I’ve been meaning to bring back my sporadic Book Inspired Dates posts but I got lazy and was feeling pretty uninspired with all the wedding hoopla and then getting settled in as newlyweds! But I’ve been trying to get creative with the dates that Will and I have been going on now that we are a married couple and I feel my inspiration coming back! I also wanted to change the format so it wasn’t multiple dates in one post — we’ll see how that works out!
“When I read Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt back in February I KNEW this was going to be my first book inspired date when I got my crap together enough to do one of these posts again. I was talking to Will while I was reading it and said I COULD NEVER DO THIS (I barely made it through my social media diet for a week). If you don’t know what the book is about the basic premise is that a girl finds out that her boyfriend has some secret internet girlfriend and she decides to give up all things modern and make her life more simple. OBVIOUSLY funny things happen and she realizes all the ways she relies on modern luxuries that weren’t available in the 60’s and that maybe life wasn’t so simple back then either. I’m SO attached to my phone, the internet, my ipod, Netflix, etc. that I just can’t imagine life without those things and all the other things we use on a daily basis (Hello hair straightener!)
Mallory’s plan to de-modernize & disconnect from technology
Step 1: Put your phones/ipads etc in a drawer, a safe or SOMEWHERE where you won’t touch them. I don’t know about you but I have a bad habit of checking Twitter or email even when Will and I are together. (He’s guilty of checking ESPN on his phone during date night). They won’t be coming out ALL day/night until the date is over.
Step 2: Start the afternoon portion of your day by breaking out some classic board games! Ideas? Yahtzee, Monopoly, Battleship, Mastermind, Sorry, etc. Enjoy each other’s company and conversation without the background noise of tv! Bonus points if you actually have vintage board games. Double bonus points if you have a record player and can play some music while you are playing!
Photo Credit: The Game Aisle
Step 3: Get out your mom or grandma’s cookbook (or search the internet before the actual date) and pick something that you’d like to make together. I feel like everything in my mom’s old Betty Crocker cookbook is BUTTER BUTTER BUTTER so we are going to be INSPIRED by a recipe and make something modified. The recipe I picked out? I’m either between Swedish Meatballs or a casserole — both such classic dishes that I could easily lighten up. I love this recipe for lightened up Swedish meatballs and this skinny broccoli mac & cheese! Bonus points if you wear a vintage looking apron. Double bonus points if you get your man to.
Photo credit: Casserole dish | Apron
Step 4: After dinner, rather than heading over to see what’s on Neflix, it’s time to get out! I’m giving options for this step due to the fact not every area will have every single one of these.
* Find an old fashioned soda shop or ice cream parlor! We have a couple near us! (If you can’t find anything old fashioned any ice cream stand will do!) Bonus points for being romantic and putting 2 straws in one shake. That would never fly with Will — he doesn’t share well.
* Go to a roller skating rink ( I miss the really old one where I used to live — the one around here is too modern for me…no character!)
* Go find a cool vintage store and check out clothes and other fun things from different eras!
* Go to a drive in movie! I am SO stinking excited because we found two that are decently close! You can use this search engine to see if there is a drive-in movie theater near you! (If you can’t find a drive-in sometimes movies show at different parks or school in the summer outside.)
Step 5: Remove your phones from where ever you stored them. Kiss all of your technology because you missed it so much. Check your phone/email/social media sites and realize the world didn’t implode without you for the day/evening. It felt pretty good not to be glued to your phones/tvs/computers, yes?
What would YOU add that you think would make a perfect GOING VINTAGE date night? What board games would you play? Do you have any cool retro restaurants/ice cream parlors/arcades/drive in theaters near you? And just out of curiosity, do you find yourself pulling out your phone in social situation (like dates or hanging out with friends)? I’m trying to break the habit – I’m good with being polite and not doing it with other people but with Will I’m TERRIBLE at it.