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Romancing the Alley

When was the last the two of you hit up the bowling alley...alone?

Of course, this next time won't just be regular old bowling...as you know, adding twists to everything is right up my alley. Here are a few ideas you should try the next time you bowl together:

  • Before the game, each of you write down your guess of what your score will be (This keeps it fair in case one is a better bowler.) On the back of your score card, each of you will write what you will give the other as a reward for winning. Then, put the card somewhere safe (where neither of you can change your guesses). After the game, write down your actual score and figure the difference. Whoever wins gets to claim their prize (written on the back of the other's score card).

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  • Assign a romantic value to each strike and spare. You could make each strike worth a kiss to be redeemed right then. Each spare could be worth a hug. Make sure you keep score! If either of you are good, this could be a very PDA-filled game of bowling...but WHO CARES!

  • Empty a small bag of Skittles or M&Ms into a cup or bowl. Assign different styles of bowling to the different candy colors and then have each person pick a piece of candy at the start of their turn to determine how they will bowl that round. (idea submitted by Ethan Estrada)

    Examples for different styles include:
    "Granny Style" (holding the ball with both hands)
    Bowling backwards between your legs
    Placing the ball on the ground and pushing it with your foot (don't kick it...)
    Bowling with your opposite hand
    Using a children's ball guide if available (not to be confused with alley bumpers)
    Having your turn bowled by your spouse
    Bowl normally

    This helps level the playing field and decreases the level of seriousness of the competition..especially when one of you may be better than the other!

  • Instead of entering your actual names for scoring, make up cute/silly/dorky nicknames for each other. Don't forget to enjoy a snack and hit the arcade for a game or two before heading home!

    This is the one date that I wish for you to Strike Out! Have fun!


Unknown said...

I love this idea! The hubs and I wanted to go bowling this weekend because we hadn't been in forever...but, we couldn't find another couple to tag along. Now I think I may not WANT another couple to tag along. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I used to bowl all the time in High School. We got to for free, so it was a fun and very inexpensive date. And there was always a lot of kissing and hugging. Primarily because I wasn't very good at first, so I got sympathy kisses.

Cook Family said...

love this idea, can't wait to try it. I was going to ask how to spice dates up around town (like bowling) because it is much easier for us to get a babysitter to come to our house SO that rules out all the "at home" dates. This week we are doing the "mocktails" date. i can't find "4 Christmases" to rent anywhere so I'll have to wing it my best without it. NEED ADVICE: what is a good movie we could rent for after our "mocktails" date? maybe something romantic that we would both enjoy? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas!!!

paige renee said...

I love this idea (and blog)! My husband and I are mega dorks and even have bowling shirts we could wear! We found them on a huge sale one day and couldn't resist because they were just too funny! :)

Jewls said...

Cute idea! I love bowling!

Anonymous said...

Cook Family: I love the at home dates, even with kids. Our kids helped me prepare and decorate for the Christmas in July. They had a great time making tons of snowflakes and putting them all over the house. My wife loved it! I also did the home spa night! For that one, I did everything after the kids were down to bed. When they were in bed, I handed my wife the brochure and told her to pick and plan which options she wanted while I prepared. It just took about 5 minutes to set everything up. It was wonderful! Don't neglect the "at home dates" because of kids. You can modify things to make it work. You don't want dinner too late, but save "dessert" for after the kids are down! ;)

High Heels and Huntin' Boots said...

Great idea! I love it!

Rhiannon Bosse said...

LOVE this! The fiance and I are so competitive and we would love to do this. He will win of course but a girl can dream :)

Clint and Gillian said...

I love this idea! I am so going to try it with my husband! Love this blog too, there are so many great ideas! :)

Anonymous said...

This may seem slightly random, but I thought I'd share. I just downloaded your PDF score card. I plan to invite my husband on a date this Friday night. My sister-in-law has been staying with us for the past two weeks and we definitely need some alone time. Plus, money has been a little tight this month, so I'm thinking an inexpensive few games at the base bowling alley is just what we need. I'm very excited to play with these score cards. We both haven't bowled in awhile so it should be interesting to see our scores.

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Sandi said...

Oh this is a wonderful idea. Since we are on a very tight budget, I plan to do this at home with our WII bowling.

Great idea for "family game night" too.

Erin said...

What a fun idea! I am definitely planning a date night this week...maybe even a surprise!