DIGITAL DATE DIRECTORY
Here is our Digital Date Directory, an exclusive guide for planning fun and interactive digital dates.
So you’ve met someone during Quarantine – amazing news. But you might be thinking “Now what?”.
We have compiled a list of ideas and resources that will allow you to keep dating during this period of physical distancing. Our goal is to provide options that will help you build a strong foundation and truly connect with people you meet and date during this time.
Let’s start with a few general tips:
1) Regular video-calls. Since you literally cannot meet face to face, video-calls will be the main thing bringing any type of human element to the table. Keeping them a regular part of your routine is key.
2) Romance is still necessary. Just because things are mostly online doesn’t mean romance is out of the equation. Keep romance at the forefront.
3) Proper planning. Digital dates are at a bigger risk of flopping if you don’t plan properly. Do a test run if accessing a site or platform for the first time so you know how things work.
4) Have a dress code. Since you’re both at home, talk about how you want to show up for your date so that you don’t wind up with one person who made a sincere effort and the other in joggers.
5) Create the right vibe. Talk about the setting for your date. If you show up with dim lighting, candles and a cozy setting and your date is sitting at the kitchen table with bright lights on, it can kill the mood.
OK! Let's dive in!
Instead of just eating dinner together, order in from the same restaurant. (And remember to support local businesses when doing so). Bonus tip: Dinner can still be your treat by having UberEats make a second stop 😉
Cook together and then dine together.
Throw brunch into the mix (a morning date with a side of mimosas? Yes pls!)
Decide on one type of cuisine you’ll both prepare a dish from. Set the mood by choosing a playlist from that country to listen to while you eat together.
Do a wine tasting.
House Party is a video-chat app that allows you to play fun games (like Heads Up!) while chatting.
GamePigeon allows you to select a game and then take turns on your own time. It notifies you via text when it’s your turn again. A great way to keep in touch over the course of the day.
Others to check out:
Jackbox games (experiencing some capacity issues vecause of the high demand lately)
Chess – Classic! Show off your skills or learn some new ones
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Quoted from their website: “The Met hopes to brighten the lives of their audience members even while their stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.” Click here.
VIRTUALLY EXPORE THE SMITHSONIAN
Quoted from their website: “Smithsonian magazine has compiled a list of virtual experiences that cater to an array of interests. Whether you’re in the mood to peruse the National Portrait Gallery’s presidential portrait collection, explore the engineering marvels of the Inka Empire or remix one of the 2.8 million images available through Smithsonian Open Access, this roundup has you covered.” Click here.
**NEW ADDITION ** VIRTUALLY EXPORE BEAUTIFUL BOTANICAL GARDENS
Let the outdoors come to you! If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting the The Gardens of Versailles in Paris or the Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, now you can! We suggest planning this little excursion with your date in the day time with the curtains open and plants near by or, if you can safely be outdoors and sit on the grass or near trees, even better. There are nine gardens you can virtually visit. Click here.
Quoted from their website: “Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favourite shows.” – We suggest getting on a video-call to give the experience a more authentic vibe. Click here.
“Never Have I ever…” (an oldie but goodie. Best played as a drinking game)
“Someone who really knows me would know this…” (an effective way to get to know each other and go deep fast)
Share your last travel experience (bonus points if you include a slideshow!)
Read the same thing as each other (on your own time) and talk about it on your next date. Long-form articles are great for this as they don’t require the same time investment as a book, but still provide you with lots to discuss. Click here for an example of a blog we love that has awesome long-form articles.
Learn each others Love Language (as well as your own!). Click here
Get playfully competitive with an IQ test. Click here
LEARN A SKILL
Sign up for the same online class and take it together. Click here for a list of free resources.
EXCHANGE A SKILL
Share the skillsets you each possess (and have a passion for) and then exchange those skills! For example, teach her how to cook while she teaches you to speak Spanish. It can be one-sided as well.
The options available for a virtual workout session are endless right now. Be it yoga or kickboxing, a few minutes of online research will get you far. Take turns choosing workouts and get your body moving! Peloton is a great platform to check out! They have a wide variety of classes for all levels and offers a very human feel to the whole experience. They currently have a free three month trial available. Click here
HIT DA CLUB
DJs have been doing their part by keeping the party going via Instagram Lives. Check out @dnice for an update on his next Club Quartantine partayyy.
WALK & TALK
Go for a walk at the same time and talk on the phone.
PLAN A CAR DATE
Meet in your cars and follow each other to a nice view point (or meet there). Put on some music, roll down your windows and chat! Don’t forget your coffee and to respect all social distancing rules. Also, don’t leave your car running 🙂
If you tried something out and have feedback to share, we’d love to hear from you. Or, if you experiment with a new idea and think others could benefit, let us know so we can add it to the list!