A few days after canceling my Stitch Fix subscription, I stumbled upon this for something called Date in a Crate. The deal was for a three month subscription to the box for only $25 and I simply couldn’t resist spending the money I had been devoting to Stitch Fix on something that would be beneficial to both of us. So I took the plunge.
For those of you who were like me and have absolutely no idea what Date in a Crate is, well… it’s exactly what it sounds like. Each month, the company sends you a perfectly packaged box of themed goodies. These themes are, from what I can tell, picked from classic date night ideas. For November, the theme was “Movie Night.” The box includes everything you need to have the perfect date night in, including games dedicated to building and strengthening your relationship. Cute, right?
So, when the box came in the mail, I was so excited to have our “date night.” It worked out perfectly because we both had Veteran’s Day off which made Tuesday evening perfect for Movie Night! We tend to have a lot of movie nights, because, let’s be honest, it’s cheap and who doesn’t love cuddling on the couch for the evening? However, Date in a Crate added the perfect twist to our traditional movie night. Here’s what happened:
Our “crate” included traditional movie snacks like popcorn, Red Vines, Skittles, etc. but it also included instructional cards, a deck of cards in a small pouch, and a blind fold (which made both of us go “hmmmmm…” because that’s a little strange) but it totally worked out. Each instructional card included instructions for the game (duh) but also why the game was beneficial for your relationship. Which I thought was totally cute and interesting. It was so much fun to understand how we were strengthening our relationship and see it in action!
The first game was Charades with the winner getting the ultimate say in what movie was going to be watched. The Date Card said that Charades was chosen as a way to test and strengthen nonverbal communication, a key factor in successful relationships. Disclaimer: I am absolutely terrible at charades. I usually hate having to get up in front of anyone and I’m always terrified of looking stupid (which Charades is good at). So a game that is already fairly hilarious to play already, became even more of a train wreck. But I learned a lot about myself and how comfortable I am with Justin while playing this game, an added bonus to the already beneficial rewards of the game. The prompts included things like “Your first date,” “Meeting the parents,” and to my horror, “Your Partners’ Favorite Movie” to which I promptly freaked out and didn’t know the answer to. (The answer ended up being Pulp Fiction, and since Justin was the winner, he picked that. Obviously. Plot twist: I fell asleep).
The second game was probably the one we had the most fun with. It involved the blindfold. Uh oh. The game again focused on increasing and practicing communication with your partner. The rules were simple: one person puts on the blindfold, the other tosses items around the room to be used as obstacles for the blindfolded person to get through and uses their voice to guide them around the obstacles and into their arms without touching any of the obstacles. (Pro tip: put any animals away before attempting this game). It’s way more difficult than it sounds, especially after spinning around four times. What we learned: Justin is really good at it, I’m terrible. I’m going to go ahead and say it has something to do with military training. But regardless, it was so much fun.
The third game was the one neither us had any success at, but the overall purpose of the game was met. The final game was to each pick five commercials and for each commercial the other person had to say one thing they loved about the other. After 20 minutes of neither of our picks happening, we gave up and just started telling each other things we loved anyways. The purpose of the game was to take the time to do these little things. We get so busy in our daily lives that sometimes taking a few seconds to just enjoy the company of your significant other just doesn’t happen. We spent the time waiting for our commercials talking and joking and just enjoying having a random Tuesday night together (something that never happens when your boyfriend goes to West Point).
We loved our Date in a Crate sponsored Date Night and seriously can’t wait for the next one. The games were so much fun and you really feel like you’re being proactive in your relationship. I love that the games are designed for any stage of a relationship. Whether it’s been 7 months, like us, or 7 years, the games really helped us to understand how you communicate with each other and how we can improve that communication in a way that is fun and entertaining. I would love to create something like similar or a spin off that specialized in virtual date nights for those stuck in long distance relationships because I think communication becomes even more important (shout out to all the long distance West Point girlfriends out there).
If you want to try out Date in a Crate use code OHSHIFTYALL to get 25% off of your initial subscription! I promise you’ll love it!
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