Babysitter Worthy: Top 10 Snowed-In Date Ideas
Got a babysitter within walking distance? Because one night (or both nights!) this weekend, you and your main squeeze could pretend you’re snowed in at a ski lodge…a ski lodge that just happens to look an awful lot like your living room. Here are some snow day date ideas to help you strike up some romance.
Idea for Romance No. 1: Put on some fresh underwear.
Thanks to the record-setting snowstorm that has blanketed Tulsa since early this week, we’ve all been cooped up in the house for days on end. No need to change into fresh clothes, then, right? Wrong. If you’re planning a date night in, your first and most important order of business is to freshen up.
Idea for Romance No. 2: Go sledding.
There’s nothing quite so romantic as careening down a snowy hill in your kids’ sled toward the one you love. That is, if the snow on your favorite sledding hill isn’t so deep that you sink before you reach the bottom.
Idea for Romance No. 3: Snow Football.
Have coupled-up friends nearby? Here’s a snowed-in double (or multiple) date idea. Mark the field using spray bottles and food coloring and play until fingers go number and stomachs start growling.
Idea for Romance No. 4: Build a snowman.
A bit cliche, yes, but few are the ones who can deny that working together to build a snowman a la Jeff Daniels and Lauren Holly in Dumb and Dumber isn’t only romantic, but also hilarious.
Idea for Romance No. 5: Build a fire.
It’s not just a way to keep warm this weekend – it’s also a guaranteed way to impress your date. The Tulsa-based blog Art of Manliness has a proven how-to.
Idea for Romance No. 6: Make pizza.
The only thing better than a cuddle on a cold, snowy night is a hot, homemade pizza, and it’s as easy as a crust, toppings, some cheese and a piping-hot oven. The Tulsa-based blog The Noshery has a sexy rendition one of America’s favorite foods, using The Pioneer Woman’s famous pizza crust recipe as a base. Feel free to make your own kind of crazy with the toppings, but don’t spend too much time on it – tonight’s about getting your snuggle on.
Idea for Romance No. 7: Make Snow Ice Cream.
Here’s how: Start out with a large bowl of clean snow, 1 c. condensed milk, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and 1/2 c. sugar. Pour the milk into a chilled bowl and mix in snow until you get your desired consistency. Then, when the time is right, mix in the vanilla and sugar and voila! Dessert time. Feel free to add chocolate, strawberries or Bailey’s Irish Cream as romance permits. Or, make hot chocolate: Simply combine two mugs of milk, three tablespoons of cocoa powder, three tablespoons of sugar and a half teaspoon of vanilla extract (and maybe a pinch of cinnamon or cayenne if you’re feeling spicy) in a medium saucepan and whisk until slowly boiling. Top with whipped cream and marshmallows. Yum!
Ideas for Romance No. 8: Break out the cards, dominoes and board games.
I know, game nights are usually for the Ned Flanderses among us, but trust me on this one. The night my husband and I met we got to know each other over a couple of beers and a game of Smoke or Fire, and we all know how that story ends. A glass of wine and a game of War, Monopoly or Farkle can make for some serious sparks.
Idea for Romance No. 9: Dance in the dark.
How often do you and your date get to turn off all the lights, crank up the stereo, stand exactly zero inches away from each other and simply sway back and forth to a slow, slow beat? Light a few candles to go with that fire you built earlier and let the contented sighs begin.
Idea for Romance No. 10: Crank up the hot tub.
Wait. You have a hot tub at your place? Why would someone with the best snowed-in date idea of all just sitting outside on the back porch be reading this blog post? Go forth and make romance already.