The Dating Palette


What is a palette? A palette is a surface that provides a range of colors for an artist to use while painting. Many paintings can be created using a palette filled with a variety of colors. So, your probably thinking, what does this have to do with a relationship. Just like those paintings, many great moments and memories can be created by having fun dates and using a variety of ways to spend time with your partner.

In a long-term relationship or a marriage, the “beautiful paintings” become limited only to holidays and memorable dates throughout the year can be counted on one hand. These “paintings” were created very often in the beginning and now neither of you make enough time to even pick up a brush. Our point is, keep dating your mate! Do something at least once per week or frequently as possible. This doesn’t have to be expensive, take a ride together and enjoy the scenery or go for a walk.

A dinner and a movie are typical dating ideas but after marriage there’s so much more to add to your palette. A dating palette should be used to impress your mate and consist of trying new things, dressing up, prioritizing time, and having positive energy. Does your dating palette consist of only one or two things? Can’t think of anything new? Well, I’m sure at least one of these ideas will interest you and create great memories for you and your partner!

Here are 20 dates we recommend!

1.  Horseback Riding/Carriage Ride

Learning to ride together and being unskilled is what makes horseback riding fun. We enjoyed doing it together and it brought many funny moments. If you enjoy that, you may also like a carriage ride. It is romantic, encourages communication, and “cuddle time”.

2. Kayaking

Never been kayaking? That’s what makes it more fun! We did it for the first time together and it was a challenge. It allowed us to trust in one another and engage in something different. Try it if you haven’t and view beautiful sights, relax on the water, and burn a few calories.

3. Live Entertainment 

Going to a live theatre or listening to live music is very fun and you will be surprised at some of the local talent in your area!

4.  Favorites Night

Each partner chooses a favorite activity and combine it into one night. If you have a favorite food, game, or place to go then make a date out of it!

5. Dance Lessons

Dance lessons allow two people to grow together and creates excitement! We have learned how to salsa dance through dance lessons. It brought many laughs and it’s also great exercise!

6. Painting Class

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a great artist. The steps are simple and you’ll be surprised what beautiful painting you and your partner creates!

7. Couples Massage

Can’t go wrong when you and your partner are relaxing together. Don’t want to spend a lot of money to go to a spa? Be creative and massage each other!

8. Picnic

Add a little spice to a lunch or dinner and create a picnic just for the two of you.

9. Try a new restaurant 

Good or bad, the experience of trying something new will be great.

10. Wine Tasting

A unique date idea that allows you to smell, taste, and view different types of wines while learning together.

11. Vacation Getaway

Whether it’s for just the weekend or longer, it allows you to reconnect with your partner and escape the pressure of every day living.

12. Bible Study

Allows you and your partner to spend time together in the middle of a hectic work week. It strengthens your faith in God and in each other.

13. Candlelight Dinner

Inexpensive, romantic, and creative way to make your partner feel special.

14. Cooking Together

It is fun and allows you both to collaborate and work together.

15. Bonding Time

Find time that best fits both of you. Being intimate with one another is vital in a relationship.

16. Comedy Club

Everyone loves a good laugh. It is fun and will bring many laughs for you and your partner.

17. Laser Tag/Go-Karts/Arcade

Youthful fun to keep your relationship fresh and young.

18. Professional Sporting Event

Whether it is football, baseball, or basketball it will make a fun date and has a great atmosphere.

19. Dinner Cruise

It is entertaining, romantic, relaxing, and allows you and your partner to dress up and engage in something different.

20. Fishing

Very relaxing, creates meaningful conversations, and is an overall great experience!

Dates don’t always come with a high price tag. Here’s a list of sources we have used to receive discounts for fun activities, hotels, and flights! 

1. Groupon

2. LivingSocial

3. Expedia

4. Travelocity


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12 thoughts on “The Dating Palette

  1. Charity 03/05/2014 at 1:25 pm Reply

    I just love this. I’m always trying to come up with new ideas for date night. Thank you guys so much and keep up the good work. Love y’all!

  2. Stephanie Davis 03/05/2014 at 4:13 pm Reply

    I think that’s a good idea me and my husband been together for 28 years. Sometime it can be difficult especially with kids. But, I think you both always need that time together. But you also have to think about family time.

    • Jonathan and Sharnise Horn 03/05/2014 at 5:28 pm Reply

      Stephanie, we don’t have kids of our own but we agree that making time for your spouse when having kids can be difficult. There’s ways to be intimate with your spouse after the kids are asleep at night or before they awake in the morning and before work. We agree that family time is important as well and including the kids for game night or engaging in “family dates” also creates great moments and memories for you and your spouse.

  3. Jonathan and Sharnise Horn 03/05/2014 at 5:04 pm Reply

    Charity, we are glad we could help! Feel free to make topic suggestions and we love you too.

  4. Cassie 03/06/2014 at 12:52 am Reply

    Just reading through your blog and love it all! I would definitely also recommend and when travelling. That’s one of our favorite things to do and with those sites you can find some awesome places as well. We love that we are able to find little cottages or homes that are so much more personable than an average hotel room. In a lot of cases with those sites the homes are in neighborhoods so you get the opportunity to mingle among locals and sometimes discover some great little places you’d otherwise miss. 🙂

    • Jonathan and Sharnise Horn 03/06/2014 at 6:53 am Reply

      Cassie, we have never stayed in a cottage on vacation and that is something we’ll have to try! Thanks for the website links, we’ll check it out! Also, thanks for reading and commenting with great suggestions!

  5. AMoo9217 03/06/2014 at 6:42 pm Reply

    I agree! You have to plan time with your spouse because if y’all are always to busy for one another, you guys will grow further and further apart. And trying something new will make the relationship more exciting. I love this blog!

  6. Allison 03/09/2014 at 10:22 pm Reply

    How about writing a blog together as another bonding activity?! 🙂 Great blog, thanks for sharing it with me.

  7. Kabir 03/23/2014 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Jonathan and Sharnise, these are wonderful suggestions. The “dating palette” is not only a catchy title but also a very unique way to describe the moments and memories that two people can create as they spend time with each other. Having specific website links or specific options in the applicable category of dates would make this post even more helpful.

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