I love writing to you guys about date night ideas. My hubby and I are pretty passionate about it. In fact, we’ve actually come up with an entire Audio Resource based on our conference Pursuit of Love that helps Christian Singles navigate dating in this culture. Read all about that and even get a FREE SESSION here!
Beyond that, I just love participating in good date night ideas 😀 (And if you’re looking for great Date Night music, look no further.)
But everyone once in a while, because humans are involved, date nights can go a-rye. And because we live in the era of photo-shopped faces, pinterest perfect parties, and instagramming our lunch #foodstagram, I thought ya’ll would appreciate a little candor.
My husband and I have been dating for over 18 years. If you figure about 1date night/week (which is what we aim for) for that amount of time, we’re about to cross the threshold of 1,000 date nights. (please pardon me while I take a moment to feel old.)
Almost 1,000 you guys. So you know what that means?…There’s bound to be a few duds in there somewhere! For your entertainment pleasure, I’m starting a new series entitled, “Date Night Fails!” Over the course of the next little bit, I’ll be sharing some of our most memorable fails with you in an effort to make you laugh AND not take your own relationship or self too seriously.
We all have “Fail” stories we could share, but it’s not the fails that define us, it’s what we do with them. One date night fail, should NEVER be a reason to throw in the proverbial towel. If you keep it in perspective, it can be a chance to laugh (maybe not in the moment, I get it) and an opportunity for a GREAT story in the future. So without further adieu, I give you one such Fail that has turned into a GREAT story.
The Sea Escape, FL.
The Sea Escape did in fact live up to its name. And by that I mean, Chris and I would’ve done anything short of throwing ourselves off the side of that crazy ship to get away from it. The Sea Escape was one of those “dinner cruises” that looks so appealing when its sitting in the rack of “things to do” at the concierge’s desk on vacation.
We were staying in Florida with our best friends, looking for a little “something different” one night.
We found it.
Enter The Sea Escape.
The Sea Escape boasted an evening of romantic-on-the-water-entertainment, including but not limited to, professional shows, a spa, “game room”, karaoke, live piano music, gourmet buffet and So. Much. More.
We excitedly signed up and assumed that 6 hrs, yep you heard that right, would not be enough time to conquer said Sea Escape.
Welp, 1 hour in, we had picked through the Diner-style food buffet, found the “game” room, which turns out is a floating casino and truly the ONLY reason that all the other passengers were on board the beloved Sea Escape, (#internationalwaters) witnessed EPIC amounts of bad Barry Manilow karaoke, and then…thought we would be safe landing at the “professional show.”
Here’s what you should know about the “professional show” on board the Sea Escape: It’s a movie theatre covered from floor to ceiling in Red Velvet. And the movie…was taped off of ABC Family, we know because it was complete with commercials and the TV logo in the lower left corner. You can’t make this kind of stuff up folks.
Eventually, we sought refuge in the Arcade where we became certifiable experts in gunning down Aliens.
The Sea Escape, E.P.I.C Date Night fail, BUT, awesome story now. See kids, redemption is everywhere 😉
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Have you had a Date Night Fail? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
And remember, one fail does not a failure make! It’s a reminder that we’re human. So don’t let one minor disaster keep you from pursuing new adventures with the one you love. Sure, you’ll have a few fails here and there, but I guarantee you’ll have plenty of relationship cementing gems along the way as well.
Until next time,