Do some crafts together
Creating something together has to be one of the most romantic thing ever. You can always showcase your craft and look back on it for fond memories.
One really cool craft idea is to create a romantic Plaster Statue of you holding hands using this Keepsake Hands Casting Kit from Luna Beam. It doesn’t get any more romantic that this.
22. Go for a drive in movie
Drive-in movies are fun as you get all the privacy you need in a theater setting. Bring along some blankets, push the seats back and enjoy a fun movie (preferably a romantic movie).
23. Check out the local museum
Go to a new museum, gallery or café in your area. That way you not only are broadening your horizons through exposing yourself to new things, but you might also find a new favorite place.
24. Have a movie marathon day
Pick your favorite actor, actress, or series and have a movie marathon day.
Chop up some vegetables to have with hummus, make sweet and salty popcorn, and pour a bit of wine. Be sure to have lots of pillows and blankets handy to keep comfortable throughout the films.
25. Sit by the Fire
If you have a fireplace, get a fire going and cuddle up together on a blanket by the fire. Feed each other some chocolates or fruit, and simply enjoy being in each other’s presence.
26. Share a romantic bath together
If you are lucky enough to have a large bathtub, schedule a bath night the two of you can share. This can be the main event of your evening, or use it before or after other romantic play.
Consider adding these aromatic bath bombs for a luxurious bath experience.
27. Go to a coffee shop
Instead of going to the regular chain coffee shops, find a local and unique shop in your area. Some places will even have live music on Friday or Saturday nights for the two of you to enjoy.
28. Get a hotel room
Sometimes the best way to relax is to change your scenery. Staying in a hotel for an evening or a weekend provides a great way to forget your problems and focus on yourself and your partner.
You don’t need to travel very far. For an enhanced romantic experience, stay at a nice bed and breakfast or find a room that has a Jacuzzi tub.
29. Bake and decorate cookies or cupcakes
Cookies or cupcakes are great to bake, but if you want a more savory option choose bread or quiche.
30. Model for each other
You can either buy new outfits to model or simply look into your closet. We often have tons of things in our closet that we’ve forgotten about or just never know what to wear with. Try different combinations for your partner to enjoy.
31. Play don’t blink
Stare into each other’s eyes. The person, who blinks his eyelid first or looks away, looses. The loser needs to do a favor. Wink Wink.
32. Cuddle in a hammock
Buy a double camping hammock strong enjoy to hold the both of you and spend your evening relaxing in it. We recommend this double camping hammock from Honest Outfitters which is light weight, easy to set-up and holds up to 500 pounds.
33. Visit a food market
Visit the food market and try out the free samples. Or you can go to a farmer’s market, buy some fresh exotic foods and cook it back home. Or consider visiting a flea market and see what goodies you can find.
34. Go for a bike ride
Bike rides can be a fun and romantic experience. If you don’t own a bike, you can always rent it.
35. Do some gardening together
Gardening together can be a romantic experience in itself. It’s a great outlet to socialize and reconnect with each other. Plant some new seeds or saplings, water the plants, do some weeding, smell the flowers, build a bird feeder, color the pots/rocks, rake the dry leaves and what not. There is a lot to do.
36. Go on a hiking trip
There is nothing more romantic than watching a sunset from a hilltop.
You and your partner can decide to hike up the hill and enjoy the scenic beauty around. Being in the nature allows a calming experience and helps bond better. A hillside would definitely rank as the most romantic places for a new couple.
37. Browse through a book store
There is something about bookstores that make them pretty romantic, especially if you love books.
You may come across some book you read as kids or find some interesting book to talk about. It can turn out into a really interesting dating idea, just be sure to visit a large bookstore.
38. Get a barbecue going
If you own a rock fire pit, or a barbecue station, in your backyard then there is nothing cozier than a lazy evening of outdoor cooking. Stock up on the beer or wine to make the occasion more fun.
39. Go to an aquarium
The lighting, the water, the calm ambiance, the marine life – every is so romantic and relaxing about an aquarium. Definitely a great place to spend some quality couple time together.
40. Write a song together
Get your creative juices flowing and write a romantic song together. If not a song, a poem or a story is a good idea too.
41. Go shopping together
Shopping can be quite romantic if you think about it. You guys can pick out each other’s outfits, try something new and what not.
42. Do yoga together
Couples yoga can be a lot of fun and at the same time a very romantic experience. Check out some beginner couple’s yoga moves on Youtube and give them a try.
43. Go geocaching
Geocaching is a treasure hunting game which involves hiding and/or finding previously hidden treasures (known as Geocache containers). These containers can be found using the GPS on your mobile phone. All you need to start playing this game is to download and install the Geocaching mobile app.
Being a detective and finding these cool geocaches with your partner can be really fun and romantic.
There is a good possibility that there is a geocache hidden somewhere near you. Go find it as a detective team.
44. Feed the ducks
Go to a park that has ducks, buy some bread and feed the ducks. In addition to being romantic, this can also be a very relaxing thing to do.
45. Go fruit picking
A lot of farms allow you to pick your own fruits and veggies. Find out if you have such a farm nearby and go pick some fresh fruits and veggies with your significant other. This can be a lot of fun. Plus there is nothing like eating a fresh apple that you picked right off the tree.
Being a new couple, chances are whatever you do you will enjoy your selves. New love is fantastic, so have fun exploring what you love doing together and you will never be bored!
Test out some of these romantic evening ideas, and you never know, one of them might become a reoccurring weekly date!