BE A LITTLE SILLY
“On one of our first dates, my guy and I challenged each other to a ‘triathlon’ of activities we both liked,” says Robyn H., 28, of Durham, NC. “We decided to compete in foosball, Pac-man, and pizza-eating. We were laughing the whole time, and now, part of the fun of ‘triathloning’ is coming up with three ‘events’ we can compete in. We’ve done ice skating, Connect Four, and M&M-eating, and another time we did swimming, diving, and onion ring eating.”
LEARN TO DANCE
If it turned Silver Linings Playbook‘s angry Pat (Bradley Cooper) into positive relationship material, just imagine what a class would do for your guy. Plenty of studios offer sessions for first-timers and couples, but if your guy’s especially intimidated, consider booking a private lesson to start.
Friday night dinner can be crowded and cliché. Instead, trade carpooling duties with a friend, and spend a free Saturday at brunch (or just have it at home). While you can’t go wrong with eggs and mimosas, Leah Tinari, owner of New York City brunch hotspotFatta Cuckoo, swears by BLT tacos.
GO BACK TO SCHOOL
“We live in a college town, and we’re always scanning the school’s website to see what interesting, open-to-the-public activities it offers,” says Denver resident Jane S., 38. “We’ve seen cool authors speak, gone to shows of student work, and, I’ll admit it, get a kick out of strolling around campus and imagining we we’re still 19.”
SPEND THE NIGHT BY THE FIREPLACE
Admit it: Flames are sexier than CFL’s any day. Start a fire, turn off the lights, and talk with your guy until there’s only embers.
DOCUMENT THE NIGHT
Head to the pub around the corner, hit the coffee bar for dessert, or just grab takeout—but be sure to take plenty of fun, artsy or silly Instagram pictures. Not only will it create an awesome memory, but studies have shown that looking at photos of your significant other can make you feel even more connected to them, so find a favorite and print it out for your office.
VENTURE INTO THE KITCHEN
“We love Taco Tuesday and try different main meats and experiment with flavors,” says Chicagoan Erin G., 29. “It sounds simple, and we’ve got the prep-work down to a science, but because we don’t have to concentrate on the task at hand, we can really enjoy being with each other.”