Monday, December 14, 2015
Top 10 Winter Date Ideas
The best part of the holidays is sharing them with the people you love, so making time for special dates has definitely been a priority for me this season! Here are my top 10 favorite ideas for awesome winter dates (friend dates included, too!):
1) Lights tour: I love taking walks around my neighborhood with T (we've got to get those Fitbit steps in!) and seeing the crazy displays that our neighbors have put up. It's so much fun to just stroll around and take in all of the pretty, festive decor!
2) Local tree lighting: Sure, we stopped by the Rockefeller Center tree earlier this month, but T and I also visited our local park to see our town's very own little tree. You can also host your own mini tree lighting at home by turning out all the lights, then plugging in the tree and toasting with some eggnog as you admire your handiwork.
3) Ice skating: For the past few years, one of my favorite holiday traditions has been rounding up a big group of friends to take some twirls around an ice rink. I especially like going to Wollman Rink in Central Park - its gorgeous outdoor setting with the city lights twinkling above makes it feel like a particularly magical evening!
4) Ornament decorating: Since this was my first time having my own tree in NYC, I needed some extra ornaments to fill those branches. I busted out my craft supplies and T and I spent an afternoon painting, decorating, and adding a little extra sparkle to some plain, clear ornaments. Not only was it a fun, creative way to spend an afternoon, but I love that we now have our own, special, homemade ornaments that will become part of our Christmas traditions.
5) Christmas movie night: Put on some cozy Christmas PJs, pour yourself some hot chocolate, and snuggle up under a blanket with your honey for a marathon evening of your favorite Christmas flicks! It's a cozy, relaxing way to chill out from the busyness of the holidays while still feeling festive.
6) Holiday cocktail mixing: I love to play mixologist and stir up some different cocktails, so T and I recently spent some time together creating signature cocktails for the holidays. Add some holiday napkins and glassware to take your spirits up a notch! This past weekend, T enjoyed a Fireball & Coke while I stuck with my new go-to, the Holiday Bubbly. If you want some more ideas, check out some of our favorite Christmas cocktails here.
7) Volunteering: During the season of giving, take some time to give back - whether it's organizing a food drive, dishing out some dinner at the local soup kitchen, or pitching in at an after school program. Helping out as a volunteer always makes me more appreciative of all that I have, including my relationships, so it's a great activity to share with the people you love.
8) Holiday dinner at home: I don't know about you, but my Pinterest boards are overflowing with tons of yummy-looking recipes that are just too time-consuming for a weekday night. Bring date night into your very own kitchen by strapping on some aprons and working together to cook a delicious, multi-course, gourmet meal. It's sure to spark some great conversation, especially if you pair different wines with each course! Bonus points if you write out the menu on some Christmas stationery and hang up some mistletoe :)
9) Fireplace bar: When the weather outside is frightful, warm up inside by the fireplace! Sadly, fireplaces in the home are not very common in NYC, so I like to scope out some different fireplace bars during the winter. It's a romantic way to share a night out on the town with your love, without having to do all of the messy prep and clean-up that comes with a home fireplace (try a spiked apple cider at the bar to warm you up along with that fireside glow).
10) Holiday group brunch: Brunch is probably my favorite meal of the day (which is why my friends and I started a Brunch Club), and one of my favorite traditions is our club's December outing where we don festive attire and have a small, silly gift exchange along with our eggs and mimosas. It's a great way to come together and spend quality time with friends before everyone goes their separate ways for the holidays.
What are your favorite winter dates (either romantic or for friends)? I'd love to add some more seasonal dates to my calendar!