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planning a vacation-themed date night

planning a vacation themed date night


I recently participated in a date night box swap that my friend Kailei ( organized and it was so much fun! The premise of this swap was that you get paired up with someone you don’t know and over the course of several weeks you get to know them through email and social media. Then at the end of the swap you send each other a date night themed box of goodies! This post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own.

My partner was Elizabeth from Our Darling Adventure and I had so much fun getting to know her! Not only do I feel like I have a new blogging friend, but she seriously wins in the swap buddy department. When we opened up her box I was blown away by her thoughtfulness and creativity! Elizabeth put together a whole date box themed around Hawaii and it was so much fun diving into! She even packed everything in with a couple of floral leis, which just added to my excitement when we opened it up.

Elizabeth included one of her favorite romantic comedy (aka. chick flick), 50 First Dates, which was perfect because not only do Mike and I love it also, but somehow we don’t own it yet! Of course, what’s a movie without snacks? She also included two different recipes and the ingredients for a sweet and savory Hawaiian popcorn mix, so fun and delicious! There were a few other goodies in the box too, including chocolate covered macadamia nuts… yum…


planning a vacation themed date night


It got me thinking about how clever it was to theme a date night around a specific location, especially a fun date night you could have at home (sometimes with little ones that’s a must!). Much like planning my color-themed date night back in June, I started thinking about other date nights that could go with the vacation/location theme:

  • New York

    • Watch a movie that takes place in NYC and have some New York style pizza. Make your own caramel apples for dessert (because it’s the Big Apple, get it?).
  • Italy

    • Learn how to make your own pasta at home! If you don’t have your own pasta maker there are several recipes that don’t require you to have one. Don’t forget to pop in a movie like Under the Tuscan Sun.
  • France

    • Borrow a French book from the library and practice a few phrases while you have your own cheese tasting. Afterwards you can enjoy some sweet crepes for dessert. French Kiss would be a fun movie to watch for this one.
  • San Francisco

    • Ah, the city by the bay. Make some clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls at home and then enjoy some Ghirardelli chocolates for dessert.


planning a vacation themed date night


What kind of a vacation-themed date night would you want to have?
If you’re interested in participating in Kailei’s next date box swap then be sure to follow her blog, she’s planning to announce one in a couple months!
Don’t forget to check out Elizabeth on her blog or Instagram!

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13 Responses to planning a vacation-themed date night

  1. Kailei August 22, 2017 at 7:48 am #

    What a fun date!! And I love that the box was decorated too! Thanks for participating in the date box swap!

  2. Dara August 22, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    Such a fun idea!

  3. Helene August 22, 2017 at 9:53 am #

    This is so adorable and romantic! I’ll have to plan one of these for my fiance and I!

  4. Crystal August 22, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    I love the idea of a vacation themed date night! And what better vacation spot than Hawaii to start with? You received such a great box!!

  5. Lindsay August 22, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    This is such a great idea! How cute and fun to do something out of the ordinary, and I love a good theme.

  6. Belle August 22, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    That is such a great idea and looks so fun!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  7. Barbara August 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    What a great and super creative idea for date night!! Now I want to go back and rewatch 50 First Dates too! 😜

  8. Meg August 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

    One Christmas I gave my husband the present of a year of dates traveling around the world. It was SO fun each month to plan a “trip” to a new country. I’d make food that connected and we’d do an activity or watch a movie that took place there. We haven’t done Hawaii though! This looks great!

  9. Andrea August 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    Wow! I’ve never heard of this before but it sounds like so much fun!This is super creative, super cute, and I’m guessing super fun, too! I would like to have an Australian vacation-themed date night 🙂

  10. ChristineSaltyMama August 22, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    This is such a fun idea – and I love exchange idea! I’m going to have to check that out, and try to have my own mini date nights in more often 🙂

  11. Amanda at The Light Owl August 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    I love this idea! I have never thought of this before! My husband and I are a huge fan of theme nights. I am showing this to him right now 🙂

  12. Ashley August 22, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    OMG how cute is this!!!!!

  13. Camesha | Mama Motivator August 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm #

    Oh my goodness! I love this idea. We definitely could use a date night of any kind. This makes it so much fun and unique.

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