Ideas for creative, inexpensive dates exist everywhere. Hers wasn’t, and everybody still enjoyed the evening. “I went on a date once where we went grocery shopping,” explains Haley M., 16, from California, USA. We were doing stuff together.” Matthew P., 18, from Utah, USA, recalls a formal dance when he and the other guys didn’t have a lot of money to spend on fancy restaurants, but they still wanted to give their dates a three-course meal for dinner. Creative dates don’t have to be complicated or elaborate in order to be awesome.Here are a few experiences that youth shared with us. Mc Kenna B., 17, from Nevada, USA, put together a murder-mystery dinner date with her friends that was based on the board game Clue®. “The whole dinner, we were trying to guess who was the murderer.” They held the dinner at a friend’s house, complete with costumes (from items found at home) and gag props based on the game (which can be made of paper for an inexpensive option). “We bought ingredients and went home and cooked a meal. Their solution was to have the first course, French fries, at a local fast-food place. Katherine J., 18, from California, USA, lives near the ocean.Yes, that means Colonel Mustard was in the house for real. She and her friends regularly plan bonfires at the beach as creative dates. And from there, we’ll play games around the fire,” says Katherine.
Find changing leaves in the fall, flowers blooming in the spring, and so on.
Our Cheesy Enchilada Casserole would be the perfect addition to your evening.35. Pick somewhere neither of you have been and try it out.36. Try taking dance, pottery, or cooking lessons together.37. Go to a different restaurant for each course of the meal: one stop each for an appetizer, main course, and dessert.
Only eat or do activities for which you have coupons.24. Sign up to volunteer at a soup kitchen, retirement home, or somewhere that could use a helping hand.25.
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Be sure to have some treats for the occasion, like our Gooey Almond and Coconut Chex Mix.6. Find out what tourist attractions are in your city and spend the night acting like tourists—don’t forget to take lots of cheesy pictures!
Pull out all of your board games for a friendly night of competition. If the weather is bad, try an indoor skating rink.8. Rent a four-wheeler, snowmobile, scooter, waver runner, or other vehicle and do a little exploring.9.
As another example, here’s a creative evening that requires no more preparation than imagination and a couple of digital cameras.
Katie J., 17, from North Carolina, USA, loves going on photo scavenger hunts with her friends. ” For more details on this type of activity, see lds.org/go/photo NE2. Or what about holding a snowcastle or sandcastle sculpting contest, using pots and buckets from around the house to help build? As one more area to consider for date ideas, remember that holidays offer all kinds of possibilities.
Do some research before you leave so you know which constellations to look for.13. Swing on the swings, play Frisbee, or feed the ducks.14. Local museums usually don’t cost much to get in.15. Each person gets (or whatever amount you decide) to spend on any food item at the grocery store for dinner.
If the weather doesn’t permit an outdoor picnic, lay out a blanket on the floor and eat in the living room.11. Whether it’s at your local community theater, high school, or a big-city play house, there is plenty of entertainment available in most areas.12. Pack a blanket, pillows, and food (like our Ham and Swiss Poppy Seed Sandwiches), and go somewhere to see the stars.
Watching a movie on the big screen can be exciting. And even if you do find a discount theater, when it comes to deepening friendships, the typical movie theater date doesn’t let you discover much more about the people sitting next to you than whether or not they scream during a scary scene.