It's (almost) springtime. Get outside and have fun!Spring is in the air, which means it's time to switch up your date style. Toss the fuzzy wool socks and Netflix addiction and get outside! Whether you're going on your first date or are in a long-term relationship, here are some fun date tips sure to bring pizzazz to your springtime.
The couple that plants together stays together? Who knows if that's true, but the sun is out and the birds are chirping -- unless you're here in New York, where it's dreary, but we're hopeful -- so it's high time to get outside and do something fun and useful. Some easy plants to start with, especially if you have limited outdoor space -- hello, New York again -- are tomatoes and basil. Of course, if you can eat the fruits of your labor, that's an added bonus. And, growing your own fruit and vegetables is a sustainable practice that is great for the environment.
Exercise boosts endorphin release, and endorphins make us happy, so guess what? That equals a happier couple. Running or doing outdoor yoga together (as it gets closer to summer, lots of yoga studios offer outdoor classes, just check your local listings) can also make you feel sexier. You'll feel yourself getting a hotter body and what's sexier than sweating together, and then maybe... showering together? Yeah, we got you thinking naughty thoughts.
Make Shamrock Shakes
Avoid the rowdy bar scene (because who wants to get thrown up on by aging frat boys?) and turn St. Patrick's Day into a date. Stay in and make Shamrock Shakes, which are just milk, vanilla ice cream, peppermint extract and green food coloring. The drunks...ahem, party people on our staff recommend adding some Bailey's Irish Cream for a good time. The original Shamrock Shake is, of course, from McDonald's, but you can make your own at home with YourTango's recipe.
Decorate Easter Eggs
There are about a million fun, creative ways to decorate Easter eggs. Whether as a couple or with the whole family, this is a spring activity that's sure to beat boredom and inspire some mischievous Easter-egg hunt ideas!
Want to have some playful competition with your guy? Challenge him to a round of mini-golf. It's a great excuse to get outdoors and have something to laugh about when you beat him with a hole-in-one. Related: 5 Reasons To Get Some Action On The First Date
Day Trip To The Beach
It may not be swimming weather yet, but you can still pack a picnic lunch, take a day trip to the beach, and stroll around enjoying the ocean breeze. Getting away from the city, or just from the craziness of your life, will feel so romantic!
On a Saturday or Sunday morning, park yourselves at an outdoor cafe for a few hours and turn off your iPhones and other distracting devices. Enjoy the moment.
Picnic In The Park
A picnic in the park is a no-brainer as far as spring dates go, but a very good no-brainer. Pack a basket and head to a local park, stake out a quiet, bug-free grassy patch, and enjoy each other's company. No need to make sandwiches at home either: You can just grab some takeout and bring it to the park. McDonald's Shamrock Shakes, anyone? Related: Do You Love Shamrock Shakes?
Cherry blossom trees only bloom for a few weeks each spring, which makes them all the more special. Strolling along an avenue or path lined with these gorgeous trees makes your walk super-romantic. Go to an event like the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in New York or the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C., and enjoy the picturesque trees. Because like all good things, they're hard to catch!
Spring is a time of renewal, which is why many of us do our major home cleaning or redecorating in the spring. It's also a great time to renew your wardrobe, as summer is coming and chances are you're sick of everything you wore last summer (okay, maybe that's just me -- I get sick of clothes faster than George Clooney gets sick of women!) Going shopping as a couple can be a great date because helping your guy pick out clothes will make him feel like you care about him and want him to look his best.
Written by Natalie Gontcharova for YourTango.com.
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