Eat Drink & Be Mary: 5 Long Distance Date Night Ideas


5 Long Distance Date Night Ideas

Date nights are crucial to keep the spark alive in your relationship.  Fact.  Now not to say you need to be spending money or get all dressed up (even though every once in a while that's fun), but setting time to spend together is the important part.  The catch?  My boyfriend and I are miles apart from each other, learning to love long distance.

 Learning.  It's a process.  But we're starting to get the hang of this distance thing.  A couple weeks ago Thomas suggested we still have a date night once a week.  Even though we may be in different states we need to invest in our relationship.  We need to keep the spark alive.  To feel connected.  So the question remained, how?  How would we have date nights while in different states?  

one. Get Take Out.  Get take out from your favorite restaurant, then when you get home get on skype and "eat" together.  

One of my favorite times to talk and catch up with T, while at school, was over dinner.  He was always cooking for us, and it was always amazing tasting.  Win-win.  Naturally, this date is comfortable for us to catch up and reconnect.

two. Movie Night.  Rent a movie, and watch it "together."  Or if you're brave go to the movie theater, but I'm not and it's always 10 degrees colder than it should be in those theaters.

I am one of those people that asks questions the whole time during a movie.  Watch the movie while on skype, over the phone, or via texting.  That way I can still ask my 23238908 questions, and Thomas can still respond with... I don't know.  Gee thanks ;)  Add a bowl of popcorn and we're ready to go!

three.  Make a Romantic Dinner Together.  Find a recipe neither of you have made before (or your favorite date night-in meal and make it at the same time.

Make sure to visit the grocery store beforehand to be prepared for everything in the recipe.  Then while on Skype enjoy figuring out everything that it takes to make your meal.  As I mentioned above Thomas loves cooking (seriously, he's a keeper y'all), and while I'm no chef [read; I once burnt easy mac.  also read; good thing T's gonna be a firefighter] I feel confident enough to make dinner on my own.  Sorta ;)  What I'm trying to say is, this date is totally up our alley and most likely next on our list.

four.  Watch your Show Together.  Every couple has their shows they watch together.  

Thank you Netflix for letting us binge watch numerous series during college.  These shows I still prefer to watch "with" Thomas,  I gotta ask my burning questions to some one y'all.  We usually do this via text.  Don't underestimate this date night idea; I still get equally excited due to our pact not to watch them without each other.

This date night is perfect for a week that is a little extra busy, but you still want to get your quality time in.  Our personal favorite?  Currently: Teen Wolf

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five.  Watch the Sunset Together.  A reminder that no matter how far apart, we still see the same sky.

Sunsets are my fave.  If my house faced an empty sky instead of the side of a mountain, I would spend every night watching the sunset.  This is not an exaggeration.  At the beach, I make Thomas go down to the beach with me to watch the sunset each night.  Sunsets are a reminder of God's faithfulness for me, and trust in God is exactly what I need to carry me through each day apart.

Date nights help me feel closer to him.  Even when we are miles away.

They help us feel connected.

Better yet, they give me something to look forward to each week.  

These are the five ideas that T and I have come up with so far.  But we'd love suggestions and ideas y'all have too.  What would you add to our list?

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  1. These are excellent ideas!! Love the photo of you two with the water in the background :) Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Very sweet ideas! Love them, especially dinner or drinks together. Lovely picture of you two!
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  3. This is so sweet and you have such good ideas! Definitely keeping this on my to-do list when my boyfriend heads off to grad school next year!

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    Classy South Blog

  4. These are some great ideas! If you had pets, you could always walk the dogs together, or head to a dog park together- via phone!

  5. This are cute ideas! I'll have to share these with my sister who's in a long distance relationship right now. Thanks for sharing!

  6. These are GREAT ideas! My husband and I spent a lot of time on Skype when he was in the military and I wish we would've done these :)

  7. Aww I love this!!! We always enjoyed cooking together - still do - when we lived like 5 hours away!

  8. Lovely ideas. What did we do before Skype?!

  9. Great ideas!!!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  10. These are some fantastic ideas.

    --Me And My Mini Me

  11. My husband and I were long-distance till we got married--I think it did make marriage sound even more awesome because the long-distance part would finally be over. We never got very creative, though, we just talked on the phone all the time--I have very good memories of those long phone conversations.

  12. I've never been in a long-distance relationship but these are such cute ideas. =]

  13. These are so sweet. My boyf and I will have music sharing dates, too, where we'll both be listening to our randomized Spotify radio playlists and go back and forth sharing the best songs we stumble upon. If we mutually love, it then gets added to our couple playlist!


  14. That's a great idea to continue having dates when you are apart. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I would add have a game night. Some friendly competition is good for a relationship.

  16. These are really great tips! My fiancé and I also watch same tv shows so we can text while watching, and then discuss them after. One thing that we've been doing all along is skyping or talking on the phone before going to sleep. Some days we don't get to do it but for the most part we've been consistent!

  17. So cool! I linked up to this post today in my post about long distance relationships!


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