Frank Lutes romanced his wife Mary far beyond flowers and candy. He was recognized by Woman’s Day magazine as being the world’s most romantic husband. Probably his most romantic gesture of their 65-year marriage happened when he found out the hotel where they spent their honeymoon was set for demolition. Frank bought the door to their honeymoon suite and hung it in their bedroom at home. So every night, they slept in room 564.
Frank must have inherited some ‘romance supergene,’ right? Well, even if your husband lacks that gene, you can help him express his romantic side. Try some of these 9 ideas for a summer romance with your husband.
1. Model Home Date
Take a tour of model homes and talk about how you would decorate it. What do you like about the house? What would you change? Discuss your favorite rooms. Perhaps you’ll get ideas for the future.
2. Summer Concert
Summer months are full of different concert series. No matter what your preference of music, a city near you is sure to host some fantastic music festivals and concerts for any budget. Bring your lawn chairs—or better yet—a blanket, and park your cabooses under the stars. Wait for that song that reminds you of your love for each other and then steal a dance or a kiss. Oh what the heck, why not steal both?
3. Outdoor Movies
Many local parks and universities offer free movies on the lawn during the summer. You can catch a new movie or an old flick at your nearby Drive-In. Who cares if your favorite film isn’t playing? You can always scoot to the backseat of the car for a little married make-out session!
4. Fun at the Park
Head to your favorite park. Leave the kids, but take potentially their toys. Enjoy your time reliving your youth by seeing who can fly higher on the swings. Toss the football or a Frisbee™, fly a kite or even try out the monkey bars. End your playtime with a grown-up kind of picnic—think champagne not juice boxes. You can even combine this with the outdoor movie idea or watch a romantic movie on a laptop.
5. Tourist Date
Take a drive to a city or town near you that neither of you have explored before. Enjoy being somewhere new together. Be adventurous! Eat at mom-n-pop diners in lieu of restaurant chains. Stop at the town’s local farmers’ market or county fair. On the way back home, take turns telling each other why you’d love to live in the new place, or why you’d never want to live there.
6. Karaoke Night
Start your summer with the best rendition you can offer of Grease’s “Summer Nights.” Invite your friends on stage with you to sing back up, “Tell me more, tell me more like did he have a car?” Nothing gets you in the Summer Lovin’ mood like Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta!
7. Get Your Feet Wet
Be it by boat, raft, skis, canoe, kayak, Jet-ski® or just a good old-fashioned swim. Leave the kids on land with a babysitter and get in the water! Your phones won’t work when you’re in the water (hopefully!), and you’ll forget you even need them when you’re surrounded by the fresh summer air and the cool, refreshing atmosphere.
8. Instant Replay
Pick your ultimate, favorite, summertime date, and do it all over again. Concentrate on the details that made it so special. Did you wear a sundress? Was your hair up or down? Does a certain song remind you of that night?
9. Write Letters
Okay this may seem a bit morbid. But often we wait too long to tell loved ones how much they mean to us until it’s too late. So write your husband’s eulogy with all of the things he means to you. Then take him out to dinner and give him the letter to read. Perhaps ask him to write yours and read them at the same time.
Tell us! What are your creative date ideas for summer?