Being in a relationship with your best friend is awesome. But after the first few months when the butterflies have settled, it’s easy to get casual and take your dates for granted.
Want to have some fun this fall and remind your favorite person that they’re still your number one? Try something vintage—you can’t go wrong. Here are five pleasant little ways to surprise your love.
1. Dress Up
People don’t dress up much anymore—and I don’t mean in costumes. When was the last time you donned a nice dress for your dinner date? Sure, yoga pants are more comfortable. But putting on a black dress, fancy skirt or dress pants and top show you took some effort to look extra nice just for your special someone. And honestly? You’ll not only look stunning; you’ll also make your date feel pretty special too.
2. Cook a Fancy Meal
The way to all of our hearts is obviously through our stomachs, right? Taking some time to prepare a special dinner as a surprise will make your beloved’s week and show them you care enough to know their likes and dislikes. Or take a different approach and make the cooking part of the date, either by taking a cooking class together or inviting your partner into the kitchen to share in the meal prep and test your teamwork skills.
3. Plan a Picnic
Make it a fun one. Go all out! Pack a basket with homemade sandwiches, cookies or whatever sounds good to you. Include real plates and silverware if you like, and a nice blanket. Go to a park, some other picturesque location or even your backyard, and have an old fashioned picnic. The change of pace, fresh air and time to unplug will stimulate a romantic atmosphere (don’t forget to leave your phone behind). Adapt for winter and have an indoor picnic in your living room or in front of the fireplace!
4. Go for a Drive
Most cities don’t operate horses and carriages anymore, but going out just for the fun of it—even if you have to take the Chevy—can help capture some of that same magic. Make sure you don’t have any errands or an agenda. Just the two of you, a car and nowhere special to be. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy some scenery together and have quiet, uninterrupted conversations. Or maybe you take turns driving while the other plays DJ and shares their favorite songs. It’s lovely in the summer when everything is lush and green, but a drive through fall’s changing leaves or winter’s holiday lights is just as sweet.
5. Send Love Letters
In the age of texting, it’s awesome that you can easily stay in touch with your beloved with instant and frequent communication. But you know what’s super refreshing once in a while? A letter. A real, handwritten letter that you can physically touch and keep somewhere special. Letters are great for expressing memorable things—things someone might want to keep forever—like “I love you,” “I can’t wait to see you,” and other such sweet nothings. Mail one sometime and see what kind of reaction you get.
Like these old fashioned ideas? Try them out and let us know what you think by tweeting @feather_mag, or let us know some ideas of your own!