How to Plan an Entire Date Night From Your Phone
Technology has come pretty far over the past few years. It’s made our lives much simpler and easier, giving us more time to do things that matter. We here at Brit + Co. were recently noodling on many of our favorite apps for entertaining and realized that it’s now possible to plan and execute an entire date night with nothing but your phone or computer. Given that we could probably all use a few more date nights (right, ladies?), we thought it would be fun to give all the men and women out there a few ideas on how easy it could be to plan one using the new world of apps that are at your disposal. Keep in mind that not all of these services are available nationwide yet, but they’re spreading quickly to get to you as soon as possible. Consider this as a window into the future of possibilities.
1. SET THE MOOD
While text messages are still considered cool, we recommend downloading a more private couples-only app like Pair or Avocado to send your sweet nothings (and thumbkisses!) to your partner on the day of your date night. Your goal is to excite them about the night to come. Trust us, it will pay off in dividends by the end of the night. See #5 ;)
2. GET A GIFT
Call us old fashioned, but we still think that bringing your partner a gift is one of the most endearing ways you can show your thoughtfulness and feelings. Don’t have time to grab flowers? Hire a TaskRabbit to pick out a bouquet for you. Can’t wrap your mind around the right words for a love poem? Exec will do that for you in no time!
3. COOK OR DINE OUT?
You have three options here: cook your own meal, have someone cook it for you, or dine out.
If you decide to cook your own meal, try using Punchfork or Foodpairing for recipe inspiration. (Or you could always use one of our own recipes!) Then download ZipList to help you keep track of all the ingredients you need at the grocery store. Don’t have time to shop for groceries? Gojee will tell you what you can make out of the food you already have lying around your kitchen.
If you want to have a nice dinner at home, but don’t want to cook it yourself, you can outsource the cooking! New services like Kitchit or Munchery will employ professional chefs to make and deliver food to you, or even cook it straight from your own kitchen. You can also use a service like Zaarly to request anything to be made and delivered locally — in fact, we’ve seen several Brit + Co. readers have Zaarly chefs re-make some of our very own recipes. If you’d rather order a dish delivered from your favorite restaurant, a service like Postmates will pick it up and drop it straight to your door.
If you’d like your own personal limousine to transport you while dining out, definitely download Uber. Your black car will show up in a matter of minutes! Looking for a great restaurant? We’ve recently been loving apps like Chef’s Feed and Livestar for restaurant recommendations from people you trust. Chef’s Feed lets professional chefs recommend their favorite entrees and restaurants, while Livestar is recommendations from your most trusted friends and tastemakers you may follow. Once you find a restaurant you like, make sure to book it on OpenTable to secure the reservation.
4. PLAY MUSIC
Music is imperative to setting the right mood. Whether you’re using it while dining in, or just for the car ride to the restaurant, try sources like Spotify, Pandora, or Sonos. No speakers? Pump up the tunes straight from your phone with one of these amplifiers.
5. ADD ROMANCE
Hi, I'm Brit, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co. I'm a young mom of two, tech nerd and design-inclined lady who has a zillion hobbies and curious about... just about everything! My mission from the beginning has been to unlock women's creativity and courage to try new things so that they can find the path to their true passions.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)