What is the characteristics of one of your favorite teachers?
Do an easy photo shoot using your own digital camera. Find an unusual setting or background in your city to take the photos. It can be inside or outside. Some great photo shoot locations are tourist attractions, gardens, parks, out in the country, up in the mountains, on a beach, near a lake, etc. Develop the photos and assemble into a beautiful photo album.
Go into the mountains and collect different leaves then come back and identify them.
Walk through a large city library and show each other your favorite magazine. Also go to each floor of the library and find a favorite book you can share with your date. Find a comfortable couch and sit and relax.
when you find one, make a wish, then work to make it come true.
What is one of the best or most memorable gifts you have ever received?
Have a picnic at a nearby golf course and then play golf together.
This is a lot of fun on a colder winter night when you crave a delicious, hot bowl of soup. Select a few restaurants. Sit, relax and share a bowl of soup with some hot bread and cheese at each location.
Have each other cut out pictures from a magazine to tell their own life story, or make up a story from the pictures they find OR put together a fantasy "story of your life". You can learn a lot about your date from this activity.
Give your date a back massage or a foot rub. Don’t forget to put some soft music on in the background like Nora Jones, Andrea Bocelli, etc. Take turns so that one person doesn’t end up doing all the work.
Take your date to a store and have them try on clothes. Let them decide which ones they think you look the best in. You can also do this with hair. Let your date look through fashion magazines to see which hair-style they would like to see you in. Be willing to try new looks and styles.
Tell about a time when you surprised someone.
to come to you for your next date! To find the kind of instructor you are looking for, go to the Adult Community Class Catalog. Find something that sounds interesting and fun. Call the campus and ask for the name and phone number of the instructor. Find out how much they would charge to come and do some private tutoring for you and your date. Lots of times they may work with you if you are on a budget.
If you don’t get a catalog delivered to your home, go to a library and ask for the local Adult Community Education Class Catalog that is offered at least three times a year in most states. Classes may be offered from a local university, college or a high school community campus for adults. You will discover hundreds of ideas for wonderful activities or classes to do on a weekly date. The class may be offered from two to nine weeks which should keep you and your date busy for awhile! Be sure and stop and get a little treat on the way home.
Find a place in your area where you can have a campfire. Roast marshmallows. Bring camping chairs. Bring a guitar or harmonica and play it if possible. Prepare some hot chocolate or hot drinks a head of time. Collect plenty of wood and have matches all ready to go. It’s a great place to sit back, relax and talk about anything.
Instead of going out for Pizza, create your own Calzone or Pizza at home. Calzones are “wrapped up” pizzas. For ways to make a great pizza, go to Allrecipes.com and do a search on “Pizza or Calzone”.
That’s right! Soap – not SOUP! “Create your Own Soap" then if it turns out nice enough, wrap some up for a little “gift-giving” to a friend, neighbor or family member. To learn how, go to: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Homemade-Soap
What would you do with your time if you didn’t have or watch a TV?
Have a bib-making contest then enjoy a take-out order of ribs! Give a prize to the one with the best bib. Find all kinds of unique fabric remnants at any Fabric Store.
Ride a bike, enjoy a horse carriage or rent a sports car for the night. Depending on the season and weather conditions, go to a favorite park or school and go roller-blading, roller-skiing, bike riding, sledding, snowshoeing or simply enjoy a casual walk and be grateful for living in the beautiful world we live in. After leaving the park or school, go back to your home and eat a delicious dinner that was prepared by you in a slow cooker. By now it should be hot and ready when you and your date arrive. Don’t forget the tablecloth and lit up candle for an easy special effect. Check out the book 101 Things to Make in a Slow Cooker.
Find out as much as you can about your date before you go out with him/her. Find items at a Thrift Store that represent your date in some way. Collect and put them in a special container or treasure box. After a delicious dinner surprise him/her with the treasure box and see if your date can guess what each item represents about his/her life. Use questions in the Creative Dating Books to learn more about him.
What is one of your favorite traditions in your family?
Plan a head of time with your date to decide what to draw on the mural. All supplies can be found at a paper supply store and an arts and crafts store. If it turns out great, go to a place like Kinkos and have it laminated and keep as a treasure on your wall. Working on a project with your date is always a great experience! You can learn a lot about each other in this type of situation.
Dress in layers and go Christmas caroling down Main Street or another busy street in December. Fill a thermos full of Hot Apple Cider.
or rented moving van. Feel free to decorate it any way you want. Don’t forget some finger foods, drinks and music for dancing under the stars. You may want to catch a drive-in movie also.
Then enjoy a take-out order of ribs! Give a prize to the one with the best bib. Find all kinds of unique fabric remnants at any Fabric Store.
What was one of the most courageous things you’ve ever done?
What are his/her interests, skills and/or limitations?
It could be: Very active, somewhat active, not-so-active
Tell about one of the proudest moments in your life.
