I saw this idea on Pinterest for an anniversary gift of a year of date nights. I thought to my self, "Self...this would be a great idea for Whitt!" In a couple short months (just 1 1/2 after our 29th anniversary) we become "empty nesters" with our youngest heading out to college.
So, I am working on the concept of this for hubbster (SHHHH.... DON'T TELL HIM!!!)
Here's my thoughts for the year's worth:
June - Country Spirits Restaurant, Henniker (the only one on Earth) NH - We've had quite a few of our anniversary dinners there, so I thought it was a good place to start. For this one, I'll tuck the cash in for dinner and perhaps a copy of the menu.
August - Field hockey starts up, youngest heads off to college and we'll need to have some fun! How about Chucksters Mini Golf (Chichester, NH - just outside of Concord on Rt 4) and Newick's for some seafood? I think this envelope will be a picture from the website for the mini-golf and then the cash for dinner?
September - Time for Whitt to head back to school ... one of his favorite meals (aside from Newick's Fisherman's platter) is Chinese, so let's toss in Lee's Mt. Fuji in Peterborough? I've already got a gift card for this one, so that's what I'll tuck inside! I think tickets to the Peterborough Theater would be a great addition to this one!
October - My stress level will be up as the end of the field hockey season approaches and he'll be looking down the the barrel of the beginning of his 31st season of coaching wrestling, so I am thinking something relaxing? How about a home "spa" date? Oh boy, doesn't that sound fun??
I found a GREAT set up at Love Actually, a super fun site with ideas for romance on a budget. Works for me!!
November - Wrestling will be in full swing and he'll be dealing with NOT having a daughter or daughter-in-law as a manager.... hmmm.... let's try the Brazillian steakhouse in Manchester, Gauchos Churrascaria!! You can get a gift certificate on-line, so that will be perfect! This place is said to be a carnivore's delight... right up his alley!
December - It's holiday time.... how about something not too expensive? Let's do a movie night, IN! A movie we'd enjoy and then goodies as if we'd gone to the theater? Our fountain of ideas at Love Actually has a plan!
January - It tends to be a wee bit nippy here in NH right about then. Our weeknights and Saturdays are spent at basketball games/practice and wrestling meets, that leaves Sundays. Hmmm... can't really take off for more than an evening, as we need to keep the pellet stove going... How about Mile Away Restaurant in Milford? They are open Sunday's from 1-7pm. This will be one of our most expensive meals. We've only been once, quite a few years ago, when someone (one of our teams all chipped in for a gift certificate) gave us the night out. The food is amazing and you REALLY need reservations! Perfect!
February - It's Valentine's Day, folks! YAY!! I am thinking this will be a romantic date. Let's just say, snuggling by the fire... dinner....and we'll leave the details to everyone's imagination, shall we?
March - Time for an overnight!! We'll both have finished our winter seasons and we've always talked about getting away when wrestling ended... so... this is the perfect time! Let's see... how about Portland, Maine? They have GREAT seafood and fun things to do, being a museum lover myself... OR there's York, Maine and the Anchorage Inn. I found that you can actually book the Anchorage Inn now!
Did I mention that we'd be going RIGHT BY the Kittery Outlets? Oh... gee whiz... what a shame! The good news is that he LOVES the Trading Post, so all good!
April - This is time to dive into softball. It will also be the first time in over 15 years that one of our children WON'T be playing softball or baseball! WOW! (that is unless youngest DD finds her way out on to the field in college...) Bri will still be coaching, so that makes some evenings tough, BUT as we don't have a daughter playing, we don't have to worry about the whole picking them up off the bus, soooo.... I could snag him and head for a night out. Let's see... where might we find ourselves? Based on this year's schedule: Keene, Goffstown, Milford, Hollis and Manchester. LOTS of options there! If we could pick a Friday night, we could turn it into a movie night and dinner.... guess I'll have to leave that one a bit more open! I'll find a way! :o)
May - This would be the last of the year's dates. It also happens to be his birthday month. I am thinking something TOTALLY different! How about Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods in CT? I've never actually been to any sort of gambling place... but we could really step "outside the box" with this one! The food options are from one extreme to another and there's always shows to see! If it were this May, we could see Trans Siberian Orchestra!! OMG!!
Of course if I could find an opportunity for him to see Billy Joel at any point, whatever else I have planned would be RIGHT OUT the window! I checked though, and am not seeing any concert dates anywhere. :o)
Anyone else have ideas that might be fun? I WILL be reporting on the success, starting in June, of my idea. Who knows - may start a whole new trend for us!
Enjoy the day and your own date nights!