My husband and I hadn’t been married for very long when I realized that having a date night plan would be a good way to keep things fun, interesting, and unique. I love spending time with my guy; however, we found that we were doing the same thing every week and there were many places we had not visited and many experiences we weren’t having because there was nothing pushing us to do anything different. So I started looking for outside-the-box date night ideas to mix in with our regular date nights and this was the result!
What’s the big idea? Simply make a date night theme centered around a letter of the alphabet. Take the letter “B”, for example. You could make food that starts with the letter B, recipes that start with the letter B, go to a restaurant that starts with the letter B, go see a movie that starts with the letter B, do an activity that starts with the letter B, and the list goes on.
This is a great date night theme idea with endless possibilities that can work for anyone. Whether you are husband and wife, daddy and daughter, sisters, or friends, alphabetical dates are super-fun, super-personal, super-personalizable connecting times between you and whoever you are wanting to spend time with. They make wonderful memories, and some of my favorite date nights with my hubby have been alphabetical date nights.
We’ve created a free Alphabetical Date Nights Printable for your use in planning your dates! Print it off and get busy thinking of fun and unique ideas for you and your special someone to do together. Remember that these evenings don’t have to be expensive, and they can even be free things to do at home. You can be specific with the names of restaurants and movies (KD’s and the Karate Kid) or super creative (Applewood Bacon Sandwiches & Athletic Video Games). Here are a list of some ideas for every letter of the alphabet to get you started, ranging from activities to food…
A~ Art (have an artsy date, make art, or go to an Art Gallery or Art Museum), Appetizer Date (go to a couple or several restaurants and just have appetizers), Aquarium, Arboretum, Auto Show, Amphitheater (outdoor theater), Antiquing, Air Show, Arcade, Australian Cuisine, Asian Cuisine, Apple Pie (bake it and/or eat it together)
B~ Basketball, Baseball, Bird Watching, Bowling, Biking, Boat Rides, Board Games, Books (read books, buy books, go to a library or bookstore), Breakfast, BBQ, Bacon, Brazilian Steakhouse
C~ Camping, Concert, Cinema, Circus, Carriage Ride, Comedy, Cooking (at home or a class), Cajun, Chinese, Coffee, Cheese, Cheesecake
D~ Dancing (lessons, if need be), Drive-In Movie, Driving Range, Dodgeball, Downtown Date, Dress Up Night (at home or out), Dog Show, Diving (sky or sea), Duck (hunting or eating), Dinner, Deviled Eggs, Donuts (make them or buy them)
E~ Ebay, Early Bird Date (watch the sunrise and have breakfast together), Escape Game (popular game in which you get locked in a room with an hour to figure out the clues), Elephant Rides, European Cuisine, Eggs, Eggplant, Egg Rolls, Espresso, Earl Gray Tea, English Breakfast (look it up if you don’t know what it is), Enchiladas
F~ Fun, Festival, Fitness, Football, Favorite Things (your favorite things to do together), Fireworks (go to a show or shoot them off somewhere yourself), Farmer’s Market, Food, Fish (eat them or catch them), Fondue, Fish & Chips, French Cuisine
G~ Golf, Games, Geocaching, Go Carts, Gift Shopping (go shopping for gifts for each other or people in your lives), Gardening, Grill (go to one or grill at home), German Cuisine, Greek Cuisine, Gumbo, Gingerbread, Gelatin
H~ Hockey, Hiking, Horse-back Riding, History (go to a museum, watch a documentary, read books, or go to the historical part of town and make a night of it), House Hunting (for fun, look at the expensive neighborhoods and dream together), Home Improvement, Helicopter Ride, Hawaiian Night, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Ham, Hummus
I~ Ice Skating, In-Line Skating, Improv (go watch improv- shows without a script), Impromptu (decide what to do as you go along), Interesting (pick something to do that looks interesting), Indulge (both of your bring in your favorite dishes!), Inspiration (watch movies or read a book that inspires), Intimacy, Italian Cuisine, Indian Cuisine, Irish Cuisine, Ice Cream
J~ Jigsaw Puzzle, Jammies, Jazz Lab, Jet Skiing, Jogging, Jenga, Jellyfish (at some places you can pet them), Japanese Cuisine, Jamaican Cuisine, Java, Jambalaya, Jams & Jellies (have fun and make some together)
K~ Karaoke, Kite Flying, Kayaking, Kick It Together (in other words, chill), Kangaroo (see them at the zoo or have some at select Australian restaurants), Kitchen Date (cook, bake, & eat together or decorate), Korean Cuisine, Kabobs/Kebabs (there are so many different kinds), King Crab, Kale, Keylime Pie, Kiwi
L~ Lake, Lounge, Lip-Sync Battle (who is better?), Lazy Date (do lazy things together), Live Music, Learn (go to a lecture, museum, or class together), Language (learn a new language together), Lunch, Lasagna, Lobster, Lamb, Lemonade
M~ Movies, Music, Massages, Mountains, Museum, Meat, Mexican Cuisine, Moroccan Cuisine, Macaroni & Cheese (make or find some gourmet mac n cheese), Mashed Potatoes, Mushrooms, Mini Desserts (make a sampler!)