Do I want to do any special preparations to enhance this date? (Decorations, music, special effects, prizes, gifts, favors, thank-you notes, photos, etc.)
If something doesn’t go right, or as planned, roll with the punches and go with the flow.
Have a Positive attitude and you can’t go wrong.
What would a perfect day be like for you?
You'll want to know this very important imformation, before you plan a date.
Go to a visitor’s center or museum and pretend that your or your date is the guide.
Prepare or buy a non-decorated cake along with icing or pudding and other interesting things to decorate it with. Keep this date in a kitchen or if you are going to a park, bring items to clean up with. Decorate the cake together using your own creative ideas. For more fun, blindfold one of you with a spatula and see how well the cake turns out.
Have your date dress up in Old Western clothes. Take a box lunch and go visit old trains or ride a train in your area.
Take a survey that you made up, asking your date questions i.e. What is your favorite electronic toy? What did you have for dinner last night? Who is your favorite college or pro football team? If you were to buy a gift in any store for someone right now, what would it be and whom would it be for? For more ideas of questions to ask your date, see the following page. Take turns answering these questions so your date gets to know you better also.
Do everything backwards (i.e. klaw, klat, sserd, tae, etirw, .cte)
Park in a secluded place and listen to "Mystery Theater" radio drama or other mystery books on any electronic device i.e. iPod, tape, or CD. For added effect wear sunglasses and a trench coat.
or snow-bowl game: play football, dodge ball or soccer in the mud or snow then go swimming or hot tubing afterwards to warm up. Take a thermos of hot chocolate or cider to enjoy afterwards.
Walk in a safe area of your town, neighborhood or city i.e. college campus, downtown area lit up with Christmas lights, a popular nature trail, etc. End the date with a hot bowl of soup and corn bread.
Go for a midnight hike with a full moon OR go on snowshoes or cross-country skis. Go there a head of time during the day so you’ll be familiar with the area at night.
In the fall, buy a pumpkin together then go somewhere to carve it. For a surprise and a delicious treat, surprise your date with pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup and/or pumpkin bread.
Describe a time you felt you were lucky.
Get all your supplies at a local art or craft store. Use pencils, crayons, chalk, etc.
Use the pressure canned whipped cream. Best prices for buying these cans are at Costco.
Bring a book that you know your date would enjoy. Find a tree that you can sit under OR if you can both climb the tree and get comfortable, read the book up there. Don’t forget to bring a basket of cheese, crackers, fruit, your favorite drink and relax under the tree before you leave.
If it’s wintertime, paint the icicles hanging from rocks in the canyons or from your house.
If your date doesn’t ski, have fun at a ski resort anyway by dressing up like skiers and hang out at a ski lodge. See if you can make friends with at least one person before you leave.
What is your favorite time of year and why?
For more fun, do it with your toes. Visit any craft store for the supplies.
Go shopping at a store that you’ve never been to or one that is unfamiliar to you. Each of you will find a few items to fit in these categories: 1) strangest 2) most inexpensive 3) most unique OR think of your own categories. Give yourself a time limit to report back and discuss the items. Buy them if you like.
Do a taste test of several different types of drinks or smoothies. Bring a bundle of brightly colored straws and cups with you for added effect.
Blindfold your date and drive around for a few minutes until they are disoriented. Don’t leave them blindfolded for more than 15 minutes since it gets very annoying. The idea is NOT to annoy your date. End at a scenic place (i.e. a parking lot overlooking the lights of the city, etc.). Surprise your date with a prepared romantic dinner or snack. Don’t forget a blanket to sit on or a couple of camping chairs to relax in. A couch in the back of a truck is always fun!
Dress up in old-fashioned clothes bought at a Thrift Store and eat at an old-fashioned ice cream store.
What job would you like to have when you’re older?
When your date comes to the door, he/she will find a NOTE or TAPE RECORDER. The message will read: "Good evening, _________________, Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to solve this mystery. (You can elaborate on this). Prepare clues ahead of time. Your date must follow each clue, (could be hidden in the yard or somewhere nearby) which will take them to the next clue. The last clue will have a special event waiting i.e. a candlelight dinner, etc.
Get Dressed up and go to an upscale hotel in your area, sit in the lobby or a cocktail area and enjoy live entertainment. Call ahead to find out details.
Hit several restaurants and try out nothing but the appetizers! Rate them and see who has the best.
Choose a few restaurants, go to each one and order one dessert to share. While you eat be sure and take in the atmosphere of each place. Be sure and rate the dessert to see which restaurant makes the best one. While you are waiting for the dessert, take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about each other by asking each other some of the “get to know you” questions found in the back of this book. Whether you are newlywed, not married at all OR married for several years, you can learn a lot about each other by asking creative questions and listening to the answers. This should never be a one-sided quiz. Make sure both of you answer the questions.