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Although our kids are grown and it’s just Mike and I in the house, we don’t do a great job of setting aside date nights as often as we should. To be honest, it’s just so much easier to sit on the couch and watch TV than it is to get dressed and drive an hour for dinner or a movie (we live in a rural area).
I’m a big proponent of date nights for married couples and feel that they are so important to prioritize your relationship and had been looking for something fun that we could do without any excuses.
When I came across Date Night in a Box, I was so intrigued! I loved that they included nearly everything you need for a fun and romantic date night in one box.
When I had the opportunity to review a Date Night in a Box, I was all in!
The monthly theme starts when you receive the box as the box itself carries the theme!
Here’s the box for the Date Night in a Box that we received:
The theme for this month’s box, was Island Adventure. (To check out our breakfast date, see this post).
The company offers two other options: Kids Date Night in a Box and a Faith Option. (We chose the Faith option – more about that in a bit).
When you open up the box, it is nearly overflowing with tons of great items to make your night truly memorable.
Although I was curious when I saw the ping pong balls, I was stoked to see the mini water guns!
Between personal and business travel in August, Mike and I kept pushing off our date night, but decided that we just needed to do it – no excuses. (There always seems to be an excuse, doesn’t there? Let’s be honest: we’re tired, have church and ministry commitments, work obligations, social events – we’ll always find something to use as an excuse.)
What’s Included in The Date Night in a Box?
Date Night in a Box includes everything you need for a fun night at home:
- A full menu with recipes that is part of your theme (this month was Island Adventure so our menu included fish tacos and coconut macaroons. It even included an appetizer (Island Mango Salsa) and options for both cocktails and mocktails!)
*In full disclosure, I didn’t prepare the food on the menu as we had already eaten.
- Date Guide/Instructions
- Everything you need for your date night activities. The Island Adventure activities included:
- Table talk – discussion guide
- Make your own seashell candle
- Island Games (Watergun shooting game, Word challenge, How well do you know each other game, Love at Sea game – sort of a Battleship game on cards!, Create a message in a bottle)
- Organic Dried Fruit Snacks
- Ways to continue your date
- Movie suggestions
Their website also provides a theme-based music playlist to really keep the night in theme!
If you have kids at home, Date Night in a Box, also sells a Kids Night In box so they can get in on the fun, too!
Our Date Night
We started by reading the guide together and discussing the “table talk” topic which was about storytelling. We used this time to discuss the stories that we are creating together and those that we will share someday with our grandkids.
The first of the activities was to make an island candle. We had fun melting the wax and making our own candle then, lighting it to keep the mood going while we did the rest of our activities.
Next, we had a blast with the water gun game! Both Mike and I are competitive so out came the phones to use the stop watch and the duel began!
The instructions recommend doing this outside but due to weather that wasn’t an option so we set it up in the kitchen.
Using the Date Night in a Box box as a base, we stuck golf tees (included) into it and placed the provided ping pong balls on them. We then filled up our waterguns and took turns knocking the balls off the tees. The object is to see who can do it the fastest – I won! (Hubby insisted on a rematch and I won that one, too!)
The next activity was a word challenge. Using the provided word challenge cards and Island Adventure drawing board and markers, we timed ourselves for one minute to see who could come up with the most words from the letters provided. Mike was a lot better at this that I expected and he beat me four out of six rounds.
By this point, we were laughing so hard, we weren’t sure we could do the next game or activity but we forged ahead, anyway.
Next up was “A Matter of the Relationship” where we each answered questions and guessed what our spouse would answer, as well.
Some of the questions were:
- When and where was your first kiss?
- What is the best date you have been on together?
- What is your significant other’s shoe size?
Although Mike was winning for most of the game, we ended up in a tie at the end.
Next, we played Love at Sea based on the classic game Battleship. Of course, Mike won that one, too.
We finished our night with the devotion, prayer and discussion included in the faith packet.
What a perfect ending to remember WHO created marriage and the love we share.
Our Review of Date Night in a Box
We had so much fun and, as the big kids that we are, loved the games and activities.
After we had finished the activities, we talked about the Date Night in a Box and what we thought of it. We both LOVED everything about it.
It is so well thought out and included everything you need for a laugh-filled and meaningful date night. We appreciated that the date night included physical games, mental games and even relationship-based games plus a craft and music.
We vowed that when we receive our next box, we’ll make the food on the menu, as well. And, of course, cook it together for even more together time.
The boxes are a great value and worth every penny of the cost. We both highly recommend Date Night in a Box and plan to tell our friends and small group couples about it.
We can’t wait to get our next Date Night in a Box and have another memorable date night at home.
Have you tried a date night subscription box? Which is your favorite?
Because of Him,