7/30/2012

4 Tips for Planning an Awesome Road Trip Together

categories: Date Idea, Getaway Dates

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There’s no better way to reconnect in your relationship than taking a weekend to hit the open road with your favorite guy or gal. Summer isn’t over yet, and we think August is the perfect month to plan an impromptu road trip, just the two of you. Check out our tips below:

1. Pick a destination, and put it on the calendar: Whether you have a specific location in mind, or you’re open to finding someplace new, choosing the destination is half the fun. The majority of states within the U.S. have tourism websites that are helpful resources when it comes to planning. Once you’ve agreed on a location, mark your trip on the calendar – in pen. It’s so easy to get caught up in work and life, we sometimes forget the importance of setting aside time for each other. This small (but important!) step will ensure that happens.

2. Do your homework: There is no worse faux pas on a road trip than running out of gas in the middle of no where. Avoid a potential disaster like this by mapping out your route before you go – locate gas stations, food, rest areas and (if you’re like us) coffee houses ahead of time so you know what to expect. It may also be helpful to utilize tools like Yelp to familiarize yourself with your destination city so you can find the best activities and restaurants, and make reservations if necessary.

3. Make a playlist, throw on some comfy clothes and be ready to cruise: Your playlist sets the tone for your road trip, so choose wisely! Add songs that bring back good memories from your relationship and you will be reminiscing in no time! Of course it’s important to include songs the two of you can jam to (Call Me Maybe, anyone?) and a few power ballads to belt out together. It’s amazing how good music helps pass the time.

4. Be okay with getting lost: Remember that the point of your trip is to spend some quality time together. Getting off-course is a part of life, and sometimes the best memories come from the unexpected. Take this opportunity to talk to each other (see our blog on asking thought-provoking questions here) and laugh together. Pack your sense of humor and be ready to have a blast with your partner, and everything else will fall into place.

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7/09/2012

Date City of the Week: 7 Things We Love About Chicago

categories: Date Idea

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There aren’t many things better than Chicago in the Summertime. With some of the best cuisine in the World,  a legendary ballpark, and a beautiful skyline set along Lake Michigan, it’s hard to run out of date ideas in the Windy City. Here are some of our top picks:

1. Adler Planetarium (1300 Lakeshore Dr.): As America’s first Planetarium, this place is filled with history and an impressive collection of artifacts. With daily shows, exhibitions and regularly scheduled special events, this is a great place to spend an entire day. Also worth checking out is the monthly Adler After Dark event, where guests can enjoy cocktails and entertainment against the award-winning view of the Chicago skyline (21+ only).

2. Second City (1616 N. Wells): The leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy, Second City is the perfect destination for a fun night out. You can purchase tickets online for one of their world-renowned shows, and even make a night of it with one of their Dinner & Show packages. Check their website here for details.

3. Grant Park Music Festival: Running June 13-August 18 (Wednesdays & Fridays at 6:30; Saturdays at 7:30), the Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only free, outdoor classical music series of its kind. Grab your date, pack a picnic (food and drink, including alcohol, are welcome anywhere in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion during Grant Park Music Festival concerts!) and head over for an evening of culture and fun. Check out their website for details.

4. Cocktails at ROOF (Rooftop of The Wit, 201 N. State St.): With it’s unparalleled city views, ROOF makes an ordinary happy hour extraordinary, and the perfect place to either kick off date night, or spend the whole evening.

5. Cubs baseball at Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison St.): Despite the fact that the Cubs aren’t having the kind of season they’d hoped for, attending a baseball game at historic Wrigley Field (built in 1914, this season marks it’s 99th!) is an event you won’t soon forget. Grab your baseball cap and your date, and head out to the ballpark. Check here for the remaining season schedule.

6. Signature Room, John Hancock Building (875 N. Michigan Ave.): Set on the 95th floor of the famous Hancock Building, the Signature Room is the perfect setting for an elegant date night. We recommend going at sunset to take full advantage of the scenery. Click here for reservations.

7. Architectural Boat Tour (info at Chicagoline.com): Last and certainly not least on the list is the Architectural Boat Tour – a glorious 90 minutes on the river, learning about the stunning architecture this city has to offer.

Think your city is among the best when it comes to date night? We want to hear from you! Write to katy@datevitation.com and tell us why!

 

7/03/2012

How To Put A Custom Fortune In A Fortune Cookie In 30 Seconds (Without Breaking The Shell!)

categories: Date Idea, How To:, Kitchen Dates, Romantic Ideas

In the video below, I teach you a trick that will take virtually no effort (30 seconds of your time) but will leave the recipient with a smile that last for days.    Sound good to you?   It’s how you can remove the fortune from a fortune cookie without cracking the shell, and replace it with your own handwritten fortune. This is absolutely perfect for the next time you bring in Chinese take-out. And for those of you looking for a great marriage proposal idea, it could also be a very unique way to propose.  Your custom message could be “Will You Marry Me?” or you can even put the ring itself in the cookie.

In addition to the video demo above, here are written instructions as well for your convenience:

Step 1 –  Write the custom fortune that you’ll be inserting into the fortune cookie on a piece of paper (approximately 1/2 inch by 2 inches in dimension).

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