Meeting someone new in this six-feet away, all remote everything world is possible. And just as that meeting is possible, ways to stay connected are out there.
Just like in pre-pandemic times, date night takes effort and creativity; today, it takes all the more time and attention to make date night one to remember. But if there’s a will, there’s a way. Here are six ideas to get you started.
Follow a new recipe together
Meals for one don’t have to be lonely. Get talking, and figure out what recipe or cuisine is unfamiliar to you both. Find out which one of you is most like Julia Child in the kitchen, then, when your whole meal is done, enjoy a Zoom dinner for two. Prop up your camera — let’s get cooking!
Video off, game on
Not all of us have high-speed Internet for a good video call without half the conversation being everyone mishearing “What did you say?” a bajillion times. If this conversation (literally) sounds like you, forego the camera and just set a day and time to do a regular voice call, but make it interactive with a game.
Think Words With Friends with trash talk in real time. Your favorite indie game on Steam. Or open XO and play a few games together and laugh at your Exquisite Corpse masterpiece together. Options? Endless. Get to it.
Try a date-night subscription box
Still kicking around your apartment trying to think of “what to do” after trying out those first two ideas? Consider a date-night subscription box. It can help you… Think outside the box for date night while also making sure you’re having a new shared experience with your SO on a monthly basis.
Try out a date night box from Crated with Love, and use our code XOAPP for $10 off your first long-distance date night purchase. If you are looking for something to spice up your time apart, FaceTime each other while playing one of these themed date nights!
Plan a scavenger hunt
For the adventuresome or logistics-loving pairs, this date is yours.
Live in the same city? Meet up (six feet apart) and then write hints about two to three of your favorite places in the city. That fountain where you and your high school buddies would meet up? The dive bar where your cousin caught you singing Party in the USA at the top of your lungs? Totally fair game. Then, take one afternoon for your partner to try and find these locations based on your hints. The next time you meet, it’s your turn to follow your partner’s hints. Incorporate personal references from past convos in your hints to personalize the hunt!
Meet up (six feet apart) and then write hints about two to three of your favorite places in the city.
Live in different cities? No problem. Theme the locations based on what you would like to do with your partner when you are in their city, and vice versa. At the arranged time, have the away-partner give all the hints via text at the arranged time. The hunting partner then sends selfies with the intended location to prove they got there.
On a super restricted budget? Make it a Google Maps tour of your favorite places. Bonus: online, the world is your oyster. Make it international!
Song Association, anyone?
You don’t have to be Alicia Keys or Ariana Grande to play this icebreaker-style game. Before your first date, write a list of at least ten random words. Then, on date night, provide your first word to your date. Your partner then has to start singing the first song that comes to mind when they hear that word. Upon hearing the word “black,” they may start doing their best Amy Winehouse karaoke, or they may just riff off “BLACKPINK in your area” — either way, you’ll learn something new about them! When your partner gets through your list of prompts, it’s your turn.
Let loose and learn your date’s taste in music, and maybe their favorite song memories. No video? No problem. This date can be done over the phone. Just jam out over voice call.
Learn a new skill together
Couples who learn together, stay together. Break common ground by pushing each other to try something that’s new for both of you. Tap dancing? Calligraphy? It can even be reading a book that is way outside both of your usual comforts.
Break common ground by pushing each other to try something that’s new for both of you.
Keep track of your dates with a shared scoreboard Google doc, or maybe make some book club date nights to talk about your newfound shared interests. Keep mementos, screenshots, or photos compiled somewhere digital, or, if you want to keep it old-school, exchange addresses so that you can print and send things to each other over snail mail.
The point is: if you and bae stick to the same old routines, you’ll never know the possibilities of your combined personal growth.
So in the words of Ms. Frizzle: “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” Just be sure, whatever you do, to do those things together, be it online or six feet away.