Create a date night jar to add some excitement to your relationship! Bottom of the post has a list of date night ideas, ranging from expensive trips to free stay-at-home dates. A great DIY gift for Valentine’s Day!
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.
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Date Night Jar
- a mason jar (I got a single quilted jar one from Michael’s for about $2)
- Dyed Popsicle sticks (or sticks + paint)
- glitter pens (optional)
- paint pens
- ribbon or baker’s twine
- 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.)
Once I found ideas I was happy with, I wrote them down on the popsicle sticks. (The first time I did this, I used regular sticks, painted them, wrote on the front, and put glitter glue on the back. This time, I got dyed sticks–WAY easier–and I wrote on both sites.)
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.
And you’re done! I made a little bow out of some baker’s twine and stuck it on there, too.
Date night ideas:
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 (or another movie)
- 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.
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
- Go to the library and read together
Cheap or Affordable:
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
- A trip to the mall (even to just walk around)
Expensive and Requires Planning:
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
- Couple’s massage
- Trip to the mall
- Fancy restaurant
- Hotel for one night
- Spend a day at a theme park
- Go tubing (water or snow)
We also have sticks for holidays! Obviously, we’ll only keep these in the jar around the holiday season.
- Decorate jack-o-lanterns
- Visit a haunted house or penitentiary (Moundsville Penitentiary is very close to our hometown)
- American Horror Story marathon
- Scary movie night
- Cornfield maze + hot apple cider
- Fright Night at a theme park
- 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.
Jar = $2 Popsicle Sticks = $3 Paint Pens = $4 Total Cost = $9
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