I have a confession to make, this Valentine’s Date Match Game isn’t my idea. It’s actually my husband’s and one that he came up with for my Valentine’s Day present a couple of year ago. I thought it was such a fun idea that I thought I would share it with all of you. And not only am I sharing this creative Valentine’s Day gift idea, but I’m also sharing some fun Valentine’s Day date ideas to go along with it.
Rather than just celebrating on Valentine’s Day, this date night match game gives you a chance to enjoy dates with your significant other all year long. I sometimes find that we fall into a rut when it comes to date nights and always end up going to dinner or watching a movie on the couch. By planning out the date nights for this match game in advance, you have something fun and different planned for each month.
How To Make Your Game
To create the date night match game, first come up with 12 date ideas that you think your significant other will enjoy, bonus points if they are inspired by a previous date, vacation, or inside joke. If not, it’s okay but the personalization of this gift is what makes it such a meaningful one. Once you’ve put together your list of dates, come up with one word that you can put on the match card for that date. Or if you want to get really creative, you can use photos instead. The goal is that you want to put a word that will give your significant other a clue to the date without giving away everything you’re going to do. That way each date will be a surprise. Here’s a list of my date night words.
Finally, print out 24 cards (two sheets) of these free printable match cards on white cardstock and cut them out so you have 24 total cards. Write each of your date night words on the back of two of the cards so that you have two cards that say California Roadtrip, two cards that say Hawaii, two cards that say Florida, etc. And now you’re done with the prep, easy wasn’t it?
How To Play
On Valentine’s Day give your significant other the game and explain that each month you are going to play the match game to decide what date you’ll go on that month. In order to give you time to finalize details for the date (movie times, dinner reservations, etc.) I recommend playing the match game on the 1st of every month even if your date night isn’t until later. Playing the game is simple – turn over all of the cards so that the match game label is facing up. Lay the cards in a rectangle side by side and play just like you would play a normal memory game, making sure they’re all mixed up. The first “date” that your significant other matches is the date for the month. Remove that date from the set of cards for the following month’s game.
And now for the fun part, my date night ideas. I’ve already told Richie he can’t read this post so he doesn’t know what I have planned for the year, which is good because I’m pretty excited about it. Here are a couple of examples of dates that I’ve planned. You can download the full list if you want to see them all to get ideas for your own game.
Paris Themed Date Night
Food: Crepes at our favorite French restaurant, French Macarons, and some sparkling cider in plastic champagne glasses.
Activities: Strolling along main street and people watching in our local town, picking up fresh pastries from the bakery across the street from the crepe restaurant, people watching, and finally, watching Moonlight in Paris together at home.
Hawaii Themed Date Night
Food: Hawaiin Haystacks, individual pineapple upside down cakes, and virgin pina coladas
Activities: Swimming of some sort, driving on a windy road and stopping at all sorts of fun little places on our way, and finishing with our own Hawaiian luau at home complete with leis and ukelele playing.
New York City Themed Date Night
Food: Dinner at a fancy restaurant where we have to dress up with New York cheesecake for dessert.
Activities: Taking a taxi to dinner, window shopping in an expensive mall, and going to see a musical/play.
Want more fun Valentine’s Day ideas? This post is part of a Valentine’s Day blog hop with 10 other amazing bloggers. Make sure to go check out all of these awesome ideas.
1) Valentine’s Day Cupcakes by Cupcake Diaries
2) Hand Print Valentine’s Door Decor by Tiny Sidekick
3) Sweet Cream Strawberry Hearts by Cook and Craft Me Crazy
4) Paper Heart Wreath by Made to be a Momma
5) Bunny Valentine Printable by Whistle and Ivy
6) Valentine’s Date Night Match Game by Play. Party. Pin.
8) Heart-Shaped Chocolate Truffles by Sugar Tart Crafts
9) Maze Valentine Printables by Cutesy Crafts
10) Gold Conversation Hearts by Homemade Ginger
11) Glow Stick Valentines by Keeping it Simple
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