Summer Date Night Ideas

By Jordan Elizabeth

School is out! And even though grown ladies don’t go to school, summer still makes one feel carefree and like you want to have fun. Maybe it’s being cooped up inside, or the fact that your seasonal allergies have finally died down - either way, it’s time to get out and make some memories. So why not treat you and your guy (or girlfriends! You’re an adult, there are no rules!) to a date night and live it up? If you’re stuck and can’t think of something fabulous to do, let me help you out:

  1. Dine Alfresco! There’s nothing better than eating outside on a warm, slightly breezy day. And it makes going out to eat feel just a little more special. So pick that place you’ve been meaning to go to, and make a night (or afternoon) of it. The added benefit to eating outside is not only great people watching, but summertime becomes a socially acceptable time to have a mid-day cocktail. And nothing says “summer” like a glass of rose`! (Just make sure to drink water, too, because ironically, cocktails and heat don’t mix as well as Gin and tonic do).
  2. Yachting, Anyone? Okay so as fabulous as you are, you may not be fabulous enough to have a yacht at your disposal. But hopefully, you know someone who has a little boat - or there’s a place nearby (if you’re lucky enough to live near an ocean, lake, river, or large puddle) that has boats to rent or dine on. As long as you don’t have a penchant for seasickness, being on the water, taking in the lights of the city, just screams romantic date night.
  3. Get Busy! Not like that (well, maybe after). Finding an activity to do pretty much guarantees a memorable date night. Think small, like karaoke (everyone loves singing Celine Dion!), mini-golf (no one is good at this, so no hurt feelings), a cooking class, or a wine tasting (wine stores usually offer them, and all you have to do is say the words “oak” and “fruity” a lot). It takes the pressure off you, and diverts attention to the task at hand. Good memories and fun stories are sure to follow!
  4. Or Stay Home! Some of the best nights can be right at home, if you make it just a little special. Maybe that means cooking on the grill, dressing up the table a little nicer, or fixing a special drink. It’s often when you’re most comfortable with your surroundings and your date that the best conversations come! And sometimes that’s all you really need in a date night - to relax, connect with your partner, and refocus.

Keep in mind, date night doesn’t always mean going big! It’s really more about taking the time, and being present where you are. One of the hardest things in relationships is finding that time to stop and enjoy life and your partner. But it’s always rewarding! So treat yourself!

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Jordan Elizabeth is a comedian, TV Writer/Producer, collector of hobbies, and master of putting off adulthood. She can be heard on the Podcast "3 Dudes and a Broad" and performs stand-up comedy with "Girls Gone Funny." She lives in Manhattan with her fiance and two dogs. Read more about her life at Jordie Elizabeth and follow her on Twitter at@JordiElizabeth.