YAY for date nights! Since the husband and I went on a date out on the town while we were in Savannah, GA, a few weekends ago, we weren’t going to go on another one this month. But then our date-in-a-box arrived in the mail, which meant it was time for a spontaneous at-home date night!
Our DateBox, comes once a month, and is filled with everything you need for a complete date! Our first month included everything we needed for a scavenger hunt around town, last month was a massage night (ahem, not blogged about), and then this month was all about getting creative, starting with cake pops and ending with a masterpiece. To say I was excited about this one was an understatement; I mean….CAKE POPS, SPRINKLES, and PAINTING!!!
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After the girls went down for bed, our creative date night started. We plugged in the curated date-night Spotify soundtrack that came in our box, made the cake for the pops, and literally set the scene for our activity.
A Creative Date Night with GetDateBox
Our Datebox came with an instructional video and all the stuff to get started (tablecloth, paint brush, acrylic paint, and canvas(es). (I think each box is supposed to come with two canvases, but ours only had one. Luckily, I had some square canvases in my “craft” corner, so I pulled a couple out.) Kenny and I confabbed about our potential designs and then we went to “work.”
Now is a great time to share that I’m not creative when it comes to painting or drawing. It’s just not in my nature, but I’ve always wanted to go to one of those painting classes where you drink wine, laugh with friends, and come home with something you “created” with the specific guidance of an instructor. This was kinda like that.
Thankfully, Kenny’s a whiz when it comes to spacing and leveling things out—it’s the woodworker in him—so he designed and then I painted. The results were a lot of fun, and a couple of them may even end up somewhere in our new home 🙂
The California piece will go up with the montage of the other states/country we’ve lived in, so I’m pretty excited about that one. (I just realized I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about them, so keep an eye on my Instagram and/or my Facebook page and I’ll post a picture.
Making a state canvas is pretty easy: just print out whatever state you want, cut it out, and tape it to your canvas really well (the tape goes under the print-out, not on the edges). Paint over the printout so the edges are covered with whatever color you want. We decided to go with yellow for Cali since it’ll be so sunny there all the time.
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All you need is LOVE:
Here’s a quick video I took of the beginning part of our “LOVE” painting. I just started snapping (is that what all the cool kids are calling it on Snapchat these days? By the way, I’m jesstagirl over there), and I somehow muted the video (whoops!), so that’s why there isn’t any sound. But, you can see a quick look at my husband’s sweet skills, and that’s what really matters.
This “LOVE” painting may have potential? We wanted a pop of color, but I’m afraid it looks sorta late 80’s/early 90’s, so I need to see if there’s a way to salvage it in a way that I’d want to hang it up somewhere. Thoughts?
Funky and Fun
The last piece, the abstract one, is my favorite, and I can’t wait to hang it up in my office. I love the colors, and it was fun painting the little areas. Plus, pulling up the tape at the end of the project is a lot of fun since it reveals the whole piece. It was actually almost an afterthought, but since we had an extra canvas and paint leftover, we decided to go for it.
It’s now my favorite of the bunch. Well, wait. I also like the California one…and the “love” piece has potential, so I like that one, too. It looks like I like them all 🙂
Let Us Eat Cake!
I almost forgot the best part….CAKE! Let it be known that my sister-in-law was making cake pops way before “cake pops” were a thing. And, for the record, hers are still the best ones I’ve ever tasted. With that said, we made some and they were tasty even though we probably need to work on our baking skills.
I’m pretty sure I overcooked my cake, and then we had a hard time getting them to stay together and to keep the frosting from going everywhere. It was basically a game of whether or not they were going to stay on the stick or fall to the ground (hence my husband’s face). But, they all ended up in our bellies at the end of the night, so they couldn’t have been too bad 🙂
All in all, it was a successful creative date night in!
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Do you guys date nights in? Have you ever had a painting night?
It was so easy and fun to do; I’d love to do one again sometime!