N~ New Store, Night Walk (walk at night under the stars), Night Events (most downtowns have special evening events during the month), Nationality Themed Date (do & eat things your nationality is known for), Nature Walk, Novels (read together), Napping, New Cuisine (try a nation’s cuisine you haven’t had before), New Restaurant, Noodles, Nachos, Nuts
O~ Opera, Orchestra, Outdoor Date, Old-Fashioned Dinner (made from scratch), Outback Themed Date, Opening (of a show, movie, restaurant, store, etc.), Obstacle Course, Orchard (go to one), Organic Meal, Oatmeal, Omelette, Oyster
P~ Pinterest Date, Picnic, Pool (play the game or go to one), Playground (swinging side by side is very romantic), Park, Parasailing, Putt-Putt, Ping-Pong, Pampered Together Date, Pizza, Potatoes (make a meal out of baked potatoes with your favorite toppings), Pretzels
Q~ Questions (make a list of 20 fun questions to ask your spouse you don’t know the answers to), Quadruple Date (double the double date for double the fun!), Quilting, Quality Time (spend time doing something meaningful), Quantity Time Date (spend a whole day enjoying time together), Quick Date (meet for lunch during your lunch breaks), Query (mystery time- dinner, date, or movie!), Quaint (look for something unusual or old-fashioned for your home or to give away), Quotes (share your favorites), Quiche, Quesadillas, Quail
R~ Romantic Date, Reading, Rainy Day Activities, Rowing, Roller Skating, Roller Coasters, Road Trip, Race Track, Roof-Top Dinner, Russian Cuisine, Ribs, Roast
S~ Star Gazing, Skyline Dinner (most cities have restaurants with a lovely views of the skylines), Shooting Range, Sailing, Skiing, Swimming, Shopping, Scavenger Hunt, Sunset, Steak, Salad, Sandwiches (get fancy)
T~ Tennis, Tailgating, Train Ride, Treasure Hunt, Trampoline Park, Televison, Theater, Tent Date (make a little tent/fort in your living room and camp out for the night), Thai Food, Tex-Mex, Tacos, Tea
U~ University Play (student play), Unique Gifts (find or make a gift for your sweetie that shows them you know them), Ultimate Date Night (create your version of a no-holds-barred date night), Umbrella Themed Night (have a picnic under an umbrella, get little umbrellas for your drinks, etc.), Unplanned Date Night (put 10 ideas for dinner, 10 ideas for shopping, and 10 ideas for an activity in a hat and draw one for each as the night progresses), Ultra Fast Shopping (play your own version of grocery games), U & I Date Night (recreate your first date), Undercover Lovers (meet up somewhere, whether a restaurant, bookstore, etc., and act like you don’t know one another and “get to know” each other all over again), Ukrainian Cuisine, Upside Down Cake, Unagi (Japanese Eel), Ugli (try this fruit!)
V~ Volleyball, Vineyard, Ventriloquist Show, Visit a Local Tourist Attraction, Value Night (eat inexpensively, buy inexpensive surprises for one another, and write down 5 things you value about each other), Venture Out (to an unexplored area of your city, like Chinatown), View Search (find the prettiest view in your city), Vintage Date (recreate an old date), Variety Night (make dinner with appetizers, entrees, and desserts from different kinds of cuisines), Vietnamese Cuisine, Veal, Vanilla Ice Cream Sundaes
W~ Water Park, Wharf, Window Shopping, Walk, Wardrobe (each person gets one new item), Watercolors, Write (a story or poem together), Watch (a show, movie, or your Wedding video), Wine Tasting, Waterfront Restaurant, Waffles, Watermelon
X~ Exercising (go to a park you don’t usually go to or a lake in your area), Exotic Animal Zoo, Exhibits, Express Your Love (with a romantic evening out, complete with handwritten notes), Explore Your City (go to a popular restaurant or location you haven’t been to before), Expensive Taste (go to a fine restaurant), Expand Your Horizons (be audacious, try new things together, & talk about your dreams for the future), Extreme Date Night (go paragliding or zip-lining), Extra Special (show your boo how much you love them with the little things this date night), #Excited (go on a weekend trip to someplace special), Exceed Your Best (beat your fitness goals by walking farther than you have together before), Exclusive With You (spend a night alone together at home)
Y~ Yelp Date (find out the top rated things to do in your city and do them), Yard Sales, Yacht (have dinner on a yacht), Year Reflection (take some time to reflect on all the great things that have happened over your past year together), Yum! (look for new favorite sauces, drinks, or condiments), YouTube Date, Yours Truly (a sappy & romantic evening out), Yo-Yo Competition, Yellow Cake, Yogurt, Yams, Yucca Root
Z~ Zoo, Zip-lining, Zero Distractions (completely unplugged date night- no phones), Zapped (blow up an air mattress in the living room and have a movie marathon), Zero In (goal setting), Zany Date Night (get your geek on with brainy puzzle games), Zimbabwean Cuisine, Zesty Italian Dinner, Zucchini, Ziti, Zeppole (a pastry), Zwieback (bread/cracker)
One last quick tip- planning your date nights in advance will help get the most out of your time together. If you have a date every week, you will get through the alphabet twice in one year. However, you can always mix it up and do alphabetical date nights half the time, or even draw letters out of a jar to see what letter you are going to do that week. I plan our weekly date nights at the beginning of every month, and a typical month includes two “regular” dates and two alphabetical date nights. Have fun!
What are some of your Alphabetical Date Night ideas?