Romantic ideas for dating
Next time you kiss, pause, look into your partner's eyes remembering what it was like when you first met. Embrace your partner and gently kiss them fully, letting your lips part, and enjoy every second of it. Take a bath together with bath oils, or bubbles, and candles. You might want to include things that have always attracted you, your partner's strengths, what he or she does for the marriage or family that you appreciate, how your spouse sometimes brings out the best in you, why you want to spend the rest of your life with him/her -- or whatever occurs to you! Tell your partner you that instead of watching TV tonight (or doing work, or fussing with the kids, etc.), you simply want to be with them to talk, snuggle, play a game or whatever he or she has in mind. Go for a walk together after dinner, holding hands and remembering good times or funny times you've had. Slowly bring your lips to your spouse's lips--first gently kissing his/her upper lip, then lower lip. It doesn't matter if you get home before the postcard does! Write a love letter as if you were just falling in love with this person. " on the bathroom mirror with lipstick or shaving cream. Her goal is to help you take the relationship you have and make it much more of the one you both truly want -- and in so doing, make the world a better place.
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Lip sync a romantic song for your partner after dinner one night. Bring home or to the office your partner's favorite sweet thing. Leave a flower on the pillow before your partner goes to bed--even if it is one you pick from your own yard. Take the afternoon off and just go someplace with your partner -- ice cream shop, stroll around a lake, a place to explore. Plan a 'secret rendezvous' in your own town, in the city where your partner is on business, etc. Send your partner a postcard when you are out of town saying you were thinking of him/her and love him/her. For more Romantic Ideas visit Romance 101 for ideas, poetry, and more. © Dawn Lipthrott, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in marriage and relationships in Winter Park, FL.
Paint a heart or something else on your partner's body or body part with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and lick it off slowly, and saying "MMMMMMMmmmmmmm". Tell your partner before you go to bed, or before you leave in the morning, one of the things you love most about him/her (quality, physical characteristic, behavior). Agree to meet at a social event or public place and act as if you are meeting each other for the first time---flirt, make 'eyes' at each other or other gestures from across the room, rub against each other when walking by, etc. Go skinny dipping in pool or hot tub or at the beach. Test drive a Porsche or a convertible with the top down and pretend you are seeing each other although it has been 'forbidden' by your parents. )--be creative in ways to express that, be together, etc.
Send a fax to work (or an e-mail) saying that you love your spouse and can't wait to be with him/her again. Pick up flowers or dinner on the way home and surprise your partner. When you go to bed, sleep naked together without sex. (Examples: If watching TV, ask partner if he/she would like anything--offer to put stool under feet or take off shoes and massage feet. After the kissing is finished, just hold each other a few moments longer. Plan a 'date'--arrange for baby-sitters, clear calendar, etc. Rose petals can be a nice touch -- in the bath and/or on the bed. Do what you would do for an anniversary on a regular day--just because. Buy a gift for your partner--it can be a blouse or shirt s/he wanted--or something simple and inexpensive. Plan a picnic in the park (or your own yard, or living room). Even when you still have chores to do, take the day off, do something else fun. Call your partner unexpectedly during the day (or at night if they are out of town) and talk sexy to him/her, telling them how much you long to touch his/her body, feel him/her, etc. Plan a surprise getaway weekend for just the two of you--arranging for baby-sitters, dogsitters, etc. Greet your partner at the airport with a balloon or flower and enthusiastic 'welcome home'. Take out an ad in the Lost and Found with something like "I've found the love of my life with my spouse, __name___." or something similar. Leave part of your favorite romantic song (even if from when you first dated) on your partner's voice mail or answering machine with a message like "I remember dancing with you and long to feel you in my arms. Give your partner a massage on any part or all of his/her body (if full body, create climate with candles, etc.) 35.
'Make love' with no penetration or oral sex -- be creative in being sexually and sensually loving. Make a list of 5 things you love about your partner or your life together and leave it where they will find it (or mail it). Bring home balloons (or hide them and put them out at night after your partner goes to bed) with a note or sign with something like "I celebrate YOU! You can start with lines like, "Like the light of a harvest moon.