Zach and I finally made a Date Night Jar! I kept seeing friends of mine make them and thought, “I need one of those, too.” Finally, we got it in our heads to go ahead and make one…because sometimes we just can’t think of things to do together. Quite frankly, I get tired of each of us sitting on a computer and doing whatever for the rest of the night. So…date night jar!
Some people like to pull out a date night idea and then stick to it. Generally what we do it use it as a reminder that there are plenty of things for us to do together. And we sift through it until we find one we’re really interested in…unless we can’t decide. Then we just do whatever we pull out.
Mostly this jar is a reminder that our relationship only stagnates because we let it. Our hope is that this jar will help us get it together when we start to feel that way.
What you’ll need:
- a mason jar
- popsicle sticks
- paint pens (or permanent markers)
- scrapbook paper
Step 01: We spent hours searching the Internet, trying to come up with ideas for our jar. I went here and here. I copied down some of their ideas, which inspired us to come up with our own. (I’ll show you my list in a moment.) Make the popsicle sticks.
I painted them different colors and then wrote on them in a paint pen color that would show up well. I also put glitter glue on the backs of them, because I ran out of paint in some colors.
Step 02: Decorate your jar. I spray painted the lid with chalkboard paint (because it was all I had) and put a piece of scrapbook paper on it.
Step 03: Make a label. I spray painted a piece of paper that I cut into the shape of an oval. Then I wrote on it with a white paint pen.
My writing was a bit sloppy. And you’re done! I made a little bow and stuck it on there, too.
Date night ideas: Stay-at-Home (Pink): Some of these are free and some we have to pay for. But all are done at home. We tried to keep the expense low.
- Bed fort and reading together (or watching YouTube videos)
- Mario Tennis / Mario Kart / Mario Party
- TV Show Marathon
- Chocolate Tasting
- Take out + board game night
- Decorate mugs for each other
- Movie marathon
- Popcorn + singular movie
- Homemade pizza + The Godfather
- Popcorn + Youtube videos
- Puzzle + pizza
- Wine & cheese
- Dessert only dinner (can also be done at a restaurant)
- Make dessert together
- Sushi + Netflix
- Crossword puzzles + breakfast for dinner
- Fondue + Netflix (first I need to figure out how to make fondue….)
- Diablo III + beer and pizza
- Play The Newly Wed Game
- Play “Would You Rather?”
Those last two will likely involve alcohol. Free (Purple): These are things we can do for free outside the house. There aren’t very many, but we have extra sticks in case we think of more.
- Bike ride
- Planetarium show
- Wine tasting
Cheap or Affordable (Bright Red): These are all relatively cheap things outside of the home that require no planning.
- Coffee date
- Restaurant (pick a number and then find that number on Yelp)
- Read at a bookstore or library
- Dinner + private book club
- Mini golf
- Dinner + Movie
- Team Trivia Night
- Buy a new board game
Expensive and Requires Planning (Burgundy): As the description says, these cost money and require more planning. These are things we won’t do very often.
- Trip to the zoo (because this is an hour and a half away in Pittsburgh, it requires a whole day’s commitment)
- Bed & breakfast
- Murder Mystery Night
- Weekend away
- Dave & Buster’s (since it’s an hour and a half away)
- Couple’s massage
- Tilt at the Meadowbrooke Mall (also in Pittsburgh)
- Fancy restaurant
- Hotel for one night
- A day at Smiley’s (a park in Maryland)
We also have sticks for holidays! Obviously, we’ll only keep these in the jar around the holiday season. Fall/Halloween (Orange):
- Decorate jack-o-lanterns
- Moundsville Penitentiary (close to our hometown)
- American Horror Story marathon
- Scary movie night
- Cornfield maze + hot apple cider
- Fright Night at Kennywood
- Fright Farm
- Christmas movies + cocoa + cookies
- Drive around looking at Christmas lights
- Decorate the tree
- Make ornaments
- Snowball fight / build a snowman + cocoa
That’s all we’ve been able to think of so far. I’ll update this if I add more! I recommend making one of these, especially if you find yourself just doing the same boring things over and over again. We’re very excited about our jar. Actually, we just did three of the date nights this weekend (though we rolled them into one night). We saw The World’s End (which was hilarious), had dinner at a Mexican place we (I) had never been to before, played some board games, and then spent the rest of the night drinking and running through Nightmare mode in Diablo III. It was a pretty good day. Cost: Jar = $2 Popsicle Sticks = $3 Paint Pens = $4 Total Cost = $9