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Envelope Day Date

So, you finally get a chance to hang out together... You think about what you want to do and three hours later, you're still brainstorming and the day is half gone. This used to be hubby and I all the time.

Hence, I introduce you the "Envelope Day". I love this--I really do. It is perfect for a day of fun. And you can do so much to play up or play down this idea.

Here's the original idea before I throw out the twists:

This date is best planned for a weekend or a day you both have the day free. You'll need to have 12 envelopes labeled as in the picture below:

Inside each envelope will be an option for that category. Like this:
These are ideas just to start you out--there are many more ideas that may work for you.

1. In the morning, allow your spouse to select ONE of the breakfast envelopes.
(Make sure you have options for bringing breakfast in bed or making breakfast together already planned ahead of time). (But, secretly, you're probably hoping for Breakfast Diner, so you can go to IHOP...or Denny's.)
2. Then, get ready for the day...and when it's time, allow them to select ONE of the event envelopes.
3. After the event, you may have some time until dinner (or you could make this lunch). But when it's time...they can choose ONE dinner envelope.
4. And of course, when the time is right, they can choose one of the lovin envelopes.

It makes for a fun, somewhat-spontaneous day that you just spent together, not planning, not moping because you didn't get done what you wanted to do...... simply being together without a lot of effort!

- If you only have an hour or two to spare, just pick from one set of envelopes (which set depends on the situation (time of day, hunger, need for fun, etc.)
- Create more categories or change the categories if it's for a full-day date and you really want to pack a lot in.
- For an anniversary, use the number of your years together as the number of envelopes in each category.

- Take turns replacing the options in each envelope (so you can reuse the envelopes for years and years!) Pick things you'll both enjoy...or at least tolerate for the sake of each other.


Nikki Cogg said...

What a GREAT idea!!! This actually happend to my husband and I this past weekend. The weather was gorgeous and we just sat and stared at eachother trying to figure out what we want to do with the day! I ended up going shopping and he detailed his car... NOT the quality time we were hoping for. I love it, just wanted to comment from a fellow SITStah! I'll be following your blog for some more great ideas. Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog today and I absolutely LOVE everything I've read so far. You know what I'm acutally thinking of doing now... is combining this idea with the Calendar idea. My husband and I are so busy right now. I work some nights and hardly see him all day until I get home to spend an hour with him until he leaves for work. So, instead of planning day-to-day events and/or activities... I think I can put these activities into envelopes and we can randomly choose one on the days we have more time to spend together; otherwise I'll make a "quick-fun" category that we can do when we only have an hour or so together.

Cari said...

what a great idea, can't wait to try it out...Thank you.

The Allen Family said...

Love this idea! And your whole site! You rock!! :) Thanks!

Tedi @ Running with Infertility said...

Love it! I'm trying it out this weekend for our "at home" anniversary. Should be fun! Thanks for the ideas!

Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

Love this list! I am putting together my own ideas for me and my boyfriend! Thanks!

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