Well I’m back after taking a few days off to enjoy the Christmas weekend. As promised I will now reveal the surprise date night I had set up for my wife last Friday. Again this isn’t me trying to brag necessarily but more or less share fun date night ideas that I wish I would have had in my younger days. So if you ever struggle to come up with something nice to do for your spouse, I got you.
Step 1, “cut a hole in a box”, just kidding, that’s step 4. For real though step 1 is: Make her breakfast. I don’t know about you but we get up for work at the last possible second, with just enough time to roll out of bed, brush our teeth, most days, and run out the door. So my wife greatly appreciates it when I make her a burrito that she can eat on the way to work.
Step 2: Waiting for her in her car, was her breakfast burrito, her favorite energy drink, and several cards with instructions for the rest of the day. The fist card basically said something like, “Good morning, open your next card after work”. My wife likes surprises so she had all day to anticipate her next card.
Step 3: “Open after Work” that’s what her next card read. Inside I gave her a specific address to drive to.
Step 4: “Open when you arrive at the mystery address”. The inside of this card said “I have sent you to your favorite place, buy yourself an outfit because I’m taking you out tonight.” I had sent her to Target and put some money inside the card. If you know my wife, you know that this would be a big hit.
Step 5: “Open when you get home” Inside this card I revealed where we were going for dinner. I had made reservations at an eclectic local place called the Paseo Grill. It’s a trendy, classically romantic spot in Oklahoma that neither one of us had been to before. The food was thoughtfully prepared and our waiter had a story for each thing on the menu. My wife also got a kick out of how well our waiter pared the food with wine.
Step 6: “Open after dinner” Inside this card I printed a picture of Christmas lights as a clue. One of the things we love to do around Christmas time drive all over the city and critique the various light displays people put up.
We started downtown where a few streets had every building decorated in what looked like giant nets of lights that covered every window.
Then we moved to Nichols Hills. I love this part of town because all the houses are large and extravagant and most of the people who live there pay big money to have their houses professionally decorated for Christmas.
After that we drove to a little neighborhood near Lake Overholser. Through some Christmas miracle of neighborly love and organization, every person on this one street has coordinated their lights to the same music. You drive up and start on one end of this street and tune your radio to the station they broadcast to, and watch as every house’s lights sync up and dance to the music. What I really like about this is, the people who do this each year collect food for local shelters.
Overall I’d say the date night went over extremely well. I was able to surprise my wife with several of her favorite things and we didn’t have to do anything super extravagant or spend a lot of money. Sometimes our favorite dates have been the cheapest.
So if you like hearing about date night ideas let me know because I think it’s something I want to post about regularly. Also, I’m always on the look out for ideas as well so if you have an idea leave a reply or send me a link to your own blog.